Dr Petroc Willey, Deputy Director of Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, has written to students explaining that he is leaving Maryvale.
In his letter to students, Dr Willey, who is also a consultor of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, wrote: “I am writing to let you know that for personal reasons I will soon be leaving Maryvale. A number of other staff here have also made a similar decision.”
"Some of you I have known for longer than others but this letter is an opportunity to let you all know of the happiness and profound satisfaction that has come from my time here over more than twenty years.
“I am writing separately to thank the Sisters, staff and faculty for all that they do for the Institute in its work of formation, the level of pastoral care they provide, and the gift of self that characterises the work of so many staff and their families.
“I have been deeply moved during my time here by the sacrifices of money, time and resources that so many students – clergy, religious and lay people -make in order to learn the faith here, and it is with joy that I have watched friendships develop out of a common love for the Church and her mission.”