Bishop Pat Lynch protests at UK decision to
abandon refugee rescue operations
Bishop Patrick Lynch, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark and Chair of the
Office for Migration Policy at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Department of International Affairs has issued a statement in light of
the recent announcement that the Italian search and rescue operation in
the Mediterranean Sea will cease and the UK government will not assist
the European-wide operation
“Last summer at Lampedusa Pope Francis challenged us to take
responsibility for our brothers and sisters. He warned us against
losing our bearings in a culture of comfort and becoming insensitive to
the cries of other people.
Since the tragedies of last October, the Italian navy has led efforts
to save many thousands of lives but now this is a time for all European
governments to recognise that others' suffering is our business.
efforts are being made to find lasting solutions to these challenges,
we have a duty to heed with compassion the cries of our wounded
brothers and sisters, and not to pass by on the other side.
Britain is still Europe's leading naval power, and to refuse to join in
Mediterranean search and rescue operations would be a misguided
abdication of responsibility to those thousands of men, women, and
children who have been driven from their homes by persecution and war
and forced to risk death at sea.”
Daughters of Divine Love celebrate
years in Southwark
"We the Daughters of
Divine Love are called to show
Divine Love to the Whole World"
On Saturday 25th October 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith was joined by
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio
Mennini, Archbishop Emeritus, Michael Bowen and many clergy to
celebrate 25 years of
the presence of the Daughters of Divine Love in the Archdiocese of
Archbishop Emeritus Michael Bowen invited the DDL Congregation in 1987
to join and augment the religious presence in the Archdioceses of
Southwark. The first group of sisters arrived in Southwark in 1987 on
Later in 1989 the Daughters
of Divine Love were officially invited into the Diocese
The sisters were also
joined by their familes and friends
Their mission or
distinguishing mark of the Congregation is “generous loving response to
Divine Love Incarnate”- God’s call to love Him and our fellow brothers
and sisters. The motto of the Daughters of Divine Love Congregation is
Caritas Christi Urget Nos (The Love of Christ Urge us on)
Carmelite Friar Paul Jenkins ordained as a Priest
On Saturday 18th October 2014, the feast of St. Luke, Carmelite Friar
Father Paul Jenkins was ordained priest at The Friars, Aylesford, by
Archbishop Peter Smith
Father Paul Jenkins was
joined in the celebrations by his fellow Carmelite, family and friends
Induction of Canon Luke Smith as
Parish Priest of Maidstone
On Friday 17th October 2014 at the Vigil Mass of the Feast of St Luke
the Evangelist Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, inducted
Canon Luke Smith
as Parish Priest of St
Canon Luke celebrated Mass with his brother clergy
The parish organised a
wonderful party in the parish hall to carry on the
Catenians - Province 7 (Southwark )
Remember their Dead
On Sunday 12th October
the Catenians of Province 7 (Southwark) once
again remembered their dead Brothers who had died during the previous
A special mass of
remembrance was held at Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St
George with fellow Catenians, their families and friends
In Canon John's homily
he weaved the Catenary Bursery fund for young people (The Catenians
offer a bursary(s) of £500 to any young person/teenager who wants to do
something good in their lives i.e. help out in Lourdes or Africa etc.)
liking it to the ‘wedding garment’ that allowed the man to attend the
He also referenced those who had died
Brendan Ducey Province 7 Provincial President at the lectern reading
the names of the 17 Brothers who had died during the year.
Thanksgiving Mass for the 35th Anniversay of
St Benedict's Catholic Primary School-Walderslade
Archbishop Peter Smith
joined the community of St Benedict's Primary
School, Walderslade in their celebrations to mark 35th anniversay of
the opening of the school.
concelebrated Mass with Fathers Stephen Wymer, Denis Paul and Malachy
Mass of Thanksgiving for
Reverend Mother Janet Erskine Stuart
Digby Stuart College Chapel - Roehampton
On Saturday 11th October
all former students, staff and friends were
invited to join in the Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the life and
achievements of the Reverend Mother Janet Erskine Stuart (1857 – 1914)
in Digby Stuart College Chapel led by the Archbishop of Southwark, The
Most Reverend Peter Smith.
Janet Stuart was the leader of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the
British Isles from 1894, and leader of the Society worldwide from 1911
until her death at the age of 57 in 1914, just after the outbreak of
World War I. It is remarkable that someone whose religious life before
she became Superior General was mainly spent in one community
(Roehampton), and who only had 3 full years as Superior General, is
still remembered today not only by members of her own order, but by
religious of other orders, Anglican as well as Catholic. She is
remembered for her spirituality, the impact of which was felt by many
who lived with her, who met or corresponded with her, and who read her
posthumously published meditations and essays. She is remembered, too,
for her contributions to the improvement of Catholic secondary
education for girls and young women in Sacred Heart schools and
colleges across the world.
Janet worked tirelessly
to raise the standards of teaching in Sacred
Heart schools, focusing especially on supporting and challenging
teachers not only in what they taught but how they taught it. She gave
lectures, supervised teaching practice, helped to rewrite curricula,
expanded teacher training opportunities for Catholic women in England
as well as the sisters. Under her guidance the teacher training college
in Wandsworth in south west London became a highly regarded one, and
the new college she established in Kensington, St Charles, was
considered one of the best in the country. The College was, of course,
to move later to Roehampton and was re-named Digby Stuart.
A reception was held
after Mass and all were invited.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
at Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
On Saturday, 4th October
2014, Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent and Monsignor Matthew
Dickens, Vicar General, led the Commissioning Day for our new
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the Metropolitan Cathedral
Church of St George and in the Amigo Hall.
