News Archive 2007 - October

Santiago Pilgrimage benefits St Raphael's fund

Father Vincent Flynn and pilgrims from St Raphael's, Surbiton, walked the last 70 miles on their pilgrimage to Santiago di Compostela in Spain.

They raised more than £3,000 in sponsorship towards the appeal for the restoration and redevelopment of their historic Grade II* church.

Father Vincent Flynn (kneeling) and pilgrims at Santiago di Compostela


Dedication of new altar marks St Chad's centenary

Archbishop Kevin with Father William Damah CSSp, Parish Priest (left), Father Protus Nyatorley CSSp and servers before the Mass

On Friday, 26th October 2007, the feast of St Chad, Archbishop Kevin celebrated the centenary of the parish of St Chad, South Norwood, and dedicated a new altar.

Short report and more photos including a short biography of St Chad


Cardinals write an Open Letter on Abortion

Archbishop Kevin commends the open letter of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act.

Archbishop Kevin has written to the priests and deacons of the diocese asking them to bring the Cardinals' letter to the attention of the people.

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Cardinal Peter Turkson at St George's Cathedral

Cardinal Peter Turkson with Canon James Cronin, Cathedral Dean

Cardinal Peter Turkson, Archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana, was principal concelebrant and preached at a Mass in St George's Cathedral on Sunday, 21st October 2007, World Mission Sunday.

Full report and more photos


Archbishop visits St Mary and St Paul's Cray

Archbishop Kevin made a pastoral visit to the newly amalgamated parish of St Mary and St Paul's Cray on Sunday, 21st October 2007, where he presided and preached at Mass. He is seen here with Father William Agley, Parish Priest of St Joseph's, greeting the people after Mass.

A few more photos of the visit


Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Assembly

On Saturday, 20th October 2007, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission held its seventh Assembly in the Amigo Hall.

A short report and more photos


Archbishop Kevin in BBC Radio 4 'Sunday' discussion

Archbishop Kevin took part in a discussion of the letter sent by 138 Muslim scholars to Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders. The discussion formed part of the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Programme on 14th October 2007.

The letter stressed the common ground between Christianity and Islam and underlined how world peace is dependent on peace between the two faiths.

The Archbishop is Chairman of the Department for Dialogue and Unity of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.


Headteachers' Conference - 'From Vision to Mission'

Archbishop Kevin gave the keynote address and celebrated Mass at the Diocesan Headteachers' Conference held at the Ashford International Hotel on 11th and 12th October.

The theme of the Conference was 'From Vision to Mission' chosen in the light of the diocesan consultation 'Towards a Vision for the Diocese'. Other speakers included Francis Davis, Director of the Centre for Faith in Society at the Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and Michelle Moran, founding member and Director of the Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism.

More photos taken at the Conference


Portuguese Community honours Our Lady of Fatima

The Portuguese Community, based at the Italian Mission in Brixton Road, was joined by Bishop Patrick on Friday, 12th October 2007, for Mass and an outdoor Procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

A few more photos of this event


Nigerian Cardinal visits Southwark

On a recent visit to the Nigerian Chaplaincy in London, Cardinal Anthony Okogie, Archbishop of Lagos, called on Archbishop Kevin at Archbishop's House. The Nigerian Chaplaincy has been in existence for over a year and the Cardinal was anxious to see its progress.

In the photo (from left to right) are Father Albert Ofere CM, Canon James Cronin, Cardinal Okogie, Archbishop Kevin, Father Anthony Obana (the Cardinal's Secretary) and Father Austin Mbelu CM. Canon Cronin,  Coordinator of Black and Ethnic Chaplains, has been working closely with the Nigerian Chaplains, Fathers Ofere and Mbelu, since they arrived in the diocese. 

Occasional Masses are celebrated in Peckham at Our Lady of Sorrows and in West Croydon at Our Lady of Reparation for the Nigerian community.

Recently the Chaplains had a very successful pilgrimage to Aylesford.

Archbishop greets Muslims as they celebrate Eid

Archbishop Kevin, Chair of the Committee for Other Faiths of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has written to greet Muslim communities as they end their month's fast of Ramadan with the celebration of Eid.

He welcomed the message to Muslims from Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and echoed his call for the promotion of a fraternal society for the good of all - irrespective of race or religion.


St Finbarr's, Aylesham, celebrates fifty years

Archbishop Kevin celebrated Mass on Sunday, 7th October 2007 at
St Finbarr's Church in Aylesham to commemorate the golden jubilee of the opening of the present church. He was welcomed to the parish by the Parish Priest, Father Jeff Cridland.

More photos of the occasion


Apostolic Nuncio celebrates Latin American Mass

The Cathedral was full to overflowing on Sunday, 7th October 2007, as the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, celebrated Mass in Spanish for the Latin American Community. He was joined by Ambassadors and their representatives from various countries in Latin America and the local MP, Simon Hughes. 

The celebration was in honour of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, Patroness of the Americas. This feast is known as the Dia de Las Americas (the Day of the Americas) and celebrated by all the countries of Latin America. The Nuncio urged the Latin American Community to be strong in their faith, to integrate into their local parishes and encourage vocations among their children.

Concelebrating with the Nuncio were Canon James Cronin, Cathedral Dean and Coordinator of Black and Ethnic Chaplaincies, and the Latin American Chaplains Padre Jesus and Padre Frank. Afterwards the Cathedral car park was the venue for a fiesta with many tents, food and music provided by live bands.

St John's is launched as a Visual Arts College

On Monday, 1st October 2007, Archbishop Kevin presided at a liturgy to celebrate the official launch of St John's Comprehensive School, Gravesend, as a Visual Arts College.

Short report and more photos of the occasion