Deacon Anthony Sullivan

I was born in 1963 in Clifton, Nottingham and educated at the local Catholic Schools, Blessed Robert Widmerpool, Primary and the Becket Comprehensive.

My working life has been spent mainly in the Care Sector, initially with the NHS at Mapperley Hospital and later with the local Authority at Nuffield House Day Centre, Sherwood Rise and later at Albany Day Services in St Anns, where I specialised in Dementia Care.

After listening to an appeal over 20 years ago for volunteers in the Chaplaincy Dept at HMP Nottingham, I joined a small group of people who met with inmates for Mass each week in the Prison Chapel. After Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate in 2006 I was asked by Bishop Malcolm to be Catholic Chaplain at HMP Whatton, one of three Prisons in our Deanery. I have worked there on a part time basis ever since.

When not working in the Prison I am involved in Pastoral Ministry at St Augustine’s. As well as carrying out the Liturgical role of a deacon at Mass, I regularly conduct Baptisms, preach and hold Funeral Services.

I believe the Church should have a ‘footprint’ in the local community and so I endeavour to visit the many Day Centres and Residential Homes that fall within and beyond our parish boundary. I also enjoy taking Holy Communion to housebound parishioners along with our Eucharistic Ministers.

Serving in both Prison and Parish Ministry has been a great experience and I look forward to working collaboratively within the Catholic Community of East Nottingham as it becomes an ever increasing sign of God’s presence in our midst.