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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
Twenty Ninth Sunday –Year C – 17thOctober 2010

My name is Tony Thomas and I would like to tell you a little about myself. I have just arrived in Willesden Green where I will be spending the next year living and working here in St Mary Magdalen’s parish. Some of you may remember me: I spent a highly enjoyable couple of weeks here in 2008, getting a ‘taster’ of parish life.

Since I was last here my life has changed in ways both exciting and challenging! I left my job in the City at the end of last year to take a sabbatical and have spent much of this year abroad. In particular, I had a wonderful three months in Calcutta, working with the nuns of the Missionaries of Charity founded by Blessed Mother Theresa. The nuns' motto is ‘Only All For Jesus’, and they certainly live up to this calling. Being in Calcutta was a difficult but exhilarating experience. I would definitely recommend it!

Whilst I am working here in the parish I will be applying to Westminster Diocese to join the seminary to train as a priest, some seven years after I became a Catholic. Blessed John Henry Newman said that God has created each of us for some ‘definite purpose’, and it’s an exciting journey for each one of us as we try to discover what His purpose for us is. It can also be daunting at times, as I have found, as following God’s call can mean taking a step of faith towards an unknown destination. However, in doing so we can discover more about ourselves and hopefully draw closer to God, and these are great gifts.

Please pray for me as I continue my discernment here. I will pray for you all, and look forward to getting to know you better.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:57 am