The Oratory School Chaplain, Fr Kenneth Macnab, has been appointed by His Grace the Archbishop of Birmingham to be parish priest of Goring-on-Thames and Woodcote, our school’s parish, for August 2020. In doing so Fr Kenneth will succeed Fr Antony Conlon RIP, our former School Chaplain, who died in April.
The Oratory School Chairman of Governors and Head Master have invited Fr David Elliott, the school’s current Head of Theology, to be the new Oratory School Chaplain for the academic year 2020-21. This will allow the school to take the time to appoint a permanent Chaplain from 2021.
Fr David Elliott studied Theology as an undergraduate at Mansfield College in Oxford. After this he completed a Diploma in Jewish Studies, and a Master of Studies at the Oriental Institute before teaching for six years in Gloucestershire. He left to prepare for ordained ministry in the Church of England, completing a Masters in Theology at St Stephen’s House in Oxford. After a curacy in inner-city Birmingham he moved to Reading where he converted to the Catholic faith and was Ordained deacon and priest by Bishop Crispian Hollis, then Bishop of Portsmouth. In September 2011 Fr David was appointed Head of Theology at The Oratory School. He is a priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, erected by Benedict XVI, and has been the pastor for the Reading Ordinariate Mission since its inception in March 2011.
Fr David will continue as Head of Theology and combine that role with that of Chaplain
Fr Kenneth Macnab joined the school as Mr Macnab in 2005, as an Assistant Master. Having been ordained as a Catholic priest Fr Macnab was appointed Chaplain to the Oratory Schools in 2016, in which time his ministry has been notable for its warmth and enthusiastic support to pupils, parents and staff alike. He will be greatly missed, although we have the consolation that he will be close to the school in the local parish and will still join us regularly, both for services and to watch the cricket!