Our Parish & Our History
St Wilfrid’s Church is the Parish Church for Cantley, Bessacarr and Branton, serving some 6,000 homes in those communities and situated some 4 miles SE of Doncaster town centre. There has been a church on the site since the 11th Century. Details of the history of St Wilfrid’s Church and the Life of St Wilfrid may be found in the ‘History’ section of our website.
Our Church & Our Worship
St Wilfrid’s Church has been firmly established in the Catholic tradition within the Church of England for over one hundred years and is affiliated to The Society of St Wilfrid & St Hilda and Forward in Faith. St Wilfrid’s Church is part of the Deanery of Doncaster, within the Diocese of Sheffield, and under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Beverley, the Rt. Revd. Glyn Webster.
The Patron of the Living is The Guild of All Souls.
The Revd. Fr. Andrew Howard became our Vicar in October 2013.
Fr. Andrew, as he is known to us, was born in Derby in 1963. After school, he worked in Hotel Management for fifteen years, latterly as the Front Office Manager for Hilton International Hotels at Manchester Airport. During this time he obtained a BA in Theology & Religious Studies at Manchester University.
In 1995, he commenced his Ordination Training at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield and during that time obtained an MA from Leeds University. He was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Southwell in 1997 and Priest in 1998. He served as Assistant Curate at the Priory Church of Our Lady & St Cuthbert, Worksop, in the Diocese of Southwell, from 1997 to 2001.
From 2001 to 2005, Fr. Andrew was Vicar of St Timothy’s, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, in the Diocese of York, where he was also a School Governor of two local Primary Schools.
In 2005, he was appointed Chaplain to the University of Teesside, in the Diocese of York. During his years at the University of Teesside, Fr. Andrew was also an Associate Priest at St Columba with St Paul & St John the Evangelist, both Anglo Catholic Parishes. He also served as a member of General Synod – House of Clergy – for the Diocese of York from 2009 until his appointment as our Vicar in 2013.
Fr. Andrew has a strong attachment to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and has led annual Parish Pilgrimages and Youth Pilgrimages to the Shrine for the last ten years.
Since his arrival at St Wilfrid’s, Fr. Andrew has been appointed to the Sheffield Diocesan Synod and is a Governor of St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School in Branton.
Our Assistant Curate
The Revd. Fr. Edward Morrison became our Assistant Curate in July 2015.
Fr. Edward was born in 1989 and brought up in Sheffield where he attended Birkdale School.
After taking A-levels in History, Politics, Religious Studies and French, he went to the University of York in 2007 to read History, during which time he also volunteered in the Royal Naval Reserves.
After leaving university, Fr. Edward worked for Dods Parliamentary Communications in Westminster as a researcher and events organiser.
In 2012 Fr. Edward went to work as a pastoral assistant at St Mary’s Church, Horden, in the Diocese of Durham, and was recommended for ordination later that year.
Fr. Edward trained for ordination at St Stephen’s House, Oxford and was ordained Deacon in Sheffield Cathedral in July 2015. He was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by +Glyn, Bishop of Beverley,in Sheffield Cathedral on Sunday 26th June 2016 .
Fr. Edward is also a Governor of St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School in Branton
In his leisure time, Fr. Edward enjoys tennis, skiing and foreign travel
Our Spiritual & Social Activities
Mass times are shown under the Services section of our website. There are also a number of regular weekly and monthly spiritual and social activities, as well as special events throughout the year. Details of all these are contained in the Activities section of our website, which is updated weekly.
We maintain very close links with St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School in Branton and members of our congregation are governors at the school. Full details of the School and its activities may be found through the Links page on our website.