Our Parish Pastoral Team
If you come to Mass at Our Lady's in Acomb or at St. Joseph's in Green Hammerton you will see that all kinds of people are involved in all kinds of ways. The name the Christian community has for this kind of helping is ministry. It is not just the doing of a job or filling a gap but something much more. It is a way of building up the local community which, we believe, is a part of the Body of Christ. There are, however, some key people who you are likely to meet in a more public capacity and that is because they have been appointed by the Bishop to serve our parish community in his name.
Fr. Tony Lester, O.Carm.
Tony came to Our Lady's as our parish priest in September 2017. He has been a Carmelite since 1974 and was ordained priest in 1989. Tony has lived in York since 1995 living at More House where he was Chaplain to the University of York and, also, served three terms as Community Leader for the Carmelite Order in Britain. He also has pastoral experience in hospital and prison chaplaincy and chaplaincy with HCPT and Faith and Light. He has been involved in youth and retreat ministry and has an ongoing pastoral contact with the LGBT community. His professional background is in Community and Youth Work where he worked with young offenders and in Inner-City Manchester.
Rev Peter Warren
Peter was ordained to deacon by the Bishop of Middlesbrough in 2010 and has been in ministry in York since then first at St. George's and now at Our Lady's. Peter is married with two grown up children. Peter's background is in the law and his full-time job is with the Diocese of Middlesbrough as the Diocesan Solicitor.
In the parish Peter has a particular role in proclaiming and preaching God's Word where his experience as a married man is very valuable. He is also involved in baptisms, weddings and funerals as time allows.
Fr. Kevin Melody, O.Carm
Kevin was the first Carmelite friar to serve Our Lady's as parish priest and he came to Acomb early in 2015. Kevin joined the Carmelites in 1996 and was ordained priest in 2003. Much of his ministry has been as parish priest in busy Inner-City London but he has also worked in the Philippines, Timor Leste and Australia before coming to York.
Kevin has been appointed to serve as Catholic Chaplain to the University of York and has now moved to More House in Heslington where the Chaplaincy is based.
As time allows Kevin will still have an involvement in our parish and will not be a stranger.