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Archbishop appoints new rector at Oscott seminary

Fr David Oakley is named as the new rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott

By on Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Archbishop Longley and Fr Oakley (Photo: Peter Jennings)

Archbishop Longley and Fr Oakley (Photo: Peter Jennings)

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham has named Fr David Oakley as the new rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott, the diocesan seminary.

Fr Oakley, aged 57, a former procurator and pastoral director at Oscott College and the current parish priest of Our Lady of the Assumption, Maryvale, will take up his appointment as rector on February 24.

Fr Oakley said: “In this Year of Faith, it is both humbling and an honour to be asked by Archbishop Bernard Longley to become the next rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott. The college is dear to my heart as my alma mater. My generation of students were fortunate to have been formed for the priesthood by so many gifted priests and others who were part of the staff at that time. It was a privilege to serve the college later as procurator and pastoral director. It will be an exciting task once again, to be involved in the life and work of this wonderful seminary. I look forward to the challenge to succeed Mgr Mark Crisp, and his many excellent achievements over the past decade.”

Mgr Crisp, aged 53, who has been rector since 2001, will be taking a well-earned sabbatical. He said: “I am very grateful for the all the blessings I’ve received during my time as rector and it has been a real privilege to work with the seminarians who are so full of energy and enthusiasm for the mission for the Church.”

  • stalban

    all a bit sudden

  • Tridentinus

    A 53 year old being replaced by a 57 year old?  These are Catholic priests and cannot plead like politicians that they want to spend more time with their families. What is going on here?

  • A Madigan

    Congratulations to Fr. David Oakley, a great choice for rector of Oscott College. I certainly wish him every success and happiness in his new role.

  • Inquisator

    Oh here we go again…….. enter all the conspiracy mongers

  • Alban

    Remember him from his days at St Giles, Cheadle, Staffordshire. A priest who has the gift of being able to readily connect with people. A good choice.

  • stalban

    perhaps Father Richard Walker the current vice rector would have been a better choice.  He has been there a while and knows how the system works

  • the crypt

    Hope hes as good as Fr. David Bagshaw now administrater of East Anglia and my parish priest.

  • JonathanBurdon

    Isn’t Monsignor Crisp going to become the parish priest at St. Peter & Paul’s in Wolverhampton? It’s a lovely church with a large and vibrant congregation. It’s only drawback is that the old altar has been shunted off to the side (and it’s in Wolverhampton which is probably a slightly larger drawback).