Fr Mark Swires

Fr Mark SwiresI was born and brought up in Upminster and attended St Joseph’s Primary school and The Campion School. I studied English Literature and Philosophy before applying to train for the priesthood. Prior to my going to seminary Bishop Thomas asked me to spend a year working. I spent most of the year helping in a homeless shelter in South London run by the Missionaries of Charity. I trained for the priesthood at St John’s seminary, Wonersh and was ordained in 2005. My appointments as assistant priest were to Our Lady of Lourdes Wanstead, St Mary’s Horchurch and St George’s in Walthamstow before being appointed Parish Priest here by Bishop Alan. In my spare time I try to keep in touch with my friends and I like reading – Jane Austen, Trollope, Tolkien, PG Wodehouse and a variety of detective writers being my favourites.


Adele Angel – Pastoral Assistant

Adele Angel I have attended St. Monica’s Church since 1979. I was commissioned as a pastoral assistant in 2006. In 2016 I began working with the Vicariate for Evangelisation in our Diocese. I very much enjoy helping out and organising events in our parish.

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Jean Darlington – Pastoral Assistant

Jean DarlingtonI am a retired Secondary Schoolteacher.  I lived in Wivenhoe for many years before moving to Alresford where I now live with my husband and one of my sons.  I was commissioned as a Pastoral Assistant in 2004 and recommissioned in 2007 and again in 2010.  I am involved in various activities at St Monica’s and feel privileged and enjoy working with fellow parishioners.