A group of 120 people from
St. Thomas’s Catholic Church, Canterbury was recently led on a
pilgrimage to Rome by Fr. Valentine Erhahon. The objective was to
enable a group of young people currently preparing for Confirmation and
those having been confirmed in the last five years now on the Young
Mentors Award Programme for Confirmation to meet our Holy Father Pope
Francis to present two gifts to him and also experience living in a
seminary so as to encourage vocations to the Priesthood and to the
religious life and be inspired by this Holy Year of Mercy.
In preparation for the
Pilgrimage, Fr Valentine created two gifts for the Holy Father, a
painting and a drawing book of letters written by the parish children.
The painting depicts the Pope watering a garden made up of the
signatures of many people including 300 children and young people,
individuals from the parish, seminarians, priests, Muslims and
non-Catholics. From the signatures grows the Canterbury Parish Family
Mercy Tree, producing the 14 corporal and spiritual works of mercy
shown as fruits of the tree. On the painting, there is a poem
that recounts our salvation history and mission. The artist, Mrs.
Charlotte Galt, painted the painting for the Holy Father. In addition
Mrs. Nieves Castro organised over 70 children and young people to make
drawings and letters for the Pope in anticipation of his birthday later
Later in July, Canon
Anthony Charlton will lead a group of young people from St. Thomas’s
Canterbury to the World youth Day in Poland to meet with the Holy
parish of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Herne Bay recognised the
faithful and joyful service provided, at the altar, by Les Walker, at
the 11.15am Mass on Sunday 24 April. At the end of Mass, Bishop-elect
Paul Mason presented Les with the Southwark Diocesan Fideliter
Servienti (Faithful Servant) award.
Fideliter Servienti is an award that Archbishop Peter has established
as a means of recognising the faithful work done by so many people in
the diocese. Les, an altar server in the parish for over 30 years and a
wonderful help to the younger members of the congregation, has
certainly provided such work!
RC Archdiocese of Southwark
The Rare Books Collection
Cipollone is the volunteer caring for our rare books collection. As
well as cleaning the books and ensuring that they are being stored in a
way that will protect them, Maria is researching the background to the
books and the collection to build a clear picture of what the Diocese
holds. Below you will find Maria's account of the collection and her
Among the many treasures of the Archives, there is a small collection
of manuscripts and rare books.
This is the title page of a liturgical book printed in Paris in 1555
11am 23rd April 2016
Pope Francis appoints new Auxiliary Bishop
to Southwark Diocese
Pope Francis has
appointed Father Paul Mason as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark.
Fr Mason, a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark, has been
the Episcopal Vicar for Kent which comprises the Deaneries of
Canterbury, Chatham, Dover, Gravesend, Maidstone, Thanet and Tunbridge
The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Paul Mason will take place in
Saint George’s Cathedral, Southwark, on 31st May, 2016 at
midday, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He will
join Bishop Patrick Lynch and Bishop Paul Hendricks as Auxiliary
Bishops of the Diocese of Southwark, succeeding Bishop John Hine.
Archbishop Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark said:
"I was delighted to hear the news that Pope Francis has appointed
Father Paul Mason as an Auxiliary Bishop in Southwark. He has served
this Diocese for many years, recently in working with me in the care of
the people in Kent as my Episcopal Vicar to them, following Bishop John
Hine’s move to Tenterden. I am very happy that the Holy Father has once
again appointed a third auxiliary to Southwark, and I am sure that as
Paul begins this new stage in his ordained ministry he will work with
the clergy, religious and lay faithful of Kent with the same energy and
enthusiasm he has demonstrated as a priest.”
Paul Mason said:
“Although I have been working as Episcopal Vicar for Kent for just over
two years, I still experienced something of a seismic shift when the
Nuncio, Archbishop Mennini, handed me a letter saying that Pope Francis
wished to appoint me as Auxiliary Bishop for Southwark. Southwark is a
wonderful Diocese with great energy and diversity where the clergy are
not only very supportive but also a delight to work
I look forward to continuing my ministry with Archbishop Peter and to
do all I can to support and promote the Catholic Faith and help share
the love and mercy of God, particularly to the people of Kent and the
Mini Biography of Father
Born 6 November 1962 in North Shields, Tyne & Wear.
Attended St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic High School, North Shields, and
Kings College London.
Worked in Turin for Olivetti and London for Hewlett-Packard until
Venerable English College, Rome,
Ordained Priest 25th July 1998
Assistant priest at Saint John the Baptist, Purley (1998 - 2001)
Full time Hospital Chaplain at St. Thomas’ & Guys Hospital
Trust (2001 - 2012)
Pastoral Director, Allen Hall Seminary, & Director of Southwark
Ongoing Formation (2012 - 2013).
