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Father Alessandro Renò
Father Alessandro was born in Taranto, Italy in 1971. His family gave him a solid foundation in Catholic education while growing up in a close parish community. He obtained a degree to enable him to become a primary school teacher. During that time, he met a priest who was completely different, a “revolutionary” and this drew him closer to God. This brought him back to working in the parish and was actively involved in youth work and also began a university course to become a psychologist.
He finished university studies in 2001 and worked in Rome as a psychologist. In 2004, he went to the seminary then began studies in philosophy in the Inter-diocesan seminary in Molfetta Puglia and after three years, the bishop sent him to continue theological studies in the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome. Here, he was able to weave theology with missionary studies. He successfully completed a baccalaureate in Theology. He was ordained as a priest in Portoviejo on 18th of January 2014 and was appointed Parish Priest of the Church of Saint Paul.
Deacon Peter Collins
Peter Collins was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Peter Doyle at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Gt Missenden, on 24th June 2017. Peter has spent his early childhood in Southall, before moving to Chesham in 1967. He studied chemistry at Loughborough University where he was greatly influenced by the chaplain, Fr A.E. Basil. His wife, Michelle, comes from Gt Missenden where they were married in 1976. After a few years living in Reading, they returned to Great Missenden in 1984 to raise their family of five children. They currently have six grandchildren. Peter worked for 40 years as a scientist in the paint industry and he now operates as an independent technical consultant to the industry.
Living in Gt Missenden, Peter became involved in the charismatic prayer group and helped to start an SVP conference. He was hugely influenced by Deacon Tony McHale and Fr Fabian van Lieshout. It was Tony who first suggested that Peter should consider the permanent diaconate, but Peter took the advice of Father (now Bishop) Patrick Lynch to concentrate on his family vocation first and to leave the diaconate for later.
Another great passion in Peter’s life is Lighthouse: a children’s ecumenical summer holiday club that began in Gt Missenden 30 years ago and now serves about 7,000 children in south Bucks, Berks and Oxon; with plans well in place to spread nationally. Peter is a trustee of the local and national organisations.
Deacon David Curtis
Deacon David trained for the Permanent Diaconate at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh (Guildford). He is married to Jane (an actuary) and they have two adult children. He is also an actuary and works for an international bank.