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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Congratulations to our Jubilarians

180522 - Jubilarians Lunch

On the 22nd May 2018 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

180522 - Jubilarians Lunch

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

180522 - Jubilarians Lunch

Please keep all our Jubilarians and fellow clergy in your prayers

Diamond Jubilarians
Reverend Canon Colm Acton
Most Reverend Michael Bowen
Reverend John Hartley
Reverend Canon Francis Mooney
Reverend Patrick Murtagh

Golden Jubilarians
Reverend Canon David Caine
Reverend Patrick Cannon
Reverend Monsignor Edward Hill
Reverend James Hurley
Reverend Canon Thomas McHugh

Ruby Jubilarians
Reverend Monsignor Canon James Cronin
Reverend Michael Jones
Reverend William Keogh
Reverend Luke Marappillil
Reverend Canon Alan McLean
Reverend Canon John O'Toole
Reverend Canon Edward Perera

Silver Jubilarians
Reverend Deacon John Boughton
The Reverend Patrick Feyisetan
Reverend Deacon James Hayes
Reverend Deacon James Sheahan
The Reverend Julian Shurgold
The Reverend Patrick Udotai
Reverend Deacon Gerald Watkins

Blessing of the new roof in Woolwich

In 1841 Father Coles opened a subscription list in order to raise funds to build the new church in Woolwich; the Church was designed by Augustus Pugin, and built on land donated by the government of the day

180518 - Woolwich Blessing of Roof

On 26 October 1842 the foundation stone was laid by Dr Griffiths, Bishop of the London District. Exactly a year later the new church was opened by the retired Bishop Dr Morris (formerly Bishop in Mauritius). The planned tower was never built, although Canon Monk had a special fund for it as late as 1950

180518 - Woolwich Blessing of Roof

With the construction bill finally paid, the first anniversary of the dedication of the church was solemnly celebrated on 27 October 1844. The Masses were well attended by 4,000 Catholics in Woolwich, with the Catholic solders from Woolwich barracks marching down for the 9:30 Mass.
Nothing lasts forever, over the last 20 plus years the roof had been leaking causing damage to the fabric of the building, and repairs costs mounted up.  The inner cladding of the roof started to fall down and netting had to be put up in the church to protect the congregation.  Father Michael Branch made the decision a new roof was needed and fund raising began.


The cost was enormous because of the size of the building and the fact it is a grade 2 listed building, lottery funding was sought and a £200,000 grant was awarded.  Specialist builders were approached and PAYE was awarded the contract to replace or repair the time damaged stonework and the roof with the work taking almost a year.

180518 - Woolwich Blessing of Roof

On Friday 18th May Archbishop Peter Smith came to Woolwich to bless the new roof during a Mass and it is hoped that with Archbishop Peter’s blessing and God’s help the beautiful church will stay dry for another 175 years

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Click here for more history of St. Peter the Apostle - Woolwich

A Service of Thanksgiving

180518 - Thanksgiving Service for donated bodies for medical research

On Friday 18th May 2018 The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George hosted a service of thanksgiving for those who have donated their bodies for medical education, training and research

180518 - Thanksgiving Service for donated bodies for medical research

This was the first time this annual event had been held in the Cathedral and was dedicated to all those who donated their bodies during the past year and who have thus contributed, even after death, to the benefit of future generation.

180518 - Thanksgiving Service for donated bodies for medical research

180518 - Thanksgiving Service for donated bodies for medical research

This generous act was acknowledged by the staff and students at Brighton + Sussex Medical School, Imperial College London, King's College London, Queen Mary University of London, St George's University of London and University College London

180518 - Thanksgiving Service for donated bodies for medical research

Music was provided by the Conductor and Choir of King's College London accompanied by the Director of Music of the Cathedral, Mr Norman Haper.
The Ushers were from Brighton and Sussex Medical School

180518 - Thanksgiving Service for donated bodies for medical research

The final blessing was given by Canon Richard Hearn - Dean of the Cathedral

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committees launched for Southwark

Two groups of lay people, sent as delegates by parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Southwark, have been in formation and training during the past three months as part of the development of Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committees during this year of the National Eucharistic Congress.

These were organised and conducted by Brendan Cleary of the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration at the invitation of Archbishop Peter Smith, with the support of the bishops and priests of the Diocese.

The two Diocesan Committees were comissioned at Masses offered by Bishop Patrick Lynch at St Anselm's, Tooting Bec, for London South, and by Bishop Paul Mason at The Hermitage, West Malling, for the Kent Pastoral Area on Saturday 5th May 2018.

These Adoration Committees are equipped and trained to set up a system of viable weekly Adoration in parishes of the Archdiocese, subject to the invitation of parish priests.  Where a previous system of Adoration exists in a parish, the task undertaken will be strengthen and expand it.

A substantial numbers of parishes of the Archdiocese have promptly requested a future weekend presentation, or renewal, from one of the diocesan teams, at a date to be agreed.  It is expected that there will be a great uptake from still more parishes in the weeks ahead and contact teams are now available to respond to parishes at they make contact.

Application forms are available to parishes through their bishop's office:

Kent Adoration
The Secretary, The Hermitage, More Park, West Malling, Kent ME19 6HN

South West Adoration
Send to: 95 Carshalton Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4LL

South East Adoration
Send to: Park House, 6a Creswelll Park, Blackheath, London SE3 9RD

Mass for new Catholics

On Saturday 12th May 2018 at 11 am the Mass for new Catholics took place at St George's Cathedral.  A congregation of those who entered the Church over the Easter period gathered to celebrate their Faith.


