Father James Bradley is a Priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham currently serving as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Family, Southampton, and Chaplain to the University of Southampton.
Born in the south of England, Father Bradley was a chorister at Winchester Cathedral and educated in West Sussex. He read music at the University of Exeter and the University of Bristol, and after a year of pastoral work in west London read for orders in the Church of England at Saint Stephen’s House, a permanent private hall of the University of Oxford. He served as Assistant Curate of Saint John the Baptist, Sevenoaks, and together with the Vicar and around forty members of the congregation was received into the full communion of the Catholic Church in 2011.
He was ordained to the diaconate on 7 May 2011 by Bishop John Hine at Aylesford Priory, and to the Sacred Priesthood by Bishop Alan Hopes on 21 April 2012 at Saint Patrick’s, Soho Square. He served as Communications Officer and Private Secretary to the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, whilst in residence in parishes in the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Archdiocese of Westminster. During this time he also completed an M.A. in Canon Law from the University of London. In August 2013, Father Bradley was assigned to full-time studies in Canon Law at The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., where was in residence at Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian. He completed the Licentiate in Canon Law in 2016 and the Doctorate in Canon Law in 2017 with a dissertation entitled, “The Provenance and Purpose of Personal Ordinariates Erected under the Auspices of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Cœtibus.”