Named as Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark by Pope Francis on 23 April 2016
with the Titular See of Skàlholt.
St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls
1400 pupils from St
Philomena's High School for Girls - Carshalton gather in the
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on the 21st April 2016 to
celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Beatification of Blessed Marie
Therese and the Transfer of Trusteeship to the Archdiocese of
Southwark. St Philomena's was founded by the Daughters of the
Cross in 1893.
St Winifred's Primary School - Lee
On Friday 15th April
Archbishop Peter joined the community of St Winifred's Primary School
in Lee to celebrate the amalgamation of St Winifred’s Catholic Nursery
and Infant School and St Winifred’s Catholic Junior School
Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation
JPIC office at the Diocese of Southwark is looking for a new
co-ordinator. Based at Cathedral House in Westminster Bridge
and reporting to the Chair of the JPIC, this job is responsible for all
the administration associated with the promotion of JPIC
This will include servicing all diocesan groups in their JPIC work
through research, presentations and the production of materials;
maintaining the JPIC database and website; producing the JPIC
newsletter and other reports; liaising with and promoting associated
bodies and networks and arranging conferences and other
The job holder will work with a support group who will help to give
direction and aid effective performance in the role. This is
part-time job, for around 22.5 hours per week. Actual
are flexible and will include some evening and weekend work.
Salary £27,000pa to £30,000pa, depending on experience, pro rata for
The ideal candidate will have a deep, personal
commitment to the principles of justice and peace and a sound knowledge
of social teaching in the Catholic Church. They will be fully
competent with general office IT systems such as databases, email and
Word. In addition they will be confident working with the minimum of
supervision and able to demonstrate both initiative and creativity.
Please note that we can only accept applications from candidates who
have current permission to work in the UK.
Bishop Pat Lynch delivers the first talk in the
Saints of Mercy
April Bishop Pat Lynch spoke about St Damien of Molokai - The Leper
The first of a serise of talks organised by the Centre for Catholic
Formation during the Jubilee Year of Mercy
that Damien was a true companion to those with
the ministry of Damien especially on the island of Molokai through the
of Mercy and especially Luke’s story of Jesus’ journey with his two
Saints of Mercy
post-Easter talks on Thursdays, at the Amigo Hall, Lambeth Road, SE1
Time 7.30pm until 9pm Entry
is free, however, donations welcomed
Please contact email@example.com
to book a place
St Damien of Molokai "The Leper Saint" with Bishop Patrick
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta "Caring for the
Vunerable" with Rhoslyn Thomas from the SPUC
St Maria Faustina Kowalska "The Message of Divine
Mercy" with Fr Andrzej Gowkielewicz, MIC
Pope John Paul II "A Passion for Mercy" with
Pierpaolo Finaldi from the CCF
St Josephine Bakhita "A Life of Fortitude and Mercy" with Cecilia Suarez
St Padre Pio & St Leopold Mandic "Saints of the Confessional"
with Fr Martin Mikuskiewicz, OFM Cap
An Easter Message from
Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb
Fresco - 1441 - Convento di San Marco, Florence
When we Christians celebrate Easter, we celebrate the fact
that Christ is risen from the dead
and that he lives in our hearts and minds through the power and
presence of the Holy Spirit, who is the Lord and giver of Life. In
celebrating Easter we are celebrating life itself and life to the full.
From the darkness of his death, the light of eternal life shone out in
all its brightness when Jesus, the Light of the world, was raised to
Our Easter faith is a joyful and
exultant proclamation that there is a real meaning to life, a vitality
to every day, a purpose to those efforts of loving which can at times
tire our hearts and distress our spirit. We believe that the whole
meaning and purpose of life lies in the gift of love - that
self-giving love which was at the heart of Christ's own life - a love
that will never end.
We will know that Easter is real, that Christ lives, when we
allow him to make our own lives sources of light and life for others;
when our words heal and encourage; when our hearts come alive with
compassion; when we stand firm for the value of life in all its
aspects. Easter becomes a reality in our own lives when people are
healed, consoled and strengthened by the life-giving love we show to
each other, and especially to those in need. Easter is real when we
become living signs and symbols of the presence of the risen Christ in
our world, and of the values which he taught during his life on earth.
