Parish Priest; Fr Joe Wheat. MA. VG

I am a native of Sacred Heart Parish, having been born in Netherfield in 19** (the rest is a state secret). I grew up in West Bridgford and attended St Edmund Campion Primary and the Becket School. I have an older sister and two younger brothers and my parents are both semi-retired from teaching and nursing. Our family is completed by Jack, Ben and Katherine, my nephews and niece. After A-Levels, I spent three years working in youth work with the Nottingham Pilgrims Community and then went to Allen Hall Seminary for the 6 years of training to be a priest. During that time my pastoral placements included parishes in our own diocese and in South London, the Royal Free Hospital, Feltham Young Offenders Centre, Kenya in East Africa and Boston in the USA. During my time at Allen Hall, I attended Heythrop College, University of London and graduated with a BA in Theology. After ordination, I studied at Kings College, London and graduated with an MA in Youth Work and Education.

I was ordained in 2002 and have served in parishes in Lincoln, Derby, Grimsby and now Nottingham, and I was Director of the Diocesan Youth Service for 5 years, based at The Briars. As well as being a Parish Priest, I also work in prison, school and hospital chaplaincy.  I teach Moral Theology, Ethics and Sacramental Theology on various courses for Nottingham Diocese and elsewhere around the country and also coordinate the Crossing the Threshold project for our diocese and was involved in the national project and launch with the Bishops’ Conference. I also sit on the Diocesan Council of Priests. I have a particular interest in working with and supporting Catholic schools, sitting on the Governing Bodies of Sacred Heart Primary and Christ the King Secondary. I am also a Vicar General in the Diocese, which means second in command to the Bishop. I have particular responsibility for the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, am Clergy Safeguarding Advisor and lead on Evangelisation and Outreach.

When I manage to gIMG_3913et a bit of time off, I enjoy (or suffer) being a season ticket holder at Nottingham Forest, going to gigs (Andy Fairweather Low, Buddy Guy, Ben Watt and Ian Siegal most recently), playing piano, guitar and other instruments, cooking, going to the gym (to work off the effects of the cooking) and reading.

I believe that our parish should not be dependent on the priest for it to be a thriving community. Everyone should contribute what they can to the mission of the church and so continue the tradition of life in the parish and move into the future with hope and trust; that our parish will grow and flourish, inspired and led by the Holy Spirit