News Archive 2007 - June and July


Gillingham welcomes a new permanent deacon

Father Geoffrey Pointer, Parish Priest, and members of the parish of Our Lady of Gillingham celebrated the ordination of their new deacon, Michael Knight, by Bishop John on Sunday, 22nd July 2007.

More photos of the ordination


Fourth Annual Youth Festival at Aylesford Priory

On Saturday, 7th July 2007, 420 young people gathered at Aylesford Priory for the annual Youth Festival organised by the Southwark and Brentwood Catholic Youth Services. The theme of the day was 'The truth will set you free' (John 8:32) to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.

Brief report and more photos


Society of Jesus welcomes two new priests

Archbishop Kevin receives the First Blessing from the newly-ordained priests

On Saturday, 7th July 2007, Archbishop Kevin ordained Roger Dawson and Tim Byron of the Society of Jesus to the priesthood at the Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon.

Read Archbishop Kevin's Homily

More photos taken after the ordination


Syro-Malabar Mass in honour of St Thomas, Apostle

The Syro-Malabar community packed the Cathedral on 3rd July 2007, the Feast of St Thomas, Apostle. By tradition, St Thomas landed in Malabar, southwest India, in 52AD to preach the Christian message.

Short report and some more photos


Extension to St Mary Magdalen's School is blessed

Archbishop Kevin with Mrs Carmelita Winston, Head Teacher, and Father Michael Lovell, Parish Priest, in front of the plaque commemorating the blessing of the school extension

Archbishop Kevin opened and blessed the extension to Saint Mary Magdalen's School, Brockley, on Monday, 2nd July 2007.

Short report of the occasion with more photos


Pastoral Letter to mark 'A Day for Life'

'A Day for Life' is being held in England and Wales on 1st July 2007.

'Blessed is the fruit of your womb' is the theme for this year's Day for Life - the day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition.

27th October 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion act in England, Scotland and Wales. This year's Day for Life focuses on why the Church opposes abortion and the practical, emotional and spiritual care which the Church offers to women and babies in need.

Archbishop Kevin has written a Pastoral Letter to mark the occasion.

Read Archbishop Kevin's Pastoral Letter

Visit the Day for Life website

Visit the Life website


Blessed Sacrament Procession at Lesnes Abbey

Father Michael Scanlon, Parish Priest of St Peter's, Woolwich, and Dean of Greenwich, carries the Blessed Sacrament in procession. On the right of the picture is Deacon Con Boyle, who was ordained to the diaconate the previous day at St John's Seminary, Wonersh.

A procession of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction, organised for the deaneries of Bexley and Greenwich, took place on Sunday, 24th June 2007 in the grounds of Lesnes Abbey, which is sited in the parish of St Benet, Abbey Wood.

Archbishop Kevin gave the homily.

Read Archbishop Kevin's homily

More photos of the occasion


Canonisation of Malta's first Saint


Pope Benedict XVI canonised Saint George Preca in Saint
Peter’s Square on Sunday, 3rd June 2007.


Commenting on the canonisation, Archbishop Kevin said:

'I am delighted that today Sunday June 3rd, Pope Benedict XVI has made the first Maltese saint through the canonisation of St. George Preca.

Today’s celebrations are a great joy for the Maltese people and I am particularly mindful of the Maltese communities in the diocese of Southwark where through the intercession of St. George Preca the second miraculous healing took place.

The canonisation is also a great joy for the Society of Christian Doctrine who this year are celebrating their centenary year. The Society of Christian Doctrine founded in 1907 by St. George Preca has a small community in Upper Norwood in the diocese of Southwark and I extend my congratulations and delight to them.'

The Maltese parents of a new-born baby, brought to Kings College

Hospital, Denmark Hill, in July 2001 with severe liver failure,

prayed to Saint George Preca for a cure. Their son recovered without the need for a transplant and today is a healthy five-year-old.


This cure was accepted as a miracle by the Congregation of the
Causes of the Saints in 2004 following the witness of medical staff,
including Anil Dhawan, Professor of Paediatric Hepatology at the

hospital, who said that there was ‘no scientific explanation’ for the
recovery. Professor Dhawan, a Hindu, attended the canonisation.



Patriarch of Jerusalem invests Knights at Cathedral

Archbishop Kevin with His Beatitude Michel Sabbah,
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, invested 15 new Knights of the Holy Sepulchre during Mass at St George's Cathedral on Saturday, 2nd June 2007. Archbishop Kevin is the Grand Prior of their Lieutenancy of England and Wales.

Visit the website of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre