News Archive for 2010 - August and September

Vincentian Family celebrates 350th Anniversary

Monday, 27th September 2010, was the feast of St Vincent de Paul.

The Vincentian family is celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the deaths of its founders - St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac, both of whom died in 1660.

Many parishes in our diocese have a St Vincent de Paul Society, whose mission is to care for the disadvantaged and vulnerable. By 'Turning Concern into Action' they reach out to the poor in their social and material needs.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols celebrated the anniversary with Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 25th September 2010.

Please visit the SVP web site


A new priest for the Southwark diocese ...

Archbishop Peter ordained Deacon Philip Smith to the priesthood at St George's Cathedral on Saturday, 25th September 2010. Among the many priests who concelebrated at the Ordination Mass were Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham and Abbot Geoffrey Scott OSB of Douai Abbey.

Father Philip trained for the priesthood at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, where he was the student dean. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Patrick in February this year.

He celebrated his First Mass at St Thomas' Church. Canterbury, on Sunday, 26th, in the presence of Bishop John, his family and friends, fellow priests and parishioners.

Father Philip has been appointed as an assistant priest at St Thomas', Canterbury.

We offer him our congratulations and the promise of our prayers.

Archbishop Peter's homily

A page of photos of the Ordination Mass 
(a few photos of Fr Philip's First Mass added to this page 21-10-10)

(posted 06-10-10)


CAFOD - reception for campaigners

CAFOD held a reception for their staff and campaigners at Romero House on Thursday, 23rd September 2010. Archbishop Peter, Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey, and about 80 CAFOD staff and volunteer campaigners were present.


New SCYS team is commissioned

On Wednesday evening, 22nd September 2010, Archbishop Peter commissioned the new Southwark Catholic Youth Service team at St Vincent's Centre in Whitstable.


Council of Priests meeting

The Diocesan Council of Priests met in the Amigo Hall on Wednesday, 22nd September 2010.

Archbishop Peter with Canon James Cronin (Chairman) and
Miss Rachel McKenzie (Secretary)


Mass for headteachers of diocesan schools

Archbishop Peter offered Mass in St George's Cathedral, on Monday, 20th September 2010, for the headteachers of our diocesan schools and colleges. After the Mass there was a reception in the Amigo Hall.


A Southwark memento of the Papal Visit ...

Cards (6" x 8") with a photo of Southwark's gift to the Holy Father - a textile by Anne Kelly with scenes evoking the spirit of the diocese - are available as mementos of the Papal Visit. They contain the diocesan 'Vision' prayer inside.

They are available in packs of 5 at £5 per pack (which includes postage and packing) from The Chancery, Archbishop's House, 150, St George's Road, London SE1 6HX. Please include payment with the order. Please make cheques payable to RC Archdiocese of Southwark.

Please view the card here (.pdf)

Please visit our Papal Visit Southwark Supplement to view the textile


Holy Father beatifies Cardinal John Henry Newman

Sunday, 19th September 2010
Cofton Park, Birmingham


Blessed John Henry Newman
Pray for us

We accompany the Holy Father with our prayers ...


'I ask you all to accompany me with your prayers
during this apostolic visit.'

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, 12th September 2010

To download this poster (A4 .pdf)
please visit our Papal Visit Southwark Supplement


Southwark's gift to the Holy Father

On Saturday, 18th September 2010, during the Holy Father's visit to St Peter's Residence in Vauxhall, Mgr Matthew Dickens, Vicar General and Chancellor of the diocese, will present the Holy Father with this embroidered gift on behalf of the people of the diocese.

Anne Kelly, the textile artist, was commissioned to create this embroidery, which encapsulates our multi-cultural diocese, its saints and its history, its cathedrals and its landscapes.

Please click on the picture for a fuller description in our Southwark Supplement.


Brother Andy's First Profession at Aylesford

On Saturday, 11th September 2010, Brother Andy Joyce OCarm made his simple profession as a Carmelite Friar at Aylesford Priory. Following a rite originating in the Middle Ages, Br Andy made his profession of vows into the hands of the Prior Provincial of the British Province of Carmelites, Fr Wilfrid McGreal, OCarm.

Br Andy entered the Carmelite order as a novice in the autumn of 2009 and during the year has received his initial formation overseen by the Novice Director, Fr Joseph Chalmers, OCarm.

Present at the profession were the Aylesford community, Br Andy's family and friends from the Catholic Association with which the Carmelites and the Southwark diocese make their annual Lourdes pilgrimage.

Br Andy Joyce OCarm (centre) with Fr Joseph Chalmers OCarm (left)
and Fr Wilfrid McGreal OCarm

Visit the Carmelites web site for more information and video


Archbishop Peter to accompany the Pope on his Visit

The Palace of Holyroodhouse
where Pope Benedict will meet HM The Queen

From the moment he lands at Edinburgh International Airport at 10:30am  on Thursday, 16th September, the Holy Father has a punishing schedule, which would be daunting for a far younger person. The Pope is 83.

During his liturgies and meetings he is expected to give fifteen homilies, addresses and speeches.

