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About Us

This website has been produced by the Office for Adult Chaplaincy and Formation for the Diocese of Northampton.  The Office is a new venture of the Diocese, developing lay ministry and leadership, with a particular responsibility for hospital, prison and university chaplaincy.  We hope to develop this website to include sections on best practice in chaplaincy, adult formation courses, a parish life blog, and much more.

Father Francis

Fr Francis Higgins

Fr Francis has a long-term interest in lay formation, including an MA in Adult Education from Boston College.  He is also Dean of Milton Keynes and Director of the Permanent Diaconate.


Avril Baigent

Avril Baigent

Avril started her working life in a parish in Slough and went on to create the Youth Office for the Diocese.  She has a passion for seeing people grow in faith and for rediscovering the treasures of the Church.  She is currently studying for a PhD at Durham University, and is Chapel Homilist for Corpus Christi College, Oxford, but volunteering in her parish as children’s liturgy leader and musician is what keeps her feet on the ground. To get in touch, please contact Avril on 07823 788 310 or