Mitchinson, Ted



Mitchinson, Ted

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Fr Ted Mitchinson was an English YCW chaplain who also worked with the movement in South Africa. He also translated the Fiévez-Meert biography of Cardijn into English.


Born in Brockley, South London, in 1913, Fr Edward Mitchinson was educated at the junior seminary at Mark Cross, before studying for the priesthood at the Propaganda College in Rome. Ordained in 1938, for the Southwark archdiocese, he first served as assistant priest in Gravesend for four years.

In 1942, he was appointed as YCW chaplain, which he held for 16 years, encouraging the movement during a crucial part of its development. He then became parish priest at St Mary Magdalen's, Wandsworth in 1958, although retained his YCW links as diocesan chaplain.

He was the national chaplain of the English YCW from 1941 to 1958.

During the 1960s and 1970s, he worked with the YCW South Africa. Following a visit to South Africa, he was granted leave to serve there from 1970, undertaking a series of posts in the Cape and Natal.

Returning to the United Kingdom in 1982, he retired as chaplain to St Anne's Court in West Wickham, and then St Mary's, Worthing, in 1988.

He translated Marguerite Fievez and Jacques Meert's biography, Cardijn, Life and Times into English.

He died on 9 April 1993 aged 79 following a heart attack.


YCW New National Chaplain (Catholic Herald, 27 June 1958)

Lifelong supporter of the YCW (Catholic Herald, 23 April 1993)

Ineke van Kessel, The circulation of ideas in Apartheid South Africa: the conscientising mission of the Young Christian Workers (Universitat Leipzig)

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December 27, 1913

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April 9, 1993


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