Readings were given by Dr Mark Nash and Pierpaolo Finaldi of the Centre for Catholic Formation and Archbishop Peter Smith gave the homily in which he offered the newly baptised and confirmed these words:

'We can never predict what we will meet on our journey
of faith, but we believe that throughout our journey the
Holy Spirit is with us at every moment, leading us and
guiding us, often in hidden ways. As we heard in the
reading from the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit
empowered St. Paul to remain faithful despite his
looming martyrdom in Rome'.

The Archbishop went on to say that through the gift of the Holy Spirit, whose coming we will shortly celebrate at the Feast of Pentecost (Sunday 20th May) we may deepen our faith, awaken our strengths and ask for the inspiration to produce spiritual fruit that will last.       

10th Anniversary Service for Jimmy Mizen

A full St George's Cathedral was host to a Memorial Service for Jimmy  Mizen, who lost his life 10 years ago following an altercation.

The Jimmy Mizen Foundation has been set up with the intention of building a legacy of peace in Jimmy's honour, and as Cardinal Vincent Nicholas, who is their Patron, has said

'Building a legacy of peace is a fine project. Yet like all grand projects it is made up of many small steps, many small bricks.  
A legacy is something lasting. It is, therefore, more than a
vision or intention.  It is a construction, something put
together so that it lasts.

During the service powerful words were offered by friends about the legacy, in particular about the three Good Hope Cafes that have been established with the intention of creating safe spaces for young people to grow up in.

Margaret, Barry and Danny Mizen reflected on the ten-year journey since Jimmy's death and spoke positively about plans for the next 10 years. The couple appealed for young people and communities to come together to stop violence, particularly in London.  

Archbishop Peter Smith spoke of the need to assure young people that they are valuable and precious in God's eyes and encouraged alll gathered to think of how we can show each other love, forgiveness and compassion.                                           

During the service, which was accompanied by music led by Canon Alan McLean, ten large candles were lit to represent each anniversary year.

After the service the congregation enoyed talking in the sunshine on the Cathedral forecourt, having been encouraged to meet the challenges facing us all in the pursuit of peace.

Abp Peter Smith talks to Sadiq Khan & a pupil from Notre Dame School whilst the Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Richard Hearn, talks to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick.

More photographs of this event are available our Flickr page

The Director of Education

I am pleased to announce the appointment of our new Diocesan Director of Education.  Following the recruitment process over the last few months, Dr Simon Hughes has been appointed as successor to Dr Anne Bamford.  We are expecting him to take up his post in late July.

Simon has many years of experience in Catholic education, having taught in Catholic primary and secondary schools.  More recently he has had great experience of working in higher education, leadership development and as an Ofsted Inspector.  You can find more details of his history and experience in the brief biography attached.

I would also take this opportunity to thank Stephen Bryan for his dedication and energy over the last year in his role as Interim Director.  I am most grateful to him and to all education staff for their hard work and dedication, particularly whilst awaiting the appointment of a new Director.
+Peter Smith
Archbishop of Southwark

Dr Simon Hughes' Biography

Annual Migrants' Mass 2018

DSC02729 On Monday 7th May 2018, the Dioceses of Southwark, Brentwood and Westminster, through their respective Justice and Peace Comissions, held a Mass at St George's Cathedral for all migrants and refugees. The Mass was preceeded at 10.45am by a colourful banner procession. Archbishop Peter Smith was the Principal Celebrant. He was joined by Archeparch Menghesteab Tesfamariam of Asmara, Erirea, Bishop Alan Williams of Brentwood, Bishop Paul McAleenan Auxiliary bishop in Westminster, Bishop Pat Lynch Auxilary bishop of Southwark, several priests and deacons, and almost 750 people in the congragation.

During the Mass a specially formed choir led the congregation in singing worship songs from around the world. At the beginning of the Mass Sean Ryan MBE of Caritas Salford spoke introducing Samara a recent refuge that Caritas is supporting. Just befor the Mass concluded Ansel Wong of the Windrush Foundation addressed the congregation.

Prayers at the Shrine of St Frances-Xavier CabriniBefore and after Mass many people visited the Shrine of St Frances-Xavier Cabrini. She spent much of her life bringing the Gospel to European migrants seeking a better life in America and founded schools orphanges, hospitals and social centres on an international basis.  She died in Chicago in 1917, was canonised in 1946 and made the Universal Patroness of Migrants in 1950 by Pope Pius XII.
For more photos visit our Flickr Page

Bishop Paul Hendick visits The Friars - Aylesford

On Saturday 5th May 2018 Bishop Paul presided at the Mass for the pilgrimage for the Legion of Mary to the Friars in Aylesford

This was the first time the new blue vestments were used by the community and visiting clergy

Greenwich Deanery Clergy celebrate
Fr Jim Kirby’s ministry

The Greenwich Deanery Clergy gathered on Sunday 29th April 2018 in fraternity and thanksgiving for the ministry of Fr Jim Kirby on the occasion of his retirement. Bishop Patrick presented Fr Jim with a cheque of £1000 from the Greenwich Deanery.

180429 - Fr Jim Kirby Retirement

Tributes to Fr Jim followed by Bishop Patrick Lynch and the Dean of Greenwich, Fr Richard Plunkett. Both highlighted Fr Jim’s holiness and outstanding priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Southwark, especially as Parish Priest of St Joseph’s, Shooters Hill

180429 - Fr Jim Kirby Retirement

Fr Jim will enjoy his well earned retirement in his beloved Ireland. His successor Fr Seba, former chaplain to the Tamil Community in the UK, was among the gathered clergy.