In the morning, Father Paul gave a talk on the Eucharist and Monsignor
Matthew presided at a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
After lunch, Monsignor
Matthew spoke of the role of the Extraordinary
Minister and explained the rubrics and the service of Communion to the
Father Paul presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants
Monsignor Matthew, Monsignor Ewing and Father Philip Smith, during
which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented
In all, 110 Extraordinary Ministers were commissioned and came from 31
parishes around the diocese.
Safeguarding with Confidence
The second “Safeguarding
with Confidence” conference was held at The
Friars in Aylesford on 23 September with 60 people in attendance.
The conference was opened with a prayer by the Episcopal Vicar for
Kent, Fr Paul Mason followed by talks from Helen Sheppard (Safeguarding
Coordinator) and Graham Preston (Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding)
The day looked at the current structure for Safeguarding in the
Catholic Church both nationally and locally. There was also a talk on
sacrament and reconciliation and an interesting panel session to close
Overall, a very positive day with encouraging comments from clergy.
few to share…
“Thank you for the
opportunity to meet my brothers – some I haven’t seen for long time,
others I was able to meet for the first time. An altogether enjoyable
and rewarding day. Your efforts did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.”
Fr Jim Hurley
"The most useful part of the day was “the scenario session and the part
of sacrament of reconciliation and safeguarding”. Fr Richard Plunkett
“The awareness of protection for children and vulnerable adults, but
also the awareness of protecting myself. “ Unknown
not yet signed up to one of these events the
Safeguarding team will be organising 3 more dates. For more details or
to reserve a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct - Ashford (St Teresa Parish)
14 Nov - Hayes (Our Lady of the
Rosary) *FULLY BOOKED*
27 Nov - New Malden (St Joseph Parish)
Archbishop Peter named Apostolic
Rome today (4th October) it was announced that Pope Francis has
accepted the resignation from office of the Rt Rev Kieran Conry. With
the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton having no bishop (described as Sede Vacante
the Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Peter Smith as Apostolic
Administrator of that Diocese until such time as a new Bishop takes up
the office of Diocesan Bishop. This temporary role is in
to his duties as the Archbishop of Southwark, and he will continue to
live and work at Archbishop’s House while providing support to the
people and clergy of Arundel and Brighton.
Little Sisters of the Poor
On 20th September 2014 Archbish Peter Smith join the community of the
Little Sisters of the Poor in Vauxhall in welcoming their Mother
General on a visit to the community and nursing home,
Also joining them on the day was Father Jim Hurley - Episcopal Vicar
The community presented
Mother General with collage of their work and communities in the UK
Bi-Centenary of Don Bosco's Birth
Over 500 members of the
Salesian family and friends came to the Metropolitan Cathedral Church
of St George in Southwark on Saturday 20th September to celebrate the
Bi-Centenary of their founder and the patron saint of young people, St
Mass was led by Archbishop Peter Smith – concelebrating were Bishop
Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Howard Tripp,
Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Chris Budd, Bishop
Emeritus of Plymouth (a past-pupil of Salesian School, Chertsey), Fr
Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Great Britain,
and 30 priests and deacons
Fr Martin Coyle SDB in his
homily, emphasized the unshakeable belief in the presence and
providence of God that Don Bosco had; how Don Bosco believed in the
goodness and potential of young people, especially those that Society
had ignored, or worse, despised; concluding Fr Martin both encouraged
and challenged the Salesian Family to continue the legacy of Don
Bosco’s mission into the future.
The Congregation was
invited after the
Mass to have refreshments in the Hall and to spend time looking at the
Photographic Exhibition provided by Salesian Link (the Salesian office
of Social Media and Communications in GB) on the theme – ‘Vision of
Commissioning of the New Team at the
Southwark Catholic Youth Service's
Residential Centre in Whitstable
On Saturday 20th September
2014 Monsignor Matthew Dickens joined the team, their families and
friends at St. Vincent’s Centre, the Southwark Diocesan Youth
Retreat Centre for the AGM of the SCYS and to commission the new team
Isaac, Rachel, Rachel, Ellie & Katy were commissioned and
welcomed to the team
Monsignor Matthew then con celebrated Mass with Father Damian Cassidy,
O.Carm., the new Prior of The Friars, Aylesford and Father Gregory
Griffiths which was offered for the repose of the soul of Shelia
Doherty a former secretary of the Southwark Catholic Youth
Service. Mass was followed by a reception
The Roman Catholic and The Anglican First XIs
faced each other in Canterbury
The Roman Catholic and The
Anglican First XIs faced each other in Canterbury on in a historic
match to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking.
The Twenty20 match, which was be played at Kent County Cricket Club in
the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral on 19th September at 4pm, and along
with the subsequent dinner, raised funds for the Global Freedom
Network, the joint Anglican-Roman Catholic anti-trafficking initiative
launched in March.
It was a magnificent ecumenical occasion, with the Archbishop of
Canterbury joined by Archbishop David Moxon from the Anglican centre in
Rome, as well as the Bishop of Dover, in friendly rivalry with the
Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Pat
The match marked the culmination of the St Peter's Cricket Club 'Tour
of Light' initiative, and follows a challenge laid down by the club’s
honourary president Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to Archbishop Justin
The St Peter’s Team consists of the following: two priests, four
deacons and seven seminarians, all men involved in formation for the
priesthood in Rome; eight Indians, two Sri Lankans, one each from
Pakistan, England and Ireland, the majority are from the international
Pontifical Colleges Maria Mater Ecclesiae and Collegio Urbano.
The St Peter's team won the toss and decided to bat.
They scored 106 in the 20 overs. It had rained day before, so the
ground was quite damp which made it difficult for the batters to score
The Archbishop of Canterbury XI started slowly and it looked promising
for the Vatican team. It came to the last over of the match
and the Archbishop’s XI needed
three runs to win which they scored with five balls to spare.
