Tim Stanley, pictured in white puzzling the ever eccentric Fr. Leviseur, will be a familiar face to all at St. Anselm’s given that he is a member of our congregation and regularly serves the 11am Sunday Mass.
A local lad Tim was educated at the Judd School in Tonbridge and went on to study modern history at Cambridge University. Whilst at Cambridge Tim became an Anglican, having been raised a Baptist, and attended Little St. Mary’s Church; a delightful Anglo-Catholic shrine known for clouds of incense, ad orientem worship and high liturgical standard. A church where, co-incidentally, I also learnt the ropes serving as sub-deacon whilst preparing for ministry at Westcott House theological college. We missed each other by a term – a lucky escape for Tim that wouldn’t last!
At Cambridge Tim was involved in student journalism and politics, writing for the famous student Varsity magazine. This experience birthed a paid career as a serious political journalist. Today, as well as writing for the Daily Telegraph, Tim is a regular guest on Newsnight and a regular contributor to Thought for the day on Radio 4.
Tim’s encounter with Anglo-Catholicism at Cambridge led him, as it has so many, to consider more seriously the claims of the Catholic church. He was received into it some years ago and came to serve mass, for a while, in Brighton under the wonderful Fr. Ray Blake. Since moving back to Kent he has found himself at home within an Ordinariate setting which is, perhaps, unsurprising given his overall faith journey.
Tim will deliver the third talk in our current lecture series on Wednesday 27th November. Low Mass at 7pm, refreshments at 7:30pm and lecture at 8pm. Do please come along and support what has been an excellent series of lectures to date.