Profile: David Matthews, Parish Priest, St. Julian's & Alway

Fr. David is parish priest at Ss. Julius & Aaron, St. Julian's, and St. Teilo, Alway, in Newport.

I’m a Dubliner with a good sense of humour, who in 1996 was ordained Priest in Ireland. Before marrying Wendy, I was a Monk for many years and now as a Priest Oblate, I continue the contemplative life.

Before ordination, I was an interpreter and university lecturer in France, then worked in Ireland as an Inspector in Modern Languages.

1997: from Ireland to Newport as Bishop’s Chaplain at the Cathedral

2001: incumbency in Marshfield and St. Brides, plus Liturgical Advisor to the DAC, MU Chaplain and Vocations Advisor

2012: landed here ...

And now, alongside Parish work, I lead retreats and offer spiritual direction and ministry supervision to UK clergy and laity. I’m a member of the Provincial Discernment Panel for Ordained Ministry, a leader of formational cells with ministry candidates and assist with Post-Ordination Training. I’m also a visiting Lecturer in Applied Pastoral Theology at St Padarn’s.

I love coffee and working out - and a bit of furniture restoration :-)