Parish Clergy

The Parish Priest is Fr Graham Ricketts. Born in South East London. Brought up and educated in Sussex. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Worked for a short time in Geotechnical Instrumentation as (amongst other things) a Design and Project Engineer. Trained for Anglican ministry and obtained a Theology Degree. Served in Brighton and Crawley as Anglican Priest for 6 years. Received into the Catholic Church in 1998. Worked in advocacy for adults with Learning Disability and taught on CCRS at Brighton University. Trained for Priesthood at Wonersh and Ordained on 11 February 2003 at St Mary Magdalen in Brighton. Parish Priest in Rottingdean with Woodingdean for 11 years. Married with three children. Parents received into the Catholic Church in 2010. Passion for Rugby, prayer, preaching, silence and for people to know Jesus.

Deacon Richard Edwards was ordained by Bishop Kieran Conry in July 2005. Formerly in business, Deacon Richard is a maths teacher by profession; he lives in Steyning with his wife, Ros. They have two grown-up children, Nick and Kate.

Fr Tony Lovegrove lives in retirement at The Towers Convent with his black Labrador, Ben, and regularly celebrates Mass in the parish at weekends. He was formerly parish priest of Haslemere, and then of our neighbouring parish in Lancing, having for many years taught Philosophy at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh and, like Fr Seán, been chaplain at the University of Surrey.

These are our sisters at The Towers. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament arrived in Upper Beeding in 1903, where they have been running a school for girls ever since.

The sisters have been playing an increasing role in the parish in recent years, visiting the sick and participating in sacramental programmes—and above all by their prayers.

L to R: Sister Catherine, Sister Mary Andrew, Sister Mary Patrick (Superior), Sister Frances, Sister Breda and Sister Consolata.

Deacon Stephen Sharpe is on secondment presently to St Joseph's and St Francis in Brighton as part of our social outreach.