News Archive for 2009 - August and September

Monsignor Richard is ordained Bishop of the Forces

On Tuesday, 29th September 2009, Monsignor Richard Moth was ordained Bishop of the Forces in Westminster Cathedral by Archbishop Kevin and the co-consecrators, Archbishop Michael and Bishop Thomas Burns, Bishop of Menevia and Bishop Richard's predecessor as Bishop of the Forces.

Photo credits: Catholic Church in England and Wales

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, attended at the throne and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of of St Andrews and Edinburgh, and the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, were among 30 Archbishops and Bishops from England, Wales and Scotland who were present. Four abbots and over 250 priests and deacons, including the Vicars General and Chancellor of the Bishopric of the Forces, Forces' chaplains and many from the Southwark diocese, joined the celebration. Bishop Richard had chosen Father Gerald Flood and Father John Lavery as his assisting priests.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Commodore-in-Chief of the Naval Chaplaincy Service, was represented by Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent KCB CBE. Among the ecumenical guests was Bishop Stephen Venner, the Anglican Bishop to the Forces.

Archbishop Kevin with Bishop Richard and Bishop Thomas Burns in the sacristy of Westminster Cathedral after the Ordination Mass

The Cathedral was virtually full for the Mass with the Forces personnel much in evidence. The music included traditional hymns and plainchant, with the Westminster Cathedral Choir singing parts of Byrd's 'Mass for Four Voices' and motets by Mozart and Hassler. The Litany was chanted by two monks from Pluscarden Abbey, where Bishop Richard is a Benedictine oblate, and a fanfare was given by the trumpeters of the Band of the Welsh Guards.

Bishop Richard leaves his home diocese of Southwark for a new and important ministry. He takes with him the gratitude and prayers of the Archbishop, bishops, priests, deacons, religious and people of our diocese.

Archbishop Kevin's homily at the Episcopal Ordination

Bishop Richard's Address at the Episcopal Ordination

Photos of the Episcopal Ordination

Coverage on the Catholic Church in England and Wales website

Archbishop Kevin visits the parish of Eltham Well Hall

On Sunday, 27th September 2009, Archbishop Kevin paid a visit to the Parish of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, Eltham Well Hall, and celebrated the 10.30am Mass with Fr Richard Plunkett the Parish Priest. The Archbishop received a very warm welcome from Fr Richard and the parishioners, many of whom he met in the Hall afterwards. Two of the parishioners, Mary and Olive, were celebrating their birthdays. Olive, having reached the age of 97, gave the secret of her long life as 'not moaning'. Archbishop Kevin was very touched and appreciated the welcome he received.


DMJ celebrate 40 years at Thornton Heath

Father Francis Moran with (from left to right) Sister Annette,
Sister Mary Jude, Sister Jennie and Sister Sheila

On the evening of Friday, 25th September 2009, the Daughters of Mary and Joseph celebrated the 40th Anniversary of their arrival at the Parish of St Andrew, Thornton Heath.

Bishop Paul, together with Father Francis Moran (Parish Priest) and the clergy and people of St Andrews, were joined by the friends of the DJM community for Mass, during which the Sisters renewed their vows, and a reception afterwards.

Father Francis commented: 'Many, many thousands of parishioners of St Andrews are greatly indebted to the Sisters, who have lived and worked among us over the last four decades. They have helped countless young people, visited the elderly and sick at home and in Mayday Hospital and given tremendous practical help to those on the margins of society in this area. It is great to have this opportunity to recognise and celebrate all they do. Long May it continue.'

Bishop Paul with Father Francis and seminarian Jonathon Routh

The Daughters of Mary and Joseph have other convents in our diocese: at Addiscombe, Herne Bay, New Addington, Sydenham and West Wickham, where they run the Emmaus Retreat and Conference Centre.

In 1869, they established Coloma Convent Girls' School, which celebrates its 140th Anniversary this year with a busy and varied calendar of events, including a Mass at Westminster Cathedral on the afternoon of Monday, 28th September 2009.

More photos and a full report

Visit the Daughters of Mary and Joseph website

Richard Challoner School celebrates Golden Jubilee


On Friday, 25th September 2009, the staff and pupils of Richard Challoner School, New Malden, travelled to Westminster Cathedral to celebrate the school’s Golden Jubilee.

The day began with transporting the whole school, staff and guests to the Cathedral on a cavalcade of 15 double decker busses, including one old ‘routemaster’.

At the Cathedral, Mass was celebrated by Bishop Paul with ten priests concelebrating. During the Mass the school was presented with a Papal Blessing by the Bishop and there was a recessional procession past the tomb of Blessed Richard Challoner. It was a thoroughly successful day enjoyed by all.

