One of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today is the granting of the Freedom of the City of London. It is believed that the first Freedom was presented in 1237. The ceremony takes place in the Chamberlain's Court at Guildhall and it was there on Thursday, 31st May 2012, that Archbishop Peter was granted the Freedom of the City of London.
The Archbishop was nominated for the honour by Catherine McGuinness, Deputy of Castle Baynard ward, and Stephen Haines, Deputy of Cornhill ward. Castle Baynard ward includes a tiny portion of land within the Southwark Archdiocese at the south end of Blackfriars Bridge.
During the ceremony the Archbishop promised to 'be good and true to our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second' before signing the Freeman's Declaration Book.
Archbishop Peter with Murray Craig, Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court
Archbishop receives the Freedom parchment from the Remembrancer,
Archbishop Peter with the two members of the Common Council, Catherine McGuiness and Stephen Haines, who proposed him for the Freedom of the City
Archbishop Peter with his guests - Deacon Michael Kennedy,
Father Philip Glandfield, Monsignor Matthew Dickens VG, Mary Doolan,
Miss Rachel McKenzie, Archbishop Kevin, Father John Weatherill and
Canon John O'Toole, Cathedral Dean ...
... and with Council officials and guests
Archbishop Peter speaking at the reception
The Chamberlain, Chris Bilsland, speaking at the reception
On Wednesday, 30th May 2012, Archbishop Peter presided at Mass at the Institute of St Anselm, Cliftonville, during which he presented the diplomas and certificates at the graduation of this years' students.
The Institute was established in 1984 by Fr Len Kofler MHM, its Founder and Director, to provide leadership training programmes primarily for Catholic religious communities, congregations and seminaries world-wide. To date, the Institute has assisted over five thousand participants; these in turn have helped countless others throughout the world. Over 1,350 students have received a Diploma in Human Development after completing their nine-month experiential programme.
Fr Len Kofler speaks about the past year
Sr Shelia Moloney, Chair of Trustees, announces the future plans
for the Institute
Fr Len presents Br George, a Provincial of the de Montfort Brothers,
with a gift - expressing the thanks of the Institute for their willingness
to oversee its future
On Pentecost Sunday, 27th May 2012, Archbishop Peter conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on young members of the Cathedral parish in St George's Cathedral.
Father John Diver and Deacon James Sheahan joined the Archbishop for the celebration.
On Saturday, 26th May 2012, Archbishop Peter was welcomed by Father Neil Vincent, parish priest, and parishioners of St Simon Stock Parish, South Ashford, when he joined them to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of their parish.
Archbishop Peter and Fr Neil Vincent cut the anniversary cake
On Monday, 2nd July 2012, Archbishop Peter will open an International Conference: ‘EveryBody Has a Place’. Celebrating the human person in all its diversity, the Conference will explore the interface between disability, theology and sport.
It will take place at Westminster Central Hall, London, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Speakers include: Prof John Swinton, Baroness Sheila Hollins and Dr David Jones.
For more details please contact Cristina Gangemi of the Kairos Forum firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost for the conference £40 (per person).
initiative to establish peace as a legacy flowing from the London
Olympics and Paralympics is to be launched next week at a Prayer
Vigil at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. The Vigil will
11:00 pm on Friday, 8th June 2012, and last until 12 noon the following day.
As a prelude to the launch, a Pilgrimage dedicated to Our Lady, Queen of Peace, will be held at The Friars, Aylesford, on Saturday, 2nd June 2012.
For more information about 100 Days of Peace please click on the logo above or on the left sidebar.
prayers for Her Majesty the Queen are to be said in Catholic
parishes this weekend.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has requested that every parish celebrate a Mass with prayers to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II this Sunday, 3rd June - the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
During this Mass, the first reading will be replaced by 1 Kings
3:11–14 and the prayer for the Queen will be said after the Prayer
after Communion and before the final Blessing.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has already delivered a Loyal Address to Her Majesty on behalf of the Catholic Church: 'Your Majesty, it is an honour and a pleasure to express the great loyalty and gratitude felt by the Catholic community of England and Wales for the outstanding and unstinting service you give to our nation and to people throughout the world.'
