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Father Deodat Msahala
Parochial Administrator

Father Deo was born on 8th August 1953 in Tanzania, East Africa and ordained priest on 20th December 1980.

He studied Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol and Moral Theology at the Accademia Alfonsiana in Rome.

For 15 years he was a parish priest in his home diocese of Mahenge, Tanzania. Following that he became Treasurer General of the diocese for three and a half years and then Director of Formation for four years.

Prior to his appointment at St. Bartholomew's Father Deo had worked in the parish of St John the Evangelist, Gravesend from 2008. He also studied Ecumenism and Scripture in Jerusalem for one year. He was appointed Curate at St. Bartholomew's in 2011, and Parochial Administrator in 2013.

Father Innocent Ezeonyeasi
Curate

We are happy to announce the imminent arrival of Father Innocent to St. Bartholomew's as our new Curate, and look forward to welcoming him as he begins his priestly ministry among us over the weekend of 11/12 February 2016. We wish him every blessing as he joins us.

His birthday is January 3rd. Ordained on 24th August 2002, he is a priest of the Diocese of Orlu in Imo State, Nigeria. He was appointed Assistant Chaplain to the Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy in the UK in April 2009, and Principal Chaplain in January 2016, which post he relinquished in December that year.

Further details in due course

Reverend Ged Perkins
Permanent Deacon

Deacon Ged Perkins was born in West London but he has lived in South London for the majority of his life. Initially he lived in Brixton Hill where he attended St. Bernadette’s Infant School and St Bede’s Junior School. He then went to Bishop Thomas Grant RC Secondary School in Streatham. It was whilst Ged was at BTG that his parents decided to move to Norbury in 1975.

It was during this period that Ged joined the various activities that the Parish offered – he was a part of the 32nd Scout group and the St Bart’s football team where he played football under the guidance of the ‘legendary football coach’ Eddy Sanders.

After school Ged went into a career within local government working on frontline services at two London Boroughs. He still works in local government but with a national organisation which works with all local authorities in England & Wales helping them to manage the delivery of their services within an ever-changing environment.

Ged is happily married to Kathy. They have been blessed with two sons Nathan & Theo (their names mean ‘Gift of God’ in Hebrew and Greek) both of whom went to St James the Great and St Joseph’s College. It is through their influence that Ged became a football coach as well as a foundation governor at SJG with the hope of giving all children at the school the opportunities to excel.

Ged was asked to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion by Fr Richard Whinder. He was then asked to become a catechist by Fr Tom Cooper (prompted by Maria Lopeman). All of these factors alongside Deacon Paul’s Vocation Homily were strong influences in motivating him to make an enquiry about the permanent diaconate. A wonderful journey which culminated in Ged being ordained a deacon on 17th June 2016.

Ged is enthused by Pope Francis’ words:
"…holiness doesn’t mean doing extraordinary things but doing ordinary things with love and faith”. Therefore, through God’s grace, Jesus Christ’s inspiration and the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Ged hopes to serve wider St Bart’s community for many years to come.