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‘TAP grounds me in the parish’

27 February 2015

JACK NOBLE went up to Bristol University to read History on a partially funded Naval scholarship. In his first term, his life changed course dramatically when he came to faith and discovered a vocation to the priesthood almost simultaneously.

An interview with his Navy liaison officer left the latter unsurprised by Jack's change of direction: "Apparently, a remarkable number of military candidates discern a vocation to ministry." Jack did, however, have to repay the support funds the Navy had provided.

After graduation, instead of training as a helicopter pilot, Jack spent a year as a parish assistant in south Manchester, before embarking on ordination training at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield. Now in his third and final year, this summer he will be ordained to a curacy in Ruislip.

He may not be flying helicopters, but he has had opportunities to travel on placement: to Codrington College in Barbados; and to Zimbabwe, where one of the Mirfield Fathers runs a charity for orphans. When he cancelled his subscription to Navy News, Jack started reading the Church Times. Now, a regular grant from the paper's Train-a-Priest Fund helps to support Jack's training.

"College can be quite isolating. When I see the TAP contribution listed as part of my own income, I have a sense of the support network of the whole Church: that all sorts of people in parishes are prepared to commit themselves financially to supporting my vocation. So, when the Lent push comes through, I'm very grateful."

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