Please pray for the repose of the soul of
Father William Scanlan
who died on 14th May 2012
A Vigil Mass will be offered
at St Anselm, Dartford, DA1 2HJ
on Wednesday, 6th June, at 7:30 pm
His Funeral Mass will be offered there
on Thursday, 7th June, at 12 noon
May he rest in peace
Former Richmond Adult Community College - site of the new schools
in Clifden Road, Twickenham
A new Catholic Primary and Secondary School will be developed for residents of the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames following approval by Richmond Council at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, 24th May 2012. The Cabinet noted that of the 4,000 respondents to a recent survey, two-thirds were in favour of the establishment of a Catholic Secondary School on the site.
The River Thames, the border between the dioceses of Westminster and Southwark, runs through the borough so the schools will attract pupils from both dioceses.
The new Catholic co-educational schools are due to open on 1st September 2013. The primary school will initially admit 30 pupils while the secondary school will begin with 150.
Each year more children will be admitted until the primary school reaches its full capacity of 210 and the secondary school reaches full capacity of 1050, including 300 sixth form students.
The proposal for the new schools will add greater diversity of choice for parents living in Richmond, enabling their children to receive local Catholic education from ages 4 to 18.
On Thursday, 24th May 2012, Education for Parish Service (EPS) held a day conference on the theme of The Eucharist, at the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation in Tooting Bec.
Three of the Conference speakers: Fr Ignatius Edet (Merton parish),
Sr Elizabeth Elive (Ealing) and Dr Marcus Pound (University of Durham)
EPS provides a two year Foundation Degree in Theology, suitable for parish catechists and others.
Visit www.eps-uk.org.uk for more information.
In Saint George's Cathedral on Tuesday, 22nd May 2012, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass of Thanksgiving for priests and deacons who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their ordinations this year.
Diamond Jubilarians: Canon John Bailey - Father Michael Gwinnell
Golden Jubilarians: Bishop John Hine - Father
John Bliss -
Canon Michael Cooley - Canon Jeremiah Cronin - Father Francis Hartley - Father Bernard Heaphy - Father Paul Hough - Father James Nolan -
Father John O'Donoghue - Canon James Pannett - Father Anthony Richins
Ruby Jubilarians: Archbishop Peter Smith -
Bishop Patrick Lynch, ss.cc. - Father Barry Angus - Father John
Dillon - Father Augustine Kinnane -
Father Bernard McNally - Father Eric Nimmo - Father Paul Sanders
Silver Jubilarians: Deacon John Harrison - Deacon Cornelius Quirk
After the Mass, Archbishop Peter hosted a lunch for the jubilarians and their guests in the dining room of Archbishop's House.
As Bishop John celebrates his Golden Jubilee and Archbishop Peter and Bishop Patrick their Ruby Jubilees this year, they have been asked to offer a Mass of Thanksgiving so that the diocese may celebrate with them.
This Mass will be held at The Frairs, Aylesford, on Saturday, 7th July 2012, at 12 noon. All are warmly invited to attend.
Our congratulations to all our jubilarians and our gratitude to them for their many years of devoted ministry. We keep them in our prayers.
Ad multos annos!
History was made on Sunday, 20th May 2012, when the official shrine of Saint Augustine at Pugin’s personal church in Ramsgate, was formally inaugurated by Archbishop Peter. The inauguration took place during Vespers (according to the Anglican patrimony), sung by the choir of the Ordinariate group at Deal, and Benediction.
Peter told a packed St Augustine’s church: “St Augustine is the
Apostle of England and the secondary patron of the Archdiocese of
Southwark, so it seems fitting that we should have a shrine here,
in St Augustine’s church, to honour that great saint and encourage
devotion to him, and for pilgrims to learn more about the history
of Christianity in England.”
Fr Marcus Holden the parish priest and custodian of St Augustine’s commented: “We are delighted that this year’s St Augustine’s week started with the inauguration of his Shrine. We hope that we will attract more visitors to come and enjoy visiting Pugin’s favourite church. We are still trying to rescue the church as a great work of architecture and there is still much to do, but the shrine gives the church a fitting spiritual significance and will help us to continue to restore the site.”
The shrine highlights the close bond between Rome and England as St Augustine was sent on his mission directly by Pope Gregory the Great. It is close to where Augustine landed in 597 AD to preach the Gospel to the Anglo-Saxons.
