The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark covers the London boroughs south of the Thames,
the County of Kent and the Medway Unitary Authority


Archbishop Peter Smith

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Archbishop Peter Smith
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Blessed Oscar Romero Mass

On Friday 24th March 2017 Bishop Pat Lynch was the principal celebrant at a Mass to mark the memoria of Blessed Oscar Romero

Bishop Lynch was vested in a red chasuble originally made for the beatification ceremony and presented to the Cathedral by the Diocese of San Salvador he will also use the new collect prayer for Blessed Oscar Romero.

The intention at the Mass was for the repose of the soul of Bishop Michael Evans, former bishop of East Anglia, and for nearly 28 years priest of the diocese of Southwark, who had a great admiration and devotion for Oscar Romero, and was a founding trustee of the Archbishop Romero Trust.

The Archdiocese of Southwark is the only diocese of England to be granted Indult for Blessed Oscar Romero

170324 - Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero

Bishop Pat was joined by several priests from the diocese as well as many from the Diocese of East Anglia.

170324 - Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero

170324 - Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero

170324 - Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero
The Romero Cross, in a chapel in the North side of the Cathedral

Further details can found on the Trust's website

On the 11th March the SSE Arena, Wembley, was once again filled with roughly 10,000 young catholics from across Great Britain. In attendance were also young people who had travelled from Gibraltar and Norway!
Around 1200 of the attended from Southwark alongside Bishop Paul Hendricks, so we were very well represented at the event, and with front row seats we had the best view in the house!

Cardinal Bo talked about the changes taking place in Myanmar and how “hope has no expiry date”, but this message of hope continued throughout the day with inspiring words from Sarah Teather from the Jesuit Refugee Service, and Leah and Ryan speaking about their trip to Lebanon with CAFOD.

Matt Redman lead the crowd through moments of joyful praise and quiet reflection with songs such as ‘We are the Free’ and of course, ’10,000 Reasons’ from which the theme of the day took it’s name.

Some amazing highlights from the day included a thought-provoking talk from Mike Pilavachi and a beautiful and challenging reflection from David Wells.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke about the upcoming synod entitled ‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’, details of which are available, and encouraged the young people to complete the survey.
The day finished with a time of prayer, reflection and Adoration; a powerful experience shared with 10,000 other young catholics.

Photos from the day can be found at and videos are expected to be added soon.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Cyril Elkington

who died on 11th March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details
Monday 3rd April at 11:00am
St Joseph's Church Bromley
1 Orchard Road, Bromley, BR1 2PR
020 8402 0459

His body will be received into the church Sunday 2 April at 16:30.
The burial will take place at Mortlake on Monday 3 April at 16:00.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Barry Angus

who died on 11th March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details
Monday 10th April at 12noon
St. Thomas of Canterbury, Canterbury
59 Burgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2HJ
01227 462896

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Michael Gould

who died on 7th March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details
Thursday 30th March at 12.45pm
Sacred Heart Church
Knatchbull Road, Camberwell, SE5 9QS
020 7274 1908

Bishop Pat Lynch will be the principal celebrant of the Mass

Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)
new services in Southwark Diocesen

The Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster) is now providing services for disadvantaged children and families throughout Southwark Diocese.   Archbishop Peter Smith has very much welcomed this development and has taken up the appointment of Vice-President to the Catholic Children’s Society (CCS) to underline his commitment to this new and exciting partnership. 

Southwark Crisis Fund 
CCS has launched a Crisis Fund which provides emergency financial assistance for families facing a crisis.  This fund can be applied to by any Headteacher or Parish Priest who has identified a family that is facing exceptional circumstances and would benefit from one-off financial support.  The application form is short and simple and CCS responds within 24 hours.