Day for Religious
On Friday 19th September
2014 the annual Day for Religious was held at The Friars,
Bishop Emeritus John Crowley from the Diocese of Middlesborough gave
the key note speach.
Archbishop Peter Smith
joined the religious for the day along with Father Jim Hurley, Vicar
Dedication of St. Henry and St Elizabeth - Sheppey
On Sunday 14th September 2014 the parish of Sheppey celebrated the
150th anniversary of its opening. To mark the occasion Archbishop Peter
Smith joined the parish celebrations during which he celebrated Mass
with Canon Francis Moran and priests who had previously served in
Sheerness, together with Clergy from the Deanery and dedicated the
altar. Also present were Monsignor Matthew Dickens, the Vicar General
and Fr Paul Mason, the Episcopal Vicar for Kent
During the Mass two of the altar servers were presented with Long
Service Medals to mark their many years of service in the Parish
After Mass the celebrations
continued in the parish hall
Jubilee Mass for Sister Sheila Moloney DMJ
Sister Sheila Moloney DMJ celebrated 50 years of her profession, at a
Mass and reception at St Andrew’s Thornton Heath on the 12th September
She was joined by Archbishop Peter, who presided at the Mass,
Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Bishop Howard Tripp, Sr Felicé DMJ the
Provincial of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph congregation, other
Sisters from the congregation, family, friends, colleagues and
Sr Shelia has been in the Croydon area for all of her 50 years,
including working in Coloma Girls School, and currently in the
chaplaincy of the Croydon University Hospital. Canon Francis, the
parish priest, reflected on her religious life in the homily; and on
behalf of the very many people she had served and supported over the
years he thanked her, praying that she would be blessed with many more
happy years of professed life.
160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst
On Sunday 7th
Archbishop Peter Smith visited the parish of St Mary Chislehurst to
join with them as they celebrated the 160th anniversary of the opening
of the Church.
Archbishop Peter celebrated the 9.30am Mass greeting parishioners
afterwards, and then the 11am Mass with the parish priest Father
Charles Briggs; this Mass was followed by a shared lunch in the parish
During the 11am Mass Archbishop Peter blessed the new
confessional, created by one of the craftsmen in the parish.
Appointments and News
Canon Luke Smith has been appointed as Parish Priest of St Francis,
Father Timothy Finigan has been appointed as Parish Priest of Ss Austin
and Gregory with St Anne, Margate.
Father Steven Fisher has been appointed as Parish Priest of Our Lady of
the Rosary Blackfen from 3rd September 2014.
Father Bernard Heaphy is retiring as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the
Father James Spencer has been appointed as the Dean of Bexley Deanery
to succeed Father Tim Finigan.
The Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria have been given the
pastoral care of Our Lady of the Rosary, Brixton. Father Eustace
Durugbo MSP, has been appointed the new Parish Priest. The
MSP's have also been given permission
to establish a Religious
in the parish.
Father Boniface Akpoigbe MSP succeeds Father Eustace Durugbo MSP as
Priest of Our Lady of the Assumption, Deptford.
Father Robert Ogbede cm has been appointed as the new Parish
Priest of St Benet’s Abbey
Father Peter Iwuoha cm will be the new assistant priest in the
St Benet’s Abbey Wood
Canon David Caine has been appointed as Parish Priest of The Holy
Canon Anthony Charlton has been appointed as Parish Priest of St Thomas
of Canterbury, Canterbury.
Canon Edward Perera has been appointed as Parish Priest of
Father Chukwuemeka Nnaji has been appointed as Parochial Administrator
(Priest in Charge) of the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee.
Father Oladele Craig has been appointed as an Assistant Priest at the
Metropolitan Cathedra Churchl of St George.
Joseph Owusu-Ansah, following his ordination in July, has been
appointed as Assistant Priest to Holy Ghost Parish, Balham.
Father Anthony Plummer has been appointed as Parish Priest of
the King, Wimbledon Park, to succeed Canon John Naughton who has
Society of the Missions (The Vincentians) Nigerian Province, have been
entrusted with the pastoral care of the parish of Peckham, and
Richard Diala cm has been appointed as the new Parish Priest, and at
the same time his Provincial has appointed him the local Superior.
Father Vincent George cm will be coming to work in the diocese from
Nigeria and will be an assistant in Peckham.
Father Christopher Heaps SDB was given a new appointment within the
Salesian Order, and left the Parish of the Sacred Heart in
to move to the Salesian Community in Bootle.
The Salesian Provincial has nominated as interim Parish Priest Father
Kieran Anderson, SDB, the present Rector of the Salesian Community in
Battersea. He will combine these roles for one year.
Thomas Bakulumpagi, having completed his Seminary formaton, has been
appointed a Deacon in the Metropolitan Cathedra Churchl of St George.
50th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church
Hill and Bellingham
On Sunday 31st August 2014
Archbishop Peter Smith joined the parish of Beckenham
Hill and Bellingham to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
decation of the church.
Two parishioners, Dennis Simmonds and Joseph Sullivan, were presented
with Diocesan medals for their exceptional service to the church.
The Deputy Headteacher of St Augustine's Primary School also received a
leaving present with grateful thanks
Papal Blessing for Charity Founders in Margate
Doreen and Ron Rolfe together with Eileen Teahan, Doreen's sister, each
received a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis in recognition of their
charity work for ‘Ed-Aid’, supporting Catholic schools in The Gambia,
which began in 1989. The special scrolls were presented by Canon Luke
during his final Saturday evening vigil Mass in the Parish of Ss Austin
& Gregory with St Anne, Margate, on 30th August 2014. These
blessings were arranged by David Shaw, pictured right, who took over
the day-to-day management of Ed-Aid last year.
