The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark covers the London boroughs south of the Thames,
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Archbishop Peter Smith

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Archbishop Peter Smith
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Archbishop Peter vists
St Columba's Catholic Boys' School - Bexleyheath

On 15th July 2015 Archbisho Peter join the whole community of St Columba's Catholic Boys' School  for their end of school Mass.
150715 - Mass and Visit to St. Columba's School - Bexleyheath
At the end of Mass the Student Leadership team for next year was announced. Students who have got through staff and student interviews to be members of the whole Student Leadership Team then voted for the posts of Head and Deputy Head Boy. Edward Stocker is the new Head Boy and Michael Adegoke Callum McGlynn and David Oputa have been voted as Deputy Head Boys for 2015/16.
150715 - Mass and Visit to St. Columba's School - Bexleyheath
Also at the end of Mass the schooled presented cheques to CAFOD for over £1,100 and to the Balamorie charity for £437 thanks to the generosity of the students
150715 - Mass and Visit to St. Columba's School - Bexleyheath

150715 - Mass and Visit to St. Columba's School - Bexleyheath

Photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page


Priesthood Ordinations of
Matt O'Gorman and Mark Higgins

Two seminary students completed their journey to the priesthood when they were ordained by Archbishop Peter on Saturday 18th July. The ordination took place in a full Cathedral, where Mark Higgins and Matthew O’Gorman were joined by many family, friends, parishioners and clergy. Archbishop Peter was joined by Bishop Howard Tripp, Bishop Nicholas Hudson and over eighty other priests for the Mass.

150718 - Priesthood Ordinations of Matt O'Gorman & Mark Higgins - Cathedral
The candidates prostrate before the altar during the Litany of the saints

Both of the newly ordained priests are from the Parish of Saint Elphege, Wallington, and both attended the John Fisher Secondary School, Purley, although a few years apart. They both celebrated their first Sunday Mass as priests in the in the Chapel of the Fisher School, one following the other. The weekend was a joyful and happy occasion, for them, their families & friends, their parish, their School, and for the diocese.

150718 - Priesthood Ordinations of Matt O'Gorman & Mark Higgins - Cathedral
Archbishop Peter preaches during the Mass,
particularly to Matthew O'Gorman (left) and Mark Higgins (right)

Father Mark Higgins, who was as St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, for his formation, has been appointed to St Andrew’s, Thornton Heath.
Father Matthew O’Gorman, who was at the Venerable English College, Rome, for his formation, has been appointed to St John the Baptist’s, Purley. They will take up their first appointments in September.

150718 - Priesthood Ordinations of Matt O'Gorman & Mark Higgins - Cathedral
The Litany of the Saints


RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has added to the Archives' blog.



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Clergy Appointments and News

Announced July 2015

A word of welcome to Fr Francis Lynch and Fr Oliver Antao, who have both been incardinated in to the diocese.

Archbishop Peter over the past months has made the made the following appointments:

Father James Teeling as Dean of the Chatham Deanery, to serve for the remainder of the three year term of office.

Canon John Kavanagh as acting Dean of the Lewisham Deanery, from the 1st August to the 30th November, while Father Doug Bull is away on a short sabbatical break.

Father Sharju Varkey as Episcopal Vicar for Ethnic Chaplaincies.

Father David Camilleri as Parish Priest of St James, Petts Wood.

Father Richard Reid CSsR as Parish Priest of Our Immaculate Lady of Victories, Clapham.

Father Francis Lynch as Parish Priest of Saint Gertrude, Bermondsey South, having previously been the Parochial Administrator.

Father Peter Pagac SDB as Parochial Administrator of The Sacred Heart, Battersea West. Peter kindly agreed to take on responsibility for the parish as Father Kieran Anderson SDB, the Parish Priest, is away from the parish due to poor health.

Father Anthony Cassidy CSsR, as Parochial Administrator of Saint Matthew, West Norwood.

Father Michael Ryan, as Parochial Administrator of Saint Simon Stock, Walderslade.

Deacon Stephen Newman as Archbishop's delegate for the Pastoral Care of Permanent Deacons.

Deacon Barry Chalkley as Director of Formation for the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate programme.

Father Keith Sylvia as assistant priest at Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe Parish, following his priestly ordination.

Father Emmanuel Okorondu, from the Diocese of Orlu, as an assistant priest in the parish of St Andrew, Thornton Heath.

Father Vitus Okechukwu as an assistant priest in the parish of St. Stephen, Welling, also from the Diocese of Orlu.
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Other moves and changes:
Father Philip Smith CF has been appointed as a full time chaplain to the British Army, and has joined 5th Battalion the Rifles in Paderborn, Germany.

Welcome to Father Patrick D’Souza sfx, who has been appointed as the Goan Community Chaplain, succeeding Father Francis Rosario sfx. Father D’Souza is a member of the Pilar Fathers’ community at Mitcham.

Welcome to Father Hyacinth Okafor cm, who has joined the parish team based at St Paul’s Thamesmead.

Welcome to Fr Kouevi Adjetey Louis Mawoulolo mccj who has joined the Comboni Fathers Community in Battersea Park Parish and will minister as an assistant priest in the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Joseph, Battersea Park.

Father Sang Mok Kwon will be completing his term as Korean Catholic Chaplain and will be returning to Korea at the end of the Summer. His successor will be Father Joong Hee Kwon of the Diocese of Andong. He is due to take up his appointment on 1st September 2015.


Archbishop Peter at The John Fisher School - Purley

The John Fisher School in Purley was delighted to welcome Archbishop Peter Smith to be the celebrant at their end of Mission Week Mass on Friday 10th July.
The Mass took place on the school field adjacent to the school chapel in glorious sunshine. A great opportunity to have this special Mass at the end of a memorable week, particularly as it comes at the end of their 85th Anniversary Year
150710 - John Fisher School Purley
They were joined by Year 6 boys & girls from Regina Coeli and St Elphege’s RC Primary Schools who were in school for the day on Retreat.
It was also fitting that many Headteachers from local Catholic primary and secondary schools were present, as the Mass also marked the impending retirement of Mr Scully, the Headteacher.
150710 - John Fisher School Purley
The Sion Youth Team coordinated and led the school community through the celebration, including some rousing hymns and a final mime from all the team.
150710 - John Fisher School Purley
Archbishop Peter spoke of the importance of evangelisation - challenging all present to continue the work of the Apostles in standing up for and sharing our faith.
150710 - John Fisher School Purley
The service ended with Mr Scully thanking all those who contributed towards the Mass and Mission Week, especially the inspirational team (Ondrej, Bexx, Kimi, Dan, Esther, Matt, Hannah, Kathleen and Joseph) who became an important part of the school community for the week. The real challenge for everyone is to ensure that the spirit of Mission Week is continued over the months and years ahead - until the next one in 2020.

Finally, Archbishop Peter presented the school with an Apostolic Blessing from His Holiness, Pope Francis, to commemorate the 85th Anniversary of its foundation.

