Rev Jim Brennan
Parish Safeguarding Officer:
Mrs Jan Jenkins
If you have any concerns about any safeguarding issues with children or vulnerable adults then please contact her. St Anthony's is part of the Diocese of Plymouth and as such adheres to CSAS safeguarding policies (CSAS: Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service)
Father Dylan James
Father Dylan was appointed to our parish in 2016.
He spent the previous 9 years as parish priest of nearby Shaftesbury and has also served in Exeter and Poole. He was ordained on 2nd Dec 1998.
He is native to our diocese, having been raised in Torquay in Devon, and if his accent puzzles you, he has a Welsh father and an American mother
Like our new Bishop, the 'New Evangelisation' is a defining part of his Catholic vision. He is a product of the 'new ecclesial movements' (see here). In particular, he's a member of the Faith Movement, a national Catholic organisation that works with young people and runs annual youth weeks to help teenagers and young adults grow in knowledge of the Faith and maturity in their love of God (see here).
Fr Dylan teaches Moral Theology at St John's Seminary at Wonersh near Guildford, and has done further studies in Washington DC and then Rome, specialising in Bioethics.
Before training for the priesthood he got a degree in Mathematical Physics and continues to be interested in the relationship between science and religion. His formation for the priesthood was at Oscott College seminary in Birmingham. Fr Dylan attributes his priestly vocation to his family’s religious example and the message and intercession of Our Lady of Fatima.