Over the summer, Fr Thomas Skeats OP – the Prior and Parish Priest – was asked by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, to take on the role of University Chaplain of King’s College, London.
To allow Fr Thomas to fulfil this new responsibility it has become necessary, with the consent of the Cardinal and the Prior Provincial of the English Dominicans, to re-assign the roles of the priests who serve and minister here at St Dominic’s.
Fr Thomas Skeats OP will continue as Prior of the Dominican community of friars based in St Dominic’s Priory. But having been Parish Priest for nearly 5 years, he will now need time to devote to his new appointment in the Archdiocese. We thank Fr Thomas for all he has done as Parish Priest of St Dominic’s.
Therefore, from 29 September 2019, Fr Oliver Keenan OP will take over as Parish Priest of St Dominic’s parish, Haverstock Hill. Fr Thomas – just to repeat – will continue as Prior, and he will still be living at the Priory, and he will continue to celebrate Mass and other liturgies in the church.
Fr Lawrence Lew OP will take on the responsibility of running the Rosary Shrine as Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary.
It is hoped that this new arrangement of shared responsibilities will also help to facilitate the completion of all the planned works for the ‘Future Decades’ campaign over the next few years.
Finally, in the next couple of weeks we shall be joined in the Priory by two more Dominican friars who will provide support and help to St Dominic’s: Fr Nicholas Crowe OP will be returning to London after working for a period at our Priory in Leicester; and Brother Andrew Brookes OP, a deacon, will be joining us from Newcastle.
Please pray for our friars in our new roles, and may Our Lady of the Rosary guide and protect us all.