Clergy Changes September 2019

Canon John Koenig, Deacon Keith Watson, Fr. Gregory Marchwinski

Canon John is retiring as Parish Priest from the beginning of September.

Deacon Keith retired as permanent Deacon in the Parish of St Edward on 31st July. Keith and Christine thank parishioners for their prayers, kindness and support over the past thirteen Years.

Father Gregory Marchwinski will be the new parish priest.  At present  he is Assistant Priest to Dean Michael Harrison at Our Lady of Walsingham, Corby. Father Wilson Sebastian MSFS will remain here to support him.

Message from Canon John, September 1st, 2019

Au revoir, Saturday was my last day as Parish priest and from today, Sunday, Fr Gregory is the Priest in charge. I hope he will find the support and happiness here that I have over the last 25 years.

Firstly, many thanks for everyone’s kind wishes and cards, I will treasure them all. Following long and careful deliberations and with Bishop Peter’s blessing, I will not be moving to become Parish Priest in Olney, but will look for a quieter life and will be joining the ranks of the “retired priests” of the Diocese, who continue to help out at weekends around the Diocese; during the last year or more we have benefitted from help from Fr Tony Whitfield, Fr Brian Leatherland and Mgr. Tony McDermott and during my recent illness also Fr Robert Preece.
My love and prayers to you all.

Letter to the Whole Parish, from Canon John, August 2019

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,

Thank you for all your cards, prayers and good wishes. Over recent weeks I’ve managed to have a few short messages included in the weekly newsletter. The most recent medical procedure on 11th July was, as I understand it, successfully putting a further stent in an artery for my heart. However, as I look back over this year in particular, I realise I am not as young as I used to be, and how much time I have spent in hospital and related treatments.

I have come to the reluctant conclusion that after twenty-five years at St Edward’s I need to take a simpler post. Bishop Peter has agreed and asked me to be Parish Priest in Olney, by Milton Keynes, by the beginning of September.

As I have been with you so long, I feel the wrench very much – it has been a great blessing to share in this parish with its several happy churches and many communities. And I wish to make special mention of Deacon Keith’s outstanding help for over ten years, with support from wife Christine.

I have had to make up my mind, but I hope very much it will be possible to share with you in a Mass of thanksgiving soon after the beginning of a new school year, in typical St Edwards style, and to give thanks together for so many blessings.

Please keep me in your prayers, as I keep you all in mine.

With every Blessing

Canon John.