Dom Aidan Murray
Dom Aidan was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1948. He entered Worth Abbey in 1978, took Final Vows in 1982 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1983.
Before Worth he had worked as an industrial research Chemist in the plastics industry and then on development of wood preservatives.
He has held a number of roles in the Worth Community including Bursar, Guestmaster and Parish Priest. Most recently he held the position of Prior. Fr Aidan was also a member of the Community of St Peter, an earlier Worth venture with monks in the city, spending seven years in East Dulwich, SE London.
In the Brighton community he has a particular concern to balance the books (!) and he is responsible for the practical aspects of running the house (199 Elm Grove). He has an interest in ecology and sustainability.
In whatever leisure time monastic life affords he enjoys walking and trekking, having completed the Caminho Portuguese just before lockdown. Proximity to the Downs and the south coast are a distinct advantage.
Dom Roderick Jones
Dom Roderick grew up in St Albans, Hertfordshire, moving to Brighton in the seventies to study architecture at Brighton University. It was through his involvement with the Catholic Chaplaincy that he first visited Worth Abbey. It was to be an experience that began a spiritual journey that would eventually lead him to seek admission to the monastic community. After qualifying as an architect, he joined Worth Abbey in September 1980.
Over the past 40 years of monastic life, he has had a number of pastoral roles, including responsibility for a community for young adults based at Worth; teaching and chaplaincy work in the Worth School, serving as Parish Priest and in more recent years, director of the Open Cloister retreat centre.
In September 2019 he was asked to take up the post of Catholic Chaplain at Sussex University. This appointment has brought him back to the chaplaincy where his own vocation to the priesthood and monastic life developed. There is something fascinating and wonderful here about the ‘spiritual symmetry’ of God’s loving providence!
Dom Anthony Brockman
Dom Anthony was born in Epsom, Surrey. After studying Human Biology at University he spent a year at the Community of St Peter as a member of the small community of monks and laymen. He then worked in the caring field supporting adults with various disabilities and infirmities. This work included a brief stay in L’Arche Cork, and eventually led him to train as an Occupational Therapist working in East London before joining the monastery in 2004.
As a monk he undertook his theological studies at Wonersh Seminary. Roles he has had at Worth Abbey have included: Sacristan, School House Chaplain, Infirmarian and, Cantor. At Worth he enjoyed growing cut flowers for the Church, and occasionally playing the guitar. In the Brighton Community he has been able to use his musical and gardening interests to good effect.. He is looking forward to the exploration of monastic living in this new context and hopes that the monks’ presence will serve as an encouragement and support to those struggling in anyway.
Dom Gabriel Dobson
Dom Gabriel Dobson was born in Edinburgh in 1981. He entered Worth Abbey in 2005, took final vows in 2011 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2016.
Before joining Worth he studied computer science at the University of Aberdeen and these studies included a specialty in AI (artificial intelligence).
He has held a number of roles at Worth, primarily as one of the chaplains to Worth School but also as the Fencing Master. In the monastery he has been the Director of the Open Cloister (Worth’s retreat centre), as well as being the Master of Ceremonies for monastic liturgies.
In the Brighton community he has a leading role in the catering side of things and also use his web IT skills to good effect.