Parish Team

The Parish’s clerical team is led by the Dean, Fr Martin Boland, who serves as the Parish Priest, and he is supported by an Assistant Priest, Fr Gary Dench, and three Deacons.


Fr Martin Boland

Fr Martin trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome. He has served a variety of parishes across the Diocese of Brentwood including SS Peter & Paul's, Ilford and Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead and Leigh-on-Sea. While parish priest of St Sabina's, Brightlingsea and St Monica's. Wivenhoe, he was also the Catholic chaplain at the University of Essex from 2003 - 2011.  He was appointed the Cathedral Dean in 2011.


Fr Gary Dench

Fr Gary grew up in Essex and studied at the University of Edinburgh. He trained for the Priesthood in Valladolid and Rome before his ordination on 22nd June 2019. He has been the assistant priest here at Brentwood Cathedral since September 2019 


Deacon Paul Conrad

Deacon Paul was ordained to the permanent diaconate in July 1989 by Bishop Thomas McMahon. He has served the Cathedral parish and the wider diocese for over thirty years celebrating countless numbers of baptisms, marriages and funerals. Deacon Simon Conrad is his son.


Deacon Simon Conrad

Deacon Simon was brought up in a loving, faith-filled family within the Cathedral parish. The witness to the life of faith of the parish community played a significant part in nurturing him over time, firstly towards married life and the gift of his own family and to the more recent calling to his vocation as a Deacon. It is now his privilege to serve the community through his ministry, while retaining his love for teaching and music.


Deacon Nicholas Holmes

Deacon Nicholas was ordained to the permanent diaconate in July 2022. He is married to Alix and has two grown up daughters, Charlotte and Hannah. He works as a manager of Older People Residential Care for Essex County Council. As well as his ministry within the parish, he is a Governor at the Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School; a member of the Brentwood Catenian Circle and he volunteers at Chelmsford Prison as part of the chaplaincy team.