Author Archives: Fr Martin Sylvester

About Fr Martin Sylvester

Martin Sylvester is a Catholic priest serving Long Eaton parish as parish priest, and serving Nottingham West Deanery as dean and council of priests representative. He studied for the priesthood at Oscott College, and enjoys real ale and travel. He is a keen advocate of fair trade, and has been called an eco geek. Many years ago, when he served as a port chaplain and parish priest in Immingham, Fr Martin set up the first parish website in the UK and was once asked at a party, "Are you the computer priest?" He is one of very few people to have travelled on a Swiss bus that was both late and omitted part of its published route (he was going from Geneva to CERN after one of the worst snowstorms for years). He has two degrees from Leuven, and life memberships of English Heritage, the National Trust, CAMRA and the Scottish YHA. He often walks, or takes the bus or train, in preference to driving, but when he drives it's his ageing Honda Insight Mark I, which has given him 83mpg over the nine years he's owned it.

Long Eaton’s Living Stones parish audit day

The date has been announced for the Living Stones parish audit day for Long Eaton parish: 10am to 1pm on Saturday, 31st March, at St Francis of Assisi. All Long Eaton parishioners are welcome to attend this parish audit day, … Continue reading

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Bishop Malcolm’s letter

If you were at Holy Mass tonight in either of the Nottingham Deaneries — or indeed, anywhere in Nottingham Diocese — you will have heard Bishop Malcolm’s letter about the You are Living Stones consultation he has established. Here is … Continue reading

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Freebies!

I’ve made some freebies for visitors to this blog. Some bookmarks, and a poster featuring a quotation which I think is very pertinent to the Living Stones consultation. Feel free to print them out and give them away! Look for … Continue reading

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Deanery map: the West

In case you’re wondering where the churches are that make up the deaneries, well, I can help you with the Western deanery. Here’s an image I made when I became the dean in November, partly as a possible graphic element … Continue reading

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Coming soon: a letter from Bishop Malcolm

Priests have been informed that on the Second Sunday of Lent (4th March), they will have a pastoral letter from Bishop Malcolm to read out at Holy Mass. It’ll set out the aims of the Living Stones process, and encourage … Continue reading

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You are Living Stones

On Monday 7 November, Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP ¬†launched You are Living Stones, a consultation on the parochial structure of the Diocese of Nottingham. This will affect every parish in the Diocese, and all parishioners are asked to read the … Continue reading

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