About us

The members of the Catholic Assocoiation of Preachers (CAP) steering group are:

Archbishop John Wilson was born in 1968 in Sheffield. He studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and religious studies at the University of Leeds and began formation for the priesthood for the Diocese of Leeds at the Venerable English College, Rome in 1989. During his seminary training he completed a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a Licence in Moral Theology at the Accademia Alfonsiana. He was ordained to the priesthood on 29 July 1995. He was appointed Assistant Priest at St Joseph’s, Pontefract in 1995, and to St Joseph’s, Bradford in 1998. In 1999, he was appointed Lecturer in moral theology at St Cuthbert’s Seminary, Ushaw College, Durham. He also completed a PhD at Durham University and latterly served as Vice Rector. In 2005, he was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation in the Diocese of Leeds. From 2008 to 2014 he was also sessional chaplain at HMP Leeds. In 2011 he was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI. He was elected Administrator of the Diocese of Leeds by the College of Consultors from September 2012 to November 2014. From 2015 to 2016 he served as Parish Priest of St Martin de Porres, Wakefield. On 24 November 2015 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. He was ordained to the episcopate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, 25 January 2016. He was also Chair of the Education Commission and had oversight of ecumenical work and inter-religious dialogue at diocesan level. He was also responsible for Liturgy, Art and Architecture, as well as the Historic Churches Commission. On 10 June 2019 he was appointed Archbishop of Southwark by Pope Francis on the retirement of Archbishop Peter Smith. His installation took place in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, on 25 July 2019.

Rev. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ - Entered the Society of Jesus in 1991, was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 and is currently Parish Priest of Farm Street in central London.  Fr Dominic is also the National Director of Landings, the programme for returning Catholics, Chair of Justice & Peace in the Diocese of Westminster, Ecclesiastical Assistant to Aid to the Church in Need, Vice-Chair of the Society for Ecumenical Studies and teaches Dogmatic Theology at Allen Hall Seminary and the Mater Ecclesiae Institute at St Mary’s University.  He is a regular contributor to The Preacher.  

Rev. Fr. Con Foley - is a priest of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. He is parish priest of Christ the Prince of Peace, Weybridge, Surrey and teaches homiletics and St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh. He trained as an accountant before entering the seminary at Wonersh in 1994. He received a doctorate in ministry (D.Min) from Catholic Theological Union Chicago in 2010, specializing in homiletics. He regularly gives workshops on homiletics to priests and deacons in diocese across England, Wales and Ireland.

Rev Fr. Joseph Owuou-Ansah is a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark and was ordained to the priesthood in July, 2014 after his priestly formation at St. John's Seminary, Wonersh. He served as assistant priest in two South London parishes and another in Kent. He is currently the Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish in Thanet - Kent whilst he also pursues a Master of Arts Degree in Theology with concentration on Sacred Scripture.

He is currently the Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish in Thanet - Kent and pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Theology with concentration on Sacred Scripture.

Rev. Deacon Duncan MacPherson is a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching. From 1967 to 2000 he taught in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St Mary's University College, Twickenham

(now Saint Mary’s University). He serves as Features Editor of The Preacher and is a tutor of the College of Preachers. He is also a member of the US-based Academy of Homiletics and of the Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics.

Since 1992 he has been a Permanent Deacon in the diocese of Westminster, he preaches widely and organises workshops on preaching.

Fr John Hemer MHM - John Hemer is a Mill Hill Missionary originally from Liverpool. He lectures in Sacred Scripture at Allen Hall, The Westminster Diocesan Seminary in London and at Oscott College, the Birmingham Seminary. He holds a licentiate from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He has worked as a missionary in Pakistan Uganda and Kenya and now gives lectures and retreats throughout Britain and in many other countries.

Carmen Narbona Calvo- Born in Valencia, Spain and educated in a Catholic convent school. After obtaining a master’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Valencia worked with the Department of Agriculture as an entomologist both in Spain and Miami, USA. She has lived in the USA, England, Portugal and The Netherlands.

Recently obtained a Masters in Pastoral Theology from St Mary's Twickenham and is currently working as Liturgy Coordinator at Christ the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Weybridge and as a volunteer assessor & adviser at the Cardinal Hume Centre in London. Recently went to Jordan and saw the plight of the Christian refugees from Iraq and felt completely committed to help them in any way she could and knows she is not alone in this!

David Payne is a married layman living in St Albans and the director of CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration). He has been working in evangelisation within the Church for over thirty years using various creative methods to preach the Good News such as; producing tv-quality filmed courses for parishes, schools and chaplaincies, writing several books, running parish missions and retreats and leading pilgrimages to Patmos etc.

Ken Carleton is a deacon of the Diocese of Brentwood.  After leaving school he read music at Royal Holloway College, later studying theology at King’s College London where he pursued his interests in Church History, completing his PhD in 1995.  His thesis, and subsequent book, look at the idea and office of bishop in England during the period of the Reformation up to the accession of Queen Elizabeth.  His most recent piece of work, completed just before he began formation for the diaconate, was a study of material culture in the diocese of Chichester under Bishop Sherburne (1508-36).  As Dean of Pastoral Studies on the Southern Diaconate Programme he is responsible for human and spiritual formation, as well as teaching Church History and Liturgy.  He is also a qualified accountant, working for a major international charity which he joined thirty-three years ago.  

Susan Elderfield - My position is the Advisor for School and College Chaplaincy in the Archdiocese of Southwark. Alongside St Mary’s University I am creating the Chaplaincy and Youth Work Apprenticeship. I also develop resources to support Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for schools.

After my extensive career in teaching, my motivation in faith formation and spiritual accompaniment has inspired the post that I now hold. I have the privilege of supporting Chaplains who believe deeply about their role and responsibility to develop the Catholic life and mission of their schools.

I am married to Javier and we are blessed with five children.  

Rosemary Leclercq - Currently works in a women’s prison in Surrey as a Roman Catholic Lay Chaplain.  Following the completion of a Lay Ministry Course in Campion House, Osterley in 2004 (with a placement in HMP Wormwood Scrubs) Rosemary has worked in Brixton, Coldingley and Downview prisons.  She is married with 3 sons and 2 grandsons.

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