Supporting him on the whole of his itinerary will be his own personal entourage, visiting prelates and the Archbishops of England and Scotland.

Further details in our Papal Visit Southwark Supplement


14,000 Southwark pilgrims receive pilgrim passes

Nearly 12,200 pilgrims from the Southwark diocese have been sent their Pilgrim Packs and Passes for the Vigil of Prayer with the Holy Father at Hyde Park on Saturday, 18th September. It is expected that this number will increase as the diocesan colleges and schools take up their allocations.

Computer generated view of the altar at Cofton Park

And 40 coaches from around the Southwark diocese will be taking nearly 2000 pilgrims to Cofton Park, Birmingham, for the Mass of Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman on Sunday 19th September.
Coach departure times vary between midnight and 2:45 am.

Further details in our Papal Visit Southwark Supplement


'Migration: Building Bridges or Barriers?'

Bishop Patrick, the Chairman of the Office for Migration Policy of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has issued a statement to coincide with Racial Justice Sunday, 12th September 2010. This year's theme is 'Migration: Building Bridges or Barriers?'

In his statement, Bishop Patrick refers to the document 'Mission of the Church to Migrants' in which our bishops called for a more visible culture of welcome, hospitality and solidarity with migrants.

He describes Racial Justice Sunday as 'an opportunity not to be indifferent to those around us, 'who unsettle us and do not look or speak like us', but to identify them as our neighbours and to reach out to the people we do not know, to migrants, to refugees and people seeking sanctuary who share the pews in our parishes.'

Full text of Bishop Patrick's statement

'Mission of the Church to Migrants'

Visit the Catholic Association for Racial Justice web site 


Carmelites celebtate anniversaries of profession

On or around Wednesday, 8th September 2010, the Feast of Our Lady's Birthday, five Carmelite Friars celebrated significant anniversaries of their religious professions.

Father Alphonsus Brennan OCarm (pictured left) celebrated 60 years as a Carmelite.

Celebrating 50 years as Carmelites were Fathers Cyril Baxter OCarm, Edward Okon OCarm,  Piet Wijngaard OCarm and Pat O'Keeffe OCarm.

Father Wilfrid McGreal, Prior Provincial of the British Province of Carmelites paid tribute to them: 'It is right that we thank God – and these brothers – for their amazing contribution to Carmel and to the Church. In very real and practical ways they have each helped to build up the Kingdom of God on earth, not only by what they have done – which has been considerable – but also by the type of men they have been: dedicated, generous and compassionate.'

We offer them our congratulations and grateful prayers.

Read the full story of The British Province of Carmelite Friars web site 


Live internet streaming of the Papal Visit

A computer with internet connection will be invaluable to follow every moment of the Papal Visit. The Official Papal Visit Web Site will offer live streaming of the entire visit and include previews and reviews of the events during its 24/7 coverage at

Please click on the logo above or on the sidebar

For other coverage on television, radio and the internet please visit the broadcasts page in our Papal Visit Southwark Supplement 


Holy Father looks forward to his visit to the UK

During his General Audience on Wednesday, 8th September 2010, the Holy Father sent a message to the people of the United Kindom saying that he was looking forward to his visit to England and Scotland.

Read the text of this message on the Official Papal Visit Web Site ...

... or on the Vatican Web Site

The Vatican Web Site opens its coverage of the Papal Visit to the UK


Papal Visit - A great opportunity for Southwark Youth

Archbishop Peter has written personally to every college and school in Southwark encouraging them to send students to the Papal Vigil at Hyde Park.


Each school has been offered a substantial allocation of complementary Pilgrim Packs and Passes for the Vigil.


The Archbishop is particularly keen that all the young people of our diocese be given the opportunity to attend the Vigil which will have a particular youth focus.

Papal Visit - Southwark Supplement

With less than two weeks before the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kindom, interest is growing and expectations are high. The Official Papal Visit Web Site contains much information and the BBC has published its broadcast schedule for the events.

A few pages have been added to this site to focus on the Southwark connections to the Pope's itinerary and to the life of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Also available on the Downloads and Links page are an A4 'Welcome' poster and three short pamphlets containing some of Newman's writings and prayers. These are in .pdf format for easy printing.

Please click on the logo above (or on the sidebar) to visit this section

(posted  03-09-10)


Visit Prayer Book is distributed to parishes

A million copies of the Handbook for the Papal Visit will be distributed to the parishes of England, Scotland and Wales over the coming weekends.

It will be invaluable not only to those who will be attending a Papal Mass or the Hyde Park Vigil (who are asked to make sure they take a copy), but also to everyone who will be following the visit on the television, radio or internet.

Although there are not sufficient copies for everyone, there are enough for one per family or household.

It is freely available, but a donation to defray the publication costs would be welcome. £2 per copy is suggested.

The Prayer Book contains:

  • the texts for the Papal liturgies
  • short articles explaining the background and context of the visit
  • suggestions for community celebrations in preparation for the visit
  • a short form of morning and evening prayer.

