News Archive for 2013 - April

St Anselm's School, Canterbury, honours its patron


On Thursday, 25th April 2013, Saint Anselm's Catholic School in Canterbury celebrated the Feast Day of its patron with Mass in Canterbury Cathedral.

Bishop John presided at the Mass which was concelebrated by the local clergy. The Mass was attended by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Robert Waters, and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Sally Pickersgill.

Music was led by the St Anselm's Choir and instrumentalists.

St Anselm was born in 1033. He was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093 and died there in 1109. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1720 by Pope Clement XI. 

Full report of the occasion (.pdf)

Visit St Anselm's Catholic School web site


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Bishop John baptises Kimberley

Bishop John is pictured with Kimberley, her parents (left), Fr Luke Smith, parish priest, Kimberley's godmother, Sylwia Kwiatkowska, and godfather, Tomas Wieczorek

During his parish visitation of Ss Austin and Gregory, Margate, over the weekend 27th/28th April 2013, Bishop John baptised Kimberley Maruszszak during the 11:30 am Sunday Mass.


Sister Mary Jude's Diamond Jubilee

The parish of St Andrew, Thornton Heath, came together on Saturday, 27th April 2013, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of parish sister, Sister Mary Jude's profession of vows. Sister Mary Jude is a Daughter of Mary and Joseph, she has been in the parish for 16 years.

She was joined on the night by two of her nephews with their families, her fellow sisters of The Daughters of Mary and Joseph, along with a church full of parishioners. Bishop Paul was the Principal Celebrant and there were seven other priests concelebrating. At the reception, Sister Mary Jude was joined by her life-long friend since her school days, Bishop Howard.

Sister Mary Jude is still active in the parish, she organises baptismal catechises she takes communion to the housebound, she reads at Mass and runs the repository. Previously she had taught at both Coloma Prep and St Anne's Prep Schools. The party went on till quite late as so many had come to show their affection for this much adored lady.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Thelma Misquitta

ho died on 26th April 2013

(Former member of staff at the Finance Office
organising the Covenant Scheme)

Her body will be received at
Our Lady Queen of Peace, East Sheen,
on Sunday, 12th May, at 7:00 pm
Her Funeral Mass will be held there
on Monday, 13th May, at 12:30 pm
May she rest in peace


 Confirmation at the Sacred Heart, Camberwell

On Friday, 26th April 2013, Bishop Patrick was welcomed to the parish of the Sacred Heart, Camberwell, where he presided at Mass and confirmed 56 parishioners.



Thursday, 25th April 2013

We have started to upload the photos and diary entries that are reaching us from the Holy Land.

Please click on the Holy Land Diary box above to visit the linked page.

Monday, 29th: Father Philip Glandfield continues his diary and adds more photos ...


St Mary's, Croydon, hosts ACN Event

Ann Widdecombe, Father Michael Scanlon and Bishop Paul

On Tuesday, 23rd April 2013, Father Michael Scanlon, parish priest, and the parishioners of St Mary's, Croydon, hosted an evening on behalf of Aid to the Church in Need.

Over 200 people gathered to listen to Ann Widdecombe, the guest speaker, call on them to lobby UK parliamentarians for action to stop the persecution of Christians abroad. She noted the potential strength of Britain's leverage as a  major provider of overseas aid to countries reportedly responsible for some of the worst acts of oppression.

Bishop Paul and Father Michael, who is also the Chairman of Southwark's Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, joined the panel.

The evening was was organised by parishioner Malcolm Fernando and chaired by Neville Kyrke-Smith, ANC's UK National Director. A choir from St Mary's performed at the event.

Read a fuller report on ANC (UK) web site with the opportunity of downloading a recording of Ann Widdecombe's address


Chapter Mass on the Feast of Saint George

On Tuesday, 23rd April 2013, Canons of the Cathedral Chapter and Honorary Canons celebrated the Feast of Saint George, Patron of the Cathedral Church, at a Mass offered by Bishop John.

In his homily, Bishop John said: 'This is very much the message of the Book of Revelation - the fight goes on but the victory is certain because it is already won by the blood of the Lamb. It expresses total confidence in the power of the risen Christ, who has defeated sin and death. We have nothing to fear but everything to gain by insisting on the full message of the Good News - and our all-powerful tool is that of sacrifice and love.'

