News Archive for 2012 - October

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz

Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain (2004 - 2010)

ho died on 31st October 2012

His Funeral will take place in Madrid
on Friday, 2nd November

May he rest in peace

News release from the CCEW web site


On Sunday, 28th October 2012, the final day of 100 Days of Peace, a Peace Legacy Mass was celebrated in Portuguese and English at St George's Cathedral.

Archbishop Peter presided and was joined by Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Monsignor John Armitage, the Vicar General of Brentwood, and priests from the Brazilian Chaplaincy and parishes in London.

Bishop Luis Henrique, Auxiliary Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, was a special guest. He was to take a copy of the Pax Christi Peace Icon back to Brazil to keep the Peace Legacy alive at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This Icon was on display, having visited 17 parishes and two Cathedrals throughout the 100 Days of Peace.

Hundreds attended the Mass including the Mayors of five London Boroughs and diplomats from around the world. Also present at the Mass was former Attorney General Baroness Scotland.

In his homily, Mgr John Armitage said that the 'ever present' yearning for peace was to be found everywhere from Aleppo in Syria to the hearts of the parents of children who suffer acts of violence on London streets. 'We want to make sense of these experiences and find ways of creating good from tragedy. Jesus calls us to a life of peacemaking, to create a culture of life, to hunger and thirst for what is right and just.'

Archbishop Vincent with Bishop Luis after he had entrusted the
symbols of peace to him

Barbara Kentish of the Westminster J&P Commission
passes on a poster of the Peace Icon to Bishop Luis

Art work from St Ursula's School, Greenwich

Report on Independent Catholic News

Report on londonSE1 community website

Photos on Fr Vanderley Oliveira's Facebook page (login needed)


University Chaplaincies gather at Aylesford

Praying the Rosary along the Rosary Way

On Saturday, 27th October 2012, the University Chaplaincies from the south of England and from as far away as Cambridge and Manchester gathered on pilgrimage at The Friars, Aylesford.

The day began with the praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary along the Rosary Way. Father Brendan Grady OCarm, Prior, then welcomed the assembly in the Relic Chapel and, following a reflection on the Year of Faith, they divided into groups for discussion.

In the afternoon, Archbishop Peter presided at Mass and gave an encouraging homily. Father Stephen Langridge had the opportunity to speak about vocation and explained that one of the themes of the diocese's new Vocation Centre is 'Discipleship Discerns Vocation'.

Archbishop Peter gives the homily

The Eucharistic Prayer


Dedicated Service at St Joseph's, Shooters Hill

Renée Miles with Father James Kirby, parish priest, and her family

Renée Miles of St Joseph's Parish, Shooter's Hill, has received the Benemerenti medal for her dedicated service to the parish spanning over thirty years.

She was responsible for typing the weekly newsletter and she cleaned the Church. She is the Parish Representative for Catholic Fellowship for the Disabled, ensuring that disabled people are integrated into the body of the Church. In particular she has worked on the Inclusion Project. She also worked as the Treasurer for the Fellowship for twelve years and set up a deposit account with the Archdiocese for pilgrimages to Lourdes for the disabled.

Renée has for over fifteen years managed the Church Repository. In addition to this, she is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and for over twenty years she has taken the Sacrament to the sick and housebound, as well as training parishioners in this important ministry. Renée has run a Parish Prayer Group for over twenty years.

Renée draws her nourishment from the Mass and from her service to the sick and housebound as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.



An audio file of Cardinal Danneels' lecture 'Vatican II - A Council Unlike Any Other' has been uploaded to our site.

To listen to the lecture please visit our the lecture page by clicking here.

The lecture itself begins at 6 mins 05 secs after Archbishop Peter's introduction.

 The full text is also available on this page.


Please click on the image to link to the Vatican's web site

The official Vatican web site for the Year of Faith has published:
- the text of the Mass for the New Evangelization
- the words and music for the official Year of Faith hymn and
- the conditions for gaining the Year of Faith Plenary Indulgence.

Details can be found on the Vatican's site by clicking on Annus Fidei on the top menu. They can also be found on our own Year of Faith page


On Tuesday, 23rd October 2012, at St George's Cathedral, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass to mark the closure of 100 Days of Peace.

Representatives of the Schools’ Commissions and Justice and Peace groups across the three London Dioceses - Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster - launched the Hundred Days of Peace initiative. Through schools and parishes they have been encouraging the Catholic community and those of other faiths to use the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to create a lasting legacy of peace.

