Father Mark Crisp

Interviewee: Father Mark Crisp
Born: 1959, Birmingham
Interviewer: Pupils from Year Five, Court Farm School
Date of Interview: 14/02/2013 

Growing up in a Catholic family with three sisters in Sutton Coldfield; Saint Joseph’s Primary School; forming a band with friends; secondary school at Bishop Walsh 

What a Catholic school is like; being taught by nuns; first communion 

Leaving Bishop Walsh School and in 1977 going to study in Rome for five years; living in the heart of the ancient city, studying at the Gregorian University; deciding not to become a priest  

Returning to England, living in Maltby, South Yorkshire for five years with an evangelistic community working with young people; moving to the East End of London 

Returning to Birmingham and enjoying working as a nurse at Saint Mary’s hospice, Selly Park, for eighteen months 

Interest in music, playing the guitar, and as Rector playing the organ at Oscott College 

After working in the hospice, renewed interest in the priesthood; studied at Oscott College for one year, which was added to the five years of study in Rome; ordained a priest in November 1991; sent to Coventry as a secondary school chaplain; then for nine years served as vocations director advising people considering the priesthood 

Visit of Pope Benedict to Oscott College, only the second Pope ever to visit England; lunch for nearly 500 people including all UK Bishops; helicopters; greeting the Pope; the Pope gets locked in his room after a rest 

The job of Rector at Oscott College; deciding which students will become priests 

The resignation of Pope Benedict, and the role of a Pope

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