Archbishop Peter at the Friars - Aylesford

180428 - +Peter visit to Aylesford

On Sunday 29th April Archbishop Peter joined the community at the Friars to celebrate Mass

180428 - +Peter visit to Aylesford

Rosary on the Coast

 Archbishop Peter Smith has endorsed Rosary on the Coast, which at the time of writing has 321 locations around the UK coast and inland participating in a service at 3 pm on Sunday 29th April 2018.  The aim is to encourage a re-flourishing of faith, respect for life and peace in the British Isles.  It follows successful similar events in both Poland and Ireland.

Archbishop Peter said of the event:

“Rosary on the Coast encourages us to join with others
in deep meditation on the mysteries of the Incarnation
as seen through the eyes of Our Blessed Lady reminding
us to look, as she does, with eyes of love on all creation
in its diversity and richness, remembering that we are all
equally held in Our Father’s love.  All the stages of life
from birth to death are gifts of His Grace, to be cherished
and enjoyed.

O Holy Mother of God pray for us sinners, now and at the
hour of our death.”

For those that wish to attend a service there is an interactive map of locations taking part, including many in and around Southwark Dioces. For this informatiion and more details about Rosary on the Coast, Click here.

St George's Cathedral

 On Monday 23rd April St  George's Cathedral  honoured its Patronal Feast  Day and celebrated the  Solemnity of St George.  Friends and Parishioners  joined the Archbishop,  Chapter Canons and  Cathedral Clergy for Mass in  the evening. A relic of St  George was placed in St  George's Chapel and this  was venerated with  reverence by both clergy and laity directly after the Mass. A lively and enjoyable reception followed afterwards in Amigo Hall.

The following morning the Good Samaritan Mass took place, at which Archbishop Peter thanked those assembled for raising money during the year for the Crisis Fund, which is administered by the Catholic Children's Society in Westminster. He explained that the fund exists to help families in need and that supporting those in need enables us to eminently fulfill the second Great Commandment to 'love your neighbour as yourself'. The Archbishop elucidated that the parable of The Good Samaritan offers a perfect example of a person who takes care of someone he does not know, but to whom he is compelled to offer help through compassion

The Good Samaritan: (Luke 10.25-37)

More photos can be viewed online of these and other events.  Click here.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Michael Murphy

who died on Wednesday 11th April 2018

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements

Funeral Mass

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 12.30pm

St George's Cathedral
Lambeth Road
020 7928 5256

Vocations Sunday: 22 April 2018

Sunday 22nd April is the World Day of Vocations.  A vocation to the priesthood, diaconate or relgious life is one of listening and careful discernment. The calling may come suddenly in a moment of great clarity and certainty but more often that not develops gradually over a period of time. As the Pope explains in his Vocations Day Message for 2018:

'The Lord continues to call others to live with him and to follow him in a relationship of particular closeness. He continues to call others to serve him directly. If he lets us realize that he is calling us to consecrate ourselves totally to his kingdom, then we should have no fear! It is beautiful – and a great grace – to be completely and forever consecrated to God and the service of our brothers and sisters.'

If you feel you may have a calling to priesthood, diaconate or relgious life and would like to discuss or explore the matter, please talk to your priest in the first instance.  Alternatively, please speak to a member of the Vocations Team through Fr John Diver, Diocesan Director of Vocations, on 020 8300 2480, e-mail:

We ask all Southwark parishioners to pray for vocations and for those discerning their vocation throughout the year, but especially this weekend.

Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, you made each of us
to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.

We ask that You inspire people
who you calll to priesthood and consecrated life
to courageously follow Your will.

Send workers into Your great harvest
so that the Gospel is preached,
the poor are served with love,
the suffering are comforted,
and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Social Justice and the Common Good

On Saturday 21st April 2018, as part of their Annual Study Day, the RC Southwark Commission for Christian Unity will hold a joint event with the Justice, Peace and Ingregrity of Creation Department of Southwark Anglican Diocese. The theme will be 'Social Justice and the Common Good' and will focus on issues that affect us all, in particular, homelessness, peace and the environment.

There will be a range of speakers from Pax Chriisti, CSAN, Housing Justice and Cafod Southwark, amongst others. Bishop Paul Hendricks will also attend the day and give the closing speech.

All are very welcome at St Hugh's Anglican Church on Crosby Row SE1 between 10 am - 3 pm for a thought provoking and rewarding day of talks and discussion. To book please email: 

Sharing in His Life: CCF Lecture Series

On Thursday 19th April at 7 pm in Amigo Hall, Mark Nash, the Director of Southwark's CCF (Centre for Catholic Formation) will be holding a talk entitled 'Eucharist and the Mission of the Church'.  

This is the second in a series of five lectures called 'Sharing in his Life', which centres around the Eucharist.  

As we prepare for Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Congress which will take place in Liverpool this September, these lectures are an opportunity to learn more about this key aspect of our Faith. The lectures will also be a helpful aid to all parish delegates that have been asked to attend the Congress, with a view to rolling out the fruits of Adoremus in their own parish, schools and wider community.

For further information on the series visit the CCF website.

Find out how to get to St George's Cathedral and Amigo Hall


Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Visits Woolwich

Father Michael Branch, parish priest of St Peter's the Apostle, Woolwich, and the South East Area Bishop Pat Lynch, were delighted to welcome the Duke of Gloucester last Wednesday, 11th April. 
The Duke's visit marked the completion of work to replace 175-year-old roofslates and tons of weathered stonework on this historic church, the oldest of three London Catholic churches designed by Augustus Pugin. 

Members of the parish heritage group led the Duke on a tour of the church interior, including a newly-formed exhibition.  As a former architect himself, the Duke also took a close interest in photographs of the church refurbishment work, discussing these with the architect and the representative of the main contractor. 