In Southwark, all our schools were given a participating country to adopt. By a variety of means - prayer, contact, research and fundraising - the aim has been to witness to our faith by welcoming nations into our hearts and minds. This Closing Mass recognised and celebrated the efforts made by our students during these Hundred Days of Peace and hopefully beyond.

Many outstanding artistic contributions decorated the Cathedral.

In his homily, Archbishop Peter spoke of the primacy of love: 'When we learn to really love one another, we change, and our communities change and become places of harmony, peace and justice.'

Children with their symbols of peace in front of the peace icon

Archbishop Peter signs the 'Release the Peace' car

Many more photos of the Mass and the children's art on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Full text of Archbishop Peter's homily (.pdf available)


New Parish Priest of Sidcup is inducted

On the evening of Saturday, 20th October 2012, Archbishop Peter celebrated Mass at St Lawrence of Canterbury Church, Sidcup, during which he inducted Father John Diver as the new parish priest.

Father John was formerly an assistant priest at St George's Cathedral.

The Marist Community, who had care of the parish for over a hundred years left in August. The Archbishop had celebrated a Farewell Mass of Thanksgiving and Gratitude with them in June.

More photos of the Induction Mass on RCSouthwark's Flickr page


Procession of the Blessed Sacrament between Westminster and Southwark Cathedrals

Crossing Lambeth Bridge ...

On Saturday, 20th October 2012, Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary in Westminster, carried the Blessed Sacrament in procession from Westminster Cathedral to St George's Cathedral, Southwark.

He was joined by the Cathedral Deans - Canon Christopher Tuckwell of Westminster and Canon John O'Toole of Southwark - and a crowd of up to 1,000 people, singing hymns and praying the Rosary as they moved slowly along the route.

The event started with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Westminster Cathedral and ended with Bishop Sherrington presiding at Benediction at St George's.

Arriving at Saint George's ...


Ursulines celebrate 135 years in Greenwich

On Friday afternoon, 19th October 2012, Archbishop Peter offered Mass at Our Ladye Star of the Sea, Greenwich, in celebration of 135 years of Ursuline presence in Greenwich.

Their convent at Greenwich was founded from Duderstadt in Germany on 1st October 1877. The sisters had lived in Duderstadt since 1700, but they expelled from their convent by the German Chancellor Bismarck who wanted the state to control all educational establishments.

They found a suitable property in Crooms Hill and founded St Ursula's School with 25 pupils.

More photos of the Mass on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Visit St Ursula's Convent School web site


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Father David Gibbons leads Cardinal Danneels into the Amigo Hall

On Thursday, 18th October 2012, in the Amigo Hall, Archbishop Peter welcomed Cardinal Godfried Danneels, emeritus Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, to the diocese.

The Cardinal, who attended the Second Vatican Council as an expert ('peritus'), gave a lecture 'Vatican II - A Council Unlike Any Other' as part of the Year of Faith celebrations in Southwark.

The Cardinal focussed on the visions of the Council which had already been achieved, but also pointed to those areas which were part of the Council's on-going agenda.

The lecture was attended by about 150 people, including 35 who had travelled up from the Seminary.

This was a rare opportunity to hear from one of the few remaining people who were present at the Council.

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Cardinal Danneels with Archbishop Peter

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Canon John O'Toole, the Cathedral Dean, thanks the Cardinal

Download the full text of the Cardinal's lecture in .pdf format 

More photos of the occasion on the CCEW Flickr page


Sacred Heart School opens new ASD centre

On Tuesday, 9th October 2012, Archbishop Peter blessed and opened Hilary House, a purpose built centre which will cater for sixteen children from reception to year 6 who suffer with autism spectrum disorder.

The new facility is on the site of the Sacred Heart Primary School, Battersea, and is named after a former inspirational teacher at the school, Sister Hilary Terrett FMA, who died in 2010.

All children from Hilary House will attend mainstream lessons according to individual strengths and abilities.

Archbishop Peter with the parish priest, Father Christopher Heaps, SDB,
and staff

Download flyer with more information about Hilary House (.pdf)

Download a tribute to Sister Hilary Terrett, FMA (.pdf)

(posted 22-10-12)


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon Geoffrey Burke

of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

ho died on 19th October 2012

His body will be received at
St Paul's, Hazelgrove Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 3PQ
on Sunday, 4th November, at 3:00 pm
and a Vigil Mass will be offered at 5:00 pm

His Funeral Mass will be offered there
on Monday, 5th November, at 12 noon

May he rest in peace


Our new Vocations Centre has opened in Whitstable

Father Stephen Langridge, Southwark's Vocations Director, has moved to the new Vocations Centre in Whitstable.

