News Archive 2007 - August and September

Visit to St Edmund's School, Dover

Archbishop Kevin paid a visit to St Edmund's School in Dover on Sunday, 23rd September 2007, following Confirmations at Our Lady of Dover, Buckland. He was welcomed by the Headteacher, Mr Chris Atkin (left), and Mr Robert Benson, a Governor at the school for over twenty-five years and a former Chair of Governors.

A few photos of the Archbishop's tour of the school's facilities


Thank you to Felicity

Archbishop Kevin at a buffet lunch in Archbishop's House to mark the departure of Felicity O'Brien warmly thanked her for her loyalty, conscientiousness and support during her time as secretary for over 16 years, firstly to Archbishop Michael for thirteen years and then as his secretary for over three and half years. 

Full story and more photos

Statement on the Community of Divine Innocence

On 21st September 2007, Archbishop Kevin issued a statement on the Community of the Divine Innocence following the Observations of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the writings of Mrs Patricia De Menezes and the Community of the Divine Innocence.

These Observations were communicated to the Archbishop by letter dated 16th July 2007 from the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Angelo Amato, SDB, Titular Archbishop of Sila.

The text of Archbishop Kevin's Statement and the Observations of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Southwark's Religious Sisters meet at Aylesford

About 70 sisters from throughout the diocese met at Aylesford on Friday, 14th September 2007. Archbishop Kevin attended the day and celebrated the Mass, during which the sisters renewed their religious vows. Bishop Patrick, the Episcopal Vicar for Religious, was also present.

The day included a talk on discipleship based on St John's Gospel given by Sister Margaret Eason and an informative question and answer session with the Archbishop.

Archbishop Kevin congratulates Sister Joan O'Donoghue DMJ for receiving the MBE earlier in the year for her work with homeless and young people. She is a member of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph at the Good Shepherd Parish, New Addington.

Archbishop Kevin with Sister Josephine Toal SMR (left), the chief organiser of the day, and Sister Margaret Eason.

At the beginning of the new academic year the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has sent out a Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education which was read on 2nd September 2007. The letter commends the excellent work being achieved in the sphere of Catholic Education and points to the role of the wider Catholic community in supporting our schools and colleges.

Text of the Pastoral Letter
Text of the Pastoral Letter (.pdf)


Southwark pilgrims in Lourdes

Bishop Paul led Southwark pilgrims to Lourdes from Friday, 24th August until Friday, 31st August 2007. Our diocese joins the Catholic Association Pilgrimage each year together with the dioceses of Clifton, East Anglia, Northampton and Portsmouth and Stonyhurst College.

The Catholic Association has been organising pilgrimages to Lourdes for over a hundred years; about a thousand joined this year's pilgrimage.

2008 is the 150th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Saint Bernadette at the Lourdes Grotto.

More photos of the pilgrimage