Doreen recalls that Ed-Aid was founded after they had taken a holiday
in the small West African country where after Mass they met with the
parish priest of the church in the capital Banjul, who took them to
visit some of his Catholic schools. Doreen at that time was living in
Hitchin, Herts., and did voluntary work with the local bishop’s
education team and was a member of the National Justice and Peace team.
She and husband Ron were appalled by what they saw; the lack of even
the most basic equipment needed to educate the Gambia's children. On
their return to the UK they determined to do something to
help so began the charity Ed-Aid. With encouragement from their parish
in Hitchin, Ed-Aid quickly began to make a difference for school
children in this small English-speaking country. Twenty-one years ago
the family moved to Margate and transferred
much of the operation aspects of the charity to Thanet. Doreen’s sister
Eileen then returned from teaching in Canada and joined them, together
they managed to acquire some warehouse space, at a very reasonable
price, from a local farmer in which to store, sort and pack the goods
which they then ship to The Gambia in containers filled with all the
necessary items to aid their education. In addition, Ed-Aid has been
responsible for raising many thousands of pounds to repair schools,
rebuild classrooms, build teacher accommodation, toilet blocks, etc.,
as well as providing equipment, for general education and to train
students in practical subjects to help make life easier as they
progress to adulthood. To make sure that Ed-Aid is working well in the
Gambian schools, close contact is kept with the Gambian Catholic
Education secretary and when possible Ed-Aid makes a visit.
Summing up her experience in founding and working for the charity
Doreen said: "It's been fantastic".
After twentyfive years of overseeing the whole Ed-Aid operation the
sisters and Doreen's husband have handed over the management of the
charity to David Shaw, former Headmaster of Holy Cross Secondary
Ed-Aid has always had a fantastic number of helpers but are
looking for further help! We not only appreciate financial support but
also collections of new or nearly new educational items from sewing
needles to reams of paper, spades to packets of chalk are always
Mass at St Andrew's School Streatham
and Good Bye to Chair of Governors
On the 21st July 2014
Archbishop Peter Smith joined the community of St Andrew's School in
Streatham to wish farewell to Year 6 as they move on to secondary
and also to say farewell and thanks to their Chair of
In recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the School and
the Church, he was presented with the new Diocean Award.
Mass at Blackfen
Retirement of Primary Head Teacher
Archbishop Peter Smith
visited the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen, on Tuesday 22nd
July, joining the Parish and the local primary School in saying
farewell and thanks to Mr John Murphy the retiring Head
Teacher. At a well atended Mass, Mr Murphy was presented with a Papal
Blessing, in recognition of his dedicated service.
Bishop Patrick Lynch voices concern after
migrants rescued from shipping container
is becoming increasingly apparent that vulnerable men, women and
children are being exploited by criminals all over the world,”
says Bishop Patrick Lynch on the finding of
migrants in Tilbury
thoughts and prayers are with those who experienced terrible suffering
trapped in a shipping container discovered at Tilbury docks, on
Saturday, 16 August 2014.
It is hard to comprehend the appalling conditions that they would have
endured during their journey to the UK.
We commend the police, for the sensitive way they handled
this tragic situation and applaud the emergency services, the NHS,
local authority and the Sikh community for their rapid response.
We hope that the ongoing investigations will determine
quickly whether the people are victims of human trafficking or
vulnerable migrants seeking protection.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that vulnerable men,
women and children are being exploited by criminals all over the world
and that we must respond compassionately to their cries for help.
support the Home Secretary in her commitment to making Britain a
hostile place for human traffickers, and hope that the criminals in
this case are speedily brought to justice.
Bishop Patrick Lynch
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
pray for the repose of the soul of
died on 5th August
His Funeral Mass will be held
Monday 22nd September at 12 noon at the
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
rest in peace
Thanksgiving Mass for the 20th
Anniversary of LATCH
Bishop Pat Lynch joined the parishioners of St
Bromley, on the 27th July at the Thanksgiving Mass for the 20th
anniversary of LATCH (Living Amicably Together in a Caring Home). The
Mass was held in recognition of LATCH’s double decade of dedication
helping to house single homeless young people in Bromley. Bishop Pat
was thanked by the supporters and trustees of LATCH and the Mass was
followed by a celebratory Garden Party at the Holy Ghost Father’s home
the photograph, left
to right: Deacon Duncan Aitkins (Chair of
LATCH); Geoff Colton and Beryl Alexander founder members of LATCH;
Bishop Pat; current trustees: Carol Humberstone and Lisa Hodson (also
the LATCH Manager)
Deacon Barry Mellish is awarded a BA
degree in Theology and
On Thursday 24 July Deacon Barry Mellish, from the
parish of Bromley,
became the latest Southwark deacon to be awarded a BA degree in
Theology and Religious Studies from St Mary's University, Twickenham,
concluding four years of formation for the diaconate.
is shown here at
Westminster cathedral, where the graduation
ceremony took place, with his wife Julia. It was also their 43rd
Annual Thanet Catholic Deanery Mass
Deanery Mass in honour of St Mildred (Patron of Thanet) on Sunday 20th
July at the Anglican Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Minster, site
of the original Minster Abbey founded by St Mildred's mother St
The principal celebrant was Fr Richard Duffield Cong. Orat. of St
Wilfrid in York
First Communion and Confirmation at
Sunday 20th July Monsignor Keith Newton of the Ordinariate of Our Lady
of Walsingham, celebrated the 11am Mass at Saint Anselm’s in Pembury
during which 10 children received their First Communion and 4 young
people were Confirmed.
