Over time this has been expressed through his essential servant leadership
New beginnings beckon Mgr Des Seddon after thirty-seven years of service to Catholic Education within and beyond our archdiocese. Over time this has been expressed through his essential servant leadership toward home, school, and parish partnership in Catholic Life, Collective Worship, and Religious Education.
This was the focus of the Mass of Thanksgiving concelebrated at the Margaret Clitherow Centre, led by Archbishop Malcolm. Bishop John Rawsthorne highlighted Mgr Des’ full range of work always carried out with precision and humility.
Over those decades he has shared in and delivered the development of numerous primary and secondary Religious Education programmes. He has pioneered and co-ordinated a whole generation of inspection teams and processes. Sacramental programmes have been implemented and enriched by his expertise. Since 1993 he has been pivotal in directing the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS). For those staff and pupils in need of Rainbows support for their deceased, he has ensured his own availability and the provision of a large team of trained directors.
All of this and much more was marked as we celebrated together on the night. Amongst our congregation were family and friends from so many spheres of his life works. These included school governors and staff. There were members of the Archdiocesan Education Department past and present. How fitting it was that Mgr Des’ work nationally was marked by representation from the Catholic Education Service and the National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers. He has always worked and observed from outside the box directing and supporting numerous projects over the years for the dioceses of England and Wales.
Mass concluded with the presentation of a papal blessing from His Holiness Pope Francis. This so beautifully expressed the thanks of the Church for the vital ingredient of Mgr Des’ life, namely his living priesthood.
To the parishioners of his beloved St Mary and St Kentigern, we thank you for having shared your parish priest with us over these many years. We now give him back to you much loved, supported, and highly esteemed.
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