Ampleforth Abbey

14 December 2017

Ordination to the Priesthood of Br Ambrose Henley

On Trinity Sunday, 11th June, Br Ambrose Henley was ordained to the sacred priesthood in the Abbey Church by the Rt Rev Terence Patrick Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough. 

The ordination took place at the Conventual Mass in the presence of the Monastic Community, the students of Ampleforth College and St Martin's, Ampleforth, and many of Fr Ambrose's family and friends. The Bishop Emeritus of Brentwood, Thomas McMahon, was among those present, as were a number of priests from the Archdiocese of Westminster and elsewhere. Before joining the monastery, Fr Ambrose trained for the diocesan priesthood at Allen Hall and the Venerable English College, so a number of friends from his seminary days turned out to support him on this special occasion. Many of his guests were also able to stay until the next morning to see Fr Ambrose preside at Mass for the first time.

Fr Ambrose joined the Community in 2011 and made his Solemn Profession in September 2015. Among other duties, he is Chaplain to St John's House and teaches Classics in the College and St Martin's, Ampleforth. He also oversees the production of Echoes of the Word