May the presence of the risen Christ in your lives bring you
happiness and renewed strength this special Easter during the Jubilee
With my blessing and an
assurance of my prayers,
Archbishop of Southwark
The Solemn Liturgy of the
Passion of the Lord was held in the Cathedral at 3.00
The Passion was read by
Father Ola and members of the parish
The cross was then venerated
Holy Thursday is the
commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, when he established
the sacrament of Holy Communion prior to his arrest and crucifixion. It
also commemorates His institution of the priesthood
Jesus performed a final
of service for his Disciples, following the Passover meal. Arising from
the table, He tied a towel about His waist and filled a basin with
water. Then, one after another He washed the feet of each disciple. We
too are called to serve others in a spirit of humility. Archbishop
Peter washed the feet of 12 parishioners
In this most holy of
weeks the Chrism Mass provides us with a moment to gather as a diocese
– bishop, clergy and people – to support and pray for one another, to
remember and pray for the people of our diocese and beyond.
RENEWAL OF ORDINATION
At the Chrism Mass priests of the diocese renew the promises they first
made at ordination. As they gather with members of the faithful of the
diocese they make their public commitment to the service of God, the
Church and its people once more. The deacons and the people in turn
offer their prayerful support of their priests and to the Archbishop.
The Oil of Chrism is used
at baptisms, confirmations, the ordination of priests and bishops, the
consecration of altars and the blessing of churches, where the walls
are smeared with it in the shape of the sign of the cross. As part of
the consecration of the Chrism, balsam is poured into the oil, which
gives it a sweet smell intended to remind those who encounter it of the
“odour of sanctity” to which those people and things who are marked
with it, and by extension all of us, are called to strive for.
The Chrism Mass is the
largest regular diocesan celebration held during the year. In this
liturgy priests, deacons and people gather with the Archbishop for the
blessing of the holy oils that will be used in parishes in the coming
year – the oil of the sick, the oil of Catechumens and the oil of
Chrism, from which the Mass receives its name.
Following the Mass the oils are
brought in procession into
Archbishop's House where the Deanery Oils Stocks are filled.
These are then taken back to the
Dearies where the Parish Oil
Stocks are filled and use throughout the Diocese
Peter celebrated Palm Sunday Mass with the clergy and community of the
Deacon Michael Gould retires as the Chair of Sacred Heart
Govering Body after 25 years
Heart School and Parish marked the retirement of Deacon Michael Gould
as the Chair of Governors at a Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday 14th
principle celebrant was Bishop Patrick Lynch and he was joined by
Father Victor, Father David, Father Paul and Father Gerry. The Sacred
Heart Church was full with pupils, staff and invited guests. Deacon
Michael's wife Joan was also a guest of honour
At the end of the service Bishop Pat presented Michael with the
Southwark Diocesan Fideliter Servienti (Faithful Servant) award.
is an award that Archbishop Peter has established as a means of
recognising the faithful work done by so many people in the diocese.
is a token of the appreciation that the Archbishop and the Diocese has
for the work that Michael has carried out
was followed by a lavish afternoon trea and speeches from all the Heads
of the Sacred Heart School who Michael had worked with.
A guard of honour was formed by the pupils of the Sacred Heart School
from the church to the school hall
Three Diocesan Medals and a Farewell at the CCF
On Thursday 10 March, at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting
Bec, Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated Mass at which he presented three
Diocesan Fideliter Servienti (Faithful Servant) Medals. Suzanne Evans,
Lewis Horner and Colleen Quaranta have, between them, volunteered at
the Centre for over 67 years.
Archbishop Peter established this diocesan award as a means of
recognising the faithful work done by so many people in the diocese;
work which could perhaps best be described as above and beyond the call
Also on this day, the Centre for Catholic Formation bade farewell to Dr
Frank Keen, a diocesan employee for 16 years, who has been heavily
involved with the Catholic Certificate for Religious Studies (CCRS).
All at the Centre and those who know him from his work with the CCRS
and the Rite of Election wish Frank all the best in retirement.
Jubilee of Mercy: '24 Hours for the Lord'
Catholic Churches through out the world joined '24 hours for
Lord' initiative which Pope Francis began in 2014, encouraging
people to come and spend time
in front of the Blessed Sacrament. In this Jubilee of Mercy there is a
particular invitation to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation;the Holy
Father spent some time in St Peter's Rome exercising this
Cathedral took its part in the initiative, and there
was prayer and adoration from 12.30pm on Friday 4th March;
special time came to a conclusion at the end of the Saturday
12.30pm Mass. Fr
Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, will began the 24 hours by
celebrating the 12.30pm Mass. Adoration then took place in the
Cathedral, most of the time at the main Altar. Additional opportunities
for the Sacrament of Reconciliation were made available from
midnight on the Friday, several visiting priests joined the Cathedral
including Archbishop Peter and Bishop Paul Hendricks.
the course of the night, on each hour, some brief reflection or prayer
was led. The Reflections focused on the Works of Mercy, and provided
thought provoking material to bring to prayer. The 'Night Shift' will
Mass celebrated by Archbishop Peter at 9.30am. The team from
Diocesan Youth Service laid on some extra opportunities to pray in a
more hands on way. An example of this was the creation of a Mercy Icon
which some of the young people who attended the '24 hours' helped to
prayerfully paint. The finished Icon was received and blessed by
Archbishop Peter during the morning Mass.