All wearing hard hats, the party went on to the upper hall of Pugin Place, the adjacent community centre, originally designed in 1858 as the parish school by Edward Pugin, eldest son of Augustus.  His splendid hammer-beam roof was admired in spite of the risk from the fragile 160-year-old plaster between the rafters. 

The Duke wished the parish well in their efforts to raise funds for the refurbishment of this hall, to restore it for community use.
Afterwards Fr Michael said “It was great to have the importance of our parish history and heritage recognised by this royal visit.  The Duke also gave a wonderful morale boost for our efforts to bring Pugin Place back into full community use”.

Be a Voice for Migrants

On Monday 7th May 2018, St George's Cathedral, Southwark, will host a Mass for Migrants at 11 am with a preceding Banner Procession from 10.45 am. This is a lively and colouful service which jointly celebrates the diversity of Westminster, Brentwood and Southwark Dioceses. Archbishop Peter Smith will be Principal Celebrant this year.

The first music rehearsal for the Mass  will take place on Saturday 14th April from 2 pm - 5 pm in Amigo Hall, Lambeth Road SE1.

If you enjoy singing and would like to lend your voice to this special service please contact the Music Co-ordinator for the Mass, Frances Novillo: Email: or Tel: 07714 204 201.

You do not need to be able to read music but we would be grateful if you could let Frances know in advance if you plan to attend the rehearsal.

For further information please follow this link:

Adoremus Talk

On Thursday 12 April 2018 the eminent New Testament scholar and acclaimed author, Fr Nicholas King SJ, will give a talk in preparation for Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Congress that will take place in Liverpool this September.

The theme of the talk will be 'Scripture and Eucharist - Get a Life!'  It will
take place at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre at
Sacred Heart RC Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19. All are very welcome.
For more details on Adoremus click here

Apostolic Exhortation: Gaudete et Exsultate

On the Feast on the Annunciation of the Lord, when we are called upon to 'become partakers of His divine nature', Pope Francis has promulgated a new Apostolic Exhortation concerned with the call to holiness entitled Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad).  

As Pope Francis explains 'Holiness is as diverse as humanity; the Lord has in mind a particular path for each believer, not just the clergy, the consecrated, or those who live a contemplative life. We are all called to holiness, whatever our role, by living our lives with love and bearing witness, and in the everyday turning to God.'... Holiness keeps you faithful to your deepest self, free from every form of enslavement, and bearing fruit for our world.  

To watch a short video explaining the nature of the Exhortation folllow this link

Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign in Nigeria

We have received a wonderful update from the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Archdiocese of Benin, Nigeria.  

They report that 7,864 adults and young people in parishes, schools and a variety of outstations in the Archdiocese of Benin have attended their presentations about the dangers of human trafficking in the past two months alone.

This welcome news has been made possible as a result of the generosity of Southwark Parishioners, CBCEW Santa Marta Group and a number of private donors in our Diocese who have helped to raise £45,000 in order to increase awareness of Human Trafficking, which Pope Francis has described as 'an open wound on the body of contemporary society'.

Thank you to all who have supported the Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign in Nigeria, thereby helping to stem this cruel cycle of exploitation.  If you would like to find out more visit:

The Manna Centre

 On the morning of Thursday 5th April,  Monsignor Matthew Dickens, the Vicar  General of the Archdiocese of Southwark,  paid a visit to the Manna Centre at its newly  refurbished premises in Melior Street. The  Manna Society has run the Centre since  1982, supporting homeless people in the  heart of London. It was founded by  Nannette Ffrench who saw the plight of the homeless people in and around London SE1 and wanted to do something to help them.  Following a discussion with Bishop Henderson, one of the Auxilliary Bishops of Southwark at the time, a property was found and a building at 6 Melior Street, SE1, was given freely by the Diocese.

The Manna Day Centre is now based at 12 Melior Street, London SE1 3QP and is open from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm, seven days a week, 51 weeks a year.

Today the Centre continues to help between 120 - 150 homeless and disadvantaged people every day by providing breakfast and lunch, meals, showers, clothing, housing, welfare advice, medical care and access to computers.  About 50 % sleep rough, 25% are in socially rented accommodation and the remaining 25% are in a hostel or stay with friends. What they all share in common is poverty and often loneliness.

The Centre is always looking for support. From a financial point of view, assistance is needed to help defray costs, whilst clothing needs to be passed on to those who come to the Centre.  Volunteers are also required to help the Centre carry out its work.  

Further details can be read here about the work of the Manna Centre can be read here and you are warmly invited to visit the their website:

Easter Services

We wish you and your family a blessed Easter.  We have travellled together from Palm Sunday to the Crucifixion and now have the joy of experiencing the Resurrection.  As Pope St John Paul II once said 'We are the Easter People and Hallelujah is our song'.

We are pleased to share a smalll number of photographs from Holy Week at St George's Cathedral, but more can be found by visiting our Flickr page.

Why not share photos of your own parish church at Easter on Twitter?  If you worship in Southwark, mention your church's name and area on the tweet and include @RC_Southwark in the text. Please ask the permission of your parish priest in the first instance.  Thank you!