News of the Prayer Book on the Papal Visit web site


Goan community on Pilgrimage at Aylesford

Bishop Patrick led the Goan community Pilgrimage at The Friars, Aylesford, on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August 2010. In his homily during the Mass, he thanked the Goan community for their contribution to the ministry of the Church world-wide. The day also included the Rosary and Benediction and Bishop Patrick was able to enjoy some Goan food while meeting the people at the celebration afterwards.


Please click on this banner to see photos of the Pilgrimage


Centenary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Today, Thursday, 26th August 2010, is the centenary of the birth of Mother Teresa.

Bishop Patrick marked the occasion by offering Mass at St George's Cathedral. where a novena and exhibition of her life  have prepared for the centenary.

Mother Teresa visited the Cathedral and founded a house of her Institute, the Missionaries of Charity, in the Cathedral parish.

She died in September 1997 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in October 2003.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - pray for us

Biography of Mother Teresa and other documents
on the Vatican web site


Monsignor Bill - a Lourdes Chaplain of Honour

Monsignor Bill Saunders, Pilgrimage Director of the Catholic Association, is one of three priests appointed as Chaplains of Honour to the Lourdes Sanctuaries by Bishop Jacques Perrier, the Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes.

Fr Nick King SJ (Stonyhurst Pilgrimage) and Fr Tony Lester OCarm (Carmelite Pilgrimage) are also honoured.

They received the insignia of the Chaplains of Honour (a cross with Marian symbols) during Mass celebrated at the Lourdes Grotto on Monday, 23rd August 2010, attended by Southwark pilgrims and pilgrims from the other dioceses and groups travelling with the Catholic Association.

Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth was the principal celebrant and gave the homily.

Before the final blessing, Bishop Paul, Chairman of the Catholic Association, blessed and presented their crosses in the name of the Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes in recognition of their work in promoting Lourdes and its spirituality by their preaching, writings and retreats and their service to the sick.

Chaplains of Honour were first appointed in 1901 by Bishop Schoepfer to recognise priests who, for the most part, are not resident in Lourdes, but who nevertheless contribute to the Shrine's pastoral life and outreach.

The Presentation to Lourdes Chaplains of Honour
(YouTube video of the presentation added on 25-08-10)

The Catholic Association web site 


Southwark Pilgrims travel to Lourdes

This morning, Friday, 20th August 2010, our pilgrims left Southwark on pilgrimage to Lourdes. The young helpers left St George's Cathedral by coach yesterday evening at 7:00 pm.

This year the Southwark Lourdes Pilgrimage is being led by Bishop Paul. He, Deacon Michael Kennedy, the Pilgrimage Director, and all the Southwark pilgrims invite you to join them in prayer throughout the week.

Each day, starting tomorrow, we shall publish the diocesan intention for which our pilgrims in Lourdes are praying. Please add your prayers to theirs.

Among the priests who are on pilgrimage are Mgr Matthew Dickens, the Vicar General, and Fr Philip Glandfield, the Archbishop's Private Secretary.

You will find some information and resources on the Lourdes 2010 section of our web site. Please click on the picture above to visit our Lourdes 2010 coverage.


Holy Father to visit St Peter's Residence, Vauxhall

The Holy Father's visit to England and Scotland is now just a month away. It has long been understood that he would include a visit to a home for the elderly on his itinerary and today it has been confirmed that this will be St Peter's Residence in Vauxhall, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. It will take place at 5:00 pm on Saturday, 18th September.

This is a second joyful event for the Little Sisters of the Poor in under a year. Last October, Pope Benedict XVI canonised their Foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, in St Peter's Square.

For the detailed itinerary of the Papal Visit please click here.

(posted 18-08-10) 


Southwark seminarians feature on Papal Visit CD

Papal Visit pilgrims are to receive an exclusive CD called 'The Pilgrim Journey' as part of their pilgrim pack.

One of the twelve tracks features Samuel Davey (left), who has just completed his third year at St John's Seminary, Wonersh. He sings Deus Tuus Deus Meus, composed by Fr Gerard Bradley, a Southwark priest who is the Director of Spirituality at the seminary.

The motet was composed especially for the Papal Visit CD.

To listen to this track please click here and then on the Deus Tuus Deus Meus  link on the right of the page.

A further track Cor Ad Cor Loquitur (Heart speaks unto heart) is also on the CD and is performed by The Seminarians,  Daniel Weatherley (Southwark) and John Watts (Arundel and Brighton), who have just completed their second year at Wonersh.

Daniel Weatherley and John Watts


Summertime 2010

Summertime 2010 was held at at Woldingham Convent School from
10th - 13th August 2010. 28 altar servers attended. It was run by a team of priests and laity led by Fr Stephen Boyle, the Southwark chaplain to the Guild of St. Stephen. The theme of the few days was 'The Catholic Church: Good and True'.

Bishop Patrick celebrated Mass on the final day and encouraged the servers in their endeavors in their respective parishes.

A few more photos of the occasion


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Sister Joan O'Donoghue DMJ MBE

who died on 2nd August 2010

in the 56th year of her religious profession

May she rest in peace