The Archbishop is grateful to the
Cathedral Clergy, Staff and Parishioners for helping to make this
possible, and particularly to the Southwark Catholic Youth Service
(SCYS) for co-ordinating the 'Night Shift'.
Archbishop Peter, the SCYS team
and the Mercy Icon after Mass.
'The 100 Best Stained Glass Sites in London'
St George's Cathedral has been featured in a newly published booking
detailing the best stained glass sites in London
book called 'The 100 Best Stained Glass Sites in London' is beautifully
illustrated and contains a great deal of detail about each site. The
author, Caroline Swash, presented a copy to the Dean of the Cathedral
Fr Richard Hearn in front of the newly restored west window.
a very small amount of the original Pugin stained glass survived the
war time bombing most of the stained glass dates from the late 1950s.
east and west windows are by the Harry Clarke Studios in Dublin. The
east window depicts the crucifixion, our Lord is surrounded by the
saints, the west window is of the coronation of the our Lady.
two other major windows are in the north transept, commemorating the
visit of Pope St. John Paul II in 1982, and in the east end above the
Holy Door, a memorial to deceased members of the Order of the Holy
Sepulchre. Both are by John Lawson of Goddard & Gibbs Studio.
Catenian Association Public Speaking Competition
On Thursday 25th February, Province 7 of the Catenian Association held
the Southwark Regional Final of their Public Speaking Competition,
which is open to 16 to 18 year old pupils attending Catholic
Schools. This event took place in the auditorium at St.
Thomas the Apostle College (STAC), Nunhead
The ten participants from four local Catholic Schools, St. Thomas, St.
Gregory’s, Sacred Heart and St. Michael’s, spoke for four minutes on a
range of topics; some philosophical such as ‘True Riches’, others
profound such as ‘What is God’s role in society’ and one which was
whimsically entitled ‘Blue’. All the speeches were
delivered with professionalism; many of the speakers had no notes,
while some only briefly glanced at what must have been nothing more
The judges for the competition were Archbishop Peter Smith, Susannah
Hardyman, founder and CEO of Action Tutoring and Dr. Joseph Spence,
Master of Dulwich College and the Chair of the Adjudicators.
The difficult task of picking a winner from such talented individuals
was explained by Dr. Spence, before he announced the winner and
The winner, Jael Umerah-Makelemi from Sacred Heart School Camberwell,
spoke about her favourite colour ‘Blue’ and what was going through her
mind as she went shopping at her local supermarket. Her
speech had a ‘light touch’ and was delivered with great confidence
making us care about what she was discussing.
The runner-up, Jeanie Purslow from St. Thomas’, spoke on the ‘thorny’
subject of, ‘Homophobia’, and gave us gentle as well as strong moments
and arguments in making a case for tolerance.
Archbishop Peter and Peter Stevens (Province 7 Director) presented a
shield and a voucher for £50.00 to Jael and to Jeanie an Amazon voucher
for £35.00. Both worthy winners who will now be entitled to go forward
to the National Finals at Manchester University in September.