Final celebration of Mass at
Mass at St Peter's Church, Westgate-on-Sea, Parish of the Holy Family
on 6th July 2014. The celebrant was Fr Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for
has been a
Catholic church of St Peter on that site since 1937, prior to that
Catholic's in Westgate worshipped at the Convent Church of the Sacred
Heart (Canoness of St Augustine). The current building was opened in
the mid 1960s.
Ordination of Wayne du Preez as a
Saturday July 5th
Bishop Patrick Lynch ordained Wayne du Preez was
ordained a Deacon.
Deacon Wayne’s wife Linda and their children, Dominic, Nicholas and
Emily were present
Deacon Wayne was ordained for the Deanery of
Bromley and will be
exercising his Ministry in the parish of Orpington
Saturday 19th July,
in a busy Cathedral joined by over fifty priests, and about eight
hundred family, friends and parishioners, Joseph Owusu-Ansah was
ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Peter Smith.
Fr Joseph with
Archbishop Peter and Bishop Howard Tripp
Fr Joseph, whose family is from Ghana, was joined by many
the Ghanaian community, some of whom had travelled from Ghana for his
Deacon Joseph is
addressed by Archbishop Peter
moments before the
ordination takes place
Peter receiving a First Blessing from Fr Jospeh
Archbishop Peter has appointed Fr Joseph Owusu-Ansah as
Priest in Holy Ghost Parish, Balham, and he will begin this
ministry in September. The following day Fr Joseph celebrated his first
Mass in Saint Francis of Sales and Saint Gertrude Parish, Stockwell.
Safeguarding with Confidence
with Confidence information day for clergy was held at Amigo Hall on
Tuesday 15 July. The day was designed to build confidence and
reassurance in all clergy by delivering an informative and enjoyable
day for almost 90 clergy across the Diocese.
Archbishop Peter opened the conference with a morning prayer
and a few
words around Safeguarding which was followed by talks from Helen
Sheppard, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator and Father Graham Preston, the
Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding. They covered current issues around
safeguarding, creating a safer parish environment, the theology of
Safeguarding as a Ministry. Various
scenarios pertinent to clergy were looked at.
The day finished with a panel session which gave participants
opportunity to ask questions. On the panel were Archbishop
Peter, Monsignor Matthew
Dickens, Father Graham Preston and Helen Sheppard
Archbishop Peter thanked Canon John Kavanagh, a past Safeguarding
Co-ordinator, for his work with the Safeguarding Commission
The Safeguarding team will be organising 4 other events this year and
all clergy within the diocese are encouraged to attend at least one of
these events. For more details or to reserve a place please email
23 Sep - Aylesford (The Friars)
15 Oct - Ashford (St Teresa Parish)
14 Nov - Hayes (Our Lady of the Rosary) *FULLY BOOKED*
27 Nov - New Malden (St Joseph Parish)
The parish of Petts Wood celebrates 75 years
the 13th July 2014
Archbishop Peter join the community of St James -
Petts Wood to celebrate their 75th Anniversay of the parish.
Archbishop Peter Smith
and CAFOD Director Chris Bain have presented a livesimply award to St
James the Great Parish in Petts Wood in recognition of their commitment
to live more simply and sustainably and to stand in solidarity with
people living in poverty around the world. The Parish is the
first parish in the Diocese of Southwark and the
thirteenth in England and Wales to achieve the national award.
Archbishop Peter Smith said:
“Well done to St James’. Southwark is one of the few dioceses that has
got the award for living simply and I think it shows what they’re doing
– what Pope Francis is asking us all to do: to care especially for the
disadvantaged and those living in poverty.”
To achieve the award parishioners created a beautiful and tranquil
wildlife garden and worship space, which Archbishop Peter blessed and
they reduced the carbon footprint of
the church by nearly 10 per cent by switching electricity supplies to a
renewable energy supplier and encouraging ‘leave the car at home’
The parishioners have also been marking baptisms and
planting more than 70 trees in British woodlands and supporting the
local food bank, whilst raising £1,200 so far to support CAFOD’s work
with those living in poverty in Bangladesh.
During the celebration Archbishop Peter presented a
Diocesan Medal to
Shelia Simon for her long and faithful service to the church. Shelia
had been very unwell and sadley passed away a few days after this
picture was taken, may
seh rest in peace.
Good News for St George's Cathedral
Javid has announced, that cathedrals across
England will receive almost £5million for urgent repairs in the first
round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral repair
fund. The fund was announced in Budget 2014 and set up in April this
year in recognition of the powerful symbol our cathedrals are of
Britain’s shared history as well as the significant role they will play
when the nation comes together to commemorate the centenary of the
First World War.
The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George has been awarded a
government grant and it will be used to replace the 35-year old
boilers (with only four of the twelve still working) and to renew the
unreliable electrics at St George’s. This will be a great help to keep
the Cathedral safe and secure, as well as warm and welcoming, for all
come to visit as worshippers or as tourists.
A Mass to mark the anniversary of the start of the First
World War will
celebrated at St George’s on Sunday 3rd August 2014 at 11.30am. On
5 October 2014 a Mass will be celebrated for those who had family
members who were killed and injured in World War 1. On Tuesday 11
November 2014 at 10.30am there will be a Service of Remembrance and
prayers for peace for young people from our local schools in Southwark
and Lambeth – followed by a football tournament in the grounds of the
Imperial War Museum to recall the cessation of hostilities between
opposing sides during the first Christmas of the war.