It is hoped that this fund will be sustained via local fundraising initiatives.  Every penny of any donations made to CCS by Southwark schools and/or parishes will go directly into the Crisis Fund and will only be spent in Southwark to support local families.  Free teaching resources are provided to support schools with fundraising and these can be downloaded from the CCS website:

Mental Health Services for Schools
CCS delivers a range of mental health services including:
  • Qualified and experienced counsellors and therapists working on-site in schools.
  • Mental health training sessions for school staff, helping to enhance their skills to identify and support pupils with mental health needs.
  • Rainbows Bereavement Support Programme training for schools, enabling key staff to deliver support groups for pupils who have experienced a significant loss in their lives. 
More information on these services can be found at CCS’s ConnectEd website:   

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father David Peter Hutton

who died on 1st March 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details

Tuesday 14th March 2017
5pm Reception of the Body at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hayes
 7.30pm Requiem Mass at Hayes BR2 7BX

Wednesday 15th March
11.30am Solemn Requiem Mass at St Michael & All Angels, Farnborough BR6 8NN
followed by burial in St Mary’s Churchyard, Hayes BR2 7LH
and then finger buffet reception at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hayes BR2 7BX

Concelebrants: Purple vestments
Clergy in Choir: Cotta & purple stole (for Holy Communion)

Family flowers only -
Donations in memory of Fr David are divided between the Bournemouth Oratory-in-Formation and
St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham
Cheques payable to ‘Rosary Church, Hayes’ should sent to The Treasurer at the Hayes Parish

Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion

170304 - Rite of Election

This annual ceremony for those on RCIA courses in the various parishes and chaplaincies took place on Saturday 4th March 2017 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark

170304 - Rite of Election

The Archbishop presided, assisted by Bishop Pat Lynch, Bishop Paul Hendricks and Bishop Paul Mason, along with Monsignor Matthew, the Vicar General and Deacon Peter Littleton


170304 - Rite of Election170304 - Rite of Election.

This year the names of 212 catechumens were read out by Bishop Pat, Bishop Paul and Bishop Paul according to their area during the Rite of Election, and their names were enrolled in the Book of the Elect


177 candidates also had their names read out during the Rite of the Call to Continuing Conversion.  Candidates are those, already Baptised, who are preparing to receive the final sacraments of initiation, Confirmation and Eucharist


Archbishop Peter thanked the Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation, Dr Mark Nash and his staff, the Cathedral Dean, Father Richard Hern and all the Cathedral staff, along with the Diocesan Choir led by Canon Alan McLean and of course the Cathedarl altar servers for making the Rite of Election such a memorable Diocese occasion



170304 - Rite of Election

Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

The majority of Southwark priests are in fulltime parish appointments, but many will also be involved in some Chaplaincy to Catholics and others outside of the parish setting, especially in our Schools. A small number of Diocesan clergy are involved in full time ministry as Chaplains, including to Hospitals and Prisons, ably assisted by clergy and laity.

170217 - Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

One of the less obvious chaplaincy ministries is that of supporting the Armed Forces. Currently one diocesan priest, Fr Philip Smith, is attached full time to the British Army, working with the 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 Rifles) an armoured infantry battalion. As a forces chaplain Fr Philip is on loan to the Catholic Bishopric of the Forces and through them to the Royal Army Chaplains' Department.

170217 - Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

Archbishop Peter was delighted to be able to visit 5Rifles at Bulford Camp, on the edge of Salisbury Plain, on 17th February. Met by Fr Philip at the gate to Ward Barracks Archbishop Peter received a warm and loud welcome from the 5Rifles bugles and the battalion commander Lt. Col. Mark Wilson. The it was very clear from Lt. Col. Mark that Fr Philip, interchangeably called Captain Pip and the Padre, was a valued member of the team. An interesting tour of the barracks followed, during which Archbishop Peter was able to talk with many soldiers and officers, as well as being shown some of the many vehicles that make up the kit of an armoured infantry battalion.

170217 - Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

 ‘Captain Pip’ also was keen to show the Archbishop the two garrison Catholic churches he supports, one in Bulford and the other close by in Tidworth, where he celebrates Sunday Mass for both local and army Catholics.

170217 - Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

Back to barracks, where Archbishop Peter met with Fr Michael Fava who, as there is no bishop, is currently the senior cleric in the Bishopric of the Forces. Fr Michael and Archbishop Peter where entertained for lunch by several of the officers of Ward Barracks. After lunch the officers presented Archbishop Peter with a framed Rifles cap badge, and in return he gave a parchment blessing and a Diocesan medallion.