Archbishop Peter and Canon Richard Hearn (Cathedral Dean)

A resplendent Cathedral on Easter Day

The Paschal Candle is lit and Exultet is sung at the Easter Vigil

St George's Cathedral Choir beautifully enhanced the Easter Liturgies

A full Cathedral, including a number of the Elect who came into the Church at the Easter Vigil

The Sub-Dean, Fr Ola Craig, and Cathedral Parishioners read the
Passion on Good Friday

Archbishop Peter Smith at the washing of feet on Maundy Thursday

Clergy process to the Sanctuary at the start of the Chrism Mass
Photo: M. Mazur

Archbishop Peter Smith blesses the Eucharistic gifts.  The three oils which are blessed and consecrated at the Chrism Mass stand before the altar. Photo: M. Mazur

The Archbishop gives the Homily on Palm Sunday, with Palms and the beautiful Crucifixion window in the background.  

Chrism Mass & Holy Week Services

Thank you to all who attended the Chrism Mass at St George's Cathedral on 28 March. Despite the initial inclement weather, both priests and laity kindly filled the Cathedral both physically and spiritually. The Chrism Mass is a solemn occasion but today was also full of joy and roof-raising singing!  A few related videos will appear on the RC Southwark You Tube account in the near future so please keep your eyes on our Twitter feed for announcements (link below the left hand picture of Archbishop Peter Smith). You can also view a record of the day's events on our Flickr page.

 If you would like to attend a Holy Week  Service but are not sure where your local  Catholic Church is located, please visit this link  to see the full list of parishes throughout  Southwark, or visit the Parishes list on the  right hand side of this page. Each church will  offer details on their website or have a  phone line on which services are listed.

Director of Education

Competitive salary and benefits
Full-time, permanent

The Edcuation Commission is currently looking to recruit a new Director of Education.
The Director of Education’s role is to promote and manage the educational work of the Archdiocese by providing effective leadership and direction to the Education Commission in the development and implementation of a strategy and on-going management of the team, which delivers on the Archbishop’s core principles of Catholic education. 
The core requirement for the role is experience of education resources and curriculum management within a comparable organisation, local authority, school or further education setting. It is also essential that the post-holder is able to bring a credible level of understanding of the beliefs and traditions that underpin the work of the Catholic Church in the UK and that inform the development of Catholic education in schools.
It will also be important to be able to see the bigger picture and bring an understanding of the accountabilities and pastoral role of the Diocese in the lives of the people and communities it serves beyond its schools.
This is a senior role within the Archdiocese and as such is expected to work collaboratively with all other senior managers within the Archdiocese to meet the requirements of the Trustees.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (No. 1173050) and is run by a Board of Trustees led by the Archbishop, who are responsible for determining the strategic direction of the Diocese. 

Application is by way CV and a Supporting Statement.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact:

Simon Lloyd, Director, on 07961 988 523 or email 

Closing date: Tuesday 3rd April
Interview dates (TBC): Tuesday 10th April and Monday 23rd April

Director of Music

St George's Cathedral

The post of Director of Music at St George's Cathedral will fall vacant in January 2019 on the retirement of Norman Harper.  A highly qualified and experienced musician is sought to take charge of an active and successful Music Department.

Please click here for a Job Description
Enquiries and applications to

Closing date: Monday 7 May 2018.  Interviews from 21 May 2018.

Mass of Chrism

Holy Week 2018 begins on Sunday 25th March with the celebration of Palm Sunday. The annual diocesan gathering for the Chrism Mass will be on Wednesday 28th March, at St George's Cathedral, Southwark. The Clergy procession starts at approximately 11.15am, and the Mass begins at 11.30am.

It is during this Mass that the Archbishop will bless the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens, and consecrate the Sacred Chrism. After Mass these Oils are taken back to all the parishes in the diocese for use during the coming year.
The Roman Missal describes this Mass, which the Archbishop concelebrates with his presbyterate as "...a manifestation of the Priests' communion with their Bishop" and so well-nigh 200 clergy will join this celebration, together with people from all over the Diocese.  
This public Mass is open to all and is usually very well attended, so seating may be limited.

Oscar Romero Feast Day

Pope Francis has recently approved a decree recognising a miracle which has been attributed to Blessed Oscar Romero. This has opened the door for the Salvadorian Martyr to be canonised.

Please join us for the forthcoming Mass at 12.30 pm on Saturday 24th March in Saint George's Cathedral, Southwark.

Archbishop Peter Smith will be the principle celebrant and Bishop John Rawsthorne will be preaching.
This event also offers an opportunity for all gathered to visit the Romero Shrine, which is located on the South Aisle of the Cathedral. All are welcome.

The River of Life: an Adoremus Concert

This concert is centred around the theme 'The River of Life.  

Water is an important symbol within the Sacraments and  also a key feature of the Diocese, bordered as it is by the sea and the River Thames. The concept will be an important part of how the Diocese is represented at the Adoremus National Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage to Liverpool in September this year.

Massed schools from around the Diocese, under the baton of Natalie Christian John, will take their audience on a journey from Lent to Easter. The programme will include pieces such as ' Now behold the Lamb' and a special arrangement of 'You raise me up'. Tickets will be £8 and will be available on the door.

Born for This

The Southwark Catholic Youth Chaplaincy and Aylesford Priory present 'BORN FOR THIS': a dramatised depiction of The Stations of the Cross and a great way to prepare for Easter.

Young people from across the Diocese will be taking part: please join them for this time of prayer and reflection. Admission Free.

 Papal Initiative: "24 Hours for the Lord"

9th and 10th March

This year Pope Francis is again inviting us join together to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in his initiative '24 Hours for the Lord''. The 2018 theme is “With you is forgiveness” from Psalm 130:4.

Several churches in the diocese are arranging special time for Adoration on the 9th / 10th March, and offering the opportunity to "celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration" as the Pope mentioned in his message for Lent 2018. Click Here for the current list of venues.

