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Fr Jonathan Veasey STL - Our Parish Priest
Jonathan Veasey was born in Warwick in May 1967, the son of Roland and Mary May Veasey. After completing his education at Aylesford School in Warwick he was accepted into Oscott College, Birmingham in September 1986 to commence studies and formation for the diocesan priesthood.
He was ordained Deacon at Oscott College in June 1991 by the Archbishop of Birmingham, The Most Reverend Maurice Couve de Murville.
After Oscott College, he then moved to the American College of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium to complete his seminary formation and pursue theological studies. He was awarded a Licentiate Degree in Theology in June 1993.
In the course of his studies at Louvain his interest and aptitude for Catholic education was recognised and developed.
He was ordained Priest by Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville in July 1992 at his home parish of St. Mary Immaculate in Warwick.
On his return to England, Father Jonathan took up his first post as Assistant Priest in the parish of St. Patrick, Wolverhampton from 1993-1994.
His interest in Catholic education led to his appointment as Religious Education Adviser to Catholic primary schools in the Archdiocese and took up residence at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham.
In 1995 the Diocesan Department of Religious Education moved to new premises in Coleshill and Fr. Jonathan was appointed to the parish of St. Thomas More, Coventry to reside with Monsignor Thomas Gavin.
In 2004 Fr. Jonathan was appointed Diocesan Director of Religious Education and Parish Priest of St. John Vianney, Coventry. He was inducted as Parish Priest in November 2004. In September 2011 Fr. Jonathan was appointed the first Director of the Diocesan Education Service, bringing together into one organisation the work of the Diocesan Schools Commission and the Diocesan RE Department.
Father Jonathan has written various articles on Catholic Education. He was the lead writer of the Birmingham Diocesan programme for Religious Education in primary schools, and has been a regular contributor to Catholic Today.
In addition to education and his parish duties, Father Jonathan enjoys travelling and walking. He would greatly appreciate help in his attempts to maintain and improve his standard of fitness!