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Four Permanent Deacons ordained for Southwark

Archbishop Peter Smith ordinated four Permanent Deacons on 4th July 2015 for the Archdiocese of Southwark in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George.
150704 - Diaconate Ordinations and 50 years of the Diaconate in Southwark
Our new Deacons are Deacon Julian Burling who has  been appointed to Sacred Heart Wimbledon, Deacon Simon English and Deacon Tom McCarthy who have been appointed to St. Anselm Tooting Bec and Deacon Peter Sebastian who has been appointed to St. Raphael Surbiton
150704 - Diaconate Ordinations and 50 years of the Diaconate in Southwark
Brief History of the Permanent Diaconate
The apostles in Jerusalem, finding it difficult to combine the distribution of food to the poor with preaching the word and prayer, appointed seven ministers to serve those in who were in need (cf Acts 6:1-7), charity being considered as central to the ministry of the Church. The apostles handed over this duty to ‘men of good reputation, filled with the Spirit and with wisdom’ by praying and laying hands on them. Among these was Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Saint Paul, writing about 57 AD, includes deacons in his greeting in Philippians (1:1) and writing to Timothy lists the qualities and virtues which all deacons are expected to possess and exercise in their ministry (I Tim 3:8-13), indicating that the diaconate had already become a separate office in the Church. The very term “Diakonia” describes the central characteristic of this order: the deacon is called to service. The witness of the early Fathers of the Church acknowledges the importance of the diaconal ministry. Saint Ignatius of Antioch, about 100 AD, says that it would be impossible to have the Church without bishops, priests and deacons. He explains that their task was nothing less than to continue ‘the ministry of Jesus Christ’.
After the fifth century, however, there was a decline in the permanent diaconate in the Latin Church. From the early Middle Ages the diaconate remained only as a transitional order that men received as part of their preparation for the priesthood. There were occasional exceptions to this rule however, Saint Francis of Assisi, for example, was ordained a deacon but not a priest. But the reality was that the permanent character of this order was abandoned by the Latin Church for many centuries.
The Second Vatican Council decided that the time was ripe. The permanent character of the order was restored and renewed when the Council in October 1963 called for the reestablishment of the ministry of the permanent deacon. In June 1967, Pope Paul VI carried out the desire of the Council when he published the Apostolic Letter Sacrum diaconatus ordinem in which he reestablished the permanent diaconate in the Latin Church. The Council, in its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, echoes the ancient image and concerns of the New Testament when it speaks of the ministry and nature of the diaconate:
At a lower level of the hierarchy are deacons, upon whom hands are imposed "not unto the priesthood, but unto a ministry of service”. For strengthened by sacramental grace, in communion with the bishop and his group of priests they serve in the diaconate of the liturgy, of the word, and of charity to the people of God. It is the duty of the deacon, according as it shall have been assigned to him by competent authority, to administer baptism solemnly, to be custodian and dispenser of the Eucharist, to assist at and bless marriages in the name of the Church, to bring Viaticum to the dying, to read the Sacred Scripture to the faithful, to instruct and exhort the people, to preside over the worship and prayer of the faithful, to administer sacramentals, to officiate at funeral and burial services. Dedicated to duties of charity and of administration, let deacons be mindful of the admonition of Blessed Polycarp: "Be merciful, diligent, walking according to the truth of the Lord, who became the servant of all." (Lumen Gentium para. 29)
150704 - Diaconate Ordinations and 50 years of the Diaconate in Southwark
The Permanent Diaconate in Southwark
In the final years of Archbishop Cyril Cowderoy, the first Southwark permanent deacon, Edward Driscoll, was ordained by Bishop Charles Henderson in July 1975. When Archbishop Michael Bowen succeeded to the diocese in 1977 he gave the permanent diaconate his wholehearted support and lost no time in establishing a course of studies for permanent deacons (1978) and four new permanent deacons were ordained in 1980. Since then the steady flow of ordinations has brought the number of our permanent deacons to over eighty.

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Mike Cullinane retires after 42 years working in Catholic Education  

On the 1st July 2015 Mike Cullinane, Deputy Director of Education at the Education Commission in the Archdiocese of Southwark celebrated his retirement with family, friends and colleagues
150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass
Archbishop Peter was the main celebrant at Mass in the Cathedral and thanked Mike for all his hard work and kind help to the Archbishop when ever he needed it
150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass
Mike was educated by the Sisters of Charity of St Paul in primary school in Coventry then by the Vincentians in Secondary school. He went on to St Mary’s Strawberry Hill in 1970 to 1973 were his main subjects were RE and History
150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass
He has spent 27 years in 4 Catholic secondary schools in the Archiocese, 3 years in a state school (which Mike quotes as 'my missionary years!')
The last 11 years teaching as Headteacher Bonus Pastor Catholic Secondary, Lewisham and the 12 years at Education Commission including representing Arcdiocese on the National Diocesan School Commissioners Executive for 6 years and representing the Catholic Education Service on the School Support Staff Negotiating Body.
150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass
Mike is a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee
150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass
The celebrations continued in the Notre Dame RC Secondary Girls' School in Southwark where Mike was presented, amongst other 'gifts' was his own 'Section 48 Inspection Report'   
150701 - Mike Cullinane Retirment Mass
Mike warmly thanked everyone who had organised the event and everyone for attending and all his friends and colleagues for the last 42 years of happy memories.
He says his retirement plan is to carry on working for the Church in a voluntary capacity in a different area to Education.

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page


St Peter's Residence - Vauxhall

Archbishop Peter visted and celebrated Mass at St Peter's Residence, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Vauxhall on the eve of the feast of St Peter and St Paul
150628 - Mass at St Peters - Vauxhall

150628 - Mass at St Peters - Vauxhall

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150628 - Mass at St Peters - Vauxhall
The celebration continued after in the grounds
150628 - Mass at St Peters - Vauxhall

150628 - Mass at St Peters - Vauxhall

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Day for Catechists

The annual diocesan Day for Catechists was held at St George’s Cathedral and the Amigo Hall on Saturday 27th June, attended by over 200 catechists from throughout the diocese.

The initial talk on ‘Jesus Christ as Catechist’ was given by Sr Hyacinthe Dufos Du Rau, OP.

There were several workshops in the afternoon, ranging from using the Anchor and Transformed in Christ programmes to The Significance of Baptism and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

The day ended with Mass, at which the Archbishop sent out the catechists to catechize on his behalf.

Next year the Day for Catechists will be held on
Saturday 24th September
to co-incide with the Jubilee Year Day for Catechists.

More information will be available on the website of the diocesan
Centre for Catholic Formation: www.ccftootingbec.org.uk

The Missionaries of St Paul of Nigeria
Jubilarian Mass - Brixton

The Missionaries of St Paul held their annual celebration Mass on the eve of the feast of St Peter and St Paul in Our Lady of the Rosary, Brixton on 27th June 2015
150627 - MSP Jubilarian Mass - Brixton
Archbishop Peter was delighted to be able to join them again this year
150627 - MSP Jubilarian Mass - Brixton
The mission of the society to Europe started in the United Kingdom in 2000 when Fr. Addison Okpeh joined the Archdiocese of Southwark and was appointed to the Cathedral parish as an assistant priest.
In 2002 Father Eustace Durugbo and Father Casmir Dike arrived to join Father Addison in Southwark.
150627 - MSP Jubilarian Mass - Brixton
Over the years other members of the congregation have come to work in the Archdiocese of Southwark and to date the Missionaries of St Paul of Nigeria are serving in six parishes: Brixton, which is their Provincial House in the United Kingdom, Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, Deptford, Norbiton, Gravesend, Stockwell, and Nunhead where Father Addison Okpeh now works as the Parish Priest.
150627 - MSP Jubilarian Mass - Brixton
The current Provincial, Father Eustace Durugbo MSP is serving as Parish Priest in Our Lady of the Rosary, Brixton.
In addition a number of MSP priests have also worked as assistant priests in a number of our parishes and as chaplains to Schools and Hospitals.

