Welcome to St Aidan's.
If you have found this website we would like to greet you in the words of Jesus when after his Resurrection he said, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). St Aidan’s parish covers most of Coulsdon and is in the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark. We have a primary school which serves the families of our parish a well as the families of St Mary’s, Old Coulsdon. We hope you find that this website gives you some information about our Catholic community and its activities as well as inviting you to visit and make yourself known. When Jesus first met two people who were later to become disciples he responded to their enquiry as to where he lived by saying, “Come and see” (John 1:39). He could have given them the address of his house or drawn a map but instead he gave them an invitation which was the beginning of friendship between them. The purpose of this website is not just to impart useful information but more importantly to invite you to “come and see”.
Fr Peter was born in Sutton of Irish parents but grew up in Ireland in the town of Fermoy, Co. Cork. He was educated by the Presentation Sisters and Christian Brothers until he moved to London at the age of fourteen. He completed his secondary school education at Wimbledon College, a Jesuit comprehensive school. From 1977 he trained for the priesthood at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Surrey. As a deacon he spent a short period at St Elphege’s, Wallington and was ordained to the priesthood in 1983 at Christ the King Church, Wimbledon Park. His first appointment as a priest was to St Andrew’s parish, Thornton Heath. Having served there for over five years he took up a new appointment at St Saviour’s, Lewisham. In 1996 he became parish priest when he was appointed to Bearsted & Harrietsham near Maidstone, Kent. In 2005 he was appointed to Our Lady & St Philip Neri, Sydenham until June 2016 when he took up his present appointment as parish priest at St Aidan’s, Coulsdon.
Deacon Tony was born in Battersea in 1958, the second youngest of 12. He attended Battersea Park parish (sometimes Stockwell) and went to St Mary’s primary school. In 1970 he went to Bishop Thomas Grant school leaving in 1975 with one much prized O level. He started work in New Covent Garden Flower Market soon after and was there for 35 years. In 1982 he married Wendy, moving first to Streatham and then in 1986 to Thornton Heath. They have two daughters, who both attended St James The Great and St Philomena’s. Wendy is the Nursery lead at St Chad’s school in South Norwood. Having started his studies in 2000, Tony was ordained to the diaconate in June 2003. In November 2010 Tony started working in school chaplaincy at St Joseph’s College and The John Fisher school where his time was divided equally between the two for six years. In 2011 Wendy and he moved to Caterham, but Tony continued to serve at St Andrew's Thornton Heath. In September 2023 Tony moved parishes to St Aidan's, which is nearer to his home. He has enjoyed catching up with parishioners, some of whom he has known for over fifty years. He is chaplain at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Sixth Form College in Balham.
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a consultative and advisory body made up of elected parishioners and exists primarily to support the parish priest in the running of the parish. Its members are: Fr Peter, Simon Archer, Alexandra Collins, Craig Ditchfield, Penne Hutton, Lesley Leavey, Gerry O’Donnell, Elsie Ofili, Martin Puckett, Erica Thurbon, Richard Thurbon, Colin Wilding and Sarah Yusoof. The council meets every two months; the minutes are available on the website.
(Parish Pastoral Council Chair) I have been a member of the St Aidan’s parish for 16 years. I’m married to Richard and have two children who both attended St Aidan’s Primary School. Our eldest is now at University after seven years at St Philomena’s and our son is at John Fisher. I led the Holy Communion programme in the parish for 10 years and have been on the Parish Council since 2020. I deeply believe in inclusion and building a sense of community, so I hope I can help to create a welcoming environment at St Aidan’s.