Prof. Msgr. Vladimir Felzmann aka Father Vlad 

still working to help God make this World a better place 

Professor Mons. Vladimir Jan Antonin Václav Felzmann (Confirmed Francis Xavier) 

Early Life


Born in Prague 6 May 1939. Came to England in 1946. Father a Czechoslovak diplomat who in ’45 came to the Czechoslovak Embassy in London. In ’48, when Communists took control of CSR, he resigned. So, we became refugees. Expecting imminently to return home, it was only after the failure of the Hungarian Revolution in ’56 that we took on British Nationality.


Primary Education 

 Convent School in Prague (briefly) in 1945-46

Glengyle, Putney (Day) 1946-48

St Peter’s Guildford (Boarding) 1948-51


Secondary Education 

 Clapham College (Day)1951-58

1st XI Football Colours 1955-58

Head Boy1957


Tertiary Education

Imperial College, BSc (Eng.) 1958-61

DIC (Structures) ACGI = MSc (Eng.) 1961-62

Lateran University, Rome, DD (Summa cum Laude) 1967-69






Father - Adolf Felzmann 1909-1961

Mother - Georgina Felzmann 1910-1996

Sister  - Jarmila 1937 –

Sister  - Georgina 1941-1995

Brother – John 1946-1967



GOD: fell in love with God while on summer holiday on Eriskay, Outer Hebrides 1954




PS. The 9s have been outstanding – who knows why?

I was: 

Born - 39

Joined Opus Dei - 59

Ordained Priest - 69

Diocesan Chaplain to young people & Director of Pilgrimages - 89

Awarded Papal ‘Prelate of Honour’ - 99

Appointed Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University - 19 

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OPUS DEI

Joined Opus Dei 23.9.1959

Studied theology in Rome 1965-69

Ordained, Priest, Madrid 31.8.69

Participated in Opus Dei’s General Congress, Rome 1969 & 1970

Asked for exit from Opus Dei 23.9.81

Incardinated Westminster Diocese 1.4.1982

Awards

Companion with Star and Badge of Religion 1st Class Order of Orthodox Hospitallers - 1986

Knight, Polonia Restituta - 1988

Cavaliere di Merito Ecclesiastico, Constantinian Order of St George - 1990

Knight of the Holy Sepulchre - 1994

Chaplain, Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem - 1995-99

Chaplain General (OSLJ JChlJ) - 1999

Chaplain of the Jurisdiction of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem - 1999-2001

Prelate of Honour (Mgr) - 1999

Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre - 2001

Knight 1st Class Order of Francis - 2006

Chaplain of Honour, Lourdes - 2015

Visiting Professor, St Mary’s University, Twickenham - 2019 

Retreats Preached and Theology Course Taught

Retreats Preached


Many throughout stay at All Saints - 1991-2011

St Mary’s Ascot  Yrs. 11 and 13 - 1986-2012

St Peter’s Seminary, Wexford - 1998 & 99

Venerabile Collegio Inglese, Rome 9-10.4. 06

Permanent & Trainee Deacons - Aylesford - 2008 & 9

Merville, France - 2010

Ashburnham Place, Battle - 2011 


Theology Courses Taught


Auxiliaries of the Apostolate, Lourdes  

The Blessed Trinity - 2000

Pneumatology - 2002

New Testament - 2004

Creation-Redemption - 2006 

Writings

Articles and Book Reviews in The Tablet.                         

The Universe and The Catholic Herald. 

Numerous articles in Westminster CathedralBulletin, now ‘Oremus’ 

Pamphlets: 

The Apostles’ Creed - 1989 

Life’s Pilgrimage - 1990                

Fortnightly Column on Sport,The Catholic Times’ then “Universe Catholic Weekly” 11.6.18 – now               

“A Journey to Eternity” 1 &3 - 2021     

“ Life Squared” - 2021 

“A Journey to Eternity” 2 - 2023

Activities 

Assistant Scout Master, 28th Streatham, 1957-62

Students Cross, London Leg

- Pilgrim  1959

- Secretary 1960

- Director  1961                       

Member, Union of Catholic Students  1961

International Vice-President, UCS  1960

Secretary, Netherhall House  1960-61

Director, Netherhall House  1961-65

Director of first Greygarth, Opus Dei, Summer School, Manchester - 1962    

Tutor in Structures at Architectural Association 1962-64

Lecturer in English at Institute of Education, Rome 1966-69

Chaplain at Turo University Residence, Barcelona 1969-70

Chaplain to Netherhall House Boys’ club 1970-79

Chaplain, Netherhall House 1970-81

Chaplain to Lakefield Educational Centre 1970-81

Preached retreats for men, women, boys, girls and Diocesan clergy 1970-81

Started Days of Recollection - 1970

At Sudbury, Southend, Canterbury, Camberley. Oxford, Newmarket and Cambridge.