It has taken much work to get the Centre up and running and there is still much to do. But thanks to groups of willing young helpers (the first is pictured above), the Centre has already been able to host its first retreat and a break for priests.

The Centre has a conference room with state of the art audio-visual facilities, a good-sized room to act as the Vocations Office and a small but comfortable lounge and residential facilities.

The Centre reflects a shift in practice in vocations ministry - from recruitment to discernment: discernment being an active time of growth and maturing in various aspects of Christian life.

Father Stephen's new address is
Vocations Centre
Northwood Road
Kent CT5 2EY
Telephone: 01227 272824

Read Fr Stephen's Vocations blog


Confirmation Class of 2012 gather at the Cathedral

Over 500 young people filled Saint George's Cathedral on Sunday, 14th October 2012 for an afternoon of liturgy, music and discussion, with input from Archbishop Peter.

The Archbishop shared some of his faith journey and encouraged young people to become more involved in their parishes by reading at Mass or joining the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and visiting the housebound.

Doughnuts and drinks in the Amigo Hall ...

More photos of the gathering on RCSouthwark's Flickr page


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon Dermod Fogarty, DD, LCL

of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

ho died on 15th October 2012

His funeral will be held on Monday, 29th October 2012,
at 12:30 pm
at Our Lady of Sorrows, Clarence Road, Bognor Regis,
West Sussex PO21 1LP

Telephone: 01243 823619

May he rest in peace


On Saturday, 13th October 2012, Archbishop Peter was joined in Saint George's Cathedral by bishops, priests, deacons, religious and laity - young and old - from around the diocese to celebrate the Inaugural Mass for the Year of Faith.

In his homily, the Archbishop spoke of the truths of the revealed content of faith and added ' But at its heart, faith is a call to believe in and trust in the living God. It is a call to personal conversion of heart, the vocation of all God's people to holiness ... The response to that vocation requires each of us to deepen our personal relationship and trust in the person of Jesus Christ, in whom 'we see made visible the God we cannot see'.'

He concluded 'My hope and prayer today is that, through our prayer, our reflection on the Gospel and the teaching of the Church, we may all experience a renewal and strengthening of our faith, a faith which is to be expressed in fulfilling the second commandment to love our neighbour as ourselves, and in proclaiming the Gospel with confidence and joy to the people of our time.'

Those present were given copies of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds.

Copies of the Creeds are available .pdf format

Parishes, schools and other organisations in the diocese which did not collect their copy of the Creed at the Mass can collect one from the Centre for Catholic Formation.

Archbishop Peter with Christine Brett, headteacher, and pupils from
St Elizabeth's School, Richmond

Full text of Archbishop Peter's homily (.pdf available)

Many more photos on the RCSouthwark Flickr page


Blessing of new building at St James the Great

The school assembly

On Monday, 8th October 2012, Bishop Paul visited St James the Great Primary School in Thornton Heath to bless the new extension.

The visit started with school assembly led by pupils from year 2 who told the story of Our Lady’s parents. After the assembly Bishop Paul blessed the new building and a crucifix which will be displayed there. He then toured the classrooms and answered questions prepared by the pupils.

Bishop Paul blesses the new building

The school choir singing during the blessing of the new building

Bishop Paul and his Private Secretary Jacques Lambert in the new building


Southwark Catenians remember their dead

On Sunday, 7th October 2012, over a hundred members of Southwark’s Catenian Association remembered their dead at a Mass celebrated by Canon John O’Toole in St George’s Cathedral.

Each year they come together to remember their brothers who have died throughout the year and pray for them and their families – lunch then follows where memories and stories are discussed and lives toasted.

The Catenians are a group of practicing Catholic men who believe that through friendship and faith they can strengthen family life.

Processing behind the Choir: Grand Vice President John Rayer
and his wife Anne

Provincial President (and Deacon) Duncan Aitkins read the readings

After Mass - on the way to lunch

Visit The Catenian Association's web site

(posted 12-10-12)


Southwark Headteachers' Annual Conference

The Pursuit of Excellence or the Call to Perfection: The same or different? This was the main topic of discussion at the Annual Diocesan Headteachers Conference held on October 4th and 5th 2012 in Ashford. Over 75% of our headteachers attended, demonstrating their commitment to raising standards and strengthening the Catholic ethos of our schools.

The headteachers were facilitated by three keynote speakers. Dr Anne Bamford, Diocesan Director of Education, spoke on the importance of communication and collaborative working as a way to support excellence. Frank Crawford, former Chief Inspector of Schools in Scotland for over 10 years, presented future challenges for our schools and John Bell, author and presenter recognised worldwide as an authority on education, emphasised the importance of quality leadership in our schools.

