About us

Middlesbrough DioceseIn creating My Baby’s Baptism we wanted to produce  a Baptism preparation programme that was appropriate for today’s families. The content is relevant to the reality of life for parents who are often juggling home, work in families that reflect a variety of varied cultures and customs. My Baby’s Baptism is a flexible and friendly programme which will encourage and affirm parents in their role as the first educators in their child’s life of faith.


Canon John Lumley
John Lumley is a parish priest and Episcopal Vicar for Evagelisation in the Diocese of Middlesbrough UK. He has also worked as diocesan Director of Religious Education and for several years taught in the Pastoral Department at St Cuthbert’s Seminary, Ushaw, Durham. Prior to ordination, John taught RE in a mixed 11-16 Catholic comprehensive school and was a catechist in his home parish.

Father Paul Farrer
Paul Farrer is a priest of the Middlesbrough Diocese. He has led the Diocesan Youth Service for ten years and has also acted as Co-ordinator of School Chaplaincy. Paul has served as a parish priest in four parishes and has established a Diocesan Youth Ministry Team. He is an experienced retreat leader in his own diocese and beyond.

Rosemary Gallagher
Rosemary Gallagher is the author and/or co-author of a number of the most popular pastoral books including Your Baby’s Baptism, Your Child’s First Communion, Your Wedding (with Fr John Trenchard), Your Child’s First Reconciliation and How to Survive Being Married to a Catholic (with Fr Michael Henesy). Rosemary was also responsible for the origination and development of a number of the most popular parish newsletters, Now working as a freelance parish project consultant.