Canon Adrian J Towers, VF, was
ordained priest on 14th November, 1981, by
Bishop B Foley at SS Mary and Michael’s, Garstang.
He was installed as Canon at Lancaster cathedral
on 25th November, 2014, and he is now the Dean
Before taking up his appointment
at Cottam in September, 2003, Canon Adrian
previously served as Assistant Priest at St
Joseph’s, Preston, and St Clare’s, Preston,
(where he was also chaplain to the Royal Preston
Hospital) and as Parish Priest of St Wulstan’s,
Fleetwood. Since Advent 2009 he has also
been Priest in Charge of St Mary’s, Lea Town.
Canon Adrian has degrees in Theology from Durham
University and Moral Theology from the Gregorian
University in Rome. He taught for several
years at St Joseph’s College, Upholland, and at
St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw (major seminary and
college of Durham University), where he was
Lecturer in Moral Theology. From 2002-2012
he was Director of Formation for the Permanent
Diaconate in the Diocese. In June 2012 Bishop
Michael Campbell appointed him as a member of
the Diocesan Tribunal.
In addition to the above duties, Canon Adrian
has now been appointed Rector of the Parish of
St John XXIII in Preston. He will be
assisted by Fr John Millar and Fr Anthony Gaskin
who will both reside at St Joseph’s. Canon
Adrian will continue to live at Cottam.
Adrian is a member of the Catholic
Theological Association of Great Britain, and of
the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and