News Archive 2007 - April

SACRED - religious texts at the British Library

A discussion 'What does it mean to live with faith in 2007?' was hosted by Melvyn Bragg at the British Library on Monday, 30th April. Archbishop Kevin and other religious leaders formed the panel. The discussion was part of the programme accompanying the exhibition of Christian, Jewish and Muslim texts which is open until 23rd September.

Short report with some photos


Our Permanent Deacons renew their commitment

Our Permanent Deacons renewed their diaconal commitment before Archbishop Kevin at St George's Cathedral on Saturday, 28th April.


CWL celebrates eighty years in Southwark

Archbishop Kevin with Father Julian Shurgold, Parish Priest of Sutton Green

The Catholic Women's League was founded in 1906 and has been active in our diocese for eighty years. Archbishop Kevin offered Mass with members and joined them for the celebrations at their AGM on Saturday, 21st April at the Holy Family Church, Sutton Green.


All Saints School, West Wickham

Archbishop Kevin with Adrian Brown, Head Teacher, and senior management at All Saints School, West Wickham, on Thursday, 19th  April.


Happy Birthday, Holy Father



We wish Pope Benedict every blessing and happiness on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, 16th April 2007.


He will celebrate the second anniversary of his election on 19th April 2007.

The Bishops of England and Wales will offer Mass for him on Monday, 23rd April, during their Conference at Leeds.



his new book, will be available in English in May. 






Bishop Patrick in Lourdes with HCPT

Bishop Patrick is in Lourdes with HCPT-The Pilgrimage Trust on its Easter Pilgrimage. He concelebrated at the Trust Mass in the Pius X Basilica on Thursday, 12th April 2007. 5,200 children and helpers attended the Mass.

Visit the HCPT website

Lourdes Grotto webcam


Bishop Charles' Anniversary Mass

On Tuesday, 10th April 2007, Archbishop Kevin with Bishops Howard and Paul and seventeen other priests offered Mass in the Cathedral on the first anniversary of the death of Bishop Charles Henderson.

Pictured above are Bishop Charles' sister, Ena, with her sons, Charles and Simon.

Bishop Howard's homily at the Anniversary Mass


Archbishop Kevin's Easter Message

Resurrection (1447) Fresco (detail)
Andrea del Castagno
Sant' Apollonia, Florence

Recently I visited an elderly lady in a nursing home. I was very touched by the way she spoke about prayer and about the fact that she was looking forward to meeting the Lord. I was especially struck by her saying: "When I meet Him, I know He won't be a stranger." This prompted me to reflect on the nature of the presence of the Risen Lord in our lives.

Jesus is risen and is present to us in manifold and various ways. He is present very especially in the Eucharist, as Pope Benedict has so beautifully reminded us in Sacramentum Caritatis. He is present to us through his Word. But he is also present to us in all the events of our lives: in our joys, in our sorrows, in our sickness and in our pain. There is a great deal of suffering in our world but we know in faith that Christ took all suffering to himself on the Cross and that through His death and resurrection a whole new reality came into being.

We live in the light of the resurrection, looking forward to the revelation of the sons and daughters of God. This is our hope, and Christian hope is based precisely on the resurrection. Let us claim the joy of the resurrection and let it be the source of our hope, for the Church, for the world, and for ourselves and our families.

I wish you a blessed and a happy Easter.

Archbishop of Southwark

Pope Benedict XVI's 'Sacramentum Caritatis'


Easter Sunday

The Cathedral's Paschal Candle

Easter Sunday Mass in prisons

Archbishop Kevin offered Mass in Brixton Prison on Easter Sunday morning. During the Mass he baptised one man and received another into the Church, confirming them both and giving them their First Communion.

Bishop John offered Mass at HMP Swaleside, Bishop Paul at HMP Wandsworth and Mgr Richard Moth at HMP Belmarsh.


The Easter Vigil

Christ, our light

Canon James Cronin, Cathedral Dean, baptised nine new members of the Cathedral parish and received two others. 485 new members of our diocese were baptised and received into the Church this Easter. Please keep them in your prayers.

Good Friday

Christ humbled himself for us,
and, in obedience, accepted death,
even death on a cross.

An Ecumenical Act of Witness took place on Good Friday morning, when crosses were carried from the Imperial War Museum to Waterloo Station.

Pope Benedict XVI: Way of the Cross at the Colosseum


The Mass of Chrism

C: Holy Chrism - B: Oil of Catechumens - I: Oil of the Sick

Archbishop Kevin celebrated the Mass of Chrism at the Cathedral on Maundy Thursday morning when he blessed the Holy Oils. During the Mass our priests renewed their commitment to their priestly ministry.

Archbishop Kevin's homily at the Mass of Chrism

Photos taken before and after the Mass

Brief explanation of the Mass of Chrism

A Prayer for our Priests


Holy Week begins: Palm Sunday

Archbishop Kevin, Father Mark Odion and Deacon James Sheahan meet the congregation outside the Cathedral after the Palm Sunday Mass.