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Father Andrew Cole was born and brought up in Milford Haven, in Pembrokeshire. He read theology at the University of Birmingham, after which he worked as warden of Newman House, the University’s Catholic chaplaincy, for a year. He then went to the Venerable English College in Rome to train to be a priest, and studied philosophy and theology in the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained deacon on 12th July 2000 in the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, in Albano, just south of Rome, and to the priesthood on 4th August 2001 in St Joseph’s Cathedral, Swansea. His first years in ministry were in the Diocese of Menevia, in south-west Wales, where he worked in Swansea, Llanelli and Aberystwyth. He returned to Rome in September 2005 to study canon law in the Gregorian, this time living in the Pontifical Beda College, just over the road from the Basilica of St Paul outside the Walls, where his favourite Apostle, St Paul, is reputedly buried. He came to Nottingham in September 2010, and has been Catholic Chaplain to the University of Nottingham and Private Secretary to the Bishop of Nottingham since 2011.
In his spare time he enjoys Strictly Come Dancing, films, music, current affairs, going to the gym, riding one of his two bikes, visiting Britain’s national heritage and writing a thesis for a doctorate in canon law on the subject of the parish as a reflection of the catholicity of the Church.