|The British Province of Carmelites
elected Father Wilfrid McGreal as its new Prior Provincial during its
Provincial Chapter held at Aylesford Priory from January 28th to 31st
Shaju Varkey (left), from Kerala in South India, is a Southwark student for the priesthood at St John's Seminary, Wonersh.
On Monday, 28th January 2008, he was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, who also ordained one of his own students, Thomas Dubois. They are pictured here after the ceremony at the Lady Shrine in the ambulacrum at Wonersh.
Deacon Shaju will exercise his ministry as deacon at the seminary where he is also the seminary Dean.
On Sunday, 27th January 2008 an Act of Remembrance was held to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. The venue was the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park on which site is the Imperial War Museum.
The day was the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet soldiers in 1945.
The Service was conducted by Rabbi Alan Greenbat. Among those attending were Simon Hughes MP, Councillor Bob Skelly (Mayor of Southwark), HE Yury Fedotov (the Russian Ambassador) and Canon James Cronin (Cathedral Dean).
Archbishop Kevin dedicated the chapel of the John Fisher School in Purley on Thursday, 24th January 2008, the fiftieth anniversary of its opening.
Before the final blessing of the Dedication Mass, Bishop Howard, a former pupil of the school, blessed a recently restored picture of St John Fisher, which now hangs in the school chapel.
On Monday, 21st January 2008, the sixth-formers from St Anselm's School, Canterbury, and St Edmund's School, Dover, visited St George's Cathedral with members of staff.
After a talk by Deacon James Sheahan, the Archbishop joined them and led a question and answer session in the Lady Chapel.
Archbishop Kevin visited St John's Seminary, Wonersh
13th January 2008. He is pictured here with our Southwark seminarians (from left to right): Stephen Whittaker, Jonathon Routh, Gerry Lohan, Ola Craig, Jason Thomas, Philip Smith, Shaju Varkey, Samuel Davey,
Kurt Barragan, Thomas Lynch and Martin Dodwell.
Apart from these eleven students, Southwark also has three students at St Alban's College, Valladolid in Spain preparing to enter the seminary, one former Anglican clergyman training at Wonersh and Deacon Con Boyle in his final year at Wonersh, who is serving in the parish of St Peter's, Woolwich prior to ordination to the priesthood.
Archbishop Kevin during Evening Prayer with Deacons Roger Evans (left) and Stephen Newman
The congregation at Evening Prayer
The Archbishop greets the congregation afterwards
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