Tuesday 19th December
3.00 pm Hymns and Pimms for those suffering from dementia and their carers
5.15 pm Lazard's Carol Service
Wednesday 20th December
12.30 pm Daily Prayer
6.00 pm Forsters' LLP Carol Service
Thursday 21st December
8.00 am Said Eucharist
Friday 22nd December
8.30 am Said Eucharist
Saturday 23rd December
2.00 pm Marriage Service
Sunday 24th December
11.00 am Sung Eucharist on the Fourth Sunday of Advent
4.30 pm Christmas Eve
Family Crib Service
11.00 pm Carols by candlelight
11.30 pm Midnight Mass
Monday 25th December
11.00 am Christmas Day Sung Eucharist
Saturday 30th December
2.00 pm Blessing of a Marriage
Sunday 31st December
11.00 am Sung Eucharist for the First Sunday of Christmas
Tuesday 2nd January
8.30 am Said Eucharist, Basil the Great
Thursday 4th January
8.00 am Said Eucharist
Friday 5th January
9.15 am School Act of Worship
Sunday 7th January
11.00 am Sung Eucharist for the Feast of Epiphany
Fr Richard was born in Switzerland, educated in England, and studied Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University. He went on to complete a M.A. in Systematic Theology under Colin Gunton at King's College London, and followed that with a PhD, supervised by Dr. Brian Horne and Prof. Christoph Schwoebel, entitled: "Spirit, Freedom, Identity. An account of how the Spirit's agency in Christian transformation is compatible with human freedom and personal identity." During his doctoral studies, research grants allowed him to spend time at the universities of Kiel and Heidelberg in Germany.
Fr Richard is also a qualified teacher of Religious Education and has taught at the City of London School and Haberdashers Aske's School for boys, and enjoys ministry.
Increasingly drawn to a communal and pastoral expression of his Christian life, Richard was selected for ordination by the Diocese of London and trained at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire. He served as an Assistant Curate at St John the Evangelist, Palmers Green, where with others he set up a youth network for the local deanery and and then the area, organising youth events with innovative alternative worship. As Chair of the Uniting Churches of Palmers Green, he organised their participation in London Soul in the City 2004, gaining lottery funding for an arts-based project involving local schools.
In 2005 Fr Richard offered himself for work overseas and was sent by USPG to teach in the theological colleges of the Anglican Church in Brazil. His role there became increasingly peripatetic, travelling to dioceses around the country to deliver courses, while also being assisting pastorally and liturgically at local parishes. He contributed a number of published articles in Portuguese to the church's theological review and assisted with a NGO, "Espaço Vida" working with those who have HIV/Aids in Recife.
From Brazil, Fr Richard moved to be Assistant Chaplain at St George's in Paris, which has both an international English-speaking congregation and a French-speaking Malagasy one. During his time in Paris he led two parish pilgrimages, one to the Abbey of Citeaux, in Burgundy, the founding house of the Cistercians, and the other to 'La Grande Chartreuse' in the Dauphiné Alps, the home of the Carthusians (as in the film 'Into the Great Silence').
Since 2010, Fr Richard has been the Supervisor of the "Mission and Ministry Programme", of London Diocese's companion relationship with the Diocese of Angola, part of the ALMA link (www.almalink.org). He visits Angola almost every year.
Fr Richard is married to Giseli, who he met while in Recife, Brazil. They are both qualified massage therapists and enjoy music, cinema, and dance together, and visiting friends and family in Brazil.
Since his arrival in Mayfair, Fr Richard has tried to re-engage the Chapel in its calling to mission in Mayfair. He has helped organise events for the community from Brazilian Carnival nights, to an Opera Gala, St George's and St Nicholas' Day Services, a Children's Singing Club, and an art exhibition called "The Book of Life" jointly with the Royal Academy of Arts, the Kids Company and St George's School. He runs groups for working people - at lunchtime and in the mornings - and a bereavement group, and a Chapel Fellowship Group.