Young People and the 2018 Synod

This day is for adults that accompany young people and offers some insights to the preparation material for the Synod.  We will also look at how we engage with and support young people in our communities in a practical way. Workshops on the day will also provide some insight into the resources available. 

The day runs from 10:30am - 4:30pm. Please bring a packed lunch.

Please let know if you’re joining us, or call 01227 272900

For a timetable for the day, information on the Synod, including the
'Life to the Full' guidance booklet for young people, click here.

Human Trafficking Awareness and Livelihood Campaign

Our Diocesan newspaper, The Pilgrim, will soon be published and available shortly in parishes.  Amongst the features this month will be an article on Human Trafficking, which the Church is dedicated to ending.
Please click here to find out more about Southwark's response to this call.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Eric Nimmo

who died on Tuesday 20th February 2018

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements

Vigil Mass
Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 18.30
St. John Fisher
141, Kidbrooke Park Road
Kidbrooke SE3 0DZ
020 8856 4536

Funeral Mass
Friday 23rd March 2018 at 12 noon
St. John Fisher
Kidbrooke SE3 0DZ

Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion

180217 - Rite of Election

This annual ceremony for those on RCIA courses in the various parishes and chaplaincies took place on Saturday 17th February 2018 at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark

180217 - Rite of Election

The Archbishop presided, assisted by Bishop Pat Lynch and Bishop Paul Hendricks, along with Monsignor Matthew, the Vicar General and Deacon Phil Harrison, a visiting Deacon who is going to be ordinated later this year.

180217 - Rite of Election

The Archbishop asked for the Book of the Elect to be brought to him in which 204 Catechumens, 25 of whom were under 14, had signed earlier in the Baptistry.

180217 - Rite of Election

Bishop Paul, Bishop Pat and Monsignor Matthew then presented the catechumens, as each name was read out and they stood with their Godparents

180217 - Rite of Election

184 candidates, 2 of whom were under 14, supported by their sponsors  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 Holy Communion


Archbishop Peter thanked the Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation, Dr Mark Nash and his staff, the Cathedral Dean, Canon Richard Hearn and all the Cathedral staff, along with the Diocesan Choir led by Canon Alan McLean and of course the altar servers, from the parish of Eltham along with Peter Morrissey, from the Diocesan Deaf Service, who provided signing throughout the service for the deaf and hard of hearing for making the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion such a memorable occasion.

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Archbishop Peter and the clergy present greeted and congratulated all everyone at the end of the liturgy




The Centre for Catholic Formation, based at Tooting Bec, is looking for two part time vacancies

Accountable to the Director, the job will involve planning and organising specific conferences/events and courses for Kent parish or deanery clergy, catechists and others involved in parish ministry; assisting in teaching/delivery of specific courses; working closely with local clergy to encourage the appointment and formation of local catechists and co-ordinators of particular areas of catechesis (eg RCIA); advising on materials and resources for RCIA, catechesis and adult formation; participating in and contributing to CCF Study and Prayer Days; building good relationships with other diocesan agencies and ecumenical and inter religious relationships.


Based in Tooting Bec this role is primarily focused on co-ordinating CCF initiatives relating to evangelization.  This will include planning, organising and facilitating special events/courses both at the CCF and for parish or deanery Clergy and/or parish evangelization teams; developing  and maintaining a network of local evangelization contacts and encouraging the development of parish evangelization teams; advising on materials and resources for pre-evangelization and evangelization and integrating into the existing inter-diocesan networks for evangelization and home mission.

Adoremus: Representing the Archdiocese of Southwark

Recently the Centre for Catholic Formation hosted an art workshop entitled  ‘The River of Life’.  The workshop enabled parishioners to give consideration to the beginnings of a banner which will be produced for the Adoremus National Pilgrimage and Congress this September. This will be a key representation of the prayers and parishioners of the diocese

Water is an important element of our sacramental journey as Christians, but in addition, the sea and river Thames form both a boundary and gateway in Southwark, bringing life and nourishment

The workshop was inspired by a discussion centering around the individual and collective perception of the Eucharist, aided by verse, materials and excellent guidance from our facilitator, Rebekah O’Keeffe

Adoremus National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress 

Merton Deanery Delegates' Meeting

On Friday 2nd February, Fr John Muilligan (Morden Parish), who is heading up Southwark's approach to Adoremus, led a meeting of parishioners who will attend the National Eucharistic Congress in September this year.  

This was an opportunity for the delegates to learn more about the nature of the event, to socialise together and to learn about how they can bring the fruits of Adoremus back to their parishes and wider communities in due course.

The next meeting for delegates will be held in Lambeth Deanery at 7 pm on Friday 23rd February 2018 and is by invitation by Fr Richard Reid only.

However, Father Mulligan would like to encourage each of our 20 Southwark Deaneries to hold a similar familiarisation events for delegates by the end of this July. The key aim will be to enable and equip those participating from parishes in order to maximise the legacy of the National Congress at a local level in due course.

For further information please see the Adoremus link to the left hand side of this page.

Pastoral Letter in Preparation for Lent

Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday 2018, the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time  - Sunday 11th February 2018.

... the message of Lent is a message of hope and trust in the person of Jesus, our Saviour and redeemer , who says to each one of us, “I am with you until the end of time.”

