St Mary's Fleetwood
Father Michael Murphy
I was born in the former Milton Lodge Maternity Home just behind the Mount (now Milton Lodge Residential Home). For most of my childhood, I attended St. Wulstan’s church here in Fleetwood and went to St. Wulstan’s Catholic primary school. Aged eleven, I went to the former Diocesan Junior Seminary at Underley Hall near Kirkby Lonsdale. Most of my major seminary training was at the Venerable English College in Rome. I was ordained priest in my home parish of St. Wulstan’s on the Feast of St. Mary Magdalen, 22nd. July, 1978.
As a priest, I served in the parishes of Sts. Mary & Michael, Garstang (for three years) and St. Mary of Furness, Barrow-in-Furness (for five years) as assistant priest. After five years as Catholic chaplain to the University of Lancaster, I studied for a degree in Law, graduating from Leicester University in 1994.
For fifteen years, I served the parish of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Preston, as assistant priest for three years and as parish priest for twelve. In 2009, I moved to the parish of Our Lady & St. Joseph, Carlisle, and, in 2011, I moved to the parish of St. Cuthbert, Wigton. I came here, to the parish of St. Mary, Fleetwood, in 2013.
My late mother, Rose, was baptised here at St. Mary’s and my maternal grandparents were married here. On that side of the family, my connection with this parish and its beautiful church goes back through the generations. I can only say that I am thoroughly delighted to be back “home” and to be amongst “my own”. May God bless and make fruitful the time that I spend here.
The Late Reverend Bill Wright
It is with great sadness that I finally get around to publishing on the website the death of the Reverend Bill Wright. He died on 13 December 2017, and his Funeral Mass on 22 December was a very prayerful and faith-filled celebration. A packed church gave thanks to God for the life of this good and faithful servant of God and of his people. Bill’s daughter, Helen, and his son, Gerard, paid an eloquent - and at times amusing – tribute to their father. Please pray that God will comfort Bill’s wife Jo and give strength to her and to all Bill’s family.
Bill was very much the rock at the centre of the life of St Mary’s parish. We all miss him very much.
May he rest in peace!