All Saints Church

Batley, West Yorkshire

Val Keating

What is your favourite hymn?

Morning Has Broken because I like the tune and the words are so much about renewal and new beginnings every day, they make me thankful to be alive.

 

Who is favourite band or singer?

Favourite band is probably harder as I like loads, but included here would be Queen, Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand, Aortic Monkeys, Killers, Simon & Garfunkel and Snow Patrol.

 

What is your favourite film?

Favourite film is Full Monty because of its commentary on life with all its ups and downs and of course the northern humour.

 

What is your favourite place?

Anywhere by the sea. In fact anywhere by water – even Batley Beck!

 

What three personal possessions could you not do without?

Three personal possessions I cannot live without are my sewing machine, bible and the car.

 

What do you do to relax?

Relaxation? I do have time to relax surprisingly and I like to sew, knit, cross stitch, cook and read and spend time with family and friends.

 

What is your favourite food?

Favourite food is curry followed very closely by cake.

 

If you could invite any 5 people from history (real or fictional) to a dinner party hosted by you, who would be on the guestlist and why?

5 people I would like to invite to a dinner party would be Winston Churchill, Julius Caesar, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandella and Ghandi as they are probably the most influential men who possibly changed the pattern of life in their time. I wonder why I have not chosen any women, but if I did, it would be Emily Pankhurst, Mother Teresa, Margaret Thatcher and Florence Nightingale because we may not always agree with them but they sure have had some impact.

 

What is the most memorable thing that has happened to you since entering the priesthood?

The most memorable thing for me is the trust other people place in me which is humbling and amazing in equal parts. I love every aspect of ministry, it is a privilege to walk alongside others.

 

Finally, sum yourself up in 5 words

Funny, sincere, friendly, minister and kind