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The Dean’s Weekly Message – 6th September 2020 Posted on Sunday 6 September 2020

Welcome to Fr Peter
Fr Peter Murphy was ordained here by Archbishop Malcolm in the Cathedral on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul this year. He is to begin his priestly service here as an assistant priest replacing Fr Philip who has gone on to pastures new in St Helens. We welcome Fr Peter who will be moving in to Cathedral House this coming week and hope he will be happy serving here at the Cathedral. He has written a brief note about himself for this weeks newsletter.

“At just a little over two months ordained, it is a great joy to be making these final preparations to begin my priestly ministry with you here at the Cathedral next weekend. For most of the past six years, I have been undertaking my formation for the priesthood at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh (five miles outside Guildford, Surrey). Before going to seminary, I studied Business Management at the University of Hertfordshire and also worked in the Catholic Parish of Horsham. This means that I have been living outside of the archdiocese and away from family and friends for the past 11 years. Having been brought up in the parish of St Marie’s on the Sands, Southport it is a great joy to finally be home in the North West!

It is an immense privilege to be able to begin my priestly life at the heart of our city and the heart of our archdiocese. Many aspects of all of our lives have changed over the past six months. Whilst this is naturally disconcerting, the God we profess our faith in is ever faithful and I look forward to discerning with you what plans he has for us, our families, and our communities over the next few years”.

As well as his work here at the Cathedral and the hospitals, Father Peter is Chaplain to Coach 8 on the Archdiocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Canon Anthony O’Brien
Cathedral Dean