Father Deo was born on 8th August 1953 in Tanzania, East
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
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
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
Further details in due course
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
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
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:
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.