Led recollections, retreats, excursions and international camping trips - 1970-81

Led retreats for diocesan clergy at Wickenden Manor, Sussex -

1973-80

At Cardinal Vaughan School (CVMS)

- Head of Religious Education - 1973-84   

- School Chaplain - 1976-84     

- Head of Liberal Studies - 1976-84   

- Organised Week of Disabled People - 1981 

- Vocations Week - 1982

Founder Chairman, National Association of School Chaplains (now ACCE) - 1984-91

Priest in Residence, Our Lady of Victories, Kensington - 1981-82

Assistant Priest, Our Lady of Grace, Chiswick -1982-85

Chaplain, Westminster Cathedral - 1985

Sub-Administrator, Westminster Cathedral - 1985-89

Chaplain, Diocesan Education Service (WDES) - 1985-92

Vice Chairman, The Passage Management Cttee - 1985-92

Founder of and Chaplain to Young Adults Pilgrimage to Lourdes (YAP) 1986-92   

Foundation Governor, CVMS 1989-92

Chaplain to Papal Knights 1985- now

Council Member, Friends of Westminster Cathedral 1985-97

Diocesan Director of School Chaplains (then ‘coordinator’) 1985-2009

Diocesan Chaplain to Young People 1989-2004

Diocesan Director of Pilgrimages 1989-2002

Director, All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney 1991-2011

Founder of and Chaplain to SPEC Centre, All Saints 1992-2004

Founder of Loft@SPEC- 1998

- Founder SPECeast 2001         

- SPEC-SON 2002                     

- SPEC Mission Team 2003

Executive Committee Member ICCJ - 1992-1998

Provincial Chaplain, Knights of St Columba, Province 29 1993-2011

Started Bright Lights Festival for Young Adults - 1995

Governor, St Columba’s School 1995-99

Executive Committee 3 Faiths Forum 1998- 2002

Started Medical 3 Faiths Forum - 1999

Founder & Chair Friends of Bethlehem University - 1999-2017

Chaplain, Ascent Movement - 1999-2003

Trustee, Genesis Foundation - 2001- now

The Passage

- Trustee - 2002- 21

- Chair, Fund Raising Committee - 2011-17

Trustee Genesis America (UK) 2004 - now

Trustee Nat. Spiritual & Mental Health Forum 2007 - 09

Trustee ‘Rights and Humanity’ 2008 - 12

Chair of Trustees CaAPA (ex CSG) 2008 - now

Delegate International Council of Christians and Jews [(CCJ)

Conferences in Fribourg 1987, Montreal 1988, Lille 1989

Launched Diocesan Annual Conference of Parish Youth Workers 1990

Diocesan Director World Youth Days to: Czestochowa 1991, Denver 1993, Paris 1997, Rome 2000

Attended the Vatican’s “Sport at the service of Humanity”, 1st Global Conference on Faith & Sport, October 5-7 2016

Catholic Chaplain to Canary Wharf  2010-21

Catholic Chaplain for Sport - 2011

Founder-CEO JP2F4S charity 2011-21

Priest-in-charge:

- Stepney Parish - 16.10.13 - 15.3.14

- Wapping Parish - 8.8.14 - 4.4.15

Care for Anglophone at St Anne’s Underwood Rd - 1.4.16 – 3.9.17

Chaplain, Olympics & Para-Olympics - 2012

Chaplain, Para-Athletic & Athletic World Championships - 2017 

Joined Chaplains Squad at HMP Wandsworth for Sunday Masses - 29.4.2017 – now

Vice-PresidentMarketing Hydrasyst, helping reduce global warming - 2023-now

Started celebrating 10:00am Sunday mass at Maria Assumpta Chapel, Kensington Square, September 2021 until now. 

Prof. Msgr. Vladimir Felzmann aka Father Vlad


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