View the slideshow with many more photos of Challoner Day

Visit the Richard Challoner School website


Archbishop's Day for Religious

Archbishop Kevin welcomed about a hundred religious sisters and brothers to the New Barn, Aylesford Priory, on Friday, 26th September 2009. Bishop Patrick, a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, was among the religious present.

They gathered for prayer, conference and conversation. The day began with a presentation by Fr Michael Holman SJ, Provincial of the British Jesuits, and after lunch Archbishop Kevin spoke about Christianity in our multi-cultural setting.

Fr Michael Holman SJ, Archbishop Kevin, Sr Shelia Moloney DMJ,
Sr Anne Hoskison FMA, and Bishop Patrick


New Youth Peer Ministers commissioned

Left to right: Fr Matthew Dickens, Daniella Adams, Phil Brown,
Bishop John, Carmela Tucker and Charlotte McCaugherty

On Wednesday, 23rd September 2009, the Southwark Catholic Youth Service (SCYS) welcomed four new members to its Peer Ministry Team. They were commissioned in their role by Bishop John and will be based at St Vincent's Centre in Whitstable, the residential youth centre for the diocese and home to the Southwark Catholic Youth Service

John Toryusen, Director of the SCYS, explains that the members of the Peer Ministry Team are key to the success of the work at St Vincent's, giving their time, energy and gifts to the community there - and to the young people and adults who visit the Centre.

We wish them every blessing in their ministry.

St Thérèse's relics arrive on Southwark soil

The arrival in England of the casket containing the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux last week (15th September 2009) prompted the description from one reporter: 'Little Flower in the Garden of England', for it had travelled through the Eurotunnel onto English soil near Folkestone in Kent.

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Tens of thousands of people have already venerated her relics as the casket has started to tour England and Wales. Its itinerary includes Cathedrals, Carmelite houses, York Minster, a hospice and Wormwood Scrubs Prison.

But in Southwark we look forward to its visit to The Friars, Aylesford, from 9th until 11th October. Archbishop Kevin and the Carmelite Friars warmly invite you to be there to celebrate the life and spirituality of this great saint.


Visit of the Latin Patriach of Jerusalem

Archbishop Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, met with Archbishop Kevin on Tuesday, 8th September 2009, en route to celebrate Mass at Westminster Cathedral. The Patriarch’s visit has been co-ordinated by Aid to the Church in Need, and he spoke about the plight of Christians in the Holy Land.

During his meeting the Patriarch spoke about the need his community has for the support of our prayers. He also encouraged Christians throughout the world to come on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, following the recent example of Pope Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Kevin assured the Patriarch of his prayers for his people and especially for peace in the Holy Land.

Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director, ACN (UK), Archbishop Kevin, Archbishop Fouad Twal, Marie-Ange Siebrecht, Head of Asia/Africa, ACN (International Headquarters) and John Pontifex, Head of Press & information, ACN (UK).

Wonersh welcomes four new Southwark students

At the beginning of the new academic year, St John's Seminary, Wonersh, welcomed, among its first year intake, four students from the Southwark diocese. They are pictured above: Thomas Bakalumpagi,
Mark Higgins, Joseph Owusu Ansah and Dermott O'Gorman.

Additionally, we have two students starting at the Venerable English College in Rome (David Howell and Luke de Pulford) and one student (Leonard Tatt) starting at the Beda College in Rome.

Southwark currently has 22 students training for the priesthood in seminaries, including Deacon Godfrey Holdstock, who is due to be ordained during this Year for Priests, and Philip Smith, who should be ordained deacon during this academic year. Fourteen of these are at Wonersh, two of whom are at present gaining parish experience on  extended pastoral placements.

We keep in our prayers all students studying for the priesthood and diaconate from our diocese. We pray, too, for an increase of vocations.

Southwark students in front of the shrine of Our Lady in the
Ambulacrum at Wonersh wearing their new 'Southwark Vocations'
rugby shirts.

Diocesan Campaign of Prayer for our Priests

'Have you prayed for your priest today?'

On behalf of the diocese, Father Stephen Langridge, our Vocation Director, has organised a diocesan campaign of prayer for our priests which started on 11th September 2009. This is one of our diocesan initiatives to mark the Year for Priests which Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated on 19th June this year.

A prayer calendar has been produced that lists all the priests of the diocese (active and retired) and allocates each one a special day so that we can all join in prayer for them one by one during the year.

Please download our prayer calendar (.pdf format) by clicking on the picture on the right.

Father Stephen has also issued a prayer card with prayers for priests. Copies have been sent to parishes throughout the diocese.

It invites us to join St John Vianney, the 150th Anniversary of whose death we commemorate this year, and St Thérèse of Lisieux, whose relics arrive in our country on 16th September, in praying for our priests and priests throughout the world.

A copy of the prayer card  (A5 .pdf format) is available to view or print by clicking on the picture on the left.

The newly-updated 'Southwark Vocations' web site gives this news.
Please click the screenshot below or the logo on the sidebar to view this site.


