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Doctor turned vicar takes on new role at Burton churches

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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THE new vicar for three Burton churches says he is looking forward to helping people 'find delight' through his ministry.

Father Stanley Monkhouse has taken over at St Paul's, St Aidan's and St Modwen's churches, and says he is settling into the role nicely.

The former medical science teacher said he 'liked Burton' and was hoping to be able to help people in the town.

"Burton is a nice town that has its feet on the ground. We like it.

"And I like the churches. I don't know if Burton understands what beautiful buildings it has got in St Modwen's and St Paul's.

"I like the traditions as well. I like what you might call the high church tradition at St Paul's, and the more down to earth tradition at St Modwen's. St Aidan's is more like a village church.

"The whole job spoke to me when I applied for it," Father Stanley told the Mail.

The 64-year-old moved to Burton from Ireland, where he had been working for the past three years.

Before that, he and his wife Susan were at parishes in Chesterfield and Wirksworth.

He was ordained in 2006, after qualifying as a doctor and teaching medical science in Derbyshire and Dublin. He had toyed with the idea of joining the clergy for some time.

Father Stanley added: "It was an itch that needed scratching.

"I'm a great believer in the church being there to lift us up to something beyond ourselves, and I'm keen on the idea of using all our senses to bring a sense of delight to ourselves.

"I like to help people feel good about being human."

Two of the churches he now runs are in Burton, and one is in Shobnall.

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