Thanks was given to Mr. Connolly (Headmaster of STAC), the panel of
judges, those who produced the literature, the caterers and the brass
band and not forgetting the parents and those behind the scenes
The evening was a truly amazing event. Full marks to all who made it
such a success and we look forward to next year’s competition with even
more participants expected from Notre Dame, St Catherine’s and several
Golden Anniversary – Worcester Park
Archbishop Peter joined the community of St. Matthias Worcester Park on
Wednesday 24th February to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the
opening of the 'new' church
He also presend a Diocesen Award to Dorothy for 40 years committement
to the Music Ministry in the parish, particually playing the organ at
the morning Masses
The celebrations continued in the parish hall
Sad News from the Vincentians
Six senior seminarians died in a motor accident on Monday 22nd
February 2016, at Enugu Nigeria RIP
Peter will preside at a Requiem Mass for the repose of their souls on
Thursday March 3rd at 18.00 in the Church of Our
Sorrows, Peckham - Vestments: White (Mass of the Resurrection)
in cinemas 18th March, tells the story of a Roman soldier investigating
the mysterious disappearance of the body of Jesus of Nazareth. Clavius
(Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide,
Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what
happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to
disprove the rumours of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in
For more information please visit risen.damarismedia.com
for a Special Resource for Churches and a Leader's Guide should anyone
wish to use this as their Lenten project
to read a review of the fiilm
Lenten Day of Recollection
Father John Hemer, a Mill Hill Father who has worked in Pakistan, Kenya
and Uganda led the Day of Recollection in Aylesford on 19th February
organised by the On-Going Formation of Priests
Father Paul Mason took this opportunity to thank Mrs Anita Rebello, who
has been the On-Going Formation of Priests' secretary for 12 years,
for all her hard work as she has decieded to retire and presented her
with a bouquet of flowers
Mrs Gill Reeves, Father Paul Mason's secretary will be taking
over the role when Anita finishes.
Shrine of St Augustine - Ramsgate
Radio 4 will broadcast live from the Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate,
this weekend. The weekly programme Sunday Worship, with 1.5 million
listeners, is coming to Ramsgate for the second week of Lent 2016. The
broadcast will be at 8.10am, on Sunday 21st February 2016, on BBC Radio
The service will be a 'meditation' with reflections from
Robert Pugin Purcell, the great great grandson of Augustus Pugin (the
architect who built the church as his personal church, and is most
famous for designing much of the Houses of Parliament), as well as
readings from the Bible and Bede's narrative of St Augustine's mission.
Sister Mary Stephen of Minster Abbey will read a poem she has written
for the occasion. There will be congregational singing, and music
performed by The Victoria Consort under the direction of Thomas Neal.
broadcast has the theme of 'Pilgrimage: Taking and Leaving'. This fits
in well with St Augustine's growing association with pilgrimage.
2014-15 it launched the "Way of St Augustine" - a walking trail between
Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's in Ramsgate. This follows the
St Augustine took when he travelled to Canterbury from
Thanet in 597AD. The route was launched in collaboration with
Canterbury Cathedral, the Green
Pilgrimage Network, and Explore Kent. More information is available
new DVD is co-presented by St Augustine's Rector, Fr Marcus Holden,
called To Be A Pilgrim. This was launched in October 2015. It documents
the fascinating sites and histories of the ancient Pilgrims' Way from
Southwark to Canterbury. The route was made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer
in his The Canterbury Tales. The DVD was produced by St Anthony
Communications and is available here: http://www.saintant.com/item.php?itemno=208
of the public are invited to join the congregation for the live
national broadcast. Those wishing to attend should arrive at 7.45am.
The church is located on the seaward side of St Augustine's Road,
Ramsgate, and the postcode is CT11 9PA.
of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion
annual ceremony for those on RCIA courses in the various parishes and
chaplaincies took place on Saturday 13th February at the Metropolitan
Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark
The Archbishop presided, assisted by Bishop Pat, Bishop
Episcopal Vicar for Kent, Father Paul, Monsignor Matthew, the Vicar
General and Fr David,
Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation, who organised the
liturgy. The Deacon was Rev'd Daniel Weatherley
year the names of 235 catechumens were read out by Bishop Pat, Bishop
Paul and Father Paul according to their area during the Rite of
Election, and their names were enrolled in the Book of the
are those preparing for Baptism, usually
to take place at the Easter Vigil
195 candidates also had their names read out during the Rite of the
Call to Continuing Conversion. Candidates are those, already
Baptized, who are preparing to receive the final sacraments of
initiation, Confirmation and Eucharist
Archbishop Peter thanked the Cathedral Dean, Father Richard and all the
The music was provided by the Diocesan Choir under Canon Alan McLean
and the Altar Servers were from Holy Cross, Catford parish
Peter Morrissey from Service for Deaf & Hard of Hearing People
kindly signed the service
Begins at the Cathedral
Archbishop Peter imposed ashes during a Solemn Sung Mass at St.
George's Cathedral on Ash Wednesday
Fr. Richard Hearn, the Dean of the
Cathedral, concelebrated and the gentlemen of the choir provided the
The marking of the forehead with the sign of the cross in ash reminds
us of the penitential nature of the Lenten Season, a time when we
should seek the Lord's mercy and forgiveness in those areas of our
lives where we need His healing power.
