Father Paul Fitzpatrick

Interviewee: Father Paul Fitzpatrick
Born: 1964, Birmingham, England
Interviewer:  Pupils from Year Five, Court Farm School
Date of interview: 14th February 2013 

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Growing up in Kings Heath, Birmingham; Saint Dunstan’s RC School, Bishop Challoner RC School, Saint Philips College, Edgbaston, then aged eighteen studying to be a priest at Oscott College for six years, from 1982 to 1988 

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Deciding to become a priest, aged ten 

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Maintaining Pugin’s legacy, the chapel, museum, and Gothic architecture 

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The visit of the Pope with all of the Bishops; organizing the visit, the Pope’s meal, security, giving television interviews 

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Different roles as a priest; running a parish, outreach visits, and teaching students how to be priests 

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Returning to Oscott; how having lived in the building now helps in caring for it. The plan to open up the chimneys to keep the place warm 

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Not getting married; the importance of family, being free to serve God, and living in a community 

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Living in Oscott; the greenery and wildlife, and what it’s like to have the place to yourself 

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Taking over from Father Ken Collins who taught on Saint John’s Gospel at Oscott for forty years 

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Teaching two courses at Oscott: Saint John’s Gospel and pastoral theology - which includes outreach work to hospitals, schools, prisons etc. 

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When students leave Oscott to serve as priests, and when they leave not wanting to be priests 

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Future plans: three more years looking after Oscott 

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What retirement means for a priest

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