Full text of Bishop John's homily (.pdf available)


In the footsteps of the Lord ...


On Monday, 22nd April 2013, Southwark pilgrims - a group of 74 - flew to Tel Aviv on the first leg of the Southwark Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The pilgrimage is part of the diocesan Year of Faith programme.

Archbishop Peter is leading the pilgrimage, which is being conducted by Father David Gibbons.

Pilgrims will spend three nights in Jerusalem, three nights in Bethlehem and two nights in Tiberias in Galilee.

We join the pilgrims in spirit and unite our prayers with theirs.

Follow the pilgrimage itinerary on this linked page


Bishops meet Pope Francis in Private Audience

Wednesday, 17th April 2013

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After the General Audience the Holy Father held an impromptu Private Audience for the bishops of England and Wales.

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During the meeting Cardinal Cormac told the Pope that his election and the first weeks of his papacy had 'brought fresh hope to the Church'. Each bishop then individually greeted the Pope.

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Archbishop Peter greets Pope Francis

More photos of Pope Francis meeting the bishops on CCEW Flickr page


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Tim Buckley

ho died on 17th April 2013

His body will repose at his home
'An Cladar', Ardaneanig, Lissivigeen, Killarney
on Thursday, 18th April, from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm,
followed by removal to
St Patrick's Church, Millstreet, Co. Cork to arrive at 8:00 pm

His Funeral Mass will be held there
on Friday, 19th April, at 11:00 am
followed by burial
at St Mary's Cemetery, Millstreet, Co. Cork

Family flowers only,
donations if desired to the Alzheimers Association

May he rest in peace


Bishops join the General Audience in St Peter's Square

Wednesday, 17th April 2013

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Welcoming the English-speaking pilgrims, Pope Francis said: 'I offer a cordial welcome to the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and I assure them of my prayers for their episcopal ministry.'

More photos of the General Audience on CCEW Flickr page


Bishops offer Mass at the Tomb of Saint Peter

Wednesday, 17th April 2013

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Early this morning the bishops of England and Wales travelled from Palazzola to St Peter's Basilica where they offered Mass at the Tomb of St Peter.

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More photos of the Mass at St Peter's Tomb on CCEW Flickr page


Happy 86th Birthday to our Pope Emeritus

Today, Tuesday, 16th April 2013, is the 86th birthday of Pope Emeritus
Benedict XVI.

Pope Francis offered Mass for him this morning. At the Mass he said: 'Today is the birthday of Benedict XVI. Let us offer Mass for him, that the Lord might be with him, comfort him, and give him much consolation.'

Later in the morning, Pope Francis telephoned Benedict to offer him best wishes on his birthday.

The German Embassy to the Holy See will be hosting a party at which a new portrait of the former pontiff (left), painted by German artist Michael Triegel, will be unveiled.

We add our own prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict on his birthday.


Bishops celebrate Mass with Cardinal Ouellet

Cardinal Marc Ouellet
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On Sunday, 14th April 2013, the bishops of England and Wales opened their retreat by celebrating Mass with Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, in the church at Palazzola. The Mass was attended by the Rector, staff and students of the Venerable English College.

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In his words of welcome before lunch, Mgr Nicholas Hudson, Rector of the Venerable English College, recalled the audience that the College had with Pope Benedict last December:

'In these days - and especially in this place - I’m sure we all find ourselves thinking of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI just across the lake from us. It was a joy to have the company of so many of our Bishops that historic day last December when Pope Benedict received the whole College in private audience to mark the 650th Anniversary of our Foundation.

When I presented our students to the Holy Father, I told him three things:

  • that we were a College with 43 seminarians representing 20 dioceses;
  • that the students manifest a profound loyalty to the Successor of St Peter;
  • and that they give me real hope for the future of the Church.
    And he looked deeply moved.'

