Vicar (Parish Priest)
Our Vicar is the full-time parish priest of St Gabriel's. He trained in universities in London and Oxford, and studied theology for six years before being ordained in 1993. He joined St Gabriel's in 2011. Father Timothy is the eighth Vicar of North Acton, and the ninth full-time parish priest (our very first priest was a 'Diocesan Missioner', followed by the eight vicars - see the full list below). Father Timothy is a third-generation priest; his father was a priest in Canterbury Diocese, and before that in Ireland; his grandfather was a priest in Northern Ireland, with long ministries in both Carrowdore and Belfast.
Father Timothy is one of the 26 godsons of the legendary Bishop Tony Tremlett, and the only one of the 26 to have been ordained. In his spare time Fr Timothy is an explorer, and a narrow-gauge railway enthusiast. He is owned by a large dog, and is a registered breeder of cavies (guinea pigs) - in fact, he is an animal lover generally. He is married, and has a daughter.
Our Vicar has particular interests in Church History and Liturgy. He has served on the Diocesan Liturgical Committees of two dioceses, and specialised in both liturgy and ecclesiastical history during his academic studies. His "special theologians" in his academic studies were John Henry Newman and Martin Luther, and he still professes to hold both men in veneration as personal heroes. Within the wider life of the Church, Fr Timothy is the Spiritual Head of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine in England and Wales (a fraternity with over 7,000 members), the President of the Society of St Botolph (a devotional and historical confraternity of around 350 members), and a Chaplain of the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem (Paris-Malta obedience).
Fr Timothy used to be a qualified auxiliary nurse, working at St Mary's Hospital in Etchinghill, and for many years spent his spare time as a qualified first aider and ambulance crew with the St John Ambulance Brigade. These days, when not in the parish, he is likely to be walking the dog, visiting a narrow-gauge railway, exploring in another foreign destination, or carrying out voluntary chaplaincy work in any of several organisations with which he is affiliated.
We need priests!
Since July 2015, and for the first time in our community memory, we have only one priest! Although we have had only a very few full-time assistant priests, St Gabriel's has always had part-time and honorary assistant clergy - NSM priests, MSE priests, attached Chaplains, retired priests, and others. Today few priests retire into London, and the number of clergy is falling. At St Gabriel's we are praying for a new assistant priest to join us, and we invite you to offer that prayer for us too.