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

60th Anniversary of the Opening of
Our Lady of the Rosary School - Blackfen

A Mass to mark the 60th Anniversary of the opening of Our Lady of the Rosary School in Blackfen was celebrated in the school by Archbishop Peter on 23rd June 2015
150623 - 60th Anniversary of the Opening of Our Lady of the Rosary School - Blackfen

150623 - 60th Anniversary of the Opening of Our Lady of the Rosary School - Blackfen
The celebration continued with Afternoon Tea for invited guests and an
exhibition of the school’s history
150623 - 60th Anniversary of the Opening of Our Lady of the Rosary School - Blackfen

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Confirmation in the Deanery of Thanet

Archbishop Peter Smith confered the Sacrament of Confirmation on the young people of the Deanery of Thanet on 21st June 2015
150621 - Confirmation Thanet
The parishes of Birchington, Broadstairs, Cliftonville, Margate, Ramsgate and Minster, Westgate join together for this celebration
150621 - Confirmation Thanet

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

6 Diocesan Medals awarded in Meopham


On Sunday 28th June at St Paul's Church, Meopham, Father Paul Mason, the Episcopal Vicar for Kent presented six people with the Diocesan Medal, Fideliter Servienti, in celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the opening of the Church.
Everyone present was given a commemorative candle.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Reverend Canon John Naughton

who died on 18th June 2015

A Requiem Mass will take place on 6th July at 7pm
at The Parish of Christ the King,  The Crescent, Wimbledon Park, SW19

His Funeral Mass will be held on
Tuesday 7th July 2015 at 12noon
at
The Parish of Christ the King
The Crescent, Wimbledon Park, SW19
NB due to extremely limited parking in the area,
it is advisable to take public transport

The burial will take place in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.
Futher details of the Mass and burial will be published shortly.

May he rest in peace


On Saturday, 20th June 2015, Archbishop Peter presided at the Annual Mass in Celebration of Marriage at Saint George's Cathedral.
150620 - Marriage Mass
This Mass is celebrated each year in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George for couples celebrating their 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th and 50th + year of marriage.
All the faithful are welcome to attend but anniversarians who apply before the event receive a personal invitation from the Archbishop.
150620 - Marriage Mass
Largest parish contingent: Balham with 12 couples
Other large parish groups: Beckenham, Forest Hill and Tunbridge Wells with 9 couples each
Longest married: Mr and Mrs Lang from Sidcup, 65 years married
Also Mr and Mrs Inkster from New Malden
Mr and Mrs Martin from Sidcup
Mr and Mrs Monteiro from Worcester Park, all at 64 yrs.
The parents of Father Liam Gallagher, parish priest of Streatham, from Strood are celebrating their 60th anniversary
Father Liam also brought the altar servers from his parish.
This year there were bookings from 318 jubilarian couples,
i.e. 636 individuals, with 419 family members, giving a grand total of 1055
150620 - Marriage Mass

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Golden Jubilee  - St John Fisher School - Chatham

On the 19th June 2015 Archbishop Peter Smith joined the community of the St. John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive School  in Chatham to celebrate their Feast Day in their Golden Jubliee year
150619 - Golden Jubilee Mass - St John Fisher -Chatham

150619 - Golden Jubilee Mass - St John Fisher -Chatham
Headteacher, Mrs Catherine Burnett, said 'St John Fisher staff and students were privileged to welcome Archbishop Peter Smith to celebrate our 50th anniversary feast day with us.
The day was one of celebration for a community who strives to embody the vision of our patron saint in finding the extraordinary in every individual.'
150619 - Golden Jubilee Mass - St John Fisher -Chatham

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Encyclical Letter: Laudato si' on
Care for our Common Home

Laudato si' - On the Care for our Common Home is the Pope's Encyclical Letter on the environment and human ecology.


From the CBCEW website
Pope Francis challenges us to consider the kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us. It's not just an 'environment encyclical', it leads us to ask ourselves about the meaning of existence and the values at the heart of social life: "What is the purpose of our life in this world? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us?"
Pope Francis, quoting Pope Saint John Paul II, reminds us that, as Christians, we are called to be responsible custodians of creation: "Christians in their turn ‘realise that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith’".
The Encyclical is divided into six chapters.
It starts by presenting the current situation based on the best scientific findings available today (Chapter one), followed by a review of the Bible and Judeo-Christian tradition (Chapter 2).
The root of the problems in technocracy and in an excessive self-centeredness of human being are analysed in Chapter 3.
In Chapter 4, the Encyclical then proposes an “integral ecology, which clearly respects its human and social dimensions”, inextricably linked to the environmental question.
With this in mind, Pope Francis proposes to initiate an honest dialogue at every level of social, economic and political life, that builds transparent decision-making processes (Chapter 5).
In the final chapter, recalling that no project can be effective if it is not animated by a formed and responsible conscience, ideas are put forth to aid growth in this direction at the educational, spiritual, ecclesial, political and theological levels.
The text ends with two prayers. One offered for sharing with everyone who believes in “God who is the all powerful Creator”, and the other to those who profess faith in Jesus Christ, punctuated by the refrain "Praise be to you!" which opens and closes the Encyclical.
Several central themes run through the text that are addressed from a variety of different perspectives, thus traversing and unifying the text:

  • the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet 
  • the conviction that everything in the world is connected
  • the critique of new paradigms and forms of power derived from technology
  • the call to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress 
  • the value proper to each creature 
  • the human meaning of ecology
  • the need for forthright and honest debate
  • the serious responsibility of international and local policy
  • the throwaway culture and the proposal of a new lifestyle

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Centenary Mass at Northfleet

On Sunday 14th June 2015 Archbishop Peter joined the parish of Northfleet to celebrate Centenary of the first Mass to be said in the 'new church'
150614 - Centenery Mass Northfleet
Concelebrating Mass with Archbishop Peter was Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General and former parish priest of Northfleet, Father Robert Ellis, present parish priest and assisting at Mass was Deacon Tom Berry
150614 - Centenery Mass Northfleet
The celebratons continued in St Joseph's Primary School
150614 - Centenery Mass Northfleet

150614 - Centenery Mass Northfleet

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Our Deacons renewed their commitment

On June 13th 2015 38 of our Deacons renewed their commitment to the Diaconate at their annual celebration at the Cathedral
150613 - Deacons Day
This Diocesan Diaconal Day Archbishop Peter confered Candidacy on Carlos Lozano (Lewisham), Garry Cullen (Bromley), Oluwole Alayo (Plumstead), Tony Wentworth (Plumstead), Paul Said (Sutton Green) and Antonio Almeida (Portugese Chaplaincy)
150613 - Deacons Day

150613 - Deacons Day
After lunch the day concluded with a question and answer session with Archbishop Peter in Amigo Hall
150613 - Deacons Day

Archbishop Peter vists The Cedars School - Purley

Archbishop Peter visted The Cedars School in Purely and concelebrated Mass in the New Chapel on Friday 12th June 2015
Also present were Reverend Father Jorge Boronat and Monsignor Nicholas Morrish, the Regional Vicar of Opus Dei for Great Britain since 1998 

St Anthony’s Primary School - Anerley

On Thursday 11th June 2015 Archbishop Peter visited St Anthony's Primary School to bless the new library and referbished offices
150611 - St Anthony of Padua Anerley - Mass and Blessing in School
The day began with a school Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church
150611 - St Anthony of Padua Anerley - Mass and Blessing in School
The Archbishop then blessed new library and offices
150611 - St Anthony of Padua Anerley - Mass and Blessing in School
And ended the day with a prayer with the children
150611 - St Anthony of Padua Anerley - Mass and Blessing in School


