About Us

Parish Priest: Fr Christopher
Assistant Priests: Fr Przemyslaw & Fr Romany
Residing Locally: Mgr Leo
Convent: Handmaids of Mary (Nursing Sisters), Rev Mother Isabel 


Fr Christopher Basden, born in Egypt, was educated at the Salesian College in Beirut and Georgetown University, Washington D.C. He prepared for the priesthood at St John's Seminary, Wonersh and was ordained to the priesthood at Sacred Heart, Wimbledon on December 15 1979 by the Most Reverend William Barden, O.P., Archbishop of Isfahan of The Latins. Fr Basden served in Ashford, Welling, and Maidstone, all in Kent, and was in the USA from 1993 to 1994. He was appointed to St Bede's in September 1994, succeeding Fr William Dinan.

Fr Przemyslaw Zgorecki born in 1986 in the City of Poznań situated in western part of Poland and has 1 brother.  He was ordained in 2011 in the Archdiocese of Poznań. Since then he has been an assistant priest in Swarzędz, Poznań and Pruszków near Warsaw. Currently he is doing his PHD in philosophy at Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw.

Fr Romany Shenouda Fathy, is from Sohag in Upper Egypt.  He will be with us until at least July 2019.  He was born in May 1979 in Tahta which is a very special place in the history of Egyptian Catholicism where the Franciscans reestablished a mission in union with Rome in the late 17th Century.  Later the Coptic Catholic Seminary was founded there in 1898 and Fr Romany was one of the last priests to be educated there.  He finished his formation in the Major Seminary in Maadi in Cairo.  He was ordained on 15th February 2005 in his home village in El Makhalfa, near Tahta which is entirely Coptic Catholic.  Father has been in many parishes and was responsible for the remarkable achievement of building a new Church in Galawaya (in which St Bede's had a small part to play and at which fr CB attended the Consecration in February 2013).  He was Youth Chaplin for 5 years.  Father hopes to be able to offer Mass in Arabic in both Coptic and Latin Rite.  

Monsignor Leo White, Prefect Apostolic, born in Malta on St Joseph's day, Monsignor Leo was educated at St Joseph's Beulah Hill and in the Capuchin houses of formation. He served as a missionary in Columbia in the 1960's and in Kenya in the 1970's to the 1990's. He built up the prefecture of Garissa on the Sudanese border, and was a member of the Kenyan Bishops' Conference. After spending some years in Brooklyn, and at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, he was at St Bede's parish from 1997 until 2001, when he retired. Since that time he has maintained close links with St Bede's and is the unofficial Chaplain to our UCM group, saying Mass for them on Thursday evenings.

Fr Andrew Southwell, born in Edinburgh Scotland, was educated at Downside Abbey, Louvain, in B
elgium, and the Angelicum in Rome. He was professed a Benedictine monk at Farnborough Abbey, and was ordained a priest there in 1990. He was one of the founders of the traditional priory at Alton, and came to St Bede's in March 1997. Succeeding Fr Hugh Simon-Thwaites, S.J, he is the chaplain to the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. He is also the chaplain to the Saint Catherine's Trust, which run monthly family days at St Edmund's Ware, a family retreat every Passion Week, and an annual Summer School.
Fr Andrew is on sabbatical in Rome studying from October 2012.

Visiting priests

St Bede's parish has developed a strong tradition of welcoming priests and has a link with the missionary centre for formation in Warsaw, which has sent thirteen priests since 1995 to St Bede's to learn English and to prepare for the missions. Other links have been with the University of The Holy Cross in Rome, the FSSP, and the Institute of Christ the King.

Handmaids of Mary The Sisters of the Handmaids of Mary are registered or licensed nurses who care for the physical as well as the spiritual and emotional needs of their patients, especially those who are dying. Home nursing is the main apostolate of the congregation. The sisters also reach out to patients in hospitals, clinics and convalescent homes for the elderly. Their convent is at 2 Atkins Road, SW12 OAB, Phone 020 8673 1247, Email:info@handmaidsofmary.org

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