The ashes used come from palms
used on Palm Sunday the previous year
During Lent there will be an extra Mass at St George's Cathedral every
evening at 6pm
Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion at the Cathedral
Saturday 6th February 2016 Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent
commisioned 52 people as Extraordinary Ministers Holy Communion
Paul Mason started the day with a talk on
the Eucharist and this special Ministry by using a powerpoint
presentation of different works or art
Monsignor Matthew Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the
lunch Monsignor Matthew spoke of the role of the Extraordinary Minister
and the rubrics, including the service of administering Holy Communion
to the Sick and the DBS check that has to be taken before staring this
ministry and so therefore bringing together all the training that had
been given in every parish
Father Paul concelebrated Mass
along with the Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Monsignor Gerry Ewing,
during which he commissioned the new
Extraordinary Ministers and
presented their certificates.
The Extra Ordinary
Ministers came from 15 parishes from around the Diocese - Balham,
Brockley, Charlton, Croydon, Dover, East Sheen, Farnborough, Kennington
Park, Norbury, Peckham Rye, Purley, Walworth,
Welling, Wimbledon, Woolwich
A new Rector for St John’s Seminary, Wonersh
Peter has announced the appointment of Father Brian Coyle as Rector of
St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, in succession to Monsingor Jeremy Garratt.
Father Brian is currently Director of Human Formation
He will take office on 4th July 2016.
Monsignor Jeremy Garratt will take up parish ministry in the diocese of
Portsmouth in September.
am delighted that Father Brian Coyle has accepted this very important
ministry in the church. He brings a wealth of experience of priesthood,
and having served at the Seminary for the last two years will already
be familiar with St John’s.”
Monsignor Jeremy said:
“Under Father Brian’s
leadership I am sure that St John’s will have a bright future.
It is very good news for
the Seminary and for the church in this country.”
John’s Seminary was established in 1891 as the diocesan Seminary for
the then Diocese of Southwark. It accepts students from several
dioceses in England and also from Wales and Scotland.
The dioceses of England and Wales are served by a total of six
seminaries: two others in England, two in Rome and one in Spain.
33rd Head Teacher of St Joseph’s College Beulah Hill
Wednesday 3 February Mr David Garrido was inducted by Bishop Hendricks
as the 33rd head teacher of St Joseph’s College Beulah Hill.
Ann Bamford, the diocesan director of Education, De la Salle Brothers,
Sean, Ben and John, two local councillors, the deputy mayor Wayne
Trakas-Lawlor, and Pat Ryan, former Thomas More Head Mr John Casey, Mrs
Joana Hawthorne from St Chad’s, Sister Bernadette from Virgo Fidelis
High, Mr Patrick Shields from St Mary’s High and Mr Sean Maher from
Richard Challoner as well as current students, former students and
their parents attended the celebraton, along with Mr Garrido's wife and
There were also guests from The British Home with whom the
college have an historical working relationship
band and the choir were both in attendance and played a brand new Mass
setting, The Mass of St Joseph’s College, written by Head of
Music, Mr Baxter for the occasion.
psalm was read by Year Eight student Kaiden Cummins and his father,
Patrick, who is a former student of the college. There were
altar servers including three six form students one of whom,
Emmanuella, was our first ever girl server.
Mr Garrido was
presented with the mission statement and key to the school by Mr
Sweeney the chair of governors, Bishop Hendricks presented him with the
Bible. After Communion Jacqueline and Zachery sang Panus
The reception in the parlour was very well
attended and all present agreed we are all looking forward to watching
St Joseph’s College grow while in Mr Garrido’s care.
Mass for Missionary Society of St Paul
Missionary Society of Society
of St Paul celebrated its annual thanksgiving day, also known as MSP
Day on the 29th of January 2016 at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. It
is a day set aside to invite friends, supporters and benefactors who
join to celebrate the opportunity to share in Christ’s mission. It is
also a special occasion to acknowledge the contributions of our friends
and supporters. However, this year's celebration was capped with the
formal inauguration of the Mission in the UK into a Region.
The UK Mission of the Society started in 2000 and in that year Fr.
Addison Okpeh joined the Archdiocese of Southwark.
In 2002 Fr Eustace Durugbo (now the UK Mission Superior) and Fr Casmir
Dike arrived to join Fr Addison in Southwark. Today the Society has
priests in the diocese who have the care of seven parishes: Beckenham
Hill, Deptford, Gravesend, Norbiton, Nunhead, Stockwell and Brixton
The Principal celebrant was Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark; along
with Bishop Peter M Brignall of Wrexham and the auxiliary Bishop of
Birmingham William Kenney. Also concelebrating were Fr Augustine Ogar,
MSP the Vigar General of MSP who represented the superior general Very
Rev Fr victor Onwukeme, MSP and also formerly read the address of
inauguration; equally concelebrating were MSP priests from around the
UK, diocesan and religious priests from various dioceses.