These are the first government grants to be given to Roman Catholic
Cathedrals for over five years and much gratitude is given to the
government for such practical help and support in maintaining our
Cathedral so that it may continue its mission of worship, welcome and
witness which it has been living out since it opened, 166 years ago, in
Ordination of Ambrose Tuckell as a
ordained Ambrose Tuckell as a Permanent Deacon on
12th July 2014 in SS. Austin and Gregory with St Anne - Margate
Deacon Ambrose was
ordained for the Deanery of Thanet and will be
exercising his Ministry in the parish of Margate
St Mary's Catholic High School West Croydon
Retirement of Headteacher
Mr E R Ughwujabo
B.Ed (Hons) MA NPQH
Headteacher of St Mary's Catholic High School in West Croydon has
retired after 10 years of service to the school
Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving with
clergy and Mr Ughwujabo's family and friends
Mr Ughwujabo was also
presented with a Papal Blessing by Father Michael Scanlan - Parish
Priest of Our Lady of Reparation - West Croydon
Dedication of Church and Altar
Mongeham and Sandwich
the parish of St. John the Evangelist -
Mongeham and Sandwich to celebrate the dedication of the church and
altar in Mongeham. Although the church was built 80 years ago, it had
not been formally dedicated. The Rite of
place in Mass, during which relics are placed in the
altar, the altar and the walls of the church are anointed, and
Bishop says the Prayer of Dedication.
Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership
Thursday 10th July
2014 Archbishop Peter Smith was the principal celebrant at a Mass of
thanksgiving to celebrate the success of Catholic education across the
Kent section of our Diocese.
joined by many Clergy, Chairs of Governors, Head teachers,
and a range of
national and local dignitaries to pay collective tribute to
the work of school staff, pupils and parents, school improvement
colleagues and many others in producing the good and increasingly
outstanding learning and faith outcomes we see in Catholic
Our Lady and St. Philip Neri - Sydenham
joined the parish of Our Lady and St Philip Neri to celebrate 50 years
consecration of the church on Sunday 6th July 2014
The Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy's
Annual Pilgrimage to Aylesford, 2014
On Saturday 5th July 2012 Archbishop Peter Smith
celebrated Mass with
the Nigerian Pilgrimage at The Friars, Aylesford
The day comprised a Gathering Service, Rosary, Mass, Talk,
Farewell and Retirement of Deacon Jim
4 July 2014
marked the 166th anniversary of the opening of St George’s and the 56th
anniversary of its re-opening in 1958. It was a fitting day for
Archbishop Peter to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the faithful
and fruitful ministry of Deacon Jim Sheahan.
Deacon Jim had begun serving at St George’s back in
1969. In 1984 he
became Master of Ceremonies. Having taken on the role of sacristan he
was then ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 1993. After being involved
with the life of St George’s for over 40 years Deacon Jim is now
preparing to enjoy a well-earned retirement when he leaves St George’s
at the end of July.
At the Thanksgiving Mass, Canon Jim Pannett (a
former Administrator of St George’s) preached the homily.
At the end of the Mass, Canon John O’Toole (the current Dean) made a
presentation to Deacon Jim of three items of garden equipment and a
card and a cheque for £5,000.
A Reception then followed in the Amigo Hall.
Clergy Appointments and News
Announced July 2014
Father Thomas Cooper has been appointed as Parish Priest
of St James
the Great, Petts Wood. He succeeds Father Bryan Wells, the present
Priest-in-Charge, who will be retiring.
Father Dominic O’Toole CSsR is taking up a new appointment with his
Albania and will be leaving the Parish at the end of July.
The Redemptorist Provincial has nominated Father Michael McGreevy CSsR
as Parochial Administrator from 1st August until March 2015, when the
quadrennial changes will be announced.
Father Joseph Musendami CSsR who is completing a course of studies at
St Anselm’s Institute has been assigned to the Parish of St Mary’s
Clapham from August until February.
Year-long fundraising drive by
Dover Catenians to
Catholic seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea
received a generous donation of £500.00 from the Dover Cinque Port
Rev Dr Gehad Homsey who was president of the Dover
Circle presented a
cheque to AoS director of development John Green.
Ordination of Adian McPartian as Deacon
ordained Adian McPartian as a Deacon on Saturday 28th June 2014
Adian has been
appointed to the Bromley Deanery and will excersie his Ministry in the
parish of St Joseph - Bromley
joined by his
family, friends and brother deacons
Saints Peter and Paul Parish - Mitcham
Sunday 29th June 2014
the community of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Mitcham warmly welcomed
Archbishop Peter Smith to celebrate their Patrons' Feast Day with their
annual outdoor Mass on the Cricket Green
Diocesan Day for Catechists
Saturday 28th June
2014, over 160 catechists from dozens of parishes gathered for the
third annual diocesan day for catechists. This day, organised by the
Centre for Catholic Formation, was held at St George’s Cathedral and
sought to encourage and support those who provide sacramental
preparation, adult formation and children’s liturgy in the Archdiocese
of Southwark. It was also a perfect opportunity for the diocese to
thank the hundreds who give their time, energy and talents to
catechizing and passing on the faith to both children and adults.
The keynote talk, this year, was delivered by Rev
Dr Adrian Graffy, the
director of the Commission for Evangelization and Formation in
Brentwood, on the theme of St Paul’s Letter to the Romans.
Both the CCF book stall and the CTS book stalls
were available plus
details of the courses and events being held
Canon John O'Toole conducted a tour of the Catheral.
Participants then took part in two from a list of
ten workshops which
included: First Holy Communion programmes, Engaging with Scripture for
Children's Liturgy, What is Confirmation?, Preparing parents and adults
for Baptism, RCIA-the period of post Baptismal Catechesis, the
vocation of the Catechist, Setting up faith sharing groups in your
parish, Reaching out to non-churchgoing Catholics, Eight key elements
of authentic catechesis and Using Evangellum and why.
Feedback was very
positive on these workshops and plans are already afoot for next year.
The day ended with the Vigil Mass for Saints Peter
and Paul in which
our episcopal vicar for Kent, Fr Paul Mason, sent out the catechists to
their parishes and chaplaincies, on behalf of Archbishop Peter, to
communicate our shared faith.