Lent is essentially an opportunity to be reborn and
grow still more in the life of the Spirit. It’s a task which requires courage and effort. We are asked to open our hearts, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and to receive once again the gift of God’s love and mercy, allowing him to renew our lives so that we witness to the Good News of God’s love, mercy and compassion, especially to the poor and needy.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Edeghonghon "John" Ehichioya
of the Diocese of Uromi, Nigeria, serving in Thornton Heath Parish
who died on Thursday 1st February 2018

May he rest in peace

Two Requiem Masses will take place
before Fr John is repatriated to Nigeria:
6pm Tuesday 20th February, St Andrew's Thornton Heath.
12noon Wednesday 21st February,
St Andrew's Thornton Heath.
(Clergy are asked to bring diocesan purple vestments)

A River of Life: Adoremus Workshop 

On Thursday 8th of February at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Rebekah O'Keeffe will be holding a workshop at 6.30 pm, when participants will start to create a piece of art that will represent the prayers and parishioners of the Archdiocese of Southwark.  

The artwork produced, which will be based around the idea of life-giving water, will be taken to the National Eucharistic Congress this September. If you want to be part of the workshop that will create this unique banner email:

To find out more, view Rebekah's short film.

Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of 
Holy Communion at the Cathedral

On Saturday 3rd February 2018 60 people were commissioned as Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the Cathedral

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Bishop Paul started the day with a talk based on the sacrifice of the Mass

180203 - EMOHC - Cathedral

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

180203 - EMOHC - Cathedral

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

180203 - EMOHC - Cathedral

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

180203 - EMOHC - Cathedral

The new Ministers came from 24 parishes around the Archdiocese Anerley, Barnes, Bexley, Brixton Hill, Carshalton, Cathedral, Chislehurst West, Colliers Wood, Croydon West, Earlsfield, Gravesend, Lee, Mottingham, New Addington, Norbury, North Cheam,, Northfleet, Norwood West, Thanet - Birchington & Westgate, Tooting Bec, Walworth, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon South
plus Digby Stuart College

180203 - EMOHC - Cathedral

Adoremus - Liverpool Congress Programme 

The organisers of Adoremus have made the programme for Congress available. A PDF copy of the current version of the programme can be accessed by clicking here. Southwark has initially been allocated 124 delegate places on Friday 7th September, and 570 for Saturday 8th.

Adoremus Preparatory Talks

To prepare ourselves for the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool this coming September, a range of relevant talks and workshops will be offered in the months leading up to the main event. All parishioners across the Diocese are very welcome to attend, especially those that have been asked by their priest to become involved in order to share the fruits of Adoremus with their parish.

Two events will take place in February 2018:

The Apostolate of Adoration
Brendan Cleary will talk on this subject in two locations on
Saturday 3rd February 2018.

  • 11 am: Centre for Catholic Formation, 21 Tooting Bec Road, London SW17
  • 3 pm: St Thomas More Parish, More Park, West Malling ME19

At a time when meditation and mindfulness are popular concepts, how do we bring those thoughts towards embracing God’s call to Eucharistic Adoration, striving to be a people of prayer, discernment, vision and mission?

For further information visit:

A River of Life
Rebekah O'Keeffe will lead an art workshop focusing on Adoremus on Thursday 8 February at 6.30 pm at the Centre for Catholic Formation.

Water is a strong theme in the Diocese of Southwark, with the River Thames and sea forming both boundary and gateway. At this workshop Rebekah will present the idea of ‘A River of Life’, using the Thames as a motif for Southwark. During the workshop, those gathered will begin work on a collaborative image that will represent Southwark Diocese and all who worship here.

To book email:
For further information:

Sacred Heart Church Camberwell

On the feast day of the conversion of St Paul, which also marked the end of the Christian week of prayer for unity among Christians, 25th January,  Sacred Heart parishioners Camberwell celebrated Evening Prayers with their neighbouring Anglican church of St John the Divine.

180125 - Joint evening prayers by Sacred Heart Church Camberwell and St John t

Bishop Peter Selby, an assistant Anglican Bishop in Southwark presided, and Bishop Patrick Lynch preached the homily.  During the homily, Bishop Patrick Lynch called on the congregation to bear witness to the love of Christ, as St Paul did, by our words and actions in South London

180125 - Joint evening prayers by Sacred Heart Church Camberwell and St John t (3)

Our two churches he said can do this, by working together to support the homeless and the charities that work for them, by supporting communities and individuals who are victims of exploitation and human slavery, and by working together to prevent knife crime, now growing among our young people.

180125 - Joint evening prayers by Sacred Heart Church Camberwell and St John t (4)

This has now become an annual event between our two churches, as our way of fostering Christian unity and bearing witness to our faith.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Samuel Gyepi-Garbrah

who died while visiting Ghana, on Friday 19th January 2018

May he rest in peace

Memorial arrangements
to follow.

Gathering in Liverpool 2018 - Adoremus

Southwark Prayer Card for Eucharistic Congress - prayer

The diocesan preparation for the Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress - Adoremus - taking place in September in Liverpool, continues. The latest element has been the creation and distribution of a Prayer Card for the diocese. This should soon be available in parishes and the diocesan team and Archbishop Peter encourage you to pick up a card and use the prayer over the coming months.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Bishop Francis Walmsley

who died on Tuesday 26th December 2017 

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements

Tuesday 23 January 2018
Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George
Queens Avenue

The interment will be at
Farnborough Abbey

A Christmas message from Archbishop Peter

The Nativity - Federico Barocci - 1597 - Museo del Prado, Madrid

In a busy world full of technological wonders, near constant distractions, and many situations of violent strife, the 'silent night' that we remember and celebrate at Christmas is a calming gift from God. We too with the angels give praise for the arrival of the Christ child over two thousand years ago, even as we anticipate his return. We too with the shepherds wonder at the splendid things that took place. We too with Mary and Joseph are invited to look upon the face of the baby Jesus, to love him as he loves us. As we do these things we must also listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit which encourages us to share this gift with all we meet.

