Friday 23rd September 2016
Ordinariate Priest Fr Simon Ellis is the first married Catholic parish priest to take up a post running a Catholic parish in north Birmingham working in Perry Common, Kingstanding and Maryvale. Simon will be inducted by Bishop Robert Byrne on Sunday 25th September at St Margaret Mary Parish, Perry Common. He is married to Kate, who works as a PA at John Taylor Hospice, and they have two daughters, Rebecca, who works in the city and Anastasia, who is studying medicine at Birmingham University.
Simon qualified as a secondary science teacher 25 years ago and taught in Stoke on Trent. He recently worked in a Jesuit secondary school - Mount St Mary's College - near Sheffield. He was a Church of England vicar for 15 years and his father and grandfather were CofE vicars, but he transferred with his family into the Catholic Church 5 years ago, at the time - coincidentally - that Pope Benedict came to Birmingham to beatify Cardinal Newman. Simon then joined a section called the Ordinariate for ex-Anglicans.
Simon lists his interests as cricket, football, gardening and wildlife conservation. He also wrote a biography on Birmingham-born Michael Houghton, an educationalist and Church of England Bishop. (Sea Without a Shore - Additional Curates Society Store)