St Patrick - Waterloo Centenary Mass

On Wednesday 10th June 2015 Archbishop Peter joiin the community of St Patrick - Waterloo to celebrate 100 years of the parish being established
150610 - St Patrick Waterloo Centenary Mass
Concelebrating with Archbishop Peter Smith was Custos - Father Peter Damian OFM Conv., St Patrick's Parish Priest Father David Young OFM Conv., Father Jesmond Pawley OFM Conv., Father Mario Sant OFM Conv. and Father Stephen Borg OFM Conv.
150610 - St Patrick Waterloo Centenary Mass
After Mass the celebrations continued in the parish hall
150610 - St Patrick Waterloo Centenary Mass

Bishop Pat confers Ministries Diaconal Candidates

At Beckenham Hill and Bellingham on 5 June Bishop Pat conferred the ministry of Lector on Fidelis Iwu (Beckenham Hill), Paul Henshaw (Beckenham Hill), Amgad Gerges (Forest Hill) and Roland Gooding (Westerham), and the ministry of Acolyte on Ged Perkins (Norbury).150608 - Ministries conferred to Permanente Deacons

150608 - Ministries conferred to Permanente Deacons
This Saturday (13 June) Archbishop Peter will confer Candidacy on Carlos Lozano (Lewisham), Garry Cullen (Bromley), Oluwole Alayo (Plumstead), Tony Wentworth (Plumstead), Paul Said (Sutton Green) and Antonio Almeida (Portugese Chaplaincy).

On 4 July His Grace will ordain four men to the Permanent Diaconate, Simon English (Tooting Bec), Tom McCarthy (Tooting Bec), Julian Burling (Wimbledon) and Peter Sebastian (Surbiton).

Two other ministries have been, or will be, conferred within the diocese. On 15 May James Joice Pallickamyalil was institute as Acolyte (sub deacon) in the Syro Malabar rite Bishop Sebastian Vadakel and on 21 June Robert Smith (Westerham) will be instituted as an Acolyte in the Ordinariate by Mgr Keith Newton.


Institute of St. Anselm’s 30th Anniversary

On May 29th 2015 the Institute of St. Anselm celebrated 30 years of service to the world wide Church.  The main celebrant was Archbishop Peter Smith
150529 - Mass 30 years Institute of Saint Anselm Cliftonville
For thirty years the Institute of Saint Anselm have provided the special training that formators, leaders, evangelists and others charged with the sacred task of supporting and nourishing the spiritual life of the members of their congregations, dioceses and parishes need to best fulfil their duties.
150529 - Mass 30 years Institute of Saint Anselm Cliftonville
The Institute’s fully experiential courses in Community and Pastoral Leadership have helped many thousands of religious leaders gain or enhance the skills necessary to carry out the complex and demanding task of guiding their community’s life and interaction.
150529 - Mass 30 years Institute of Saint Anselm Cliftonville
Father Len Kofler MHM founded the Institute of St. Anselm in 1984 under Cardinal Basil Hume OSB. 
Father Len is a Mill Hill Missionary who is also an accredited psychotherapist, group psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. He was ordained in 1959 and in 1968 he took up further studies in sociology, psychology and pastoral theology and was in charge of formation at a minor seminary.
In 1978 he joined the staff of the Missionary Institute London as a lecturer and in 1980 he was elected president and continued to lecture and counsel till July 1985. He also gave lectures for London University Extra Mural Department.
In 2009 he celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Ordination. 
150529 - Mass 30 years Institute of Saint Anselm Cliftonville


5th Bishop of Arundel and Brighton

The installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the 5th Bishop of Arundel & Brighton took place during Mass in Arundel Cathedral, Arundel on Thursday 28th May 2015 at 3pm
Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton
Archbishop Peter who has been acting as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton led the Installation.
Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton
Also present were Archbishop Antonio Mennini, The Apostolic Nunciture, Cardinals Nichols and Murphy-O’Connor together with 21 other Bishops from England and Wales, the Abbot of Worth, Fr Luke Jolly OSB and the Bishop of Aberdeen, Hugh Gilbert, former Abbot of Pluscarden where Bishop Richard is an oblate.
Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton
There were over 170 priests from the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, Forces Chaplains, the Archdiocese of Southwark, and elsewhere. Also 30 or more Deacons and members from other faiths.
Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton
There were representatives from every parish and Catholic school in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton and members of the Armed Forces.
Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton
In his homily Bishop Richard says of the event: "For this is a great day – the 50th Anniversary of the very day on which this Diocese of Arundel & Brighton was established. It is a real privilege and, I believe, a grace that this should be the day of my Installation as your 5th Bishop. As on Easter Day, we can say: ‘This is the Day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad’."
Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton
After Mass the celebrations continued in Arundel Castle by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Norfolk
Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton


Bishop Patrick conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation at Beckenham Hill and Bellingham 

On the 25th May 2015 Bishop Patrick Lynch confirmed 11 young people from the parish of Beckenham Hill and Bellingham
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After the service the celebrations continued in the parish Hall


Archdiocesan Centre for Catholic Formation 
Evangelization and Catechesis in the mission of the Church

 ADVISER for DISABILITY, CATECHESIS & ADULT FORMATION

Applications are invited from practising Catholics for appointment in September. This full-time post is open to those with suitable experience and qualifications in the fields of evangelization, lay formation and parish catechesis, as well as disability inclusion.

The person appointed will work as a member of the CCF Team and will contribute to the ongoing work of the Centre for Catholic Formation in its role as the diocesan agency for evangelization, catechesis and adult faith formation. The person appointed will have particular responsibility for disability issues and for the South-east London Area.

Salary: £31,749.20.
Closing date for applications: midnight on Sunday 28th June 2015 Interviews: Monday 6th July 2015

Further details of the post, together with an application form, are available from:

Fr David Gibbons, Director
Centre for Catholic Formation
21 Tooting Bec Road
London SW17 8BS
Telephone: 020 8672 7684
Email: dgibbons@ccftootingbec.org.uk

Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans) to move from Bickley

Every year the Holy Ghost Fathers celebrate an open air Mass in the grounds of their house in Bickley at Pentecost.
150525 - Farewell Mass with Spritians - Bickley
This year they were joined by Archbishop Peter and 35 Spiritans, local clergy, deacons and 300 of their  "extended family" of supporters in a farewell celebration marking their 68th and final year in Bickley
150525 - Farewell Mass with Spritians - Bickley
The Bickley community dates back to 1947 when the property was purchased as the Provincial Administration and a centre for ‘late Vocations'. It welcomed ex-servicemen who wished to be missionary priests and brothers. The ‘late Vocations' centre closed in the early 60's and the Community continued to serve as the Provincial Administration centre until this was transferred to north west London in 1990. Then the building was adapted to be more practical for the care of our increasingly elderly members. The community is now moving to Chester later in the year
150525 - Farewell Mass with Spritians - Bickley
The Mass was followed by food and drinks for all, a presentation and live music added to the huge success of the celebration
150525 - Farewell Mass with Spritians - Bickley


Confirmation at the Cathedral

On Pentecost Sunday, 24th May 2015, Archbishop Peter conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 23 young people and 1 adult of the Cathedral parish.
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Father Richard Hearn and Father Oladele Craig join the Archbishop in the celebratons
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Good Shepherd Schools' Service - Aylesford

