The Catholic Parish of
Blessed John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Parish Magazine - Sept. Oct. 2004

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Fr Michael writes


For the record, I was actually born in Colchester, Essex in June 1961 the eldest son of three boys to Peter and Isabel Hughes. My father was in the Army, so I spent most of my childhood moving from one posting to another sometimes in this country and also on foreign placements, mainly East Africa and Singapore. When my father left the army in 1973, he joined the prison service and so by a round about route the family moved to Wakefield in 1975; this is where I call home so hence the Yorkshire accent.

On leaving school at 16 in 1977 I worked as an apprentice engineer for British Gas before working as a Gas Service engineer until 1987 when I moved over to the retail side of the industry to become a salesman. It was from this position that I left British Gas in 1994 to go to seminary: firstly to Campion House, Osterley in West London and then to complete my studies at the Beda College and Angelicum University in Rome. I was ordained to the priesthood on 1st of July 2000. My first placement was at St. Roberts in Harrogate where one of my main duties was to be Chaplain to St. John Fisher High School.

My main interests away from the clerical life revolve around sport; I’m very fond of watching most types of sport particularly football having been a Leeds fan for years. I have to be honest and admit I prefer to do rather than watch so I ski – a little, play golf, fly fish and still enjoy my 5-a-side football. If I am honest what I lack in skill I make up for with enthusiasm.

I look forward to serving in the parish as an assistant priest and the challenge of being both chaplain to St. Theresa’s Primary School and Seacroft hospital.




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