Parish Priest is Father John Hine
Fr John was born in 1938 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and ordained priest in 1962 in Rome.
Fr John has served over 55 years of ministry in Southwark Diocese (first serving as assistant priest in Worcester Park, Maidstone and Chatham, with normal parish responsibilities, including hospital chaplaincies, plus being involved in Secondary School chaplaincy, then Diocesan R.E Inspection and Chaplain to Chatham Naval Base). He was then appointed to found new parish in Bearsted and Harrietsham in 1978 (and also appointed Secretary, then Chairman, of Kent Catholic Education Commission). He built St Peter’s Church, Bearsted.
In 1968, he was appointed Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese, resident at Archbishop’s House, Southwark and consecrated Bishop (Kent Area) in February 2001 until 2014 when he reached retirement age.
Fr John was appointed Parish Priest (‘Emeritus Bishop’) of St Andrew’s, Tenterden in 2014.
Parish Deacon is Reverend Jolyon Vickers
After a short flurry with hotel management, Jolyon worked in the National Health Service in a number of roles for 40 years.
He has particular responsibility for the housebound and residential nursing homes. He also is experienced at planning funeral rites and happy to help people in any pre-need situations.
He also has a role as the RC Ecumenical Officer for Kent and is an active member of the Archdiocese of Southwark’s Unity Commission.
He has been married to Suzanne for nearly 40 years.