News Archive for October 2017



On the 24th October 2017 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for the many years of ministry of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate.


Eight Jubilarians and their guests joined Archbishop Peter for the celebration of Mass and for lunch in Archbishop's House.


Please keep all our Jubilarians and fellow clergy in your prayers



Diamond Jubilarians
Reverend John O'Connor
Reverend George Webster SSC

Golden Jubilarians
Reverend Michael Adams
Reverend Roger Nesbitt
Reverend David Standley
Reverend Walter Walsh

Ruby Jubilarians
Reverend Raymund Brennan
Reverend Christopher. Keen
Reverend Monsignor Canon Martin Lee
Reverend Hubert Miranda
Reverend Provost Peter Stodart

Silver Jubilarians
Reverend Joy Alappat CMI
Reverend Deacon Dennis Barratt
Reverend Stephen Boyle
Reverend Deacon Patrick Callan
Reverend David Camilleri
Reverend Francis Kemsley O.Carm
Reverend Robert Ogbede cm

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies
(CCRS) Awards 2017

Tutors on the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies, friends and family came to congratulate the most recent group of CCRS graduates at the annual award ceremony at the Centre for Catholic Formation.

Mgr Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, presented the awards to the students who successfully completed the 6 core modules on the Old and New Testaments, Christian Morality, the Church, Sacraments and Jesus Christ plus 2 specialist modules on a variety of themes offered in Southwark.

The CCRS is a nationally recognised qualification and, in Southwark, is run at three locations: CCF, Tooting Bec; the Angelus Centre, Erith and St Margaret Clitherow, Tonbridge. One-year intensive, two-year and 8-term variants are available, though the modular format means students can benefit from great flexibility.

Should you wish to enroll on the CCRS please contact or look at our website for more information.

Our congratulations go to Honourine, Kylie, Halina, Michael, Julie, Wafula, Sr Susana, Alana, Emily, Ann, Maria, Brian and Matthew.

Archbishop Peter Smith visits the
National Shrine of Saint Jude

On Sunday 29th October Archbishop Peter celebrated the 2.30pm Mass, at the Shrine of Saint Jude, Faversham, which was concelebrated by Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Carmelites; Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm., Chaplain at the Shrine; and Fr Francis Kemsley, Prior of Aylesford. Fr Kevin preached

After this special Mass, the Archbishop and Prior Provincial officially opened the small meeting room at the Shrine, and renamed it the Brother Anthony McGreal room.

Brother Anthony McGreal, O.Carm assisted the founder, Father Elias Lynch, O.Carm in establishing the Shrine of Saint Jude and the work of the Carmelite Press. His work with Father Elias created the groundwork for this special place – and the Apostolate continues sixty-two years later. Brother Anthony’s nephew, Father Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm was in attendance for this special Mass and renaming of the room. Fr Wilfrid said a few words about his uncle – a truly great and hard-working man.

Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion at the Cathedral

On Saturday 14th October 2017 Bishop Pat Lynch commissioned 128 people as Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.


Bishop Pat started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry using the Emmaus story


Monsignor Matthew Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament

160206 - EOMOHC Commissioning Day

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 DBS 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


Bishop Pat presided at the Commissioning Mass along with Monsignor Matthew Dickens VG, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.  Bishop Pat also thanked all the new Extraordinary Minsters from their commitment in answering the call to serve


The Ministers came from 34 parishes around the Archdiocese - Abbey Wood - St David, Ashford, Beckenham, Brockley, Bromley, Canterbury, Cathedral, Charlton, Deptford, Erith, Folkestone, Gillingham, Herne Hill, Kennington Park, Mitcham, New Malden, Norbury, Norwood West, Nunhead, Old Coulsdon, Pollard Hill, Purley, Rainham, Rochester, Sutton, Tooting ,Tooting Bec, Tunbridge Wells, Wallington, Walworth, Westerham, Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park, Woolwich and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Chaplaincy


More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan's Flickr page

Wandsworth Deanery Mass for Schools and Colleges

A special Mass for the staff, governors and clergy of the eight Catholic schools and colleges in the Wandsworth Deanery was held at St Thomas a Becket Church on Thursday 5th October