St Joseph's R.C. Church

Church Street, Darlaston, Wednesbury, West Midlands.  WS10  8DY

Parish Life

December 2008

In what is believed to be a "first" for 900 years, two former Anglican priests, father and son, have become Roman Catholics and are now both serving as Catholic priests in the UK.

And in a further ecclesiastical twist, Father Dominic Cosslett, 36, and his father, Father Ron Cosslett, 70, are both serving in the same archdiocese under the leadership of Archbishop Vincent Nichols in Birmingham, the favourite to succeed Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor as Archbishop of Westminster when he steps down early next year.

Father Dominic, formerly an Anglican priest, was ordained by Archbishop Nichols on Saturday December 20 2008 at the Church of Christ the King & Our Lady of Lourdes, Coventry.

Fr Ron Cosslett, aged 70, also a former Anglican priest, was ordained as a Catholic priest by the Archbishop of Birmingham on July 3, 2005. He is now priest-in-charge at St Joseph’s, Darlaston in the West Midlands.

Father and son concelebrated, celebrating the Eucharist at the older Father's parish, for the first time at Christmas.