Archbishop Kevin appoints a new Private Secretary

Archbishop Kevin has appointed Father Philip Glandfield as his new Private Secretary.

Father Philip was born and brought up in Dartford, Kent, and attended the local Catholic schools. He left school at sixteen and began a career in banking, based in the West End of London. He continued his education studying at evening classes for the professional exams of the Banking Institute. Eight years later, after several roles in the Bank, he completed his studies. The following year he entered St John's Seminary, Wonersh, and was ordained to the priesthood at St George's Cathedral in September 2003. His first appointment was as assistant priest at St Joseph's, New Malden, and in 2006 he was appointed as assistant priest at St Bartholomew's, Norbury. He is a member of the Ongoing Formation of Priests' Committee with special responsibility for Priests' Support Groups.

Father Philip took up his new appointment on 1st September 2009.

Monsignor William Saunders has been Private Secretary to Archbishop Michael and Archbishop Kevin for the past eight years. He leaves Archbishop's House for his new appointment as Parish Priest of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, East Sheen. He will take up this appointment at the end of September on the retirement of Father Michael Boland. Monsignor Bill will continue his work with the Catholic Association as Director of their annual pilgrimage to Lourdes.

We congratulate them both on their new appointments and will keep them in our prayers.

Our new Vicar General and Chancellor is appointed

Archbishop Kevin has appointed Father Matthew Dickens to succeed Bishop-elect Richard Moth as Vicar General and Chancellor of our diocese. Father Matthew is due to take up his appointment on 17th September 2009. We offer him our congratulations and the promise of our prayers.

Father Matthew writes:

"I am very honoured that Archbishop Kevin has appointed me Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese. I have a great deal to learn but with the prayers of the bishops, priests, deacons and lay people of Southwark I hope to adapt quickly to my new role. I am especially grateful to Monsignor Richard Moth and to the Chancery staff for introducing me to my responsibilities.

I was brought up in the Church of England, where both my parents were committed and practising members of our parish in Westbere, a village near Canterbury. My father (now deceased) was a lay reader and my mother a church warden. She is now a member of the Tertiary Franciscan order in the Church of England.

My secondary education was at Simon Langton Grammar School in Canterbury, from where I went to study History and History of Art at Downing College, Cambridge. After graduation, while still living in Cambridge, I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1985. I remember my reception in the chapel of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be one of the most profound and joyful moments of my life.

I then moved to London, where I was working in the Department of Community Medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital. I was living in Gillingham when I first sensed the call to priesthood and was able to begin my studies at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, in 1988.

After serving my diaconate at English Martyrs, Streatham, I was ordained to the priesthood in 1994 at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Broadstairs. My first appointment was as assistant priest at St Augustine’s, Tunbridge Wells; then in 2000 I moved to St Joseph’s, Bromley. I was appointed parish priest of St Gertrude’s, South Croydon, in 2001 and it was from there in 2007 that I moved to my present post as parish priest of Our Lady of the Assumption, Northfleet.

Throughout the last fifteen years I have been privileged to work with many wonderful people and have found great joy and fulfilment in my life as a priest. We live in challenging times, but we can find real hope and confidence in the knowledge that the risen Lord is with us always. I ask you all please to keep me in your prayers."


'Please join us in spirit and in prayer ...'

Deacon Michael Kennedy, Southwark's Lourdes Pilgrimage Director, invites visitors to our web site to join the Lourdes pilgrims from our diocese in spirit and in prayer.

Our pilgrimage with the Catholic Association takes place from Friday, 21st August until Friday, 28th August. Bishop Patrick is leading the pilgrimage and Bishop Paul, Mgr William Saunders and priests and deacons from Southwark will join the 130 pilgrims from our diocese.

Our pilgrims will be praying for a specific diocesan intention each day asking God to bless our diocese through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Bernadette and they ask that you join your prayers with theirs. A list of these intentions can be found in the section of our web site devoted to the Lourdes Pilgrimage. This section has been expanded and contains information and prayer resources.

Our 'Lourdes Diary' has been added and contains news and photos from the pilgrimage. It will be regularly updated during the week
- so please return.

Direct link to the Southwark Lourdes Pilgrimage Photo Diary

Visit the Lourdes 2009 Section of our web site

Summertime 2009: Altar Servers' Summer Break

33 altar servers from eleven parishes of the Southwark diocese attended "Summertime 2009", an annual residential event led by Fr. Stephen Boyle, the Southwark chaplain to the Guild of St. Stephen. It was held at Woldingham from 11th until 14th August 2009. There were imaginative talks on the faith, discussion, daily Mass, opportunities for Confession and devotional prayers. There were also sports, ten pin bowling, and a visit to Chessington World of Adventures. Such was the success of this event that a reunion was asked for this term. Bishop Patrick came for the last day to celebrate Mass and to meet those attending.