Anglican Catholic Church

Rochester Church prepares for its new Priest

The Chapel home of Our Lady of Walsingham & St Francis of Assisi, Rochester, Kent, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment and redocration inside and out, and which is now finished.

Bishop Mead has had installed a set of new Stations of the Cross and a small organ (which was used originally in our Church in Canterbury and then in the Bishop's domestic Chapel). The digital hymnal in the Church, which will cost ntinue to be used regularly because there isn't an organist arranged, also has a new Amplifier.

Commenting on the work, Bishop Mead said: "All is now ready for the new Parish Priest, The Revd Dr Jeen Thomas, who will be inducted and licensed on Saturday 3rd June. The past 6 months is the longest break from services our Rochester Parish has had since it was founded in 1993. We are so grateful to the outgoing Chaplain, Padre Iori Price, at the Royal Engineers Brompton Barracks for his kindness at arranging the work for us in time for this special day. Our thanks too to the Commandant of the Barracks and the many workmen who have worked to such a high standard. We do not take the permission that we have enjoyed now for so many years, to be based at the Chapel, lightly. We pray for the serving and retired members of the Royal Engineers regularly and also for the repose of the spuls of all those who rest in the Fort Pitt Military Cemetery."

The Reverend Dr Jeen Thomas was received into the full communion of the ACC on Trinity Sunday (22nd May) 2016 by Bishop Mead, from the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of India (who are in communion with the Roman Catholic Church). Fr Thomas has been in touch with the Bishop for a number of years and was interviewed by the Board of Ministry earlier in 2016. He had recently relocated to the UK from Italy where he had been living for sometime. He hopes that his wife and young son who are still in Italy will be able to follow him in due course.
Fr Thomas was ordained Priest in the Diocese of Changanacherry, Kerla, South India by Archbishop Joseph Powathil in 1996 and holds various qualifications from India and Italy. In India he served as a Parish Priest and Chaplain to a Convent. He also served as the Director of a Church Orphanage in Kalyan Diocese.