Rev Deacon Hugh Anscombe (retired)

Deacon Hugh Anscombe and his wife, Margaret, joined the parish of Our Lady and St Anne at the end of November 2011 following their move from Swindon.  Deacon Hugh was ordained in Swindon, which is in the Diocese of Clifton, on 31st July 1999, the Feast Day of St Ignatius Loyola, by the then Bishop of Clifton, Bishop Mervyn Alexander.

Link to the homily preached by Deacon Hugh on introducing himself to the Parish in February 2012:

Homily for 7th Sun B 19Feb12

To the left:  Deacon Hugh with Bishop Mervyn Alexander after ordination in July 1999


Since Caversham is in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, a ceremony of “incardination” took place in the presence of Archbishop Bernard Longley in November 2012.  This “transferred” Deacon Hugh from Clifton to Birmingham, and he received from the Archbishop “faculties and permissions for the exercise of your apostolate in the Archdiocese” to preach, to baptise, to officiate at marriages, to assist with the Eucharist, and to officiate at funeral rites.

More than 16 years after ordination, in November 2015, Deacon Hugh received from Archbishop Bernard permission to retire from active service as a deacon.  He is still actively involved in parish life, but in a less prominent role.

Link to the Newsletter article from Deacon Hugh at the time of his retirement:

A message from Deacon Hugh Nov 15

Above: Deacon Hugh with Archbishop Vincent Nichols (before he became also Cardinal)
in February 2014