170217 - Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

Archbishop Peter was delighted to have been able to visit, but also gained a fresh insight into how valued Catholic Forces Chaplains are and the impact they can make.

Pastoral Letter in Prepartion for Lent

Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday 2017, the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time  - Sunday 26th February 2017. the gospel, Jesus speaks ... words of comfort when he tells us not to worry. He uses the word five times in this short gospel to teach us that if we become preoccupied with our worries, even in our personal prayer and during Mass, our hearts and minds become deaf to his word spoken deep in our hearts.

Lent is a season of prayer, fasting and practical concern for those in need.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Michael Clifton

who died on 23rd February 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details:
St. Raphael
Portsmouth Road
Surrey KT1 2NA
020 8541 4999

On Tuesday 28th March at 11.00am
Limited Parking available at the front of TA Centre
(next door but one to the Church)

On Monday 27th March Father Michael’s body will be brought into the church with an extraordinary form Mass at 19.00

His body will then be taken after the funeral to Herne Bay for burial with his family

Father Michael requested purple vestments be worn

Presentation to Canon Martin Lee

After many years of service in the Diocesan Curia, Monsignor Canon Martin Lee ‘retired’ last year from the Finance Office due to poor health. On Wednesday 22nd February Canon Martin joined the Diocesan Council of Priests for prayers and lunch as a sign of appreciation for his dedicated and pastoral service to a not widely noticed ministry.

170222 - Presentation to Canon Martin Lee

Having been appointed to parishes, and also for some years as lecturer at St John’s Seminary, in July 1981 Archbishop Michael Bowen appointed Fr Martin to a part-time role in the Finance Office as well as being Parish Priest in St Winefride’s South Wimbledon in May 1991.

170222 - Presentation to Canon Martin Lee

In 1998 was appointed fulltime to take over the Finance Office as Diocesan Financial Secretary, holding the Diocesan purse strings for the Archbishop

170222 - Presentation to Canon Martin Lee

After over 17 years in this role, and having being made an honorary Canon and granted the status of Honorary Prelate by the Pope, Monsignor Canon Martin handed over the reins to his successor Mr Paul McCallum.

170222 - Presentation to Canon Martin Lee

The Clergy of the diocese contributed to a collection for Canon Martin, and after his words of thanks he received a standing ovation – a sign of the gratitude and affection from his brother priests and the wider diocese.

Retreat at St Boniface - Tooting

A retreat for children and young people was held on 18th February at St Boniface - Tooting conducted by SEHION UK.

It was attended by 263  children and young people.

St Mary’s Catholic High wins
Croydon School of the Year

On the 11th January St Mary’s Catholic High School was presented the Croydon School of the Year Award for 2016, by Mr David Butler the Croydon Schools Standards officer. 

In an address to students Mr Butler explained the award was presented in light of the school’s outreach, as well as the phenomenal academic achievements and changes over the past few years - not least gaining the second highest Progress 8 score in the Croydon area.

Confirmation in Lewisham

Archbishop joined the community of St. Saviour and SS. John Baptist and Evangelist - Lewisham to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 34 young people on Sunday 5th February 2017



Safeguarding Personnel Support Officer
1 year fixed term contract

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably experienced and qualified individual to join the Safeguarding team of the Diocese of Westminster.

The post holder will work closely with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator to drive the organisations strategic and operational priorities in relation to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk, and ensure all areas of the charity’s work are developed, delivered and promoted in line with safeguarding policies, with statutory requirements and with the National Safeguarding policies of the Catholic Church on behalf of the Bishop and Trustees of the Diocese of Westminster

Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers
Holy Communion at the Cathedral

On Saturday 28th January 2017 Bishop Paul Hendricks commissioned 60 people as Extraordinary Ministers Holy Communion


Bishop Paul started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry

170128 - Commissioning of Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

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

170128 - Commissioning of Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

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 Paul presided at the Mass of Commissioning along with Monsignor Matthew Dickens assisted by Deacon Peter Varnes during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.



