Course Facilitators

Father Timothy Bywater

is parish priest of Malton and Diocesan Ecumenical Officer. He is a member of a number of ecumenical groups across the Diocese and of the Rural Task Group of the Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Father Gerard Burns

is a Marist Priest from Billingham. From teaching music and mathematics, youth work and parish work, he went on to work in parish missions, give retreats to university chaplaincies, and spent nearly a decade as a prison chaplain. He now works in the Marist parish in Hull and is one of the chaplains at St Mary’s College.

Sister Moira Cashmore FCJ

has been involved in Catholic education for over forty years, both in religious education and headship. She is a trained spiritual director, has studied pastoral theology at Heythrop College, and has vast experience in spirituality in a variety of contexts.


Father Patrick Cope

has worked with young offenders for 19 years at national and local level. In addition to his prison chaplaincy role he has worked for the Bishops Conference as Secretary to its Committee for Young People and set up a mentoring project in partnership with the Depaul Trust which is widely recognised as a model of good practice by the Government and other agencies. He is currently working in the Diocese as the Bishop’s Advisor on Prisons and coordinates the prison chaplaincy work throughout the diocese.

Deacon David Cross

is CAFOD Diocesan Manager for Middlesbrough. He has a BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences and has worked as chief officer for South Tyneside Churches KEY Project, as Community Network Manager for Voluntary Development Agency, and also for Church Action on Poverty. David has spent the last twenty years heavily involved in faith and justice issues and is a founding membered CAUSE (Catholics Against Unemployment And Social Evils).

Caroline Dollard

has worked in the field of Adult Christian Formation for 21 years. Based at Ampleforth Abbey both she and her husband Kit are members of the Pastoral Team, providing retreats, courses and spiritual accompaniment for people from all walks of life, at varying times of need. She has an MA in Theology (liturgy) from Lampeter. She is a member of the RCIA National Executive, and works with Fr Michael Keogh supporting RCIA in Middlesbrough Diocese. She also serves on the Bishop’s Councils for Liturgy and Evangelisation and Adult Formation, and runs the Diocesan Catechists’ Formation Course.

Kit Dollard

works in Adult Christian Formation as a member of the Pastoral Team at Ampleforth Abbey and in Middlesbrough Diocese. He is a member of the Bishop’s Councils for Liturgy and Evangelisation and Adult Formation and runs the Diocesan Catechists’ Formation Course. He is a Fellow of the IPD, has an MA in Theology and Ministry from Durham, and is co-author with Abbot Timothy Wright of ‘Doing Business with Benedict”. He remains a consultant to a number of businesses in the professional service field.

Father Robin Duckworth

is a Marist Priest living in Hull. He has degrees in Theology and Scripture, a Masters Degree in Archaeology, and is a Member of the Society for Old Testament Studies. He has lectured in Scripture at Ushaw College (where he was Director of Studies), the University of Durham and Maryvale Institute, as well as being a Parish Priest and RE teacher in secondary education.

Father Paul Farrer

is a native of Hull. He studied for the priesthood at the English College, Valladolid, and was ordained in 1994. He has served in several parishes in Middlesbrough whilst also working as Diocesan Youth Officer, and is currently Parish Priest of Holy Name of Mary and St Thomas More parishes.

Canon David Grant

was born in Hull. He studied for the Priesthood at Ushaw College and Durham University, and was ordained in 1982. He has worked in parishes in Teesside, Hull and York, and has been Parish Priest of Bridlington since 2005.

Father Michael Keogh

was ordained to the Priesthood in 1975 and has worked in parishes in York, Hull and Thornaby and with the Catholic Missionary Society. He is an active promoter of RCIA, believing in its vision and role at the heart of the mission of the Church.

Canon John Lumley

is the Director of Adult Formation for the Diocese. Before ordination he worked as a secondary school teacher. He has worked as a Parish Priest in Hull and Middlesbrough as well as acting as Diocesan Director of Religious Education. Fr John has degrees in modern languages and theology and a Master’s degree in the New Testament. For the last three years he has been teaching Pastoral Studies and New Testament at the seminary in Ushaw College.

Father Michael Marsden

was ordained in 1969 after training for the Priesthood at Ushaw College. As well as parish work he has extensive experience of Chaplaincy in hospital, prison and school. He has a particular love of the Word and the Sacraments and a great enthusiasm for adult education and formation.

Father William Massie

is a parish priest in Hull. He gained a Master’s degree in Mediaeval History at St Andrew’s University and then trained as a teacher. His studies for the priesthood were at the Gregorian Jesuit University in Rome and he obtained a Licence in Sacred Theology in 1994. Since then he has given occasional theological talks and for three years taught themes in Dogmatic theology to the novices at Ampleforth Abbey.

Father Peter Mulholland

studied Theology at the universities of Durham and Hull. He has taught courses on the Church and the Sacraments at Ushaw College, Durham.

Father James O’Brien

is an experienced teacher and lecturer, having taught Modern Languages and Religion at Secondary School and lectured in Theology at Ushaw College and Hull University. He has a degree in Theology and Masters degrees in French and German and Biblical Studies. Previously he has served as Parish Priest at Pocklington and is currently Catholic Chaplain to Hull University.

Mgr Canon Gerard Robinson

is a native of Middlesbrough, who left the town to pursue a career in teaching, eventually becoming a lecturer in Business and Management in Cambridge. He studied for the priesthood at the Beda College in Rome and has Masters degrees in Business Administration, Theology and Liturgy. He is Diocesan Vicar General, Master of Ceremonies, is currently Dean of Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesbrough.

Canon Alan Sheridan

is a native of South Bank, Middlesbrough and a graduate in Hispanic Studies from Liverpool University. He studied at the Venerable English College in Rome, being awarded a Licentiate in Canon Law. He has served at curate at St Francis, Acklam, and Parish Priest of St Patrick’s, Thornaby, and is currently Parish Priest of Saint George’s, York.

Marion Tulloch

has Masters degrees in Religious Studies and Jewish/Christian relations. Her extensive teaching and lecturing experience includes work with the Council of Christians and Jews, the Centre for Jewish and Christian Relations in Cambridge, and being Head of Religious Studies at Austin Friars School, Carlisle.

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