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Comic-turned-priest Fr Frankie’s inspiring story

Frankie Mulgrew, the younger son of comedian Jimmy Cricket, followed in his father’s footsteps in comedy – until a battle with depression ultimately led to him becoming a priest.

Frankie was captivated by a love of the stage and entertainment as a child and was a stand-up comedian known as Frankie Doodle.

But he suffered with depression around the age of 18 and it led him eventually to become a priest after realising the healing power of the Catholic religion.

Fr Mulgrew, 41, has told his inspiring story to the Lancashire Evening Post newspaper, where dad Jimmy has a monthly column.

See the full article here

Also read: Father Frankie makes mum & dad very proud 

Frankie Mulgrew

Frankie Mulgrew

Fr Frankie Mulgrew


Fr Frankie pops in to say ‘hello’ at church show!

Jimmy Cricket posted on Facebook: Wonderful evening at St Bartholomew’s Parish Church in Great Harwood with the double act, (and Anglian Priests), #jackandkrac better known as Chris and Alex, alongside Andy on sound, and #FatherFrankie popped in to say hello to everyone! 🎭

One of Jimmy Cricket’s sons paid an impromptu visit during a show in east Lancashire.

Famous entertainer Jimmy, 72, was performing on the same bill as Fr Alex Frost and Rev Chris Krawiec, two Church of England curates known as the double comedy act Jack and Krac.

And comedian-turned-Roman Catholic priest Fr Frankie Mulgrew turned up at the event which took place at St Bartholomew’s Parish Church in Great Harwood.

Jimmy said on social media that it had been a “wonderful evening” and added: “#FatherFrankie popped in to say hello to everyone! 🎭”

Опубліковано Jimmy Cricket Субота, 21 липня 2018 р.

Miracles R Us – Fr Frankie’s latest book

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, the younger son of famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket, has been discussing his latest book in The Universe, the Catholic national newspaper.

The Roman Catholic priest, who is based in Blackburn, East Lancashire, compiled and edited Miracles R Us: Supernatural Miracles In The Catholic Church.

A summary of the book, published by St Pauls Publishing, says: “Do miracles really happen? Are there miracles in the 21st century just as there were during the life of Jesus?

“In Miracles R Us we discover how God works supernatural miracles in our day and age. Filled with real-life stories of spiritual and physical miracles from well-known priests, Religious and Catholic speakers we discover that life-changing miracles of the soul and physical healings beyond current medical explanation happen, all through the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church: baptism, confession, Eucharist, confirmation, marriage, holy orders and anointing of the sick.

“This book proves that God’s love and power to transform hearts and lives is as real today as it was in the time of Jesus.”

It includes a contribution from Cardinal Vincent Nichols and all authorship profits will go to support Mary’s Meals, who provide vital meals to some of the world’s poorest children.Frankie Mulgrew, younger son of comedian Jimmy Cricket, kneels in front of the Bishop of Salford at his ordination service

Fr Frankie (right), who was a comedian like his dad before being ordained five years ago, is quoted in the 9 March edition of The Universe saying: “This book is to help encourage, affirm and edify our own faith but also to be passed into the hands of those who may have stopped going to Church, give them reason to believe and reason to know that God loves them, has never given up on them and wants to fill their life with his divine love, mercy and blessings.”

The 16 March edition of The Universe also features Fr Frankie talking about Miracles R Us.

The comic-turned-priest, whose stage name was Frankie Doodle, has previously had a book published about God and humour called Does God LOL? (LOL is internet slang for Laugh Out Loud).

He compiled and edited the book, which includes contributions from famous entertainers Ricky Tomlinson, Tim Vine, Jo Brand, Milton Jones and the late Sir Ken Dodd and Frank Carson.

All proceeds from sales of that book have also gone towards Mary’s Meals.


Listen to Fr Frankie talking about his latest book here

Bentham show raised funds for local RC church

Jimmy Cricket and audience members

Jimmy Cricket recently appeared in a charity event to raise funds for a local Roman Catholic church in North Yorkshire.