Father Marcus Holden
Father Marcus Holden places a relic of St Augustine's body in a reliquary donated by the Fathers of the Oxford Oratory
Archbishop Peter with the choir from the Deal Ordinariate group ...
... with Father Christopher Lindlar, Father Marcus Holden and servers ...
... and with some of the priests from the Thanet deanery
Members of the Knights of St Columba
Father Marcus Holden with Sisters from Minster Abbey
At the reception after the Service
Full text of Archbishop Peter's homily (.pdf available)
On Sunday, 20th May 2012, Archbishop Peter visited the Church of Saint Anne, Cliftonville, to celebrate Mass and confirm young parishioners from the Ramsgate and Margate parishes.
On Saturday, 19th May 2012, Archbishop Peter celebrated Mass in St George's Cathedral for the new Catholics who had been baptised or received into full Communion with the Church at Easter.
Canon John O'Toole, Cathedral Dean, and Father David Gibbons, Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation, were concelebrants.
Archbishop Kevin, who chairs the Bishops' Conference Committee for Other Faiths, and Bishop Paul visited the Oshwal Centre in Potters Bar on Wednesday, 16th May 2012.
The Centre's complex is dedicated to Jainism, an ancient religion with many followers, especially in India. It contains a traditional Shikarbandh Jain Derasar (Temple) which was completed in 2005.
Bishop Paul and Archbishop Kevin are welcomed by Tushar Jayantilal Sha, President of the Oshwal Association of the UK and Nemu Chandaria, the Chairman of the Institute of Jainology
Father Michael Sileshi, parish priest, and parishioners of St Ann's, Kingston Hill, welcomed Archbishop Peter to their parish on Sunday, 13th May 2012. The Archbishop celebrated Mass and confirmed ten young parishioners.
Adviser for Disability and Adult Formation
Salary : £31,280
Applications are invited from practising Catholics for the above post.
This full-time post is open to those with suitable experience and qualifications in the field of Disability, Adult Formation and Parish Catechesis.
The person appointed will work as a member of a Team and will contribute to the ongoing work of the Centre for Catholic Formation in its role as a diocesan agency for adult faith formation.
Closing date for applications: midnight on Sunday, 24th June 2012.
Further details of the post, together with an application form, are available from:
Fr David Gibbons, Director,
Centre for Catholic Formation,
21 Tooting Bec Road
London SW17 8BS
Telephone: 020 8672 7684/2422
From Friday, 11th May, to Sunday, 13th May 2012, eleven Permanent Deacons accompanied by ten wives attended an annual Retreat led this year by Father Peter Hall, OFM, who gave talks on the five Solemnities from The Ascension of the Lord through to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Father Peter and the retreatants are pictured in the grounds of Maison Diocesaine d’Accueil at Merville in France enjoying the early evening sunshine between talks.
One of the retreatants remarked that Father Peter's talks were both enlightening and inspiring especially when considering a homily for any of the Solemnities!
Next year's Retreat in Merville is already booked and the dates for Deacons dairies are Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2013 further details will be available at a later date from the Reverend John Greenwood our Director of Diaconal Ongoing Formation.
On Sunday, 13th May 2012, Bishop John offered Mass at St Francis'
Church, Maidstone, during which he conferred the Ministry of
Reader on two men who are studying for the Permanent Diaconate:
Ian Black, Maidstone parish, and Wayne Tuckell, Margate Parish.
The conferral of this Ministry is one of the steps on the path to ordination. Bishop John presented each of them with a copy of the Bible.
Wayne Tuckell (left) with members of his family, Fr Luke Smith, his parish priest, and friends from the Margate parish before the Mass in Maidstone
On Saturday, 12th May 2012, exactly 50 years to the day that St Edmund’s Catholic School, Dover, opened its doors to its first set of students, the school played host to a reunion day for former students and staff.
Some families attended with as many as three generations of former and present students.
Paul Cannons and Mike Prebble
With no formal schedule, guests were invited to walk through the school at their leisure, allowing memories to flood back from their school days. Tours were led by long serving members of staff Mike Prebble and Paul Cannons, as well as the schools’ Executive Headteacher, Chris Atkin. A familiar face greeted everyone as they entered the school, signing in with another long serving member of staff, Sharon Zelenczuk.
