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Welcome to the Blog of St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, UK. Our address is: Brookfield Road Ashford Kent TN23 4EU

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For nine years up till July 2010, I was parish priest at St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, England. From July 2010 until June 2011 I was Associate Pastor at St Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan USA and then Pastor at St Anthony Parish, Gwinn, MI until October 2013. I then transferred to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to serve as Director of the Tribunal. And that's what I am currently doing. Since February 2015 I have also been serving as Pastor at St Stephen Parish, South East Portland. I miss "da UP" (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) but love being here in the Pacific North West.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Parish Change of Name

I recently consulted the parish about the possibility of changing the name of the parish from 'St Simon of England' to 'St Simon Stock.' They are, of course, one and the same Saint. However, he is more familiarly known by the latter name, particularly in other parts of the world. With increasing migration into Ashford, a number of Catholics from overseas, seeing the words 'of England' on the Church notice, mistakenly concluded that this was a Church of England Church, evidently failing to notice the words 'Catholic Church'. Most parishioners appeared to approve the change of name, as did members of the Parish Advisory Council. So I petitioned the Archbishop who, having consulted the auxiliary bishops, has approved. So, henceforth we are the parish of St Simon Stock.


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