Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP
Fr de Malleray was born in 1971 in Anjou, France, in a large practising Catholic family. He grew up in the countryside, near a small six hundred soul strong villageon the north bank of the Loire, in the Diocese of Nantes. As a boy he served Holy Mass (in French) regularly in the local parish church and at other events such as the Rosary Rally, the Rogations and the annual Corpus Christi procession, organised on a large scale by his dedicated Parish Priest, Abbé Jean Eveillard. The Catholic faith and its regular practice were part and parcel of life in the local area and were supported by the civil authorities. From thirteen to twenty-three, he lived in Paris and undertook his college and university studies in the capital. He was fourteen when he first travelled to the UK, and he returned on many subsequent occasions. He studied Modern Literature at the Sorbonne for five years, developing secondary interests in art commentary, philosophy and English.
Fr de Malleray left France in 1994 and has never since resided in his home country. After military service in Budapest, Hungary, he entered St Peter’s International Seminary in Bavaria in 1995, where he was ordained a priest in 2001. Later that Summer, he was sent to England, being assigned to St Bede’s Parish, Clapham Park, in the Archdiocese of Southwark. In his third year of priestly ministry, he was asked to take up an administrative position at the General House of the FSSP in Fribourg, Switzerland. This experience placed him in direct contact with the work of the Fraternity throughout the world, reflecting in its own modest way the universal nature of the Church. At that time, the FSSP was already present on four continents and the General House, for administrative reasons, was in very frequent contact with the Holy See. Fr de Malleray also became the Chaplain of the Juventutem movement, taking part in the first Extraordinary Form delegation of young adults officially registered at the World Youth Day in Germany in 2005.
In August 2008, Fr de Malleray was sent back to Our Lady’s Dowry, to set up the new permanent base of FSSP England in Reading, in the Portsmouth Diocese. An essential step was the purchasing and establishment of St John Fisher House. As well as his daily ministry at St William of York Church, Fr de Malleray has been involved in Dowry, the quarterly magazine of the FSSP in England; in giving spiritual retreats to laity and clergy; in giving doctrinal conferences to various chaplaincies and institutions; and also in giving art tours in the main London art galleries (using art to spread the faith, as he had started doing with the Art for Souls series of CD-roms some years earlier). Fr de Malleray continued his involvement in the Juventutem movement, with the Chartres Pilgrimage and, as of 2007, is Chaplain of the Confraternity of St Peter (the 4,800 strong international sodality linked with the FSSP). This Autumn, after seven years in Reading, Fr de Malleray will be sent to set up the new FSSP apostolate in Warrington in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Asked about his tastes and hobbies, he confessed to having no objection to rice pudding and jelly on Fridays in Lent. He professed a deep attraction to walking through the English countryside and listening to Thomas Tallis. He also enjoys watching David Suchet as Poirot (or even the topical amnesic Catholic Jason Bourne) and reading English novelists. Lastly, he gave up the company of cats when joining the FSSP. Pets are not allowed in the Fraternity’s houses unless for protection or sustenance: no Berkshire cats have managed to fit into either category so far – but perhaps Cheshire cats might prove to be more versatile. Regarding his expectations for England and Wales, Fr de Malleray replied that he would like to give thanks to God and to the Fraternity’s benefactors for the increase in British vocations to the FSSP and the steady consolidation of its apostolate in Great Britain. He added that having spent in England most of his life abroad has led him fervently to desire to contribute, however modestly, to bringing our beautiful country back to Our Lady.
Fr Ian Verrier, FSSP
Fr Ian Verrier, the Assistant Priest of Reading’s Latin Mass Community, was born in Birmingham and raised an Anglican. He read Music at The University of Birmingham, during which time he became a Catholic.
He pursued postgraduate cello performance at The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with specialist string teaching at the RNCM and The Manchester Metropolitan University. He plays the cello, harpsichord, piano and organ.
He taught Catechism and Music whilst being Head of the Lower School at a Catholic boarding school in France, before entering the Fraternity’s international seminary in North American in 2008. There, among other duties, he was organist, led the polyphonic choir and a Gregorian chant schola.