In his homily, Archbishop Peter, spoke of the great life that St Paul
lived and his zeal in spreading the gospel to all people. He noted that
the Missionaries of St Paul following the example of Apostle
Paul through their commitment to Missionary work in the UK have
impacted positively on the Church. He appreciated the impact this
missionary effort has had on the church in the UK and encouraged them
to strive more in spreading this gospel Message that was initially
brought to Africa by Missionaries from Europe
The Priests and all present received blessings from the Archbishop.
The Mass ended at about 8:15pm and all proceeded to Amigo Hall for
refreshment and interaction.
Closing Mass of Year for Consecrated Life
300 Consecrated Women
and Men - the Religious of the Archdiocese - accepted the invitation of
Archbishop Peter to join him on a pilgrimage and process
through the Holy Door of the Cathedral on Tuesday, 2nd
February, to mark the closure of the Year of Consecrated Life and the
Jubilee of Consecrated Life during this Extraordinary Year of
The Procession started in
the Amigo Hall with the blessing of Candles and processed through the
Holy Door of the Cathedral
The Feast of the
Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple has been the Annual Day of
Prayer for Consecrated Life, since it was instituted by Pope St John
Paul II in 1997, hence the appropriateness of the day for this special
The Archbishop in his
homily thanked the Consecrated Women and Men of the Archdiocese for
their contribution to the life of the Archdiocese in the past, at the
present time and for their contribution in the future. He noted
particularly the presence of Religious from Africa, India and Asia
which we greatly appreciate
After Mass Father Jim
Hurley, Episcopal Vicar for Religious, thanked Archbishop Peter for
celebrating the Mass and Father Philip Glandfield, the Archbishop's
Private Secretary for coordinating the celebration.
He went on to thank Father Richard Hearn the Dean of the Cathedral and
Father Ola and Thomas for their warm welcome to the Cathedral and for
also thanked the Area Vicars for Religious, Sister Patricia Heller,
SSA, Sister Sheila Moloney, DMJ and Sister Elizabeth O'Hara for their
He acknowleged the enormous debt of gratitude to Canon Alan McLean for
his part in planning the celebration – 'we have
blessed by his giftedness in music and liturgical expression' he
A note of thanks also went to the choir who enhanced the
Sister Anne Marie Niblock SND was thanked for her
kind invitation to the Notre Dame School Cafeteria for refreshments
following the Mass. The students of Notre Dame School who
assisted at the Altar and who acted in
various capacities during the celebration were thanked also. Father
Hurely said 'they were a very vivacious, thoughtful, confident and
efficient group of young ladies and a great credit to the School'.
Finally, the words of Pope Francis were recalled, while addressing the
Religious in St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York on his recent visit to
the United States. While these words were addressed
specifically to the Religious Sisters present, we would like them to
apply to both the male and female religious of the Archdiocese of
“Where would the Church be
Women and men of
strength, ifghters, with that
spirit of courage which puts you in the front lines in the proclamation
of the Gospel
I thank you so much”
Southwark Priests meet The Pope
Bill Saunders and Father Michael Scanlon, on a trip to Rome, were
blessed to meet Pope Francis and exchange greetings and prayers with him
© L’Osservatore Romano
Monsingor Bill was there
first of the official Jubilee events for those engaged in pilgrimage
work and for Rectors of Shrines. There was a three day
at the end of which they had a special audience with the Holy Father
who gave an address. Click
here to download
present was Father Marcus Holden from the Shrine at Ramsgate and
Father Francis Kemsley from Aylesford as well as Matt Betts
the Shrine of St. Jude Faversham. Canon Edward Perera, the Southwark
Pilgrimage Director to Loudes, was unable to attend.
The invitation came from Archbishop Fisichella via the Southwark
There were representatives of the Shrine at Lourdes as well as Mon John
Armitage the Rector of the Shrine at Walsingham.
The group through the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica together
© L’Osservatore Romano
On the feast of Don Bosco
30th January 2016 Archbishop Peter join the
Salesian Community in Battersea on the opening of their new Salesian
It was the final stage in a comprehensive re-development of the
buildings and facilities in Battersea: first the new facilities
attached to the Sacred Heart Parish, then the new build for St John
Bosco College, and now a new home for the Salesian Community
Along with Archbishop Peter, who blessed the new house, the principal
guests at the opening ceremony were Fr Michael Casey SDB
(Provincial of Ireland), Jane Ellison, MP for Battersea, Balham and
Wandsworth, Cllr Mrs Tessa Strickland and Bishop Howard Tripp (retired)
The Centre for Catholic Formation
The Centre for Catholic
Formation, Tooting Bec, hosted a successful study day on Saturday 30th
January exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of
Mercy. There was a large number of interested attendees,
which enabled fascinating discussions to take place and thoughtful
questions to be explored. The day was opened with a time of
prayer and reflection.
