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World Day for Migrants and Refugees 

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Sunday, 19th January 2014, was the World Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees. It was also the Feast of Santo Niño de Cebú - The Holy Child of Cebú - which holds a special place in the hearts of the Filipino community. Bishop Patrick  joined their celebration of the feast at a Mass in Saint George's Cathedral at 3:00 pm.

Photo: K Endozo

He prayed with them for families and especially children who have been affected by typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines with devastating consequences just two months ago. 

Plea for British and EU governments
to receive Syrian Refugees

In his homily, Bishop Patrick also made this appeal:

'I appeal especially to Her Majesty’s Government who have responded financially to the plight of the two million refugees from the civil war in Syria to renew it’s efforts to bring about a peaceful solution in Syria but also in conjunction with other European Governments to find a way in which countries within the E.U. can receive at least some of these refugees.'

We continue to pray for those in the Philippines who are faced with rebuilding their lives and their homes, for peace in Syria - Sunday is also the World Day of Prayer for Peace, and for all migrants and refugees.

Full text of Bishop Patrick's homily at the Mass with the Filipino community on the Feast or Santo Niño at St George's Cathedral  (.pdf available) 

News release on the CCEW web site 

Pope Francis' message for Migration Day





Latin American Pilgrimage to Aylesford


Saturday, 2nd May 2009















Filipino communities gather to honour Santo Niño


Church of the Holy Redeemer
Sunday, 18th January 2009


















Inauguration of new Ghanaian Chaplain



Father Joseph Akono was inaugurated as Chaplain to the Ghanaian Community at Mass on All Saints' Day, 2nd November 2008, at the Sacred Heart Church, Camberwell. The Principal Concelebrant was Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster, who is responsible nationally for Ethnic Chaplains. Father Joseph in his few words spoke of the great hope he has for the Chaplaincy. He is the second chaplain and replaces Fr James Enin who now works in America. Sent by the Bishops’ Conference of Ghana, Father Joseph brought greetings from Cardinal Turkson and the other bishops whom Bishop Patrick Lynch and Canon James Cronin  met last year on their visit to Ghana.

We wish Father Joseph many happy years in London.


Ecuadorian Community celebrates
the Feast of Nuestra Senora del Cisne

Bishop Patrick joined the Ecuadorian community
on Sunday, 17th August 2008
at the Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Nunhead
for a procession, Mass and celebration
of the Feast of Nuestra Senora del Cisne

Community celebrates the Feast of the Divine Holy Spirit


On Pentecost Sunday, 11th May 2008,
Father Giandomenico of the Italian Mission in Brixton,
that also cares for the local Portuguese community,
followed a Madeiran tradition and blessed bread
and flags of the Holy Spirit for each family.


Father Giandomenico blesses the bread and flags of the Holy Spirit


The 'festeiros' who helped Father Giandomenico to visit and bless the families



Tamil Chaplaincy signs agreement with London dioceses


Bishop Alan Hopes, Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, and Canon James Cronin
were among those present at the signing of a declaration between the three London Dioceses
 and the Tamil Chaplaincy of a memorandum of understanding.
The Tamil Chaplaincy lead by Fr Eugene Francis has become the first Ethnic Chaplaincy
to sign up to the new agreement which governs the Chaplaincy and works
across the dioceses of Southwark, Brentwood and Westminster.

The memorandum details the arrangements for the structure of the Chaplaincy,
 the maintenance of the Chaplain and the election and governance of lay associations.
The document has been a long time in preparation and the Tamil Community
were thanked for their enthusiasm and patience whilst this new memorandum was prepared. .

Prayers were offered at the meeting for peace in Sri Lanka.



Europe's Filipino Chaplains meet in Dublin



The 7th Regional Meeting for Filipinos in Europe took place in Dublin 27th - 31st August 2007.
Sister Amanda, Father Jesus Dieto and Father Cirinio, Filipino chaplains working in the Southwark diocese, attended with Canon James Cronin.

The theme of the Conference was "Filipinos and their families, contributors to the European Church and Society". The words of Pope John Paul II to many Filipinos were often repeated: that migrants in Europe "are called to be the new and youthful witness of that very faith which your country received from Europe so many generations ago".

The participating chaplains reported on the situation of many Filipino migrants and spoke of their concerns for them and their children in Europe. They noted that Filipino migrants have injected a freshness and vitality into many parishes.










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