P. Carl Tranter, MSC – Delegate Irish Province

Carl Tranter, MSC

Province: Irish Province
Country (Nationality): British (England)
Date of Birth: December 10, 1965
First Vows: September 21, 1989
Final Vows: September 20, 1992
Ordination: July 17, 1993
Speaks: English, French, Spanish, Italian
Understands: English, French, Spanish, Italian

1993-1998       Parish ministry (assistant priest), Tamworth, Staffordshire, England.
1998-2000       Further studies – Boston College, USA (M.Ed. in adult ministry formation)
2000-2005       Resource person for the development of province-wide collaborative ministry and leadership, based in UK.
2005-2011       Superior, MSC Cordate Community (joint mission project of the 8 MSC Provinces of Europe – a community of pastoral presence in a poor, socially troubled, multi-faith neighbourhood of Birmingham, U.K.)  Also, Provincial Council member and Trustee of our MSC School in England.
2011-2017       Assistant General, Via Asmara, Rome
2017-2023      Provincial Superior, Irish Province, Dublin and Chairperson of PEC
2023…             Sabbatical from August 2023

I was born into a Church of England family but attended Princethorpe College, our MSC School in England, from 11-18 years of age.  This was my first encounter with the MSC.  I was received into the Catholic Church the day after my 18th birthday and, after two years working in banking, entered the MSC pre-novitaite in Ireland when I was 21.   While I was still a student studying theology, Fr Kees Braun MSC, Superior General, noticed that I could speak French and asked me to translate for the Valladolid General Conference of 1991.  This introduced me to the wider Congregation and began a journey of deep Congregational engagement which has been a wonderfully enriching experience.  I served as Secretary of PEC for 10 years and have participated in four previous General Chapters and four General Conferences.  My most fulfilling period of pastoral ministry was when I was a member of the Cordate community in the UK.  In 2011 I was elected to the General Council and in 2017 I was elected as Provincial of the Irish Province.  I will finish this appointment at the end of July 2023 and look forward to commencing a time of sabbatical.

I enjoy theatre, art, music, photography, walking and cooking.  My mother is still living in England, and I have one sister.

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