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Change of Parish Priest at Walworth
06 August 2012

On Sunday 5th August a farewell Mass was celebrated at the Carmelite-served parish of English Martyrs Catholic Church in the London suburb of Walworth.

Father Francis Kemsley, O.Carm., has been parish priest there since 2008.

Due to health problems Francis is moving to join the community of Carmelite friars at Aylesford Priory ('The Friars) in Kent. He will take up a pastoral role at Aylesford in his native Kent in the autumn.

Fr. Francis celebrating Mass at Aylesford Priory.

The role of Parish Priest will be taken on by the Prior of the friar community at Walworth, Fr. Kevin Melody, O.Carm., who previously held the role until going on sabbatical in 2008.

Fr. Kevin Melody, O.Carm.

The farewell Mass was well attended and an opportunity for members of the parish, the school connected to it, and groups within it, to express their thanks to Fr. Francis for his considerable service at Walworth, and to wish him well at Aylesford. The Mass was attended by the Prior Provincial, Fr. Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm., who paid tribute to Fr. Francis' ministry in Walworth over many years.

Fr. Francis Kemsley, O.Carm.