Introducing our new chaplain

We asked Fr. Peter Ford to tell us a bit about himself.
We is with us as our new chaplain since January 25, 2017.
Here is his piece about himself.

Introducing Myself.

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I have just completed a term as Sub Dean and Port Chaplain of Gibraltar. To work as Chaplain in the Mediterranean Mission to Seafarers in the port has been a great experience, often been available to some 5,000 people a day, of flying the flag.  But the work didn`t end there. I was also Chaplain to those who worked in the port, and using the Daily Prayer prayed for them, starting with the cruise liners, down to the ropers. The Daily Prayer was part of my ministry in the Cathedral which was varied, from the quiet Daily Office and Eucharist to the big occasions when the Cathedral was full to overflowing.

So where did all this begin. After I left school I worked in commerce, then it was Durham to train as a school teacher and this was followed by 4 years in a Church Primary School in Batley.  Lincoln Theological College then followed by my Ordination in 1978 and a curacy in Hartlepool in the Diocese of Durham.  My home diocese was Wakefield and so I returned to be Diocesan Youth Officer.  From 1984 -88 I was Vicar of Dodworth, Barnsley. A period of traumatic unrest for the coal industry. In 1988 I became Chaplain and Head of Religious Education at Rishworth School and also in that time was House Master of a Boarding House.

In 1997 I returned to Parish Ministry, first of all to Accrington, then Morecambe and finally Warton Preston, the home of BAE Systems. Also in 1997 I was appointed Chaplain to the local ATC Squadron, progressing to Wing Chaplain. As a result of this work I received an MOD Letter of Commendation. Whilst I was at Warton I was also Diocesan Ecumenical Officer. In this role I visited Sweden, Rome and Germany.

In 2008 I spent a year in Germany, in the Lutheran Church and it was from there I was appointed as Chaplain of Gran Canaria in 2009. In 20013 I left for Porto and finally the Costa del Sol  ending up at Gibraltar.

The one thing that has sustained me is my life in the Oratory of the Good Shepherd, a dispersed Anglican Religious Community. Its life of Prayer is so fundamental as its requirement to read and study. This last summer I attended the tri-annual General Chapter held in Australia, which was quite an experience!

As to hobbies, as I have got older I have had to slow down, to reading, but when I was at Rishworth School I learnt to scuba dive and have dived here in Lanzarote, visiting “The Cathedral”. I also did a little flying of light aircraft and with the ATC-gliders.

So now begins a new chapter in my life and the life of this Chaplaincy.  A life and a witness to the Mission of our Lord Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, working and praying together.

Fr Peter Ford, OGS (formal) / Peter the rest of the time!