Pierpaolo Finaldi (formation adviser for the South-east London area),
in his lecture, explored the meaning of a Jubilee Year, what the Church
is asking of us in this special time, and the Jubilee Year’s origins in
the Old Testament.
Sebastian Morello (formation adviser for the South-west London area)
delivered a lecture on the theology of divine mercy.
In the afternoon Mark Nash (formation adviser for Kent) delivered a
workshop on encountering divine mercy in the Gospels, followed by a
second presentation by Pierpaolo on the spiritual and corporal works of
The day was brought to a close with a second period of reflection and
prayer. The event was much appreciated by the attendees, and
many have asked for the talks to be repeated in their parishes.
The offer of similar talks and workshops on mercy, and training or
input on other themes, is extended to all parishes, schools and
deaneries in the diocese.
Those interested in booking talks and training should contact the
Centre for Catholic Formation at Tooting Bec.
Churches Together in South London
Peter Smith hosted a lunch with Bishop Paul Hendrick for the Churches
Together in South London in Unity Week on Thursday 21st January 2016
in Archbishop's House
RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives
Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has added to the Archives' blog
World War II: the requisition of iron railings
and one priest’s protest
July 1940, Lord Beaverbrook, the Minister of Supply, launched a press
campaign for the public to donate aluminium pots and pans to make
fighter aircraft: "We will turn your pots and pans into Spitfires and
Hurricanes, Blenheims and Wellingtons." The public responded by
donating over 70,000 tons of aluminium, a good percentage of which was
recycled in aircraft production. Beaverbrook also identified a need for
heavier raw materials like iron and steel for munitions.
1941 the government passed an order compulsorily requisitioning all
post-1850 iron gates and railings for the war effort, with a few
exceptions made for items of particular historic interest, usually
Please pray for the
repose of the soul of
Father Conleth Doyle, O.Carm
who died on
Thursday 14th January 2016
His body will be
received with Evening Payer at 6.30pm on
Tuesday 19th January at Aylesford Priory
Mass on Wednesday 20th January, at 11.30am at Aylesford Priory,
followed by burial
in the Carmelite Community Cemetery
First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door
On Thursday 14th January the first Pilgrimage through the Jubilee Year
of Mercy Holy Door at the Cathedral took place. It was
undertaken by the staff of the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation.
The pilgrims were first welcomed by the Cathedral Dean, Fr Richard
Hearn at an introductory Liturgy in front of the Holy Door.
They then processed through the Door, and once inside the Liturgy
continued with prayers and the Sprinkling with Holy Water.
The pilgrims then processed to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel for a
period of Adoration. Meanwhile, Confessions were heard by Fr
Richard and by Fr Stephen Borg, OFM.Conv. The pilgrimage was
completed by participation in the 12:30pm Mass.
The special Jubilee Year plenary indulgence is gained by passing
through the Holy Door, making one’s Confession, receiving Holy
Communion at Mass, and praying for the Holy Father’s intentions.
Parishes, schools and chaplaincies have been invited by both the
Archbishop and the Cathedral Dean to make Pilgrimages during the
Jubilee Year of Mercy to the Cathedral, the mother church of the
archdiocese. Visits should be booked via email:
All pilgrims will receive a
special pack, which includes the pilgrimage Liturgy, the rite of
Confession, a commemorative prayer card, and a St George’s Cathedral
special edition of the CTS booklet Year of Mercy – Preparing for the
Wanted – Southwark Catholic Directory 1976 and 1987
The Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, is looking for copies of the 1976
and 1987 Southwark Catholic Directories.
If you have a copy of either of these directories which you would be
happy to give her, please could you contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pray for the
repose of the soul of
Father Joseph Kelly, O.Carm
who died on
6th January 2016
His body will be
received with Evening Payer on
Monday 11th January at Aylesford Priory
Mass at 11.30 on Tuesday 12th January at Aylesford Priory,
followed by burial
in the Carmelite Community Cemetery
The Ascent Movement
Ascent Movement has been renamed and will now be known as ‘Life
Ascending‘, to mirror other branches of La Vie Montante in other
countries, who use a similar name.
Alongside the change of name they have had a new identity together with
a new logo
for their website and more details