Father C R Schaefer, SSC – Vicar
Father Carl Schaefer was born in 1967 in Whalley, Lancashire, he was brought up in Rishton along with his brother and sister Clare and Paul by his parents Jim (now deceased) and Diane (very much alive). He was educated at Ss Peter & Paul’s Primary school in Rishton and went to S. Christopher’s secondary school in Accrington. On leaving school he entered a Plumbing Apprenticeship and upon finishing it he acted upon his vocation to the Priesthood and was sent on placement to Dunkirk as a Chaplains Assistant to the Port Chaplain at the Mission to Seafarers.
After eighteen months in France he started his formation to the Priesthood at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield and after three years began his ordained ministry at S. Mary Magdalene,Ribbleton near Preston as assistant Curate. After three very happy years he accepted the living of S. Thomas with S. Jude, Blackburn and six years later also became Priest in Charge of S. Michael with S. John and Holy Trinity, Blackburn. He worked within the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Ministry as assistant Director of Ordinands. In 2008 he crossed the Pennines, to accept the living of Goldthorpe and Hickleton. In February 2016 he was also licensed at Priest in charge of S. Andrew the Apostle, Bolton-upon-Dearne.
Through out his ordained ministry, Fr Schaefer has been passionately involved in the Society of the Holy Cross and the Pusey Guild, offering himself to serve in a number of different roles Local Vicar, Provincial Secretary and is currently Secretary General for the Society. Care and support of those exploring a vocation, training or indeed following ordination is further area that Fr Schaefer takes seriously.