The Mt Revd Jerome Lloyd OSJV DD FRSA
Titular Archbishop of Selsey, Metropolitan of Europe
HE Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey
Popularly known as, “Father Jerome”
Throughout schooling and higher education Metropolitan Jerome studied music and voice and is a classically trained and experienced musician (piano/pipe organ) and vocalist. He studied with Anne Marsden-Thomas (International Organ School) and Dr Martin Neary (Royal College of Organists) continuing his vocal studies too through the Royal School of Church Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. After Sixth Form he won a scholarship to study voice and keyboard at the Conservatorio L. Cherubini in Florence and as a dramatic performer when he took the name “Jerome Lloyd” (née Cave) professionally (Equity registered). His Grace has consulted on music for choirs and music groups of various traditions/churches and theatrical productions.
Metropolitan Jerome read Divinity at y Coleg Diwinyddol Unedig (the United Theological College, Aberystwyth of the Aberystwyth & Lampeter Schools of Theology) where he was organist at Llanbadarn Fawr and Holy Trinity churches as well as acting Director of Music for the College. He then received a Traditional Catholic pre-Conciliar seminary formation on the continent in Switzerland and Italy for a further four years studying theology at Fribourg, Turin and Rome. He has a comprehensive knowledge of Latin and his main academic interests are in Ecclesiology, Liturgy and Canon Law. Metropolitan Jerome is competent in Welsh and French (paternal family ancestry), Cantonese/Mandarin (maternal Chinese/Singaporean ancestry), German, Italian, Spanish (through academia) and English.
Having been a “worker priest” Metropolitan Jerome also has a background in leisure and hospitality gained as a restaurateur and licensee. As a former small business owner and member of the Federation of Small Businesses, his knowledge also extends to Human Resource management, Health & Safety, retail and marketing as well as Food Hygiene. Metropolitan Jerome’s experience also includes being a former Trade Union Representative (Public & Commercial Services Union) and a Staff Sports & Leisure Association Rep’ (HASSRA) in the Civil Service (Department for Work & Pensions); where he worked originally as an Employment Advisor, then in Marketing and Business liaison (Sussex & Surrey) and finally as a consultant in IT Project Management and support (London & South East England). All of this experience has perfectly placed him to act as an industrial chaplain to a number of small and large businesses in the city.
A founding member of the Society of St John Vianney in 2005 and later the Oratory of St John Vianney in 2007, Metropolitan Jerome is dedicated to applying the spirituality and pastoral zeal of the saintly Curé d’Ars to his ministry as a pastoral priest. The Oratory is a Congregation of secular Clergy of regular observance, dedicated to emulating the spirituality and vocation of St John Vianney, the Patron Saint of Parish Priests.
Founding his own performance agency and production company, LRAPA Productions in 2002 whilst on sabbatical, he later produced various productions of both music and fringe theatre in the Brighton Festivals 2003/04/05. He performed at the Brighton Royal Pavilion, the Brighton Dome and Theatre Royal both as a musician and as a singer/actor in cabaret and consulted as a musical director on a variety of performances both amateur and professional. His Grace also helped to establish the then redundant St Andrew’s Church Waterloo Street as a community centre and performance venue with monthly “Friday night is music night” concerts showcasing local performance artists. In 2005 Metropolitan Jerome was appointed Rector of Formation and in 2006 Vicar General of the Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe and an assistant chaplain at the Community of the King of Love retreat centre in the High Peak district of Derbyshire. In 2007 His Grace became resident Provost at the Mother House of the OSJV at Cosgrove in Northamptonshire and in 2008 returned to Brighton to plant the foundations for the Brighton Oratory.
On January 1st 2012 Archbishop Boniface Grosvold of the Old Roman Catholic Church announced the election by the Episcopal College of Metropolitan Jerome as Apostolic Vicar for Europe and Metropolitan Bishop-Elect of the ORCC in Europe. Monsignor Lloyd was consecrated Titular Archbishop of Selsey, Metropolitan Archbishop of Europe and Diocesan Ordinary of Great Britain on Saturday, May 5th 2012 feast of St Pius V in the Collegiate Chapel of St John the Evangelist, Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada by Archbishop Grosvold and Archbishop Jean-Marie Denis Ngodobo of Cameroon by kind permission of the Anglican Bishop of Huron represented as witness to the Consecrations by the diocesan Precentor, Canon William Cliff (now Bishop of Brandon).
On Saturday 26th May 2012, Metropolitan Jerome was formally installed as Metropolitan Archbishop of Europe during a service of Inauguration which took place before ecumenical witnesses and a large congregation in the Brighton Congress Hall.
