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Thanks to you all for your kind and thoughtful messages. getting ordained was an incredible and beautiful experience, with much peace and joy.
God bless you all.
Fr Thomas


  1. Thanks to you all for your kind and thoughtful messages -getting ordained was an incredible and beautiful experience, with much…

  2. Hi Richard, I remember you well from Granny’s 90th -I recall you amusing us all very much with your jokes.…

  3. It was a beautiful ceremony, Thomas. congratulations on your new life going forward.

  4. Dear father Thomas, greetings from Lagos, Nigeria. Congratulations on your ordination. My family and I became a part of the…

  5. Dearest Father Tom, I watched your ordination today from Illinois USA and became overwhelmed with my first experience of witnessing…


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  1. May God bless you and keep you as you prepare for your Ordination, Thomas. We are very excited for you and for all of us. We shall attend virtually and are especially happy to know we can virtually attend mass with you officiating on the Sunday!
    Every blessing,
    Gráinne, Ken, Isaac and Maria

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  2. Dear Tom. What a blessing to know that you are becoming a priest. God is good. May he bless your life and mission and through you many many other people. May he make you a very holy priest
    With all our love and prayers

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  3. Dear Thomas: Sheila and Peter Pike wishing you all good happiness, and congratulations on your ordination in Arundel and Brighton on 11 July 2020. It has taken seven years for you to arrive at this point and we recall all your hard work.Sheila has been following your spiritual perseverance to reach this point. We used to see you at Horsham and other places in the diocese, keeping an eye on you. We would love to see you at 10.00 on 26 July at Horsham. Love and God bless, Sheila and Peter.

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  4. Dear Thomas,
    May you live your priesthood close to the tender and immaculate heart of Our Blessed Lady so that you will always be a ladder to Heaven for all the souls in your care.
    God bless you,
    Molly Holloway

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  5. Dear Thomas,
    May you live your priesthood close to the tender and immaculate heart of Our Blessed Lady so that you will always be a ladder to Heaven for all the souls in your care.
    God bless you,
    Molly Holloway

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  6. Dear Thomas,
    I will never forget the moment that Jesus affirmed his joy at your response to his call – witnessed by us both and a class full of children! You have been in my thoughts and prayers ever since and will continue to be as you begin this wonderful life of service and love.
    Much love and Prayers,
    Anna Flood and the children and staff of St Richard’s Catholic Primary School Chichester.

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  7. Dear Thomas,
    I send you my very best wishes on your forthcoming Ordination, this very special day in your life. I pray that God will richly bless you and be with you in all you do in the years ahead.
    With my love and prayers,
    Sheila Lockwood

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  8. Dear (soon to be Fr) Tom,

    I am so happy you have found a calling to the priesthood. It’s lovely that a young man such as yourself will brighten the mass with your enthusiasm for the lord. I know first hand that the priest life can be a hard one, my dad is Fr Steven Purnell (who recently retired from East Grinstead and Lingfield). He found it difficult at times but the most rewarding job in the world. We wish you all the best! It was lovely to spend time with you at Lourdes in 2013 (redshirts). Good luck and god bless!

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  9. Dear Tom,

    The words of Cardinal Vincent at the Requiem Mass for Canon Christopher Tuckwell are as important for you at the start of your priesthood as they were for Canon Tuckwell at the end of his.

    Blessing on you Tom. Eddie Tulasiewicz

    You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’ and echoed those similar words of St Thomas: ‘My Lord and my God’. His profession of faith, deep, personal, resolute, enduring, guided both the manner of his life and the manner of his dying.

    Peter’s profession of faith, in the narrative of St Matthew, has an important context. It takes place at Caesaria Philippi, a location northeast of the Sea of Galilee. Remote it might have been, but not insignificant. Its original name was Panias, after the Greek god of nature, Pan, for an ancient shrine to that pagan deity was located there. It was also the site of ancient Syrian temples, set aside for the worship of Baal. But most dramatically, Herod the Great had built a huge temple in Panias to the godhead of Caesar. Herod’s son, Philip, had further embellished the marble temple and changed the name of the town to Caesaria, Caesar’s town, adding his own too: Caesaria Philippi.

