Parish Priest – Father Gerry Mulvihill
I was born and grew up in County Galway in the West of Ireland in a family of just two boys. My early education was unexceptional except that the Headteacher at my Primary School was also my mother! Following Secondary School I was accepted to train for the priesthood at All Hallows College in Dublin where I spent seven happy years. The early part of my training included a degree in English and Politics, and the later years concentrated on theological and pastoral formation.
After ordination in 1974 I came to this diocese where my first appointment was as Assistant Priest in Sutton, Surrey. Two other appointments as an Assistant followed, at Tonbridge in Kent, and at St Boniface Parish, Tooting. In 1985 I was appointed Parochial Administrator at St John Fisher, Thamesmead, where I spent three years before having a sabbatical in the US in 1988-9. There I took a degree in Pastoral Studies, which explains the letters MPS following my name in the diocesan directory. From 1989 to early 2011 I served as Parish Priest at English Martyrs, Streatham, and took up my present appointment here at St Thomas More in February 2011.
When not engaged in my work in the parish, my greatest pleasure is the company of friends. In my youth I played various sports; nowadays I enjoy walking, and an innocuous game of golf. I look forward each summer to catching up with family members and friends during a visit to Ireland. For some years, a highlight of each winter has been a week’s skiing in the Alps. I have always taken a keen interest in current affairs, and like to read when I can, though it can be a challenge given the demands of parish life.