“I am deeply humbled that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed me the new Bishop of Plymouth. Recognising that I am a sinner who experiences the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus, I embrace with my whole self this deeper call to service in His Church. I know that the example and witness of Pope Francis will continue to inspire and shape my ministry as Shepherd to all in the Diocese, especially to serve the poor, the weak, and those who feel alienated from God, as I work alongside fellow Christians.”
Welcome to our web site! At Allen Hall Seminary men prepare to become priests of the Roman Catholic Church. Ours is a rich history. Our seminary was founded in 1568 in France and many of our first priests came to England “on mission” and were subsequently martyred for the Catholic faith.
When a man arrives at Allen Hall – either from the Diocese of Westminster or one of the other dioceses or religious orders which send men to Allen Hall – he begins a six-year period of formation for the priesthood. The word ‘formation’ is significant. This time is not just about ‘studying’ or ‘training’ for the priesthood, it is about growing to become more like Christ the Good Shepherd – it involves the whole person.