Bishop David Oakley to join the Grandparents’ Faith Café this month

The Grandparents’ Faith Café will open again online on Tuesday 11 October 2022.

The CGA is delighted to announce Bishop David Oakley, Bishop of Northampton as guest speaker.  He will speak on the theme: ‘Grandparents: Strong roots of faith in the family’.

David James Oakley was born on 28th November, 1955 in Stourbridge. He is the eldest of five children to Joyce and Fred Oakley. The family moved to Birmingham when David was 7 years old. After school, he worked in a well-known department store and entered Oscott in September 1974. Fr David was ordained on 5th July 1980 and has served in several parishes within the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He has always suggested that the parish is his natural habitat. He studied catechetics at the Maryvale Institute and was awarded a MEd degree. He was appointed Pastoral Director and Procurator at Oscott in 1994. During this time he researched a PhD thesis in Pastoral Theology, which was later published. As Parish Priest at Maryvale, he directed the diocesan Department for Parish and Family Catechesis, developing resources in collaboration with CaFE. At the same time, he undertook licentiate studies in the Pontifical University of St Patrick’s, Maynooth and was awarded the STL degree. Since February 2013, he has been the twenty-third Rector of Oscott. He was ordained the thirteenth Bishop of Northampton in the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas of Canterbury on Thursday 19 March 2020. Bishop Oakley is the Bishop who oversees the marriage and family office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Commenting ahead of the October Faith Café, Catherine Wiley, CGA Founder said, “I am very much looking forward to welcoming Bishop Oakley to the Faith Café. Bishop Oakley knows the work of the CGA very well and has been an encourager to us in so many ways. He has also very much embraced the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly in his diocese and understands the importance of recognising and valuing a space for Grandparents and older people in our Church.

“Please come along on 11 October and invite someone who has not attended before to come along too.”

Registration is open now

Please click on the link below to register in advance of the meeting. After you register you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to join the meeting on 11 October. Please check your spam folder as well as your inbox.  Please also check the exact time difference

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