The Bishop’s Council serves the Bishop of Northampton in an advisory capacity as instructed in canon. 473. The Council comprises of the Vicar General and the three Episcopal Vicars. The council meets with Bishop David fortnightly to discuss matters arising from each of their areas of responsibility.
Rev Canon Michael Harrison – Vicar General
Fr Michael was born in 1960 in Wealdstone, North London. His family moved to Bletchley , Milton Keynes in 1962 and this is where Fr Michael grew up. He was educated at St Thomas Aquinas Primary Schools and Bletchley Grammer School. Fr Michael went on to study Business Studies and for six years worked in the Lord Chancellor’s department of Civil Service. Following his ordination to the Priesthood in 1990, Fr Michael was appointed as diocesan youth chaplain regularly taking young epople on pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Fr Michael was appointed Assistant priest at Our Lady of walsingham in Corby before becoming Parish Priest of St John Ogilvie in Corby in 1996. Between 2000 and 2002 Fr Michael was Parish Priest at St Gregory The Greta In Northamptonbefore spending 11 years as Parish Priest in his home parish in Bletchley. After a year spent at St Anthony’s in Slough Fr Michael returned to his beloved Corby as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Walsingham and St John Ogilvie. Between 2018 and 2021 his responsibilities spread to include oversight of the parishes in Raunds, Trapstone and Oundle.
He was appointed to the Cathedral Chapter in 2016 and and is dean of the pastoral area of North Northants. Bishop David appointed Canon Michael as Vicar General from September 2021.
Rev Andrew Richardson – Episcopal Vicar
Fr Andrew was born in Luton in March 1976 and attended Cardinal Newman Secondary School before attaining a Masters degree in Chemical Egineering at the University of Manchester. He was ordained a priest on 21st June 2008 by Bishop Peter Doyle. He was an Assistant Priest at St Edwards in Kettering prior to being appointed as Parish priest of Our Lady of Peace in Burnham in 2012. He moved to be Parish Priest of Holy Family and St John’s in Luton in 2019.
Bishop David appointed Fr Andrew as Episcopal Vicar with responsibilty for the Priest Vicariate from September 2021.
Rev Simon Penhalagan – Episcopal Vicar
Fr Simon was born in Hayes in 1965. He attained a BA (hons)degree from St Mary’s, Twickenham in History and Classical Studies followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance from Kent College for the Careers Service.
Father Simon has been a member of the Clareton Lay Community at Buckden Towers, Cambridgshire leading youth retreats and more recently the SION Community for Evamgelism. He has held many positions within the Sion Community and from 2010-2018 was President. Fr Simono was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on 28th June 2008 at Northampton Cathedral and has been the Chairman of our diocesan youth ministry team, NYMO for the past eight years, whilst also being Assistant Priest at teh Cathedral and since 2018, Parish Priest of St Martin De Porres in Luton.
Bishop David appointed Fr Simon as Episcopal Vicar for the Prophet Vicariate from September 2021.
Rev Christopher Perry – Episcopal Vicar
Fr Christopher was born in 1978 and raised in Cornwall, educated in a Church of England school but not baptised until he was 11 years old. He worshipped as an Anglican at Truro Cathedral. He studied Theology at Durham University and it was here that he considered becoming a Catholic. However, Fr Christopher returned to Cornwall where he was ordained an Anglican Priest working in a parish in Pensance for five years. Having got to know local clergy, Fr Christopher attended Catholic Mass regualrly, had formal instruction and was recieved into the Catholic Church.
Fr Christopher was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in January 2013 following a year in Vallodolid and his seminary training spent at Oscott College. Fr Christopher served as an Assistant Priest in Our Lady of Walsingham, Corby before taking up his appointment as Parish Priest of St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints, Bletchley in October 2013.
Bishop David has appointed Fr Christopher as Episcopal Vicar for the Servant King Vicariate from September 2021.