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On Wednesday 20th May 2015 over 1200 pupils from 30 schools from around the diocese joined Archbishop Peter Smith, Canon James Cronin and supports of Missio, to celebrate the Good Shepherd Schools' Service in Aylesford.
150520 - Good Shepherd Schools' Service - Aylesford
During this service prayers were said for children in the poorest areas of the world and gifts were presented by the children which will go to carry out educational, medical and welfare projects supported by Mission Together.
150520 - Good Shepherd Schools' Service - Aylesford
The children had been asked to put a prayer or reflection on the words of Jesus 'As my Father has sent me, so I am sending you'  and these were exhanged with each other - sharing their Faith.
150520 - Good Shepherd Schools' Service - Aylesford
Mission Together, part of Missio, encourages children in England and Wales to pray, fundraise and become missionaries themselves - Children Helping Children.  
150520 - Good Shepherd Schools' Service - Aylesford This year they are supporting the Daughters of Charity in Cambodia and two sisters from the Daughters of Charity were present at the day to receive the gifts.
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Archbishop Peter said of the day: “It was marvellous to see so many school pupils coming together for this Mission Together service, truly reflecting the principle of ‘children helping children’. The talents of the children here, in their singing, dance and drama, helped all of us in our prayer, and the generous gifts, fruit of their fundraising efforts, will, I am sure, help other children in the poorest areas of the world.”

Last year the Archdiocese of Southwark raised over £15,000 for Missio


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JUBILARIANS

On Tuesday, 19th May 2015, at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass in thanksgiving for the many years of ministry of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate.
150519 - Jubilee Lunch
The Mass was followed by a lunch in the dining room of Archbishop's House for the cergy and their guests
150519 - Jubilee Lunch
Please pray for our Jubilarians

Diamond Jubilarians
Reverend Austin McCormack, OFM
Reverend Seamus Hetherton

Golden Jubilarians
Reverend Charles Corrigan,
CSsR Reverend Piet Wijngaard, O.Carm.
Reverend Canon John Naughton
Reverend Josef Doetsch
Reverend Brian Maxwell
Reverend Sean Hearty
Reverend Canon John McNamara

Ruby Jubilarians
Reverend Terence Donnelly, CSSp
Reverend Desmond Doherty
Reverend John Henry
Reverend Joseph O'Connor
Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton
Reverend Gregory Griffiths
Reverend Monsignor Canon Jeremy Garrett

Silver Jubilarians
Reverend Michael Lovell
Reverend Andrew Southwell
Reverend Victor Darlington
Reverend Eustace Durugbo, MSP
Reverend Deacon Alan Boxall
Reverend Deacon Stephen Short





Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation 
Office Co-ordinator

The JPIC office at the Diocese of Southwark is looking for a new co-ordinator. Based at Cathedral House in Westminster Bridge Road, this job is responsible for all the administration associated with the promotion of JPIC issues. 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 events. This is a part-time job, for around 21.5 hours per week. Actual hours/days are flexible and will include some evening and weekend work. Salary £27,000pa to £30,000pa, depending on experience, pro rata for part-time hours.

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.

If you would like to apply, please email your CV to
 sarah.wood@finance-rcdsouthwark.org by the closing date of 12th June 2015.
Please note that we can only accept applications from candidates who have current permission to work in the UK.

Evangelization Seminar 1

The first in a series of Evangelization Seminars was held on Saturday 16th May at the Centre for Catholic Formation in Tooting Bec. The subject was ‘Spreading the Good News as an Encounter with Jesus Christ’, and the seminar was led by John Huntriss, Scripture Advisor for the Clifton diocese. The seminar was very fruitful, and many parishes from across the diocese were represented.

The next Evangelization Seminar is on Saturday 4th July at St Francis de Sales, Stockwell, on the theme ‘Spreading the Good News through Justice & Peace’, led by members of the diocesan Justice & Peace Commission. Visit the CCF website (click on the logo on the right) for further information.

Mass for New Catholics

The annual Mass for New Catholics took place on Saturday 9th May at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George. The Archbishop was the Principal Celebrant and preacher.
150509 - Mass for New Catholics
This Mass - which is organised by the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation - is the culmination of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, and ends the third and final period of the RCIA, which is called the ‘Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy’.
150509 - Mass for New Catholics
At this Mass the neophytes, that is those who have recently become Catholics, come together to give thanks to God and to meet the Archbishop, who is the chief pastor of the diocese.

Archbishop Peter Smith blesses new 
Sheerness seafarers’ centre

Archbishop of Southwark, The Most Reverend Peter Smith has launched and blessed a newly-refurbished centre for seafarers at the port of Sheerness in Kent.

The facility, operated by Catholic seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), is a sanctuary where visiting seafarers can spend quiet time in prayer, use the WiFi service to contact their families back home or relax with a game of pool.
Archbishop Smith said, “The centre is a great service to seafarers who are all welcomed here. It is a service the church provides and it has been blessed over the years by God’s grace. We ask God’s blessing for the future work of this centre.”
Archbishop Smith who is also Vice President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said his grandfather on his father’s side was a shipwright in Bristol, so the sea ran in his family’s genes. “The ministry of AoS is great work and it’s done quietly,” he added at the opening ceremony held yesterday.
The restoration of the seafarers centre was made possible by a £4,130 grant by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB). Each year about 5,000 ships visit ports in the Medway, which includes Sheerness Docks, with about 80,000 seafarers on board.

MNWB chairman Bob Jones who was also present at the launch said, “We are delighted to support Stella Maris (AoS) in the work you do for seafarers’ welfare both in UK and around the world.” AoS’ port chaplain for Kent and Medway, Deacon Paul Glock said, “The Apostleship of the Sea is about not taking seafarers for granted, but making them feel welcome and appreciated and this is their little home.”
Paul and his team of ship visiting volunteers go on board ships to visit seafarers in Chatham, Dover Port, Gillingham Pier, Rochester, Sheerness Docks and Whitstable Harbour. These ports are all in Southwark archdiocese. Many of the seafarers arriving at Sheerness and those other ports are Catholic, originating from countries such as Philippines, Poland and India.

Using the centre, AoS is able to provide them with pastoral and practical care. It is equipped with faith resources like scripture booklets and prayer cards. The centre offers them a space to speak to Deacon Paul, who provides a listening ear. On rare occasions when ships are in port long enough the centre is also used as a meeting point for seafarers who wish to be taken to Mass. It also offers amenities for them to communicate with family by internet or phone and space to relax before moving on to their next port of call.



Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers
Holy Communion at The Friars, Aylesford

On Saturday 2nd May 2015 Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, and Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, led the Commissioning Day.
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Father Paul Mason - Episcopal Vicar for Kent, started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry by using a powerpoint presentation of different works or art
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Monsignor Matthew Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
150502 - EOMOHC - Aylesford
After 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 checks that need to be taken before staring this ministry and so therefore bringing together all the training that had been given in every parish
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Father Paul presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Fathers Christopher Lindlar and Josephat Ezeanolue CSSp (who was celebrating his birthday) and Deacon Malcolm Turner, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.
150502 - EOMOHC - Aylesford
21 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were commissioned from Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, Catford, Charlton, Folkestone West,
Forest Hill, Hartley, Kidbrooke, Mongeham and Sandwich, Rochester, Sevenoaks,Tenterden,Tolworth, West Malling, Westerham and 1 from St Mary's Primary School, Beckenham
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Migrants Mass on Feast of St Joseph the Worker

On Monday 4th May 2015 over 1,500 people came to the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George in Southwark for the annual Mass for Migrants, organised by London's three Catholic dioceses: Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, with the ethnic chaplaincies and Justice and Peace Commission, and the year the Tablet, which celebrates its 175th anniversary.
Mass for Migrants 2015
The chief celebrant was the Archbishop of Southwark, Most Reverend Peter Smith. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Bishop Alan Williams of Brentwood and many priests concelebrated.