In the evaluation of the conference, headteachers valued the time together to discuss how schools sustain improvements. The headteachers also benefitted from the reflective time during the Mass at which Archbishop Peter presided with wonderful music by the choir of St Teresa's Primary School in Morden.

As our headteachers aptly summarised, ‘It was the tonic I much needed and I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. I left feeling refreshed and inspired.’

(posted 12-10-12)


Clergy Appointments and News



The Archbishop has made the following appointments:

As members of the College of Consultors:
Bishop John Hine
Bishop Paul Hendricks
Bishop Patrick Lynch
Provost Tom McHugh
Monsignor Canon Martin Lee
Monsignor Matthew Dickens
Father Peter Geldard
Father David Gibbons
Father Paul Mason
Father John Mulligan
Father Michael Scanlon
Father Stephen Wymer

He thanks those who formed the previous College of Consultors.

Canon Tom McHugh as Provost of the Cathedral Chapter

Father Paul Connelly as Parish Priest of The Holy Family, Thanet

Father Steven Fisher as Parish Priest of The Holy Cross, Plumstead  Common (Father Steven has returned to the diocese after a  period of discernment with the Benedictine Community in Chilworth)

Father Justin Daanaah as Parochial Administrator of St Thomas of Canterbury, Rainham

Father Ugo Nnaji MSP as Parochial Administrator of St Elizabeth, Richmond

Father Don Coleman has resigned from the office of Parish Priest in Thanet. The Archbishop thanks him for his years of ministry first as deacon and then as priest and wishes him a happy retirement.

Father Brian Coyle is to join one of the courses at St Anselm's Institute, Cliftonville.

The Archbishop welcomes the following clergy to the diocese:

Father Piotr Kucharski of the Archdiocese of Przemysl to serve at St Francis, Maidstone for the next three years

Father Biju Matthew Kottanalloor CST (Little Flower Congregation) as the new chaplain of the Syro-Malabar Community, residing at Lee

Father Gerardo Cortes Gonzalez OAR who has joined the Latin American Chaplaincy Team at Vauxhall (Father Cortes Gonzalez is a recently ordained priest and we wish him well in his first priestly appointment)

Father Kieran Patrick Anderson SDB has been appointed Rector of the Salesian Community in Battersea

Father Peter Pagac SDB has joined the Salesian Community at Battersea

Father Josef Briffa SJ has joined the Jesuit Community at Helix Gardens, Brixton Hill

Father Chijijoke Azuawusiefe SJ has joined the Jesuit Formation Community at Edge Hill, Wimbledon

Father Michael O'Halloran SJ has joiined the Jesuit Community in Wimbledon

(posted 11-10-12)


Commissioning of new Extra-ordinary Ministers

On Saturday, 6th October 2012, Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, led the Commissioning Day for new Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. He gave the talks in the Amigo Hall and presided at Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Mass in the Cathedral.

He commissioned 136 new ministers from 44 parishes during the Mass.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

New ministers are presented with their certificates

Mgr Matthew congratulates the new ministers after Mass

New ministers from SS John Fisher and Thomas More, Eltham Well Hall,
with their parish priest, Father Richard Plunkett

More photos of the day on RCSouthwark's Flickr page


Union of Catholic Mothers Rally

On the evening of Monday, 1st October 2012, Archbishop Peter presided at Mass for the Union of Catholic Mothers Rally. Father Douglas Bull concelebrated.

Visit the web site of the Union of Catholic Mothers

(posted 10-10-12)

Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read in our parishes this weekend. In it he outlines the vision of the Year of Faith which begins on 11th October 2012, the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council.

He invites the whole diocese to participate enthusiastically during the year so that, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, we may all 'rediscover the joy of believing' and understand that the whole Christian community is not just called to collaborate with the clergy but to be 'truly co-responsible for the being and activity of the Church'.

Read the full text of the Archbishop's Pastoral Letter (.pdf available)

This prayer card with the Apostles' Creed and the Prayer used by Blessed John XXIII at the Second Vatican Council and they prayed by all the bishops at the beginning of every session will be available.

Please click on the image for a larger version

Also available will be a brochure outlining the various events in the diocese marking the Year of Faith and information about resources to learn more about our faith and the Second Vatican Council.

Please click on the image for a .pdf version of the full brochure

Archbishop Peter will preside at the Inaugural Mass for the Year of Faith at Saint George's Cathedral on Saturday, 13th October 2012, at 12:30 pm.

He invites the clergy and representatives from every parish, school, religious community and organisation in the diocese to join him.

Visit our diocesan Year of Faith page

Visit our Year of Faith Diary of Events (2012)