Father Benedict Kiely is an English priest who has spent most of his ministry thus far working in America. After reading about the terrible persecution of Christians in the Middle East he decided to leave parish ministry and dedicate his life to helping the suffering church. In recent years he has travelled to some of the most dangerous places on earth to support Christians there and ensure their plight is not forgotten in the West.
Last year Fr. Kiely returned to the U.K. where he will continue to work for the persecuted church. He has also joined the staff of the Catholic Herald and will write for them about his important work. But best of all, as far as I am concerned, two weeks ago he was incardinated into the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham meaning we have just gained a fine priest indeed.
As our newest recruit Fr. Benedict attended the recent plenary for clergy in London where he introduced himself to the clergy of the Ordinariate and explained something about his work to them. Afterwards I took him for a pint and a catch up and we further discussed the possibility of him finding a spiritual home at St. Anselm’s Pembury for those Sundays when he is not helping out elsewhere or campaigning on behalf of the persecuted church.
Fr. Benedict will be preaching in Pembury this coming Sunday, for the feast of Corpus Christi, at both the 9:15am and 11am Mass. I shall preach at 8am. Don’t forget to bring flower petals for the children to scatter during the special procession. Mass will then end with benediction.
Welcome home Father Benedict Kiely and welcome to the Ordinariate! And for those looking for signs of hope in the world today- the beer in this photograph, as well as my own, was purchased by a random stranger who insisted we clergy deserve it being under appreciated in life. It certainly put a smile on our faces!