The administrator of this site is the Reverend Jonathan Hagger (a.k.a. MadPriest). He is a licensed Church of England priest but he receives no salary from any church or any other employer. At present his ministry consists entirely of his work at St. Laika's and OCICBW...

However, he likes to eat occasionally and his blogs cost quite a bit of money to run. So, in true Anglican style a collection plate is being made available for your donations (via PayPal).

Full accounts will be posted here each year. You will never be asked to pledge or tithe but a regular monthly contribution from you would give him security and peace of mind.

Another way to help Jonathan is to buy Amazon products via his Amazon shop. Details of how to do this can be found in the sidebar.

To be honest, I have no idea where my ministry should be at this moment in time. But it has become apparent to me that it is an either/or situation. In other words, if I cannot earn enough money from my Internet work (not a full salary, just enough to provide the essentials of life) then I am going to have to abandon OCICBW..., St. Laika's and the rest because I am being turned down by parishes because of them.

I will give it a month before making my decision.



  1. I pray that you find a fulfilling way to exercise your priesthood. If that turns out to be parish ministry and you have to give up OCICBW I would give thanks for your presence and rejoice in your new path. If you stay with your on-line congregation, I will do what I can to lend support.


  2. An alternative is to preach and pastor in various places and get paid for what you do. You can add to income that way. You can develop funeral and other rites of passage ministries. A model might be as with Liberal Catholics and some Unitarians.

  3. I did notice that bit in the last turn-down letter, about your internet work not fitting in with the needs of the parish. It was chilling to see in black and white.

  4. I just sent you a small donation. I was having similar thoughts today about the Jesus in Love Blog as I looked at the budget numbers. It looks like I will need to do more than just pay for blogging expenses this year in order to continue. We have to find ways to support each other financially to maintain the blogs that we value. Or as my partner says, “We have to keep the wheel turning.” Thanks for all your good words and good works!

  5. Easy for me to say, and of course it doesn’t put any food on your table, but any parish that would reject you because of your internet work is not worthy of you. Or, for that matter, of any other good priest I know.

  6. Does PayPal automatically convert my dollars to pounds? I can donate when I get my next paycheck, but am curious as to how it works when donating in dollars. Does anyone know if there are extra fees tacked on for the conversion? Just wanting to know what to expect.

  7. Suser, PayPal does the conversion on a bank card. You choose the nation from which your bank card account originates. You put in how much you wish to give in British Pounds and PayPal tells you how much they will charge your bank card account in the currency of your country. They also show the exchange rate for the day that they are using for the conversion and tell you the name under which the charge will show up on your bank account. It was painless.

  8. If I use the Amazon search box on your site do you get the sales commission? Or does that only pay you if I buy the “MP Recommends” stuff?

  9. Thanks, Gumbiecat. It helps a lot. The commission (between 2% and 5% depending on the item purchased) is pretty good as it involves me in absolutely no work whatsoever.

  10. Hopefully this won’t get posted twice. Looked like it got ‘et the first time. Hopefully also I can remember what I wrote …

    I can’t donate much, but I will as soon as I finish this comment. I agree with WSJM’s sentiments and would add that I am a regular reader, but not so much of a commenter. You did post a prayer request from for my friends who tragically lost their daughter while on vacation in Costa Rica.

    I don’t think I’d be the only OCICBW “nobody” out here who would be sad to see you go.