Parish Clergy

Welcome to our Parish – Our Lady of the Wayside in Shirley Solihull!


Welcome from FR. Gerardo and Deacon Sean Loone
“Welcome to the Parish of Our lady of the Wayside in Shirley Solihull.

We are a community of people who strive to answer the call of Christ by living out our Christian witness in following him in in his Church, in communion with our Archbishop and our Holy Father the Pope, who is the successor of St Peter.

At the very heart of our life is the worship of God at Mass, through which we are sanctified as his people. From the celebration of Mass, we receive the grace and strength of God’s Holy Spirit to live the life of Christ, serving him ever more faithfully in our local community and in the world. We welcome everyone to share in our faith.”

Fr. Gerardo Fabrizio


Fr Gerardo Fabrizio, STB., JCL., Dip. Iuris.
Born on 13th December 1967 in Selly Oak, Birmingham

Attended King’s Norton Boys’ School: 1979 -1987
St Mary’s College, Oscott: 1987 -1993
Ordained Priest by the Most Rev. Maurice Couve de Murville, in San Marco ai Monti, BENEVENTO, Italy on 25th July 1993. Bachelor of Sacred Theology. (STB) (1993) Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

St Chad’s Cathedral, 1993 -1996 (Assistant Priest)
St George’s, Worcester 1996 -1999 (Assistant Priest)

Further Studies: Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. 1999 – 2002. (Licentiate in Canon Law and Diploma in Jurisprudence) (JCL., Dip. Iuris)

St Anne’s Chelmsley Wood, (Parish Priest) (2002 – 2013)

January 2003 Appointed on the Birmingham Metropolitan Tribunal as Advocate and Defender of the Bond.

2004 Judge of First and Second Instance (Appeal Court) and Vice Officialis.
2009 – 2015 Judicial Vicar (Officialis)
2013 Our Lady of the Wayside, Shirley (Parish Priest)
Deacon Sean Loone

My name is Sean and I am the permanent deacon here at the parish of Our Lady of the Wayside, Shirley. As a permanent deacon I am allowed to be married and so indeed I am. My wife’s name is Pam and we have been married since 1981. We have three children, all boys, who are now mostly grown up – well in age that is. I have spent most of my working life in education in a variety of schools across the full age range from nursery all the way up to adult. At the moment I am working as an assistant chaplain in a school whilst also teaching, part time, at Saint Mary’s College Oscott, the seminary for the archdiocese of Birmingham. My areas of interest include Sacred Scripture and Christology. In my spare time I attempt to write articles for catholic periodicals such as the Pastoral Review.
As a deacon my emphasis is on the word ‘service’ which is a translation from the original Greek – diakonos. To me and I quote Cardinal Vincent Nicholls here, ‘The diaconate, and therefore the deacon is a living reminder of this truth.’ That the Church is a call to service which flows from God’s mercy. I find myself therefore in a unique position, as a married man with a family in full time employment who, at the same time, is called by Christ to serve his people wherever God’s love leads me. This is how Pope Francis put it:
‘The deacon is to be an apostle in his family, in his employment, in his community and on the new frontiers of mission today. He is to be an apostle of service, proclamation and charity, working with his fellow deacons, in close unity with the priests and in faithful communion with his bishop.’
The deacon then is one who is sent by the Church just as Christ was sent by his Father. Hence I see my own vocation as one whereby I am sent by the Father to be a companion of Our Lord in his work in the service of others. This brings me into a variety of contexts meeting God’s people where they are. As a result, I can find myself alongside people experiencing moments of desolation as they experience the death of a loved one. During the funeral liturgy I often emphasise the mercy of God who in the death of his Son triumphed over death and offers us a participation in that victory. For those who are broken and in desperate need of God’s love, once again as a minister of the Church I can offer words of God’s mercy. From baptisms to weddings, assisting and preaching at Mass, going into the parish school, being a foundation governor and RE advisor, leading talks and discussion groups during Advent, my role is always to bear witness to Christ – the servant – to be a living icon of his love, compassion and mercy.
There can be no greater privilege for me than being sent by God to work with his Son to serve and love his people. I can only pray that I am worthy enough and ask for your payers in the mission that Christ has entrusted to me. It would be impossible for me to do any of this without the support of my family, Fr. Gerardo our parish priest and the people of the parish of Our Lady of the Wayside and for this – I thank and bless you.
Your brother in Christ
Deacon Sean

“The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham: Registered Charity No. 234216”