Ministry in Brighton
In March of 2008, Metropolitan Jerome was commissioned by the Metropolitan Bishop of the Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe, to found a parochial mission and community chaplaincy in Sussex based in Brighton & Hove. A committed ecumenist, he served as Chair of Churches Together in Central Brighton & Kemptown [2010-2011] and has been Secretary of Churches Together in Central Brighton since 2014 and is involved in various ecumenical apostolates seeking to address the issues of contemporary society in our City including homelessness, substance abuse/addiction and the general perception of Christianity in our wider city community. His Grace facilitates a monthly ecumenical Christian forum “CARITAS” borne out of an ecumenical Lenten group, a discussion group mostly of lay people who discuss how to live the Christian Faith in our city and contemporary society. Metropolitan Jerome was a founding Trustee of “Peace of Mind – Churches Working Together in Brighton & Hove” an ecumenical project focusing on congregational awareness and the future foundation of a Christian based day centre for mental health sufferers. He is also a member of the Brighton & Hove Interfaith Contact Group.
Metropolitan Jerome is known in Brighton & Hove for his community chaplaincy work visiting nursing and retirement homes, the city’s hospices (The Martlets and the Sussex Beacon) and “Ex Ecclesia” our community outreach ministry to those who, for a variety of reasons, feel alienated by the mainstream Churches. His Grace believes that it is possible for people living alternative lifestyles to be reconciled with the Christian faith and he organises a variety of discussion groups and speakers to address issues such as homosexuality, transgenderism, monogamy, cohabitation before marriage and divorce.
Metropolitan Jerome is one of a handful of celebrants in the world who broadcast the traditional Mass in Latin, live, via the internet and is the only priest to do so in Europe. Since broadcasting began in August of 2008, 30’707 viewers have tuned into the Mass and since archiving of broadcasts began, 9’004 people have watched the episodes of Mass since March of 2010, [Stats as at 12/11/10].
The Archbishop is well known in Brighton & Hove for his commitment to fundraising for local charities utilising his many talents. Most famously walking a tightrope in 2009 for the Sussex Beacon HIV/AIDS Hospice and appearing as an old lady (“Dame Margot”) performing in fundraising concerts! Performances included regular appearances for the Mayor of Brighton & Hove’s Charity Gala and with celebrities Dame Vera Lynn (St Dunstan’s home for blind war veterans) and Dame Felicity Lott (for Radios in Hospitals). Metropolitan Jerome is a Patron of a local choir in Brighton and often leads and organises workshops ranging from choral singing through to karaoke! In the spirit of ecumenism, he formerly directed the Choir of Dorset Gardens Methodist Church and the annual citywide and ecumenical “Messiah from scratch” performances.
In 2013, Metropolitan Jerome found a way to utilise his experience in the hospitality industry and founded the “Cherubs Kitchen“ apostolate inspired by the homeless drop-in he partnered with Majors Mark & Tracy Bearcroft at Brighton Congress Hall. Noticing that some of the guests had experience in catering he determined to find a way for such to be enabled to return to work. “Cherubs Kitchen” now operates commercial franchise operations across the city providing work experience and work rehabilitation opportunities and NVQ apprenticeships in professional catering. The profits from the franchises go to support various homeless support projects across the city.
Met. Jerome has a keen interest in the plight of persecuted Christians and has been eager to express solidarity with those suffering in the Middle East for some years. Appreciating the history of our church with the Patriarchate of Antioch & All the East, Met. Jerome has continually tried to highlight the plight of Syrian Christians (where the Antiochian Patriarchate has its headquarters in Damascus) to churches in the West. In 2009, before the crisis in Syria escalated, Met. Jerome brought a Syrian refugee working as a Brighton taxi driver to a Churches Together in Central Brighton meeting to relay first-hand testimony about the plight of Christians in Syria from the rebel forces. For the past three years he has combined vacations and pilgrimages to visit the Middle East to appreciate the cultural tensions and encourage Christians living there. In March this year he visited Turkey where religious tensions are rising due to the crisis in Syria and Christians are emigrating and addressed local Christians and pilgrims in the House of Mary at Ephesus. In 2015 he was invited by Lord Laird of Artigarvan to be a keynote speaker in the House of Lords at a debate about the Syrian Refugee crisis and in recent years has been networking to provide Syrian Refugees in Brighton (declared a “City of Sanctuary”) a welcome, offering support and assistance in our city from various projects including “The Hub” and “Cherubs Kitchen” apostolates which he founded. In 2016 Metropolitan Jerome was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his charitable work.
Metropolitan Jerome’s personal interests include languages, traveling, reading (favourite author Ellis Peters) classical music, theatre and performance, art and culture, anthropology, history and writing. He has been Musical Director of the annual Rottingdean Drama Society pantomime since 2010 and of the Brighton Revue Company since 2013 (following John Gould). The Archbishop willingly admits to liking Sci-fi though he is not a “Trekky”! His Grace is also appreciated by his ministerial colleagues, friends and family alike as a keen chef whose famous “Spaghetti Carbonara” is a signature dish learnt from a formation sponsor family in Rome, the recipe of which is a highly guarded secret!