Fr Andrew Gallagher
Ever since the age of 7, when I began as an Altar Server in my home parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden, I have thought about becoming a priest. As I grew up I became very involved in my parish, being put in charge of the Altar Servers at the age of 14 (with Mark Walker as my assistant!), being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, organising an Altar Servers’ Club and eventually serving
as a member of the Parish Council. This was balanced with my love
of football - I am a fan of the red half of North London - and music,
as a trumpet player in orchestras and brass bands.
I studied history at Canterbury Christ Church University, before working in the City as a trainee in the Research Department of an international law firm. During that year, I decided that I needed to spend some time seriously considering if I was being called to the priesthood and so
I went to work as a Pastoral Assistant at Westminster Cathedral for a year. The experiences I had that year convinced me to take the plunge and apply to start training for the diocese.
During my application year, I worked for Pax Travel as a Tour Manager, organising and escorting pilgrimages all around the world. It was
during that year that I first came into contact with St Monica’s, when
I came here to give a presentation about a pilgrimage to Lourdes!
In September 2005 I started at Allen Hall Seminary, where I studied
for six years until my ordination at Westminster Cathedral on 2 July.
St Monica’s is my first appointment as a priest and I am delighted to
be here. Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this new chapter
in my life!