The Mass was attended by ambassadors from Libya, Ethiopia and Lithuania, Justice Minister, Lib Dem Simon Hughes, who has served as MP for Southwark and Bermondsey for many years, Lib Dem Sarah Teather who led a campaign to stop the detention of child refugees, borough mayors and councillors, from around the capital.

Music throughout the service, led by Francis Novillo, included hymns and songs from Cameroon, the USA, Australia, Slovakia, China and Uganda.
Mass for Migrants 2015
The Bidding Prayers were led by pupils from Notre Dame RC Girls' School in seven languages, including Tamil, Tagalog and Yoruba
Mass for Migrants 2015
Welcoming the congregation, Archbishop Peter Smith described the Mass as "a joint venture of prayerful support for migrants in our city." In his homily, Archbishop Peter reflected on the day's Gospel in which Jesus is rejected by the people of his hometown of Nazareth. He described how the Holy Family were refugees - forced to flee Bethlehem when Herod began killing new born baby boys: "We have few details but we assume they lived in peace until they returned to their homeland, settling, as St Matthew's Gospel tells us, in a town called Nazareth. Jesus would have been very small when they left but I'm sure Mary and Joseph would have told him the story as he got older. The irony of his rejection by the people he lived with I'm sure would have been in his mind when he began his public ministry. Rejected by the people he lived with but in the years previous to that accepted in a foreign land."
Mass for Migrants 2015
Archbishop Peter pointed out that Jesus' public ministry it has its core focus compassion, loving kindness and mercy - care towards the oppressed, the exploited, the poor. He said Pope Francis has repeatedly called for countries to adopt a more "generous openness" to migrants, saying: "I am a pastor of a Church with no borders."
Mass for Migrants 2015
Archbishop Peter quoted Pope Francis who had rebuked those with "blood on their hands" who tolerate, even passively, human trafficking. Archbishop Peter had particular criticism of the UK's detention centres for migrants, saying these were "stripping them of their human dignity" and he expressed alarm at the crisis of boat refugees in the Mediterranean.

Archbishop Peter went on to call for prayers for politicians. "We must pray for them" he said. "They have a very difficult job."

He concluded with an upbeat story of British Olympic runner Mo Farrah who came from Somalia as a refugee at the age of eight. Asked whether he would prefer to run for Somalia rather than Britain, Mo said: " Look mate - this is my country. When I put on my GB vest I feel proud."
Mass for Migrants 2015
After the Mass there was a large reception and spread of international food organised by the ethnic chaplaincies and the Tablet.

The Mass for Migrants has been celebrated in London every May Bank Holiday since 2006 when it was introduced by the then Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor.


Words - Jo Siedlecka 
Photos by Marcin Mazur


Vocation Sunday in West Croydon

As part of the year of Consecrated Life the parish of West Croydon celebrated Vocations Sunday with life size images of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict on the sanctuary to encourage parishioners to pray for vocations to Priesthood and all other vocations

There was also a two week display of a life size nun and brother where people could put their own face through the head to remind people of the variety of vocations
The parishioners also made banner and there was a choice of literature available. The whole undertaking was very successful and a lot interest was shown


Beckenham Hill and Bellingham Parish
raise funds for their church roof

The Union of Catholic Mothers in The Annunciation and St. Augustine church Beckenham Hill and Bellingham Parish organised a day fun to raise funds for the church roof
150419 - Fundraising at Beckenham Hill

150419 - Fundraising at Beckenham Hill

Bishop Patrick Lynch visited Beckenham Hill and Bellingham Parish for Divine Mercy Sunday

On Sunday 12th April Bishop Patrick concelebated Mass with Father Mark Odien assisted by Deacon Jeff Singleton
150412 - Divine Mercy Sunday Beckenham Hill
After Mass Bishop Pat greeted the parishioners
150412 - Divine Mercy Sunday Beckenham Hill


Misericordiae Vultus 
BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY



Pope Francis pronounced a Holy Year, with the focus on mercy, during a penitential servcie at St Peter's Basilica.

''The Holy Year will open on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. So he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive. I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.

The Jubilee year will close with the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on 20 November 2016. On that day, as we seal the Holy Door, we shall be filled, above all, with a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity for having granted us an extraordinary time of grace. We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future. How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!''

Photos of the announcement can be accesed via the [Multimedia] link on the full text of the Bull of Indiction

Most Rev. Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., visited the National Shrine of Saint Jude, Faversham

On 26 March 2015 the Prior General of the Carmelite Order, Most Rev. Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., visited the National Shrine of Saint Jude, Faversham to officially launch their diamond jubilee. He attended with the Councillor General for Europe, Very Rev. Fr. John Keating. The National Shrine is looked after by the British Province of the Carmelites. During the morning, Fr. Fernando and Fr. John met the community at Faversham, and then the team at the Shrine Office, so that they could see the work of the Apostolate. Afterwards, they were taken on a tour of the Shrine.

In the afternoon, Fr. Fernando celebrated Mass for the community and lay staff in front of the beautiful sixteenth century statue of Saint Jude. Fr. Fernando launched the diamond jubilee by thanking all the Pilgrims who have supported and visited the Shrine since 1955. Fr. Fernando noted that the Carmelite Order are very proud of the work of the Shrine, the community and lay staff. He then unveiled a plaque to celebrate the start of the diamond jubilee and his visit. On his departure, Fr. Fernando was given a gift of a statue of Saint Jude and Life Membership of the Guild of Saint Jude. Fr Michael Manning, Chaplain, said: “It was a truly joyous occasion and Fr. Fernando thoroughly enjoyed his visit to our special Shrine”. Mr Matt Betts, Development Manager remarked: “The National Shrine of Saint Jude is rightly proud of its 60 years of ministry and we are very pleased that Fr. Fernando has started our celebrations off. We are looking forward to seeing pilgrims at our Summer Celebration on 30 May 2015, when celebrations will continue – all welcome”.

Mass of Welcome for Parochial Administrator
for West Norwood

On the 21st March Bishop Patrick Lynch presided at a Mass of welcome for Father Anthony Cassidy CSsR as Parochial Administrator for St Matthew - West Norwood


Ordination of Keith Sylvia to the Priesthood

On 14th March 2015 Archbishop Peter ordained Keith Sylvia to the priesthood at the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe
150314 - Ordination of Keith Sylvia
Father Keith had been a priest in the Church of England for twenty four years before he, his wife Jacqueline and the family became Catholics in 2013.
150314 - Ordination of Keith Sylvia
Keith exercised his diaconate ministry in Addiscombe since November and has now been appointed there as Assistant Priest. Fr. Joe O'Connor and the parishioners have welcomed Fr. Keith very warmly and he and Jacqueline have already made a great contribution to the life of the parish.
150314 - Ordination of Keith Sylvia
The parishioners turned out in great numbers for the Ordination celebration and Keith was also well supported by family and friends.



Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated the 10am Easter Sunday Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George with Father Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral and Father Philip Smith, Assistant Priest of the Cathedral
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After Mass Archbishop Peter distributed Easter Eggs to the children
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On Holy Saturday, 4th April 2015, Archbishop Peter presided at the Easter Vigil at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George with Father Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral, Father Philip Smith, Father Oladele Craig, Father Stephen Haines and Father Thomas Bakulumpagi where baptised two adults and one child
150404 - Easter Vigil

150404 - Easter Vigil

150404 - Easter Vigil

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The Archbishop and all the Cathedral Clergy greeted the congregation after Mass
150404 - Easter Vigil



150401 - Chrism Mass
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.
150401 - Chrism Mass
RENEWAL OF ORDINATION PROMISES
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.
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THE BLESSING AND CONSECRATION OF OILS
While the Oil of the Sick, used for those who seek the anointing, and the Oil of the Catechumens, used for those preparing for baptism, are simply “blessed,” the Sacred Chrism is “consecrated”. All the priests present participate in the latter moment by extending their hands toward the vessel containing it as the bishop says the prayer of consecration.
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150401 - Chrism Mass
150401 - Chrism Mass
150401 - Chrism Mass
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.
150401 - Chrism Mass
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.
150401 - Chrism Mass

A New Dean for 
The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George 

On Friday 20th March 2015 Archbishop Peter Smith inducted Father Richard Hearn as the next dean of the Cathedral
150320 - Induction of Cathedral Dean

150320 - Induction of Cathedral Dean
The celebrations continued in Amigo Hall after mass
150320 - Induction of Cathedral Dean

150320 - Induction of Cathedral Dean


Mothers' Day at Beckenham Hill and Bellingham

The Catholic Union of Mothers in Beckenham Hill and Bellingham led the celebrations for Mothering Sunday 15th March 2015
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150315 - Mothers' Day - Beckenham Hill
The celebrations contiuned in the parish hall after the Mass

'24 Hours for the Lord' - 13th March and 14th March

"Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, which I hope will be observed on 13-14 March throughout the Church, also at the diocesan level, is meant to be a sign of this need for prayer." (Pope Francis)
The Holy Father has invited Catholics throughout the world to participate in this evangelizing event, by opening churches where possible, offering Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration.
24 Hours for the Lord
At St George’s Cathedral there was Adoration all Friday afternoon, and adoration will continue after the Saturday 9.30am morning Mass until just before the start of the 12.30pm Mass. For information about this events in the parishes of the diocese, please visit the Newsletter pages of Parish websites (see click here for links to Parish websites).
24 Hours for the Lord

24 Hours for the Lord



Over 900 young people from the Diocese of Southwark, organised by the Southwark Catholic Youth Service, joined over 10,000 other young people to attend Flame 2 at Wembley Arena on 7th March 2015.  
It is thought to be the biggest Catholic Youth Event ever event in the UK
Flame 2
The day of prayer, reflection and celebration included talks by Cardinal Luis Tagle, who has frequently spoken to many thousands at the Los Angeles RE Congress on a rare visit to the UK.
Flame 2
Baroness Sheila Hollins, past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and President of the British Medical Association, who specialises in working with young people who are themselves suffering with anxiety, or accompanying friends who are in need; and Father Timothy Radcliffe OP, the inspirational Dominican speaker and writer who was named by young people at Flame 2012 as the speaker with the greatest impact.
Flame 2
Photos © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk
The music was led by Grammy award winning artist Matt Redman and David Wells, Director of Adult Formation and Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Plymouth was the MC this year.  

Cardinal Luis Tagle celebrated Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on Sunday 8th March
Photo by Ms K Endozo

Cardinal Luis Tagle with Archbishop Peter, Father Richard Hearn, the Dean of the Cathedral, Father Philip Smith, Father Stephen Haines, Father Thomas Bakulumpagi, Father Dermott Donnelly, Chair of  CYMFED and John Toryusen, Vice Chair of CYMFED and Director of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation grant for 
St Augustine's Centre - Ramsgate

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announced a £25,000 grant award yesterday, for the proposed project for a Pugin and St Augustine Education, Research, and Visitor Centre at St Augustine's in Ramsgate.

They are the 16th grant giving organisation to support the Restoration and proposed Centre. Over 400 people who have generously donated to the project so far.

Fr Marcus Holden, Rector at St Augustines, said: "This project is locally driven, but it is a project that has a national importance. The things you see here inspired the architecture of a nation, Parliament was inspired by Ramsgate. We are very grateful for the donation from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Fund and for Lord Lloyd Webber's personal interest and support for our project. "It takes us one step nearer towards the church's restoration and the setting up of a centre for Pugin inside the church."

Father Marcus Holden, Councillor Iris Johnston, Leader of Thanet District Council, Chris Maton of Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Robert Pugin Purcell on behalf of the Pugin family and Clive Aslet, Editor at Large of Country Life Magazine - Picture: Marie Muscat-King

More than 100 guests representing grant giving organisations and supporters attended Monday's reception. They heard speeches in support of the St Augustine's project from Clive Aslet, Editor at Large of Country Life Magazine, Cllr Iris Johnston, Leader of Thanet District Council and Robert Pugin Purcell on behalf of the Pugin family.

The event was hosted by Fr Marcus Holden, Rector of St Augustine's church in Ramsgate, the burial place of its great architect, Augustus Welby Pugin. St Augustine's has made a second round application for Heritage Lottery Funding.

The cost of the project for a centre is likely to be just over £800,000.

90th Anniversary of Catholic Scouting
in Great Britain

The National Catholic Scout Fellowship (NCSF) had a special Mass to celebrate 90 years at The  Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on Sunday 1st  March 2015
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All Scouts, Guides, Beavers and Cubs were invited to join them. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Richard Moth, the Bishop for Scouting. Sadly Father John Seddon, the National Chaplain to Catholic Scouts, who was to have been present died Friday 27th February 2015.
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Many awards were presented after Mass by Margaret McDowall, former Manager and Bishop Richard Moth
150301 - 90th Anniversary of Catholic Scouting in Great Britain - Cathedral
There was refreshments and a display of merchandise from the NCSF in Amigo Hall afterwards.
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Blue Plaque for the Aylesford Pottery

On Friday 20th February, a Blue Plaque was unveiled in memory of David Leach OBE, the famous international potter, who founded the Aylesford pottery in 1954 at the Friars.

The plaque was unveiled by John Leach, one of David’s sons. In his speech John mentioned that he had began his craft at Aylesford and worked alongside Bro. Michael. John Leach recalled that one day Fr. Machaly, the first Prior of Aylesford, asked him to make only “holy pots”. He was taught by his grandfather, Bernard Leach, and his father, David Leach, that every pot should be made with integrity and for him they became holy. A potter must work with passion. As you can see with some of the great artist who worked here in the shrine.

The ceremony was attended by our local MP, the leader of Kent County Council and the leader of Tonbridge and Malling Council.

This is only the eighth blue plaque to be unveiled by Tonbridge and Malling Council and the first outside of Tonbridge.

Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion

The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George was once again packed on Saturday 21st February for the annual ceremony for adults to be Baptised or Received into the Church at Easter.  The Rite of Election enrols the catechumens - those to be Baptised - in the Book of the Elect.
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The Rite of the Call to Continuing Conversion is for those known as candidates who have previously been Baptized, and whose Christian initiation will be completed with Confirmation and First Eucharist.
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This year there were 437 catechumens and candidates at the ceremony, with the catechumens’ godparents and the candidates’ sponsors, along with clergy, parishioners, family members and friends, coming from 82 parishes across the diocese. 
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Each of the 437 stood when their name was read out

The Archbishop presided, accompanied by the Area Bishops, Bishops Pat and Paul and Episcopal Vicar for Kent, Father Paul Mason who presented the catechumens and candidates, along with Father David Gibbons, Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation
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The liturgy was  organised by the CCF, in conjunction with the Cathedral authorities and the diocesan choir under Canon Alan McLean.
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The Archbishop and clergy congratulated the catechumens and candidates
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150221 - Rite of Election

RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has written the first entry on the Archives' blog.  She hopes to update this every two months or so.


Jenny can be contacted on
Email: archives@rcsouthwark.co.uk
Phone: 020 7928 5592
Address: RC Archdiocese of Southwark, Archbishop's House, 150 St George's Road, London SE1 6HX



Induction of the Parish Priest of Thanet

Saturday 14th February at Our Lady & St Benedict, Birchington, Parish Church of The Holy Family - Thanet, Canon David Caine was inducted as Parish Priest by Father. Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent.

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Father Paul was the principal celebrant, together with Canon David, Father Philip Seed, Dean of Thanet Catholic Deanery, and Father Don Coleman, retired former Parish Priest in Birchington.
 
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The Chairman of Birchington Parish Council, vicars Fatherom the Anglican churches in Birchington and Westgate-on-Sea, the United Reformed Church minister - where the parish has a Mass Centre, and the head teachers of the Ursuline College Westgate and St Gregory's Primary School Margate attended the Induction Mass.

150214 - Induction of Parish Priest Thanet

150214 - Induction of Parish Priest Thanet

The celebration contiuned in the Parish Hall
150214 - Induction of Parish Priest Thanet

The Clergy Support Fund Campaign

Archbishop Peter has identified the needs of our sick and retired priests as a priority for the Diocese. We all want the best for our own family and as part of the family of the Church, our priests deserve our support as they enter a new chapter in their lives.

Over the coming year it is the aim of the Campaign to offer every parishioner in Southwark Diocese the opportunity to find out more with a view to lending their support. The first step in this process is sharing the need and with the help of priests and enthusiastic laity across the Diocese, the Campaign Team are providing training sessions for all voluntary Parish Representatives who will eventually explain the need to their own parishioners. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of support and are pleased to share some photographs from our most recent Information and Training event for Parish Representatives in Mortlake Deanery, which took place at the end of January 2015.

Frances Mulligan, our South West Area Leader, has worked on the Campaign since its instigation in Croydon Deanery. Along with Deanery Lay-leaders and the Campaign Team, she regularly provides training for new Parish Representatives. Volunteers come from a number of different backgrounds: we are particularly keen to hear from those with presenting, technology, hospitality and organisational skills.



A strong network of clergy and laity are working together to deliver the Campaign. There are plenty of opportunities to share experiences and enjoy some fellowship.



The Campaign Office supplies Parish Representatives with a variety of resources and materials, including information booklets, training guidance handbooks, films, presentations and a website from which they can download a variety of additional resources. Further Information and Training events are due to take place in Sutton, Kingston, Tonbridge Wells, Chatham, Bexley, Camberwell and Wandsworth Deaneries prior to Easter. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Representative, please speak to your Parish Priest in the first instance.
 

To find out further information about the Campaign please visit our website: southwarkclergysupportfundcampaign.org


The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George 
says goodbye to its Canon

On Friday 13th February 2015 Canon John O'Toole was invited back to the Cathedral for a farwell celebration
Mass and Reception - Canon John O'Toole

Priests, family, friends, parishioners and colleagues joined the staff of the Catheral to say farwell and thanks to Canon John as he continues in his new role as the National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Mass and Reception - Canon John O'Toole

Archbishop Peter Smith thanked the Canon for all his hard work with the Cathedral and wished him evey blessing in his new post

Mass and Reception - Canon John O'Toole

The festivities continued in Amigo Hall after the Mass and Canon John was presented with cards, gifts and a celebration cake

Mass and Reception - Canon John O'Toole




Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday 2015 - Sunday 15th February 2015


10 New Jesuit Deacons

On Saturday 7th February 2015 the ordination to the Diaconate of ten Jesuits studying in London was celebrated at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
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The Society of Jesus has had a long history of ministry within the Archdiocese of Southwark
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The Deacons are: Tomson Antony. Courage Bakasa, Milton Costa, Ravindra Darshima, Francis Dores, Deepak George, Richard Hiruthayaraj, Francisco Mota, Probash Pius Rozario and Leo Thomas
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The Deacons will remain in the London area whilst they continue their studies

Mass with staff of Catholic Schools in the
Borough of Southwark

Staff of the Catholic Primary Schools from the Borough of Southwark gathered for Mass on 3rd February 2015 in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
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Archbishop Peter presided at the Mass and was joined by Canon Michael Cooley and Father Philip Smith, Acting Dean of the Cathedral

150203 - Mass with staff of Catholic Schools in the borough of Southwark

A large number from the communities of the primary schools attended the celebration and Archbishop Peter thanked them for their hard work and dedication. It is hoped that this will become an annual celebration
150203 - Mass with staff of Catholic Schools in the borough of Southwark
The celebration continued in School Hall of St George's Primary School, with refreshments and a lot of networking


Missionaries of Saint Paul Mass of Thanksgiving

On the evening of Friday, 23rd January 2015, Archbishop Peter Smith presided at a Mass of Thanksgiving with the Missionary Society of Saint  
Paul in the Cathedral

The UK Mission of the Society started in 2000 and in that year Fr. Addison Okpeh joined the Archdiocese of Southwark.
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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 ten priests in the diocese who have the care of six parishes: Beckenham Hill, Deptford, Gravesend, Norbiton, Nunhead, Stockwell and Brixton
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The celebrations continued in Amigo Hall after Mass

The Religious of the Archdiocese of Southwark come together to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life

The Religious of the diocese gathered together on 2nd February 2015 in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life in response to Pope Francis' invitation.
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150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral
Leading the procession was Religious from the Diocese, carrying symbols of their Consecrated Life. The Bible, the Word of God, on which they base their Christian and Religious Lives, carried by Fr. Bob Mercer, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement. A Breviary, the Divine Office, with which they pray daily with and for the Church, brought by Sr. Norma Lynch, a Sister of Mercy. A copy of Constitutions, the Work of God, which encapsulates the charism of their respective Founders and Foundresses, and as transmitted in our Constitutions and Rule of Life. This was carried by Sr. Patricia Heller, recently elected Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St. Anne. Finally, a Globe, this represents the Religious of our Archdiocese, coming from the various continents and countries of the world, a rich tapestry of peoples, building up the Kingdom of God on earth. The globe will be carried by Sr. Esther, of the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver.
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Today is the International Day for Consecrated Life - so they united with their Sisters and Brothers throughout the world
150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral
All the Religious present, with lit candles, made a Act of Deciiation recommitting themselves to the Religious Life
150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral
Bishop Pat then distributed a candle to each order present for them to take back to their communitties
150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral

150102 - Mass to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life - Cathedral


The Diocesan Chancery

Southwark's Diocesan Chancery has revised and added information to its page on this site.

The Chancery forms for Marriage, Reception into full communion with the Church and the Commissioning of Extra-ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are now available for priests and deacons to download from this page.

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