News Archive for 2012 - August

Pax Christi Peace Icon reaches Southwark





The Pax Christi Peace Icon has reached the Southwark diocese on the last stage of its Olympic Peace journey.

Since June, it has been hosted by parishes in the Westminster and Brentwood dioceses, creating a ring of prayer around London, with vigils, holy hours and opportunities for discussion on peace and reconciliation.

It will be hosted in the following parishes in Southwark until it is handed over to the Brazilian community during Mass at Saint George's Cathedral at 3:00 pm on Sunday, 28th October 2012.

Until 14th September: The Friars, Aylesford
14th - 21st September: Oratory of St Francis de Sales, Hartley
21st - 28th September: St Peter the Apostle, Woolwich
28th September - 5th October: St Edmund of Canterbury, Beckenham
5th - 12th October: St John the Baptist, Purley
12th - 19th October: Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth
19th - 28th October: St George's Cathedral, Southwark





The journey of Pax Christi's Peace Icon is part of the 100 Days of Peace project of the dioceses of Southwark, Westminster and Brentwood with Pax Christi, CAFOD, More than Gold and London Citizens.

Information about the Peace Icon

Visit again our 100 Days for Peace page


Deptford celebrates 170 years

The Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, Deptford, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to on Sunday, 19th August 2012, to mark 170 years since the foundation of the parish.

Archbishop Peter presided and was joined in the celebration of the Mass by the parish priest, Father Eustace Durugbo MSP, and assistant priests, Fathers Ugochukwu Nnaji MSP and Joseph Udoh MSP. About a thousand parishioners and friends attended and they were joined by guests including the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr. Althea Smith.

In his homily Archbishop Peter spoke of the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Christian community and acknowledged the gifts which flow from such a richly multi-cultural parish.

Fuller report of the Anniversary Mass with added photos

(posted 30-08-12)



Please join our Lourdes pilgrims in spirit and prayer

In two days time on Friday, 24th August, Bishop John will lead the Southwark diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Bishop John and the Southwark pilgrims invite you to join them in spirit and even make a 'virtual' pilgrimage by using the resources available in the recently expanded Lourdes 2012 section of our web site:

 - as this year's Lourdes theme is 'With Bernadette we pray the Rosary', we have included four pages with largely scriptural meditations for each mystery;

 - photos of 'The Way of the Cross' both on Calvary and on the Prairie are available again this year;

 - daily prayer intentions for the diocese
are listed and each day's intention will be  posted at the top of this homepage;

 - the pilgrimage itinerary is available and a few of the Masses will be broadcast on the TVLive web site. The camera is usually trained on the Grotto 24/7;

 - photos will be uploaded to our Lourdes Diary as they are received. 

Please click on the logo on the left  to visit our Lourdes 2012 section


(posted 22-08-12)


Dockhead Choir to sing at Paralympics Thanksgiving

The Dockhead Choir, whose rendition of 'Jerusalem' opened the London 2012 Olympic Games, will also sing at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Paralympic Games, which will be celebrated at St George's Cathedral on Saturday, 8th September 2012, at 12:30 pm - the penultimate day of the Paralympics.

The choir will sing a different version of the hymn 'Jerusalem' to the one performed at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, but will wear the same costumes.

Canon Alan McLean, parish priest of The Most Holy Trinity, Dockhead, said: 'The young people - and their parents - are both delighted and honoured to be taking part in this special liturgy. Being a part of the Mass in thanksgiving for the Paralympic Games is equally as great an honour for us all as being the first voices to be heard at the opening of the 30th Olympiad. Singing in worship of God is what the choir does best.'

The Dockhead Choir is made up of 40 children and teenagers from the church choirs of The Most Holy Trinity Parish, Dockhead, and St William of York Parish, Forest Hill.

Last month, Archbishop Peter opened the Conference 'Everybody has a Place', which explored how disability, theology and sport speak powerfully to one another and in so doing give a more complete vision of the human person. The conference included the witness of international paralympians.

Also, a day at The Friars, Aylesford, celebrated the gifts of people of all abilities. The reputation of this annual event led to its adoption as the Catholic Church's national launch event for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.


Gratitude for Southwark's generosity to Missio

Monsignor Canon James Cronin, National Director of Missio, has written to Archbishop Peter thanking the diocese for its generous contribution to Missio in 2011.

Southwark diocese collected £205,346, which Missio will use to support Missionaries, young Churches and faith based projects in missionary territories.

Archbishop Peter expressed his own appreciation especially to those who collect the Red Boxes in parishes and to the parish co-ordinators.

The total collected in England and Wales last year was £3,125,287.

List of parish contributions to Missio (.pdf) 


Clergy Appointments and News



The Archbishop has made the following appointments:

Some of these appointments will not take effect until the Autumn.

Father Peter Stodart as a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter and Father Alan McLean and Father Francis Moran as Honorary Canons

Father Stephen Langridge as full-time Director of Vocations for three years

Monsignor Gerald Ewing as Parish Priest of the Holy Ghost, Balham

Father John Diver as Parish Priest of St Lawrence of Canterbury, Sidcup

Canon Michael O'Dea as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Pity and St Simon Stock, Putney

Father James Clark as Parish Priest of Virgo Fidelis, Upper Norwood

Father Stephen Boyle as Parish Priest of St Anselm, Dartford

Father Cornelius Boyle as Parish Priest of the Good Shepherd, New Addington

Father Patrick Ryan as  Parish Priest of St Columba, Selsdon

Father Richard Offong CM as Parish Priest of St Paul, Thamesmead Central

Father Philip Smith as Assistant Priest at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint George

Father Kurt Barragan as Assistant Priest at St Andrew, Thornton Heath

Father Alan Burgess as Assistant Priest at St Thomas of Canterbury, Canterbury

Father Oladele Craig as Assistant Priest at the Holy Ghost, Balham

Father Henry Tikku Wenna as a long-term supply priest at St Peter the Apostle, Woolwich

Father Lloyd Shanthikumar as a long-term supply priest at St Peter the Apostle, Woolwich

Deacon Alfred Banya to the Camberwell Deanery with special responsibility to Our Lady of Sorrows, Peckham

Deacon James Coleman to the Chatham Deanery with special responsibility to St Thomas of Canterbury, Rainham

Deacon Stuart Meyer for his Diaconate to the Holy Cross, Catford

Deacon Nicolas von Malaise for his Diaconate to Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth

Father Stephen Langridge will be based in Whitstable at the former Convent in Northwood Road which will become a Vocations Centre, providing the opportunity to host events and retreats for those discerning their vocation.

The Marist Community has been in Sidcup for over a hundred years and has also run the parish. Reluctantly the Marists have had to make the decision to leave Sidcup and move the members of the community to new postings. The Archbishop thanks them for their dedicated service to the diocese, and particularly to the people of Sidcup.

The Archbishop wishes Father Barry Hughes a happy retirement.

The Vincentians have sent Father John Adikwu CM to assist his confreres in the three Thamesmead/Abbey Wood parishes.

Deacon Leonard Tatt will return to the Beda College in September to complete his final seminary year.