Mrs Huntley (teacher from 1962) looks at a picture of recent staff
Laid out in the main hall were photographs from across the five decades.
Class of ’62 (first ever year) look back at their class photo
Chris Atkin, Executive Headteacher, said: ‘It is great to reminisce – all round a really enjoyable day.’
Saint George's Cathedral was chosen as the location for the Borough of Southwark's Civic Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 12th May 2012.
Among those receiving the Freedom of the Borough of Southwark was Sir Michael Caine, who grew up locally at Elephant and Castle.
The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Lorraine Lauder MBE, made the presentations.
Others honoured with the Freedom of the Borough were:
Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC,
Harriet Harman QC MP, Simon Hughes MP, Tessa Jowell MP, Barry Albin Dyer,
Stephen Humphrey MA
and Coral Ann Newell.
Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC receives the Freedom of the Borough
Photo: Aylesford Carmelites
On Saturday, 12th May 2012, Bishop Paul joined the Legion of Mary on pilgrimage at The Friars, Aylesford, to celebrate the memory of Edel Quinn, Ireland's 20th century apostle to Africa.
Edel Quinn was born in County Cork in 1907. She wanted to become a Poor Clare, but was prevented by advanced tuberculosis. At the age of 20 she joined the Legion of Mary in Dublin and devoted herself to helping the poor in that city.
When she was 29, in spite of her illness, Frank Duff chose her to be a Legion of Mary Envoy to establish the organization in the vast territories of East and Central Africa.
She established hundreds of Legion Branches in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Mauritius, engaging thousands of Africans in the Church's work of evangelization. Edel died in Nairobi in May 1944, aged 36.
The cause for her beatification was introduced in 1956 and she was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II on 15th December, 1994. The cause continues.
Photo: Aylesford Carmelites
Photos of the Conference on Human Trafficking held in Rome on Tuesday, 8th May 2012, have been uploaded to the CCEW Flickr page.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Bishop Patrick, Chairman of the Office for Migration Policy of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria
Julie Etchingham, Co-presenter of ITV News at Ten - Moderator of the Conference - with Cardinal Turkson and Bishop Patrick
Mr Liam Vernon Deputy Director, United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre, Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, Specialist Crime Directorate SCD9 Human Exploitation and Organised Crime, Metropolitan Police, UK, and Mr Steve Harvey Europol Netherlands
Cardinal Turkson with Mr Nigel Marcus Baker OBE MVO,
Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Holy See
On Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May 2012, over 2000 Catholic migrants living and working in London attended a special Mass for Migrants at Westminster Cathedral. This was the seventh annual Mass for Migrants organised by the dioceses of Westminster, Southwark and Brentwood and again the occasion reflected the tremendous diversity of London’s Catholic community.
Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood was the principal celebrant and the homily was given by Bishop Patrick, who praised the contribution that migrants make to British society, and asked Catholics to 'proclaim a message of hope that God is close to the poor, the vulnerable, the exploited, those seeking asylum and those who are undocumented'.
The music came from across the globe: a choir for the Mass was provided by the Nigerian community and a liturgical procession and dance was carried out by young people from the Vietnamese Community.
Those attending the Mass included MPs Jon Cruddas and Jim Dobbin, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Westminster, the Mayors of Richmond, Kensington and Chelsea and Brent, and ambassadors from the EU and other countries including Ghana, Nigeria, the Philippines, Bolivia and Poland.
Full text of Bishop Patrick's homily (.pdf available)
Report on the Diocese of Westminster's web site
(with link to an audio file of Bishop Patrick's homily)
On Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May 2012, Archbishop Peter celebrated Mass at The Friars, Aylesford, for the altar servers of the diocese, many of whom are members of the Guild of Saint Stephen.
Many of the servers were young, but also present were members of the Guild who have dedicated decades of their lives to service on the sanctuary.
Father Stephen Boyle, Southwark chaplain to the Guild of St Stephen
Archbishop Peter with those who served the Mass
And after lunch ... football.
On Sunday, 6th May 2012, Bishop Paul presided at a Mass at St Anselm's, Tooting Bec, during which he conferred the ministries on two men who are training to be Permanent Deacons.