If you wish to learn more about your faith; have
been asked or wish to
become a catechist you may like to attend one of the courses for new
catechists due to take place in the autumn.
For more on these courses,
the Centre for Catholic Formation and other events please
Two seminarians were ordained to the
Saturday 28th June
2014 two seminarians were ordained to the
Diaconate by Archbishop Peter Smith at Wornersh
new deacons, who
hope to be ordained to the priesthood next year, are Deacon Gabriel
Dobson OSB, a member of the Worth Abbey Community and Deacon Thomas
Bakulumpagi, a seminarian for our diocese
Saturday, 21st June
2014, Archbishop Peter presided at the Annual Mass in Celebration of
Marriage at Saint George's Cathedral.
Mass is celebrated
each year in St George's Cathedral for couples
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.
After his homily, the Archbishop led the couples in
the renewal of
their marriage vows.
The breakdown of those attending are:
Largest parish contingents:
Kent — Herne Bay with 5 couples
SE — Norbury with 13 couples
SW — Addiscombe with 11 couples
Largest family group: Stewart family from Canterbury, celebrating their
60th anniversary with 13 family members
Longest married: Mr & Mrs Napolitano of Eltham Well Hall, 72
years married, sadly not well enough to attend after all. 3
couples celebrating their 63rd anniversary, the Pezzanis from
Rotherhithe, the Monteiros from Worcester Park and Martins from
This year has been one of the largest attandance:
60th — 28 couples
50th — 64 couples
40th — 49 couples
25th — 72 couples
10th — 63 couples
1st — 25 couples
Total — 304 couples and 428 family members
more photos of this occassion please click to RCSouthwark Flickr page
Annual Diocesan Youth Festival
21st June 2014
was the day of our Annual Diocesan Youth Festival which takes place at
It was a glorious day shared with young people from across the diocese.
explored the theme 'Blessed are the Poor in Spirit' which was given to
young people by Pope Francis as the World Youth Day 2014 theme.
had an input session from CAFOD which looked at the World Cup and in
impact it is having in Brazil then the young people split themselves
into smaller groups for creative workshops like Art, Drama and Music,
sports workshops and more.
We were joined by Fr Paul Mason for a lovely BBQ and Mass in
big thank you to all those to attended and took part, and we look
forward to seeing you all at the next one on the 20th June 2015!
Corpus Christi celebrated at Sacred Heart
Sunday 22nd June
about 500 parishioners of Sacred Heart, Camberwell
joined in a solemn procession with the Blessed sacrament round the
streets of Camberwell to celebrate Corpus Christi.
described the procession as a public act of
witness to our catholic faith. "It was amazing to see people passing
by, blessing themselves at the sight of the Monstrance, also people in
the pubs ran out and with great respect bowed their heads and blessed
themselves with sign of the cross, at the sight of the Monstrance.
Some children also made their First Holy Communion
during the 11 30am
Greenwich and Bexley Deanery
Corpus Christi Procession
Greenwich and Bexley Deaneries gather together for their annual Blessed
Sacrament Procession in the ruins of Lesnes Abbey on Sunday 22nd June
2014 led by Bishop Paul Hendricks.
his homily Bishop
Paul invited all Christians everywhere to a
encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him
encounter them and not be concerned by our divisions.
recently received their first Holy Communion, young
people who had recently been Confirmed and Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion were given special places in the procession.
Lesnes Abbey is situated in the parish of St Benet, Abbey Wood. The
abbey was founded in 1178 by Richard de Lucy, who, in 1170, had been
complicit with Henry II in the murder of St Thomas Becket, the
Archbishop of Canterbury. He built the abbey within the boundaries of
his Manor in reparation and, having assumed the religious habit, ended
his days there and was buried in the Chapter House.
The abbey was a foundation of the Augustinian Canons within the Diocese
of Rochester. It was closed in 1524 by Cardinal Wolsey to raise revenue
to found a college in Oxford, but at Wolsey's fall in 1530 the site
became the property of the King.
collection was taken
up by the Knights of Saint Columba for the
Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice which is situated near
more photos of the procession please see the RCSouthwark Flickr page
of the KSC 5 to 7
year old Nativity painting competition
by Sean Mulligan
Action Network) the social action arm of the
Catholic Church in England and Wales held their Southwark Roadshow on
Saturday 21st June 2014 to explore how we can answer the call of Pope
Francis to be a ‘church for the poor’.
Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Patrick Lynch
joined the roadshow to
celebrate and sharer experiences with other volunteers, parishioners
Thanet Deanery Corpus Christi Procession
Thanet Catholic Deanery's annual Corpus Christi
procession from St
Peter's Church to the Ursuline College Chapel on Sunday 22nd June led
Canon Luke Smith, the Dean
The procession was the culmination of the deanery's "Quarant'
hours Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament) which took place on
consecutive days and nights starting at Our Lady and St Benedict's
church in Birchington, followed by Ss Austin and Gregory, Margate, then
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Broadtstairs, and finally Ss Ethelbert and
Fr Francis Reid celebrates his Golden
Friday, 6th June 2014,
Archbishop Peter Smith presided at Mass to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood and the retirement of
Father Francis Reid. Bishop Paul Hendrick preached.
Francis was joined
for this occassion by Bishop Howard Tripp, many priests, friends and
Day for Permanent Deacons
for Holy Orders
Renewal of Diaconal Commintment
Saturday, 14th June
2014, Archbishop Peter presided at Mass in St George's Cathedral on the
Diocesan Diaconal Day. This is the occasion each year when our
Permanent Deacons renew their commitment to their diaconal
Amgad Gerges (Forest Hill), Roland Gooding (Westerham), Paul
(Beckenham Hill) and Fidelis Iwu (Beckenham Hill) received Candidacy
Cathedral Confirmations at Pentecost
On Pentecost Sunday, 8th June 2014, Archbishop Peter conferred the
Sacrament of Confirmation on young members of the Cathedral parish in
St George's Cathedral.
