The Diocese of Northampton is incredibly excited to announce the introduction of a new agency, Mission Northampton. Mission Northampton serves the whole diocese across the counties of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire as well as Slough in Berkshire. Incorporating catechesis and school chaplaincy, Mission Northampton will also strategically support local evangelistic approaches and programs.
Since his ordination in March 2020, Bishop David has sent a clear message for the need to reach out to those outside of our church walls, sharing the Gospel with those in our local communities; Mission Northampton is one key part of this vision.
The Mission Northampton team will be led by the Director, Fr Simon Penhalagan. Fr Simon has many years of experience in evangelisation through parishes, schools and mission focussed communities. He was the president of the Sion Community, a charismatic Catholic community with a charism centred on evangelisation. In this role he led the community in mission outreach projects through primary and secondary school missions, parish renewal missions and formation programs and retreats, teaching apologetics.
Fr Simon said “My prayer is that all of us as disciples of Jesus are ever more open to the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts, asking us to respond to Jesus’ call and commission to be the missionary disciples that he made us and baptised us to be”.
The Mission Northampton team will be based at our new St Thomas Centre at Northampton Cathedral.