I pray that God may bless you all and give you the gifts 
of his love, peace and joy this Christmas and throughout 2018.
Archbishop of Southwark

Archbishop Peter joined the parishioners, visitors and clergy of St George's Cathedral for Masses on Christmas Night and Christmas morning

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Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Kevin Pelham

who died on Wednesday 20th December 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements

Thursday 1st February 2018
8pm Vigil Mass preceded by the Reception of the body
  St Margaret's Church, Fir Tree Grove, Carshalton. SM5 4NG

Friday 2nd February 2018
12noon Requiem Mass
St Margaret's Church, Fir Tree Grove, Carshalton. SM5 4NG

updated 18/1/18

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Roy Dunstan CRE
(member of the Canons Regular of Eltham)

who died on Sunday 17th December 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements
Tuesday 16th January 2018 4.00pm Reception of the Body
Christchurch Priory,  SE9 1TX

Wednesday 17th January 2018, 11.30am Requiem Mass
followed by burial at Christchurch Priory Cemetery

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Peter Madden

who died on Saturday 16th December 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral arrangements:

St Paul's Catholic Church, Dover (CT16 1RU)
Reception of Body into the Church
Sunday 21st January 2018, prior to a Parish Mass at 5pm

Funeral Mass
St Paul's Roman Catholic Church Dover (CT16 1RU)
Monday 22nd January 12noon
Concelebrating clergy are asked to bring purple Diocesan vestments.

updated 28/12/17


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon Anthony Ford

who died on Friday 15th December 2017

May he rest in peace

Canon Ford's funeral took place in St Augustine, Florida,
on Saturday 23rd December.
Bishop Paul Hendricks was able to attend to represent the Diocese.

A Memorial Mass will take place at
Our Lady Immaculate, Ewell Road
Tolworth KT6 7DG
on Friday 16th February 2018
at 12 noon
Concelebrating clergy are asked to bring white diocesan vestments

updated 17/01/18

Logo of St George's Cathedral Southwark

Cathedral Carol Service

Parishioners and visitors came together with the Cathedral Clergy for the annual Cathedral Carol Service on the 14th December at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George

They were joined by The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark Cathedral and Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Southwark

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The combined Cathedral Choirs were joined by the The Museum Singers from the Imperial War Museum

171214 - Cathedral Carol Service

The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn gave a short reflection on the meaning of Christmas and Canon Richard Hearn, Dean of the Cathedral thanked all the choirs, the clergy and staff and especially all the volunteers at the Cathedral who work so hard all the year round

171214 - Cathedral Carol Service

The celebrations continued in the Amigo Hall with a vast array of food and drink

Christmas Music Festival at Sacred Heart Church Camberwell

On Wednesday 13th December 8 catholic schools from south east London came together at Sacred Heart Church Camberwell to celebrate the 4th edition of the the music festival.


The schools taking part were St. Joseph’s infant school Camberwell, St Francis primary school Peckham, St. Joseph’s primary school Camberwell, St Michael’s college Bermondsey , Notre Dame Girls school, Sacred Heart Secondary school, Virgo Fidelis Convent school and St Thomas the Apostle college.


Bishop Patrick Lynch was the special guest of honour and in his Christmas message, he encouraged the congregation to truly be the light of Christ in the world, since light is a rich symbol for Christmas. The birth of Jesus he said, brought light to our world.


Gathering in Liverpool 2018

The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in the Echo Arena, Liverpool, 7-9 September, 2018. 

Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church

The Congress themes:
1. Eucharist
2. Adoration
3. Scripture
4. Ecclesiology – the Church
5. Formation
6. Music
7. Mission

These 7 themes all linked to the centrality of the Eucharist, provide a very rich reservoir of material for reflection and discussion. They can be adapted by parishes so that the prime focus remains at parish community level. The impact of this Congress needs to be absorbed and consolidated in each of our parishes and schools because that is where it matters to every individual person.

Congress Prayer Cards have been sent to each parish so please take one and keep this Congress in your prayers

Loving God, help us to be open to the freshness of your Spirit. 

Fill us with enthusiasm for the Good News. 

Invite us into a deeper relationship with your Son, Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist. 

Make us more aware of where there is need for new life. 

Help us to reach out to those who feel lost or abandoned, those who are searching and questioning, those who have walked away from you and those who are eager to know your love. 

We ask this through Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

There will be separate prayer cards for primary and secondary schools – designed by the SCYS – available in the new year.

For future information please click here to go to the sidebar on the left

Catholic Children's Society Southwark Crisis Fund Advent Service


On Tuesday 5th December Archbishop Peter joined schools from around the Archdiocese of Southwark at their Advent Service in the Cathedral in aid of the Catholic Children's Society Southwark Crisis Fund

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Dr Rosemary Keenan CEO of the Catholic Children's Society explained what the Crisis Fund means to families who are in need

171205 - Catholic Childrens Society Crisis Fund

After the children made their journey from The Annunciation the birth of Jesus

171205 - Catholic Childrens Society Crisis Fund

Archbishop Peter accepted gifts from the schools on behalf of the Crisis Fund

171205 - Catholic Childrens Society Crisis Fund

After the Blessing a signed Away in a Manger concluded the afternoon

171205 - Catholic Childrens Society Crisis Fund

171205 - Catholic Childrens Society Crisis Fund

Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the First Sunday of Advent 2017 - Sunday 3rd December  2017.

Advent "...offers us a real sense of hope, joy and encouragement as we continue our journey of faith to celebrate the Incarnation on Christmas Day."

"Advent is a 'wake up' call ... we hear Jesus too calling us to 'Stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming.' "

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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