The parish is served by the Franciscan Order, currently Fr Reg is the Acting Parish Priest – contact him at the friary on tel 01275 837205 or email here
The friars within the Clevedon Community are …
Fr Antoine (Tony) Baya – Guardian –
Fr Antoine Baya was born in Mauritius in 1950. He was ordained on the 27th March 1982 in Canterbury. Since his ordination he has worked in Stratford in London before being moved to Glasgow where he worked for nearly 3 years.
As he always wanted to work on the missions, in 1987 he joined the African Project which sought to establish a Franciscan presence in East Africa on the 800th anniversary of the birth of St Francis of Assisi and went to Madagascar where he spent 5 years before moving on to his native Mauritius where he spent a total of 6 years both as a curate and Parish Priest of a poor region in the South of the country, notably, Chemin Grenier and its outstation Baie du Cap. The Churches were Notre Dame du Mont Carmel and St François d’Assise respectively. At a time of need in the extended Province of St Francis of Assisi in East Africa, he was appointed Secretary of the Province in Kenya, Nairobi.
His next appointment was in Kivumu in Rwanda where he spent 3 years equally before coming back to Great Britain. In 2009 he was appointed once again in Stratford to work on the Parish as well as being Secretary of the Province of the Immaculate Conception in Great Britain. He was moved to the friary of Woodford Green to fulfil that role for the next 6 years. After 4 years at Woodford, he was moved to Stratford out of necessity before being appointed to Clevedon as Guardian, in September 2018.
Fr Reg Gray – Parish Priest
He left school aged 18, with no qualifications, in 1972. He joined the army, became a Royal Military Policeman, serving as a traffic accident “cop” in Germany and did a two-year tour in N Ireland in 1977. He left the army and became a MoD Police Constable in Portsmouth Dockyard for 3 years. After the Falkland’s War and Pope John Paul II’s visit he joined the Order of Friars Minor and did his noviciate at Chilworth Friary, Nr Guilford. His studies were undertaken at Canterbury and was solemnly professed Friar and ordained priest in April 1989. He has served in Ipswich – working on parish duties and as Hospital Chaplain, then at Woodford Green, London on parish duties and Forest Gate, East London on parish duties and as Guardian of the House. He has now been in Clevedon for fourteen years.
Fr Antony Collins
Fr Antony joined the Clevedon community from Glasgow – we wish him peace and joy in his service to the parish
Fr Roger Barralet
Fr Roger died in the morning of 11th November 2018. We thank him and God for Fr Roger’s service to the parish and the Clevedon community. May he rest in peace.
Rev Mario Kossmann
Mario is a permanent deacon of our Clifton Diocese, who is currently supporting the Franciscans in Clevedon and Yatton. In particular, he is leading ecumenical church services in a number of nursing homes in Clevedon together with a group of highly dedicated volunteers from the parish.
A former naval officer in the French and German Navies, Mario is a certified Systems Engineer and Project Manager at Airbus. He was awarded an MEng in Aerospace Technology from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich (Germany), an MBA from the University of Warwick (UK) and a Ph.D. in Systems and Software Engineering from the University of the West of England.
Rev Prof John P Woodcock
John is married to June and has three children and six grandchildren. He graduated in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Durham and then studied for a Master’s degree and PhD at Guy’s Hospital, University of London. He was appointed Professor of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Cardiff University College of Medicine in 1982 where he headed both the University and the NHS Departments of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. His research interests were mainly in ultrasound and in the non-invasive measurement of blood flow, and included the measurement of cerebral blood flow and cardiac output during periods of microgravity with the European Space Agency. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) by the University of Durham in 2003 and is both a chartered physicist and a chartered engineer. He was awarded an OBE for services to medical science in 1998 and was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2012.John was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Mervyn Alexander in September 1997 and is responsible for the Baptism preparation course as well as the usual diaconal duties of assisting at Mass, preaching, baptising, and visiting the sick.