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Deacon Philip Pugh – a brief profile

As a Deacon in the Flitwick Parish; I would like to take the opportunity to give you a brief sketch of my background and family. Janet and I moved to Harlington in 1985 with our young family and began to attend St Elizabeth’s in Toddington. We had moved from Solihull in order for me to take up a new job in London. I had previously worked for Beecham Foods and various divisions of the Dunlop, having read Business Studies at a Polytechnic in Coventry.

Over the next few years I worked for two consultancies in London, then in 1993 I started my own practice which I successful managed until of my diaconal ordination in July 2006.
Over the years our family took an active part at St Elizabeth’s with Ruth and Thomas receiving first communion and               
confirmation in the Dunstable parish. Last year Ruth married Tim at St Elizabeth’s and Thomas is preparing with Caroline for their wedding day this August in Scotland.

My journey to the diaconate began one Easter when our then parish priest asked me if I had ever thought of becoming a deacon. After much reflection and conversation I agreed to become a candidate, being accepted by Bishop Kevin I was enrolled on the programme of formation. I celebrated my ordination with the parish and my family in July 2006, fulfilling my ministry since that day across the whole Dunstable Parish.

In September 2006 I became the Chaplain at Cardinal Newman School, enjoying four fascinating and rewarding years serving the staff, students and parents. From April 2008 I was also part of the team helping Bishop Peter and the diocese in bringing his pastoral vision ‘Walking Humbly’ to fruition. I am now looking forward to working within the parish and the pastoral area in many different ways.
The Clergy
Canon Denis

Canon Denis was born in Co. Cork in Ireland and was educated in Wales.  He has 2 brothers and 1 sister all married with grown up children. Canon Denis regularly goes back to see his family in Ireland.

While at secondary school, Canon began to consider a vocation in the Church but decided against it and pursued music studies instead.  After speaking to a priest while in London on retreat and also to an American Priest on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, he was convinced that his vocation did lie with the Church after all.  Fr Benny who is the Parish Priest at Shefford was a great help and fostered that notion of vocation. Canon Denis has spent 5 years as Dean in Northampton Cathedral and has worked in various Parishes within the Diocese including Barton, Shefford and Sundon Park.
 He is a member of a Chapter of Canons that dates back to 1850.  

Canon Denis has many hobbies from playing the piano to reading. He  particularly enjoy history and has broadcast a number of history programmes on Northampton radio. He also loves restoring pre war telephones and gramophones.

Canon Denis has an interest in motorbikes and is currently the proud owner of a Triumph Rocket 3 which boasts a 2.3 litre engine!  In the past he took part in motorbike racing and won a small trophy at Silverstone for coming third at an amateur club race.   In the summer Canon Denis can be found at the famous Ace Café on the North Circular Road which has been a Mecca for motorbike enthusiasts for a number of years.  He is one of three clergymen who meet there regularly.