'HOME GROUND' FOR FR DAVID
Fr David Long is Chair of St Mary's Governors and he gives very generously of his time to enable the smooth running of our college.
He is also Parish Priest of St Alban's and St Joseph's parishes, Wallasey.
Living and working in Wallasey means he is back on home ground after serving in several parishes in different parts of Shrewsbury Diocese.
In fact he is a former student of St Mary's!
'A GREAT JOY'
When he was appointed to St Alban's in 2004 by the then Bishop of Shrewsbury, Bishop Brian Noble, he said it was 'a great joy' and felt like 'coming home'.
He added: 'It was not only because it offered a new and exciting challenge but also because it offered an opportunity for me to return home. St Alban's is my home parish. It is where I was brought up and where I was ordained in 1984. My parents still live in the parish.'
Fr David was born in Pensby, Wirral, in 1958. The family moved to Wallasey in 1961 where he went to St Alban's Primary School, St Hilda's Middle School and finally St Mary's College.
He then went on to read for a Master of Theology Degree at St Andrew's University, Scotland, before studying for the priesthood.
He furthered his studies at the Venerable English College in Rome where he gained a Licentiate in Fundamental Theology.
More recently he gained a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies through the Loyola Institute for Ministry in New Orleans.
After his ordination he served as an assistant priest at Our Lady and the Apostles, Stockport and St Teresa's, Wilmslow. Then he became Parish Priest at Holy Family, Pensby, and Our Lady and St Christopher's, Romiley, before coming to St Alban's.
In addition to parish responsibilites he has had a variety of other diocesan appointments including Vocations Director, Chaplain to the newly ordained and also Director of Clergy Appraisal.
He has worked for a number of years with the Education Service, particularly in parish and adult formation.
In 2009 Fr David celebrated the Silver Jubilee of his ordination at St Alban's Church (pictured)
Report by Elaine Webster
12 February 2013
updated 15 September 2014
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