Parish gets new priests

Two recently-installed priests in Ashington have spoken of their excitement about working in the busy parish of Seaton Hirst.

Friday, 8th March 2019, 1:35 pm
Fr John Swinhoe, left, and Fr David Twomey. Picture by Brian Bennett

Fr David Twomey and Fr John Swinhoe were licensed as priest in charge and associate

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priest respectively, marking the start of a new beginning for St John’s on Newbiggin Road and St Andrew’s on Hawthorn Road, after both had been without an incumbent for a long time.

David, whose dad Derry was vicar at Bedlington, said: “I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone and working with Fr John. There’s a real sense of excitement in the parish that they’ve got two full-time clergy again.”

John, who was born in Blyth and served in the parish of Horton for a number of years, added: “There is a lot to achieve here because it’s a very busy parish. There are huge amounts of potential here and we are looking to explore it.”