Fr Antonio Pineda

Assistant Parish Priest

antoniopineda@rcdow.org.uk

01279 295990

I was born in the Philippines but I grew up in London. I gained my first degree in business and management studies at the University of Salford and later earned a masters degree in digital media in London Metropolitan University. My employment history includes working in personnel management for the London Borough of Newham, a communications officer for Caritas Manila and the Royal College of Nursing, and a web editor for Brunel University.

I thought that my MA in digital media would be my final dabble in education but God had other ideas. I was accepted for priestly training in 2011 when my bishop sent me to Rome for seven years of formation at the Venerable English College.

While in Rome, I studied Philosophy at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (aka the Angelicum) and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In 2016, I went back to the Angelicum to study for my Licentiate in Spiritual Theology. On completion, I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Westminster on 28 July 2018 in my home parish, St George’s Church, Sudbury.

My first parish assignment was in Borehamwood where I stayed for two years. In November 2020, I moved to Bishop’s Stortford, replacing Fr Carlos as Assistant Priest.

When not praying or celebrating Mass, I turn to my many passions to keep me inspired. These include reading and collecting books. I particularly enjoy reading epic fantasies and collecting classics and children’s books. Technology is another big passion. I love desktop publishing (designing various publications) and creating websites.