The Extra Ordinary Ministers came from 20 parishes from around the Archdiocese: Anerley, Bromley, Carshalton Beeches, Dulwich Wood Park, Forest Hill, Greenwich, Hythe, Italian Mission, Kidbrooke, New Malden, Purley, Sidcup, Stockwell, Strood, Surbiton, Sydenham, Sydenham Kirkdale, Thornton Heath, Waddon and Wimbledon South

170128 - Commissioning of Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

170128 - Commissioning of Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

170128 - Commissioning of Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon Charles Walker

who died on 26th January 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details:
Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
Lambeth Road SE1 6HR
020 7928 5256

On Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 12.30pm

Cathedral Mass on BBC Radio 4

2017 Radio 4 broadcast Mass

BBC Radio 4 broadcast Mass on Sunday 22nd January, the weekend during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, live from the Cathedral.
Canon Richard Hearn, the Cathedral Dean presided at the the Mass, and Archbishop Peter gave the homily. Haydn's Little Organ Mass is sung by the Cathedral Choir directed by Norman Harper and accompanied by Frederick Stocken. The broadcast is available to listen to online (until 20th February) at the BBC website - click here for webpage.

PDF copy of Archbishop Peter's homily

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The week of prayer for Christian Unity begins today until 25th January  2017

The material for 2017 was prepared for worldwide use by the churches in Germany based around the verses 2 Corinthians 5:14-20

For further details please click here for the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland's website

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Andrew Fernandes

who died on 24th January 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details:
Our Lady of Reparation
70, Wellesley Road
020 8688 1857

15th February 2017
Body being received at 16.30 – Mass at 18.00

16th February 2017
Funeral Mass at 12.30

Feast of Santo Nino

At the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark on Saturday 14th January 2017 Bishop Pat Lynch celebrated the Feast of Santo Niño de Cebú - The Holy Child of Cebú - which holds a special place in the hearts of the Filipino community.

The celebrations continued in the Amigo Hall

Christmas 2016

I pray that God may bless you all and give you the gifts
of his love, peace and joy this Christmas and throughout 2017.
Archbishop of Southwark

Archbishop Peter joined the Parishioners, visitors and Clergy of St George's Cathedral for Masses on Christmas Night and Christmas morning.

Archbishop Peter delivers the homily
2016 Midight Mass

Cathedral Crib scene
Cathedral Nativity Scene

Deacon Paul Kyne reading the Gospel
Deacon Paul Kyne reading the Gospel

2016 Christmas Morning Mass
2016 Cathedral Christmas Family Mass

Archbishop Peter After Christmas Morning Mass
Archbishop Peter after the Christmas morning Mass

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon John "Jack" Madden

who died on Friday 16th December 2016

May he rest in peace

Reception of the body: 4pm Monday, 2nd January 2017,
Saint Edmund of Canterbury Parish,
20 Village Way, Beckenham, BR3 3NP
followed later by an evening Mass: 7pm,
Monday 2nd January

Funeral Mass: 11.30am Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Saint Edmund of Canterbury Parish,
20 Village Way, Beckenham, BR3 3NP

Diaconal Ordinations at Wonersh

161217 - Wonersh Diaconal Ordinations

Archbishop Peter Smith ordained four students of St John Seminary, Wonersh to the Sacred Order of Deacon on Saturday 17th December 2016.  The first ordination since Canon Brian Coyle was appointed as Rector.

161217 - Wonersh Diaconal Ordinations

The new deacons are Paul Kyne and Peter Littleton for the diocese of Southwark and Robert Stewart and Ansel D’Mello for the diocese of Portsmouth

161217 - Wonersh Diaconal Ordinations

They will continue formation at Wonersh and hope to be ordained to the Priesthood later in the year

Southwark Catholic Schools Music Festival

On Thursday 15th December at Sacred Heart Church Camberwell, 8 Catholic schools, both primary and secondary featured at the 3rd Southwark Schools Music Festival. Teachers, staff, parents and parishioners of Sacred Heart Church joined the schools, in preparation for Christmas.

