Our Priests

Fr. Shaju Varkey – Parish Priest

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Fr Shaju

Fr Shaju Varkey was born and brought up in Cochin, Kerala in southern India. After studies in Chemistry, Philosophy and Social Science in India, he worked as a teacher and a social worker where he and friends were instrumental in setting up three orphanages. 

He began formation for the priesthood at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh and was ordained to the priesthood on 12th July 2008 by the Right Reverend Mar James Pazhayattil, Bishop of Irinjalakuda, Kerala, at Saint Mary’s Church, Thazhoor, Kerala.

His first appointment was as assistant priest at St Peter’s, Woolwich. Fr Shaju was appointed as parish priest of Our Lady of the Crays parish in February 2012. In November 2015 he was then appointed as Parish Priest of St Boniface Tooting.

Fr Shaju is involved with the Ongoing Formation of Priests and has responsibility for Recently Ordained and Arrived Priests and Support Groups. In July 2015 Archbishop Peter Smith appointed Fr Shaju as Episcopal Vicar for Ethnic Chaplaincies. He also works as an Advocate in the Marriage Tribunal.

Fr. Kurt Barragan – Assistant Priest

Fr Kurt

After leaving secondary school, I studied Law at the University of Leicester and graduated in 2002. I worked as a civil servant for four years taking on a number of different roles and gaining experience as a team leader and manager.

After that I spent six years in formation for the priesthood at St John’s Seminary in Wonersh. I was ordained to the priesthood in 2012 and appointed as Assistant Priest at St Andrew’s, Thornton Heath.  I arrived at St. Boniface in August 2015.

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