News Archive 2006 - June and July

Kew Gardens celebrates church centenary

Our Lady of Loreto and Saint Winefride, Kew Gardens

On Sunday, 23rd July, Archbishop Kevin joined Father Tom Scannell, Parish Priest, and the parishioners of Saint Winefride's, Kew Gardens, to celebrate the Centenary of the opening of their church.

Report and photos


Jean Charles de Menezes remembered

On Saturday, 22nd July, Jean Charles was remembered outside Stockwell Station on the first anniversary of his death.

Short report and photos


Saint Joseph's, Broadstairs, marks centenary

Archbishop Kevin visited Saint Joseph's Primary School in Broadstairs on Wednesday, 19th July, to offer Mass on the occasion of the school's centenary. The school was opened in 1906 by the Sisters of the Christian Retreat.

Archbishop Kevin with Mrs D. Holland, Head Teacher
of Saint Joseph's Primary School, Broadstairs


Holy Days of Obligation

The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has decided that Holy Days of Obligation which are Solemnities of the Lord (other than Christmas Day) are to be moved to Sundays. This means that the Epiphany, the Ascension of the Lord and Corpus Christi will now be celebrated on Sunday. This is in response to requests from the Diocesan Councils of Priests and many others.

Read the Statement from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
President of the Bishops' Conference


Kent Ordinations

Fr Don Coleman was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John Hine at St Augustine's, Tunbridge Wells, on 1st July. Fr Don has been a member of the pastoral team at St Augustine's since 1995 when he was ordained to the permanent diaconate. Bishop John  also ordained Richard Hearn to the priesthood at St Lawrence of Canterbury, Sidcup, on 15th July. Please keep them in your prayers.


Bishop Paul's First Ordination

Bishop Paul Hendricks carried out his first ordination at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, on Saturday, 24th June. Among the four students for the priesthood he ordained to the diaconate was Sean O'Connor from the Cathedral Parish. He will minister as a deacon at St Saviour's, Lewisham. Behruz Raf'at, also training for the prieshood, was ordained to the diaconate at Wonersh on 27th February by Bishop Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. Behruz is ministering as a deacon at St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Morden. Please keep them in your prayers.

Photos taken after the diaconal ordinations of Sean and Behruz


Five new Permanent Deacons ordained

On Saturday, 10th June, at the Cathedral, Archbishop Kevin ordained five new permanent deacons for the diocese. Our new deacons are pictured with the Archbishop: (from left to right) Malcolm Turner, John Sampson, Michael Kennedy, James Friedenthal and Sean Murphy. Please keep them in your prayers.

Short report and photos

Archbishop Kevin’s homily

Brief background notes on the diaconate


Southwark Priests' Gatherings - Report

Introductory Note by the Archbishop

Towards the end of 2005 there took place three gatherings of priests of the Diocese of Southwark, for the three different areas of the Diocese. The events took place at the Hilton Hotels in Croydon, in Dartford and in Maidstone. They were overnight events, which provided an opportunity for prayer, reflection, and social time together. The events were appreciated particularly as an opportunity for priestly fraternity. They included two addresses: one by myself and one by Dr Judith Champ. There was also discussion, and Sister Teresa Clements, DMJ, has made notes on the discussion and a synthesis is included here. Although these were not decision-making bodies, they did I think help to prepare the ground for future work and reflection on the life and mission of the Diocese of Southwark. I think these texts will be a helpful record of these days.

Download and read the talk given by Archbishop Kevin

Download and read the talk given by Dr Judith Champ

Download and read the synthesis of the discussions