Father John Cooke became our parish priest on November 28th 2014.
He was previously parish priest at St Alban's in Denaby Main.
Fr John's contact details can be found on the contact us page of this website.
A few words from Fr John about himself
For the first 18 years of my life I lived in the village of Whitwell in North East Derbyshire, where I was born in 1951. God blessed me with good parents, one older sister, one younger brother and a big extended family. Since 1975 I have lived in South Yorkshire, working for eighteen years as an Anglican parish priest at St Cecilia's, Parson Cross, Sheffield 1975-1978; St John & St Mary Magdalene's, Goldthorpe 1978-1982; and St John's, Balby, Doncaster 1982-1993. On 1st October 1993 I was received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church by Fr Gerry Harney at St Peter in Chains', Doncaster. After some years working for a Catholic charity and as a lay prison chaplain in Doncaster, I went to Ushaw seminary, Durham, being ordained priest by bishop John Rawsthorne in St Marie's Cathedral on St Patrick's day 2001. Bishop John appointed me assistant priest at the Annunciation, Chesterfield. In April 2002 the Bishop appointed me parish priest at St Alban's, Denaby Main, together with English Martyrs', Mexborough from January 2008. In November 2014, Bishop Ralph Heskett asked me to be parish priest at St William's Sheffield. I enjoy walking with my golden retriever, photographing her and our beautiful world, singing, reading, drinking a glass of wine in the company of friends, listening to the radio and to music of all kinds.
The original St William's chapel was opened (along with some school rooms) on Lee Croft in 1863. It was served by priests from St Marie's except in the years 1865-1870 when it had dedicated chaplains: First Fr Patrick Kennedy (1865-1866) then Fr Martin Kelley (1865-1870). The Crofts were redeveloped by the City Council at the start of the twentieth century. The compensation received from the demolition of the original chapel and school was used to build a new mission church on the current site, which opened in 1905. It continued to be served by priests from St Marie's. The church was substantially enlarged in 1925 and became a parish in 1932.