Deacon Duncan Macpherson, M. A., D.Min

Duncan began teaching in the department of Theology and Religious Studies in 1967. On October 11, 1992, Duncan was ordained as a permanent deacon by the late Cardinal Basil Hume in the chapel of Saint Mary’s University College. Since retiring from full time teaching, Duncan has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow t Lampeter College and at Saint Mary’s University.
In addition to preaching and assisting the chaplain at Saint Mary’s, Duncan’s academic and pastoral work as a tutor, his role as a union official and his ecumenical and inter-faith apostolate, all became part of his diaconal ministry. He also found that he was welcomed as a visiting preacher in a number of churches, both locally and further afield. Now, having passed the age of Seventy five, Duncan is nonetheless able to continue in his ministry, particularly in preaching.
After thirty-three years of lecturing at Saint Mary’s, Duncan retired in 2000 to study for the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching at the Aquinas Institute of Theology at Saint Louis Missouri.  Having obtained the degree in 2003, he has used every opportunity to pass on the knowledge and skills acquired at Aquinas.
These opportunities have included published material, workshops and lectures on preaching. He has contributed a number of articles and homiletic reflections in books and religious journals. He is a tutor with the ecumenical College of Preachers (UK). He taught an MA module on “Proclamation and Preaching” at Saint Mary’s and has offered weekend courses and homily preparation workshops under various auspices. He is member of the US based Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics and of the Academy of Homiletics. He is also a committee member of the UK based Catholic Association of Preachers
Duncan is a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. He has led numerous pilgrimages and study tours to the Holy Land and is active in charities supporting Palestinian Christians and Palestinian higher education. His publications include, “Pilgrim Preacher, a study of the impact of Holy Land Studies on Preaching”, and “The Splendour of the Preachers: New Approaches to Liturgical Preaching”. He is the literary executor of his former colleague and friend, the late Professor Michael Prior, CM and has published two memorial volume of Michael’s selected essays and addresses.
Duncan met his late wife Ann in 1960 when they were both Theology undergraduates. They married in 1964 after both entering into full communion with the Catholic Church. Ann gave Duncan considerable support in his diaconal ministry, not least as candid critic of his preaching! They had four children, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Duncan Macleod Macpherson

Forest School, London, E17. 1951-58

University of Nottingham, England
B. A., Theology Honours,1959-62

University of Birmingham, England
M. A., Theology (part time), 1965-67 (By thesis only: "The Three Elements in the Thought of Baron von Hügel")

School of Oriental and African Studies,
London University
Teacher Fellowships in World Religions, 1974,
Teacher Fellowship in Hinduism 1981-2

Allen Hall, Diocesan Seminary.
--Training for Diaconate, (part time). 1991-2
(Ordination as Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of
Westminster 1992
Aquinas Theological Institute,
St. Louis Missouri 2000-2003
Doctor of Ministry in Preaching



Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and then Principal Lecturer,
in Theology and Religious Studies
Saint Mary's College,
University of Surrey

Part-time lecturer at Bath Spa University College
Visiting Lecturer in Homiletics on BA in Applied Theology (Diaconal Ministry)
Maryvale Theological Institute, Birmingham, England: 2003, 2004 and 2005
Visiting Lecturer in Theology
Campion House, Osterley, Middlesex, England
Visiting Lecturer in Homiletics for M.Th.
course in preaching at Spurgeon's College, London
2003 and 2005
Visiting Lecturer,
in Theology and Religious Studies
Saint Mary's College, University of Surrey
Director of 2004 TTA funded Subject Knowledge Booster Course on World Religions
Level 3 BA Course on Religion in Modern Britain
Tutor of the College of Preachers as from 2005
Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Lampeter as from October 2007 until 2010
Visiting Lecturer and Convenor of MA module on ‘Proclamation and Preaching’ in January 2009 at Saint Mary's University until 2010
Honorary Research Fellow at Saint Mary's University College until 2017


Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster
Attached to Chaplaincy at Saint Mary's College, Strawberry Hill (retired in 2015)



Academy of Homiletics (USA)
Campaign for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding
Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics (USA)
Catholic Theological Association ((UK)
Catholic Association of Preachers (UK)
College of Preachers ((UK) (former Council Member, and Executive Member)
College of Preachers (UK) Tutor
Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre
Friends of Bir Zeit University (Trustee--and Chair 1984-2004, Academic Patron 2006-)
Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust, Honorary President, (Chair 2004-10), Associate Editor of ‘Living Stones Magazine
Society of Biblical Studies (Boston, USA)
Friends of Bethlehem University

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