St Mary’s Brading

The country church on the Isle of Wight where I was vicar. The present church was built in the eleventh century after the Norman invasion, replacing a wooden structure which was probably built on a pagan worship site on top of the hill. Brading was a harbor in the middle ages, and legend has it that around the year 680, before continuing to Germany, St Wilfrid stopped to preach here and began to convert the pagans who were still in this part of England. 

I spent six very happy years as Vicar of Brading, until events in the Church of England made me re-think the question of authority in the Church, and those questions brought me ‘home to Rome.’