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Please click on the image for a larger version of the group photo

More photos of the Mass on CCEW Flickr page

Cardinal Ouellet's homily on the CCEW News and Media site (.pdf available)


Bishops' Conference in Rome for Retreat and Meeting

From Friday, 12th April, until Saturday, 20th April 2013, our bishops, together with all the bishops of England and Wales will be resident at Palazzola, the Venerable English College's Summer residence 18 miles south of Rome, for their retreat and biannual meeting.

Following two days of meetings they will remain at Palazzola for a six-day retreat. They will take this opportunity to meet with students training for the priesthood at the Venerable English College (where Southwark has five students), who will visit Palazzola on Sunday, 14th April. The bishops also hope to meet Pope Francis at his General Audience in Saint Peter's Square on Wednesday, 17th April.

We keep them in our prayers.

The Cloisters

Villa Palazzola, a 13th century Cistercian monastery, was bought as a Summer residence for the Venerable English College in 1920 by Mgr (later Cardinal) Arthur Hinsley, a Southwark priest for 13 years, who was rector of the VEC from 1917 - 1929. Students at the VEC in those days would return home only once during their seven-year course. This residence on the shores of Lake Albano was a welcome retreat from the Summer heat in the centre of Rome.

Brief history of Palazzola on their web site

Today, the Villa is popular as a centre for retreats and conferences and as holiday accommodation.

The Church at Palazzola

Overlooking Lake Albano

Visit Villa Palazzola's web site


Women of Faith

Sr Dr Finbarr Coffey, CH, gave the first in the series of talks for the Year of Faith on Thursday, 11th April 2013. Her ‘Woman of Faith’ was Sr Bernarda Heimgartner, the foundress of her Religious Institute. Sr Finbarr is the Pastoral Director and Lecturer in Metaphysics at the the diocesan Seminary at Wonersh.

Next Thursday (18th April) Sr Sheila Moloney, DMJ (Chaplain at Croydon University Hospital) will speak on ‘Women in the New Testament’. The talk begins at 7:30pm, in the Amigo Hall. Contact the Centre for Catholic Formation for further information.


A Question of Faith

A Study Day for the Year of Faith, organised by EPS and the CCF, was held on Thursday, 11th April 2013, at the Centre for Catholic Formation in Tooting Bec.

The Day was led by Canon Michael Cooley, Canon Theologian of the diocese, and talks were also given by Fr John Deehan, Dr Anne Inman, and Fr David Gibbons. Some 25 people met and discussed the faith by which we believe.


Induction of Parish Priest at Plumstead

Father Richard makes his profession of faith

On Friday, 5th April 2013, Bishop Patrick presided at the induction of Father Richard Mway Zeng SDS as Parish Priest of Saint Patrick's, Plumstead.

Bishop Patrick leads Father Richard to the presidential chair

The Eucharistic Prayer

Joyful parishioners

More photos of Father Richard's induction on RCSouthwark's Flickr page


John Fisher School's Pilgrimage to Rome

During Easter Week, Fr James Clark and Mr Tomlin took 24 students from the John Fisher School, Purley, to Rome for the annual four-day trip. This year the group was joined by one of our diocesan seminary students, Mark Wharton. On the Wednesday morning they joined a crowd of 50,000 people to see Pope Francis at his General Audience in St Peter’s Square.

The group also visited the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel. the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. They celebrated Mass at the tombs of St Peter and St Paul, and also at the Venerable English College, which houses the painting of St John Fisher which hangs in their school chapel.

Full report on the John Fisher School web site


Vatican unveils Pope Francis' Coat of Arms

Symbolism focuses on the Holy Family


Pope Francis has chosen to keep the crest he had as Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, with modifications to better express the symbolism.

Please click on the image to visit a linked page which explains the symbolism and the relevance of his motto.

An A4 (.pdf) copy is available.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Deacon Neil (Cornelius) Quirk
ho died on 1st April 2013

His Funeral Mass will be held
on Tuesday, 16th April, at 2:00 pm
at St Cuthbert Mayne Parish Church,
21 Mayne Close, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8XQ
Telephone: 01566 773166

The celebrant will be Fr David Annear, Parish Priest,
as Bishop Christopher Budd will be
at the Bishops' Conference in Rome.

 Deacon Neil was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in 1987. He moved to Devon in 2001.
Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

May he rest in peace