Canon John O'Toole, Father Philip Smith and Deacon James Sheahan joined
the Archbishop for the celebration.
Fr John O'Callaghan celebrates his Golden Jubilee
On Friday, 13th June 2014, Archbishop Peter Smith presided at
celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of
Father John O'Callaghan and Bishop Pat Lynch preached.
Father John was joined for his jubilee by many priests, friends and
Confirmations in the Thanet Deanery
On Sunday, 15th June 2014
Archbishop Peter Smith conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on young
people of the Thanet Deanery at
St. Ethelbert and St. Gertrude,
Ramsgate and Minster
‘Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord’
750 people - laity, religious, deacons, priests and bishops - attended
three diocesan Evangelization Conferences. Organised by the diocesan
Centre for Catholic Formation, the three conferences were held at
Richard Challoner School in Kingston-upon-Thames (for the South-east
London Area), at St Simon Stock School Maidstone (for the Kent Area),
and at St Matthew Academy Blackheath (for the South-east London Area).
Each Day consisted of a reflection on the recent
Exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ given by the Archbishop, followed by
deanery discussion groups and a plenary session with short talks on
various aspects such as justice and peace issues, the role of our
schools in evangelization, and how to reach out to younger people.
The Day finished with a Mass of Saint Augustine, Secondary Patron of
the diocese and bringer of the Gospel to these shores.
One of the main aims of the Conferences was to encourage
every parish to form an Evangelization Team, to promote and co-ordinate
efforts to spread the Good News.
The days proved
highly successful and inspirational, and parishes and deaneries have
been asked to consider how they follow up on
Pope Francis’ exhortation to evangelize with joy.
photos of the SW Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
photos of the Kent Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
photos of the SE Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
4th - Sunday 6th July 2014
again the Southwark Vocations Office is playing a crucial role in
organising Invocation, the annual vocations festival for England and
Wales. John Withers, the leader of the Vocations Team based in
Whitstable, will be operations manager for the event which is expected
to attract as many as five hundred young people from across the
Festival is a vocations discernment festival for young adults. This
means it is a weekend full of opportunities for them to think more
deeply about who God is calling them to be. This year the focus will be
on Evangelisation and also on Discipleship. Guest speakers will include
Archbishop Rino Fisichella from the Pontifical Council for the New
Evangelisation, and Curtis Martin, founder of the Fellowship of
Catholic University Students (FOCUS). We also look forward to welcoming
Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
people who wish to
attend can download a booking form
from the Invocation website: invocation.org.uk
Duke of Kent visits Pugin's church of
St Augustine, Ramsgate
On Tuesday 27th May 2014,
the Duke of Kent has visited
Pugin’s church of St Augustine in Ramsgate, one of the most important
architectural buildings in the country, to see the plans for an
Education, Research, and Visitor Centre about Augustus Pugin and St
Augustine of England. Most famous for designing much of the Houses of
Parliament, Augustus Pugin made St Augustine’s his personal design and
is buried there in his own chantry chapel. This day was also the feast
of St Augustine of Canterbury and in the week that Ramsgate celebrated
Funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant totalling about £800,000 – for
which match funding of £90,000 is being sought – an Education, Research
and Visitor Centre will be constructed at the site. This will form the
major national centre of Pugin studies and the story of St Augustine.
The Duke was introduced to the Rector, Fr Marcus Holden, by the Lord
Lieutenant of Kent, and then to Fr Paul Mason (Episcopal Vicar for
Kent), Paul Sharrock (Architect), Nigel Warner (Board Member), and
Coverdale (Centre Manager).
His Royal Highness was shown the interior of the church and took
particular interest in Pugin’s tomb (designed in medieval style by
Pugin’s son) and the imposing baptismal font, which formed a
centrepiece of the Great Exhibition in 1851. At the Exhibition, the
Duke’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, returned to see the
font twice. He also signed the Visitors’ Book and was given a present
including books and a DVD about Pugin and St Augustine as well as St
Augustine’s recently-published Annual Report of activities.
Rector of St Augustine’s, Fr Marcus Holden, said, “The Duke was very
interested in the project at St Augustine’s. In fact, he stayed almost
double the expected time, and took particular interest in our plans for
community engagement through being open to the public, and opening an
The Duke was shown a collection of Pugin church plate owned by St
Augustine’s, which is part of the Gothic industrial revolution legacy.
The items will be displayed in the completed Visitor Centre, but are in
active use too. Their significance to Britain’s industrial history will
be explained in the Centre, and formed a lecture in the church by Jamie
Jacobs of Kent University a few days later.
Volunteers at St Augustine’s were given the opportunity to meet the
Duke, and he greeted them individually before he left. One volunteer
said, “It’s tremendous to feel recognised by royalty. I’m so pleased
that he came to see what we’re doing here.”
The Duke concluded his visit and bade farewell at the door of St
For more details of St Augustine, Ramsgate please contact Fr. Marcus
Holden or John Coverdale at email@example.com or by
telephone on 01843 592071
photos of the occasion are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
Clergy Appointments and News
Father Paul Fennessy has been appointed as Parish Priest
of Holy Apostles, Swanley to succeed Father Susaimarinathan Mari
Anantharaj who is returning to India
Father Antony Vijayan of the Diocese of Kottar, India, has been
appointed as Parochial Administrator of the Parish of English Martytrs,
The Diocesan Chancery
Diocesan Chancery has revised and added information to its page on this
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
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