The famous comedian, 71,  took his show to Bentham, which is west of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and on the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland.

Said Jimmy: “Wonderful evening for St Boniface RC Parish held at Bentham Town Hall with Fr Frank [Jimmy’s younger son] and organiser Brian and his family, with singer Keith Swift (who is pictured below).”

Frank Swift

Proud family occasion at Rochdale Catholic church


Steve Royle & Fr Frankie Mulgrew in Bolton show

Jimmy Cricket will be appearing at Thornleigh College in Bolton with Steve Royle and Fr Frankie MulgrewJimmy Cricket is appearing in a special event at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton in aid of CAFOD – the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.

In what will be a unique evening of comedy entertainment, Jimmy will be joined on stage by special guest comedian Steve Royle, who regularly hosts a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Lancashire and featured in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights live show.

The evening will be hosted by comedian-turned-Catholic priest, Fr Frankie Mulgrew – Jimmy’s younger son – and there will be the odd surprise on show from pupils who attend the college.

This event is in aid of CAFOD who stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture.

Through CAFOD’s local church partners around the world, they help people directly in their own communities and campaign for global justice.

Tickets for this night of fun and frivolity on Thursday 11 May are priced at £8 and £5 and are available from the reception at Thornleigh College (01204) 301 351.

Idyllic Lancashire village is setting for fundraiser

Jimmy Cricket with the St Mary's Parish Hall show organising committee

Jimmy Cricket recently visited the small rural community of Sabden in the Ribble Valley to appear at a fundraiser.

Jimmy Cricket

Lourdes fundraiser is Mulgrew family affair

Charity comedy night for pilgrimage to Lourdes

Sick children on a pilgrimage with the Catholic Church to Lourdes

Veteran entertainer Jimmy Cricket is appearing in a charity show in Greater Manchester on Friday (29 April).

The comedy night in Bury is being staged to raise much-needed funds to send sick children on a pilgrimage with the Catholic Church to the famous shrine of Lourdes in the South of France (last year’s group are pictured above).

Jimmy’s daughter, comedienne Katie Mulgrew, will host the show! The line-up has a further family twist as Jimmy’s son, former comedian Frankie Doodle – who left the stage for the pulpit and who is now Fr Frankie Mulgrew – will also be performing.

The list of entertainers is completed by special guest comedian Steve Royle from BBC Radio Lancashire’s Saturday morning show.

Friday at the Fusiliers will be held in the function suite of the Fusiliers Museum in Bury town centre.

Tickets for the event, priced £12 in advance and £13 on the door, are available from the museum in person, on (0161) 763 8950 or via email at enquiries@fusiliermuseum.com 

For more information on the event, please contact the event organiser Dom Hyndman at domihy@yahoo.co.uk

Pope Francis: Fr Frankie meets the Bishop of Rome

Jimmy Cricket’s son Fr Frankie Mulgrew recently had the honour of meeting Pope Francis.

Fr Frankie, who has been a catholic priest for almost three years and is currently assistant priest at St Joseph’s Church in Blackburn, went on a January break to Rome after a busy time over the Christmas season.

Fr Frankie Mulgrew meets Pope Francis

While on holiday in Rome, Fr Frankie attended a papal audience and arrived at the Vatican with a picture of a special project he had been working on called the Mercy Bus. After the audience had concluded, Fr Frankie approached Pope Francis for a blessing for his project, which the Holy Father duly did.

The Mercy Bus project is an activity Fr Frankie has been heavily involved with and is very passionate about. It is a bus which has been commissioned by the Salford Diocese to tour around its various regions every Saturday afternoon throughout the period of Lent – a special time within the Catholic calendar. Wherever the bus stops, it will offer those who visit it the chance to meet a priest for a chat or to take part in an act of confession.

The places the bus has already visited or is still to visit include: Salford, Bolton, Burnley, Blackburn, Bury, Ashton-under-Lyne and north and south Manchester. The project also ties in with the current Jubilee Year of Mercy, which Pope Francis himself launched last December.