Parish Priests

The following priests have served the parish:-


The Parish of Woodbridge

Father Charles Reilly

Served at Woodbridge until his retirement in 1911.

He died on 28th February, 1916.


Father Charles Duchemin

Ordained in Cambridge in 1918. Appointed to the Woodbridge mission and Chaplain to the Carmelite nuns in 1921. He left Woodbridge in July 1922.  Rector of the Pontifical Beda College in Rome for thirty-three years. Died 6th December, 1965. Buried at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mortlake, London.



Father Ernest Shebbeare

July 1922 to December 1935.  A priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark. 

Died 21st January, 1936. Age 66.  Buried at Woodbridge.


Father Shebbeare's grave in Woodbridge cemetery.

The headstone was restored in 2012.    O Crux Ave, Spes Unica.


Father Edgar Hardwick

At Woodbridge,1936.

Died 15th October, 1971. 



Father Laurence Nicholson

Served curacies in Slough, Wellingborough and Norwich (senior curate).

Woodbridge, 21st July, 1936 to March 1941. 

Died 15th December, 1969 at St. Mary's parish, Ipswich.



Canon John Henry Thompson

Born 7th April, 1907. Stanley Road, Liverpool.

Ordained at Oscott College, Birmingham,  31st May, 1931.

Incardinated to the Diocese of Northampton.

St. John's Cathedral, Norwich, 1931 to 1941.

Woodbridge, March 1941 to July 1949.

Retired from Aldeburgh parish, 1967.

Died 25th December, 1968. Age 61.

Photo: 5th April, 1941


Father Donald Hillier

1949 to 1962. Died 6th April, 1980.


Father James Sloan

September 1962 to 1973.

Died 18th October, 1988.  Buried at Southwold.


Father Francis Sam Leeder

September 1973 to July 1981.

Photo:  Father Leeder's 80th birthday celebration at Saint Pancras's Church, Ipswich.  March 2019.


The Parish of Woodbridge with Framlingham

The care of the Mass Centre at Framlingham was officially annexed to the Parish of Woodbridge in July 1981.


Father Anthony Seeley

July 1981 to May 1986. Died 7th December, 2011. Age 76.



Mgr. John Drury

September to December 1986.  Died 25th July, 2005. Age 70.

Buried at Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Eire.


Father Christopher Cunliffe

January to April 1987


Father Francis Selman

April to September 1987


Father Peter Wynekus, K.O.N.

October 1987 to 2001. 

Died 20th December, 2012.  Age 85.  Buried at sea.

Photo: 11th September, 2003.




Father Richard Healey

2001 to 2002



Father Tom Fenlon, S.M.A.

May 2002 to June 2008



Father Ivan Rudkin

September 2008 to September 2009. 

Died in office, age 66, on 24th September, 2009.  Buried at St. John's Cathedral, Norwich.



Father Christopher Smith, Parochial Administrator. 

During the interregnum of 2009-2010 the parish was administered from Aldeburgh.



Father Edmund Eggleston, K.G.C.O., M.A., F.B.S.

Appointed and Inducted, September 2010

Father Edmund Eggleston, at Saint Thomas's Church, Woodbridge.

Photo: 13th July, 2013.



Ordinations at Woodbridge

Canon Michael Hazell - 13th July, 1958

Father Adrian Gates - 21st July, 1990



Permanent Deacons serving the parish

Deacon Mike Vipond 

Deacon Peter Coates -  Deacon of the Diocese of Chisinau, Moldova

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