Fr. Shaju Varkey – Parish Priest
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.