Michael Carrucan of St Anselm, Tooting Bec, was instituted in the Ministry of Acolyte and Peter Sebastian of St Raphael, Surbiton, was instituted in the Ministry of Reader.
Peter Sebastian is instituted in the Ministry of Reader
'Take this book of holy Scripture and be faithful
in handing on the word of God,
so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people.'
Michael Carrucan is instituted in the Ministry of Acolyte
'Take this vessel with wine
for the celebration of the eucharist.
Make your life worthy of your service
at the table of the Lord and of his Church.'
The excellent choir was conducted by Martine Mercer
On Saturday, 5th May 2012, Archbishop Peter presided at Mass in the Cathedral on Diocesan Diaconate Day. During the Mass our Permanent Deacons renewed their commitment to diaconal service and four men who are studying for the diaconate were admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders.
Father Peter Edwards, the Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate, concelebrated at the Mass.
Those to be admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders are presented
to the Archbishop ...
... who hands a crucifix to each of them
After Mass: the Archbishop with those newly admitted to Candidacy
On Saturday, 5th May 2012, Bishop Patrick commissioned ninety new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in St Joseph's Chapel at The Friars, Aylesford.
The new ministers came from eighteen parishes around the diocese: Abbey Wood, Ashford, Barnes, Bexleyheath, Bromley Common, Canterbury, Dartford, Faversham, Maidstone, Paddock Wood, Pembury, Petts Wood, Plumstead Common, Purley, Sheppey, Sydenham Kirkdale, Tenterden and Westerham.
A session with Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General
Bishop Patrick gives the new ministers their certificates during Mass
Concelebrants at the Mass were Monsignor Matthew Dickens and
Father Paul Connelly, parish priest of The Holy Cross, Plumstead Common
Bishop Patrick, Chairman of the Office for Migration Policy at the Bishops' Conference, will attend a conference in Rome next week on combating human trafficking.
The Conference has been organised by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales in collaboration with the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace and the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.
Those attending will include Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, with representatives of the FBI, London's Metropolitan Police and the Polish Police Force.
The aims of the Conference are:
The Church is well placed to contribute to these aims: its parish structure ensures that pastoral workers, priests and religious are present at the ground level and it has, on the global level, an established network of communications.
Bishop Patrick said: 'Those who are trafficked are the most vulnerable and most exploited in the world today. It's an area which we can not only focus on but we can harness a lot of agencies in the Church and outside the Church to make a significant contribution.'
The Missionary Society of Saint Paul held its General Meeting with its new Superior General, Father Paul Ngozichukwu Ofoha, MSP, on Thursday, 3rd May 2012. The meeting was hosted by Father Eustace Durugbo, MSP, and Father Joseph Udoh, MSP, at The Assumption in Deptford.
Bishop Patrick attended the meeting.
On Wednesday, 2nd May 2012, Archbishop Peter visited St Francis Primary School, Maidstone, to bless the new extension to the school buildings.
Archbishop Peter with Mr D. Bray (Headteacher), Mrs A. Black (Chair of Governors) and Canon John Clark (Vice Chair and local parish priest)
On Tuesday, 1st May 2012, Archbishop Peter was welcomed at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Bermondsey: Dockhead, to offer a Mass in celebration of the Centenary of St Joseph's Primary School, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912.
Pupils from the school read the Bidding Prayers
Archbishop Peter presents a commemorative plaque to the Headteacher, Mr Mark Macauley, and the Sisters of Mercy
After Mass the celebrations continued with a Centenary Parade along local streets and a Celebration Fair in the school grounds.
St Thomas More parish in Bexleyheath, Kent, enjoyed a very special May with a two-week parish mission. The mission, led by the Sion Community, of Brentwood in Essex, involved a team of missionaries and supporters along with hundreds of parishioners. Missionaries carried out visits to parishioners' homes in the first week, while week two focused on several special events including services, music, prayer meetings and a special Confirmation Mass at which Bishop Patrick presided.
The mission brought together hundreds of people from across the parish in a spirit of renewal, helping the parishioners to come closer both to God and to each other. The photos show members of the mission team at some of the special services.