Today Father Ian celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of his ordination as a priest.
Fr Ian was ordained priest in beautiful Durham Cathedral by Bishop John Habgood on 27th June 1982. He first worked as a curate at St Mark’s, Darlington, a North East working class parish, in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England. From there he went as curate to Barnard Castle, a dales market town. His first parish was Cockfield in Teesdale, an industrial village with a small medieval church.
Following this Fr Ian joined the prison service working as senior Chaplain at Full Sutton maximum security prison near York. This work was full time, but he also looked after a small rural parish, Wilberfoss, near the prison. Fr Ian descibes his prison work as ‘formative, challenging, intensly pastoral, often fun, often heart wrenching…’
Then he came to Manchester in 1997, when he became Chaplain to the Universities of Manchester and later Rector of St Chrysostom’s. In 2011 he was made a Canon of Manchester Cathedral.
Fr Ian writes: I have been blessed with a very varied and enriching ministry. I love being a priest, and have loved the many different places where I have ministered. I have been blessed by supportive and loving congregations, family and friends.