161214 - Southwark Catholic Schools Music Festival

Bishop Patrick Lynch gave the closing remarks and emphasised the importance of this joyful season. He said "the world celebrates the coming of the  true light into our world, the birth of Jesus brought light to our darkened world and we rejoice always at his birth."

161214 - Southwark Catholic Schools Music Festival

Fr Victor Darlington thanked all the schools for all the hard work that had gone into the preparations.  He explained that this yearly gathering was held "to prepare us for Christmas and to create a platform for our Catholic Schools to interact and promote our Catholic ethos."

161214 - Southwark Catholic Schools Music Festival

The schools present were:
St Joseph's RC Infant School - Camberwell, St. Francis' RC Primary School - Peckham, St. Joseph's RC Junior School -  Camberwell,  St. Joseph's RC Primary School - Rotherhithe,  St Thomas the Apostle College - Nunhead, Sacred Heart RC School - Camberwell, Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School - Upper Norwood, and St Michael's Catholic College -  Bermondsey

Cathedral Carol Service

Logo of St George's Cathedral Southwark
Parishioners and visitors joined together for the Cathedral Carol Service Thursday 15 December
at St George's Cathedral, Southwark,
The combined Cathedral Choirs sang
traditional and modern settings of carols,
and the congregation joined in singing well-loved favourite Christmas hymns.
This was followed by seasonal refreshments in the Amigo Hall.

Centre for Catholic Formation

On Tuesday 12 December, the team from the Centre for Catholic Formation spent their termly prayer day at Tyburn convent near Marble Arch. Since 1903, the enclosed, religious community at Tyburn have kept watch before the Blessed Sacrament in perpetual adoration, praying for the intentions of England’s Catholics and for those who have been and who continue to be persecuted for their faith.

Their work at the catechetical centre, so often means that they are planning ahead, an eye on Lent though Advent’s not yet ended, a look to the next academic year though December is yet to finish. The visit to Tyburn provided a much-needed moment of pause and, importantly, an historical and eschatological perspective for their work.

The convent’s crypt houses the relics of many the saints and martyrs who were killed for their faith between 1535 and 1681; their stories were told with such verve and enthusiasm by their guide Sister Thomasina.

They were also told of the tradition where young families brought their children to Tyburn so that their first steps were taken in the footsteps of the martyrs. The stained-glass panels illustrated some of the acts of mercy that the saints had undertaken in their lives; a task we, following in their stead, are called to continue today.

The team also took the opportunity to see visit and pray at the shrine of Marie-Adele Garnier, the foundress of the Benedictine Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre, whose cause for canonisation opened earlier this month.

Prayer, in the middle of a traffic island, at the site of the infamous ‘Tyburn Tree’ gallows, concluded a poignant and renewing time together.

Daily tours take place at 10.30am, 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

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London United

On the 7th December 2016 Archbishop Peter Smith, Bishop Paul Hendricks and Monsignor Matthew Dickens joined London’s Church Leaders to launch a new campaign in response to the ongoing refugee crisis, and following continued reports of intolerance and heightened tension in the wake of the EU Referendum.

#LondonUnited encourages churches representing the capital’s different Christian dominations to showcase their community work, particularly in response to the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and destitute migrants.

Throughout the run-up to Christmas, churches will be sharing their stories of community cohesion in London, using the hashtag #LondonUnited on social media.

New Parish Priest at St John Fisher Merton

On Wednesday 7th December 2016 Bishop Paul Hendricks inducted Father David Gummett as the new Parish Priest at St John Fisher New Merton. He was joined by fellow clergy from the diocese along with the Mayor of Merton and other Christian clergy from the local area.

Fr David signing the profession of faith

Mary Farrell with some of the school choir

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Braz Menezes

who died on Monday 5th December 2016

May he rest in peace

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Eamonn Whelan 

who died on Saturday 3rd December 2016

May he rest in peace

Reception of the body:
5pm 20th December, St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Deal

Funeral Mass:
12noon 21st December, St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Deal

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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