Please pray for vocations on Good Shepherd Sunday

Fr Mark Swires, the Vocations Promoter in our diocese, has written to all parishes ahead of Good Shepherd Sunday (21 April) to ask them to pray for vocations and for those currently training for the priesthood. Good Shepherd Sunday is also known as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations – and second collections on

Fr George Towler RIP

Please pray for the respose of the soul of Fr George Towler who died on 4 April at Frimley Park Hospital near Ascot. Fr Towler was born on 3 September 1937 at Romford. He grew up in Holy Family Parish, Dagenham was educated for the priesthood at Wonersh and ordained on 16 June 1962 by

Fr John McCollough RIP

Fr McCollough was a former Anglican clergyman and was ordained as a Catholic on 24 May 1997. He was Assistant Priest at Rayleigh, serving with Fr Andrew Dorricott, from 1997 until 2003 and was then appointed Parish Priest of Becontree from 2003 until his retirement in 2006. He died in Southend Hospital on 29 March