    So it was before this huge monument to the Roman notion of the godhead, with its pagan ancestry, that Jesus posed the question: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ And Peter responds, in the face of the power of the place and the culture of his day: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’

    The question, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ echoes down through the ages and knocks on the door of our hearts, too. Christopher’s answer was unequivocal. We pray that ours may be so, too, even as we stand in the context of so many prevailing options and contrary claims, both worldly and some even pagan.

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  10. Dear Fr. Thomas
    Congratulations on becoming a Priest
    It was a beautiful service and your parents did you proud. We were sorry we couldn’t be there in person but look forward to seeing you soon.
    God Bless
    John and Jennie Whelan

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  11. Dear Father Tom,
    I am at a loss for words – the Ordination Ceremony was so beautiful. Thank you for inviting me to join you and your family on this very special occasion. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Pamela Coyne

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  12. Congratulations Fr Tom. Here at Wickenden Manor we have been praying for you for many years and will continue to accompany you. Very best wishes from us all, Bene

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  13. Dear Fr. Tom,
    I just finished watching your ordination from San Diego, California. So beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for allowing us Rosary Soldiers to accompany you on this journey. I hope you feel us all behind you, loving and supporting and praying for you. I will being praying for you daily, and I hope I will be able to meet you the next time I visit England. It was such a great pleasure to meet your parents the last time. May God continue to bless you always.
    Lisa Vieira

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  14. Father Tom , Hello – I dont know whether we have ever met , I am a distant relation of yours ( My mother being Moira Noreen Whitehouse later Leith ; My sister is Marilyn Barker born Leith) and I live in France – I had great joy following your Ordination Ceremony through our very modern internet system , quite amazing all that we can do these days ,,, Now then ! Please enlighten me into the Chant at around -53.52 on Youtube : So beautiful , excellent for meditation I think ; I wish for you happiness and love to distribute to all mankind ,,
    Love from Richard over in France

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    1. Hi Richard,

      I remember you well from Granny’s 90th -I recall you amusing us all very much with your jokes. The chant you you are referring to is called Veni Creator Spiritus -and you’re right, it is mesmerizingly beautiful.

      I hope very much that we will be able to meet up again one day. If ever you return to England, you would be most welcome to pop into the presbytery in Guildford.

      God bless Tom

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  15. Dear fr Thomas-Congratulations and welcome! “I believe that my Ordination to the priesthood was the one great secret for which I was born” — so says an over quoted cleric of the XXth century-Welcome into the Friends of the Bridegroom! May you be richly fruitful in the salvation of Souls! Can it be almost two years since you so beautifully ministered and sang as Subdeacon for the Assumption at St Bede’s!? Please come whenever you can to St Augustine’s Ramsgate and offer a Missa cantata now in ‘Persona Christi’ and bring your family! May the Sacrifice of the Mass our whole purpose in the priesthood bring you that joy and supernatural peace which is not of this world
    In Xto—fXtopher Basden-your ancient brother

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  16. Dearest Father Tom,
    I watched your ordination today from Illinois USA and became overwhelmed with my first experience of witnessing this most beautiful sacrament. Oh how happy I was for you and your family. It was if I was actually there with you and tears of joy filled my eyes and peace filled my heart. I have followed you along this past year on Flocknote’s Rosary Soldiers of Mary and it has been such a gift to know you and all your fellow Future priests (and those who are). I look forward perhaps to viewing a few others that might be covered live. I sure hope they are offered to the public. God Bless you today and always. I want to send my love to your mom and dad too.

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  17. Dear father Thomas, greetings from Lagos, Nigeria. Congratulations on your ordination. My family and I became a part of the Guildford Parish community since we started joining the Sunday masses by livestream due to the lockdown, and have followed your progress in the final weeks coming up to your ordination. The ordination of a new priest is always a source of joy for the universal Church and it is no less so in my family. We wish you fidelity and joy in your ministry. May God bless your family as well.

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  18. Thanks to you all for your kind and thoughtful messages -getting ordained was an incredible and beautiful experience, with much peace and joy. God bless you all. Fr Thomas

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