Br. Michael Powell C.J.
After I left school at Christmas 1969 I worked at Barrow Hills for two terms before going up to Cambridge
for a very social and alcohol fuelled year before crashing in my exams. With hindsight I was far too
immature to go to any University, let alone Oxbridge (which was Fr Peter's choice, not mine).
I then went to Teacher Training College in Twickenham and joined the Josephites in 1973. After spells at
the College 73-76 and Barrow Hills 76-80 I returned to the College as Red House Housemaster - a period a
look back on with great nostalgia. Periods back at Barrow Hills and in California followed, and then a
stint at Woburn Hill School.
In about 1993 I finally felt ready for University (!) and completed an MEd and an MPhil before taking a
break of several years to do doctoral research into the history of the Josephites as an educational
institution. I got my PhD in 2003 and for the past few years have been teaching Languages part-time at the
College, as well as being Bursar and Superior of the Community. I have just retired from the classroom. I
have already been through the stages of "I was at school with your father" and "I taught your father" and
decided to get out before it was a case of "I was at school with your grandfather"!
I now live with a small group of other Josephites just at the south-western tip of Heathrow airport. I
continue my research into Josephite history and work on projects for our African communities. Among other
things I work for St Joseph's African Aid, a small charity founded by, but independent of, the Josephites.
If you are interested, take a look at www.sjaa.org.uk.
With college choir tour around 1972
Red House master 1980 - 84
PhD graduation 2003