News Archive for 2014 -February

Our new Cardinal

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Pope Francis conferred the scarlet biretta on Cardinal Vincent at the Public Consistory in Saint Peter's Basilica on Saturday, 22nd February 2014. The Pope announced that his titular church would be the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer and Saint Alphonsus Liguori in the Via Merulana on the Esquiline Hill of Rome.

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Cardinal Vincent greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

After the Consistory, a festive lunch was held at the Venerable English College and then Cardinal Vincent attended the Visite di Calore at the Apostolic Palace, where the new Cardinals had the opportunity of meeting those who were in Rome to wish them well.

More photos of the Consistory on CCEW Flickr page


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Cardinal Designate Archbishop Vincent Nichols

On Saturday, 22nd February 2014, the Feast of the Chair of St Peter, Pope Francis will create nineteen new cardinals. Archbishop Vincent will be among those receiving the 'red hat' from the Pope.

The Consistory will take place in St Peter's Basilica from 9:55 am. And there on Sunday, 23rd February, the Pope will concelebrate Mass with the new cardinals at 8:50 am.

Archbishop Peter has travelled to Rome to represent the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales at the Consistory.

CCEW website is carrying the live broadcasts from CTV of the major ceremonies

Coverage on the CCEW web site

We congratulate our new cardinal and keep him in our prayers.

Father, we pray for Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
give him wisdom and courage to do your will and to fulfil his role.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
(posted 21-02-14)

Chemin Neuf Community welcomed at Lambeth Palace

On Thursday, 20th February 2014, Archbishop Peter and Archbishop Kevin were guests at a service in the chapel of Lambeth Palace at which  Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, welcomed four members of the international ecumenical foundation Chemin Neuf who will live at Lambeth Palace.

The community consists of a married Anglican couple, Ione and Alan Morley-Fletcher, a Lutheran training for ministry, Oliver Matri, and a Catholic consecrated sister, Ula Michlowicz.

Together they will share in the daily round of prayer that underpins the Archbishop's ministry, and further the ecumenical and international dimensions of his work.

Archbishop Kevin, Archbishop Peter, Father Laurent Fabre (founder of Chemin Neuf), Archbishop Justin Welby, Oliver Matri, Ula Michlowicz, and Ione and Alan Morley-Fletcher

News report on the Lambeth Palace web site

Visit the Chemin Neuf (UK) web site


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Cyril Williams

who died on 8th February 2014

His body will be received
on Thursday, 6th March, at 4:00 pm
at Our Lady Immaculate Church, Whitstable CT5 2DE
(01227 272758)
where Mass will be offered at 7:30 pm

His Funeral Mass will be offered there
on Friday, 7th March, at 12 noon

May he rest in peace


Father Deodat installed as Parochial Administrator

On Sunday, 2nd February 2014, Bishop Patrick was welcomed at St Bartholomew's, Norbuy, where he installed Father Deodat Msahala as Parochial Administrator.   

(posted 19-02-14)


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father David Rhys

who died on 16th February 2014

His body will be received
on Sunday, 2nd March, at 3:30 pm
at Christ the King,
3 Princes Road, Eastbourne, Sussex BN23 6HT

His Funeral Mass will be held there
on Monday, 3rd March, at 12:15 pm

May he rest in peace

Clergy who wish to attend are asked to let
Father Barry Anderson know by Friday, 28th February.
Email: - Phone: 01323 760048 



Understanding CAFOD Day

On Saturday, 1st February 2014, at the Amigo Hall, CAFOD hosted a very well-attended day to give potential volunteers and supporters a deeper understanding of its vital work tackling poverty and injustice across the world.

All interested in supporting CAFOD were invited to hear about the scope of its mission as the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales and how they could become involved

Visit CAFOD's web site

(posted 13-02-14)



Last month, Mr Clive Webster, Chief Executive of the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership (KCSP), reported: 'As of 1st January 2014 two Catholic schools assumed academy status as part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP). St Joseph’s Primary in Aylesham (Dover Deanery) and St Simon Stock Secondary in Maidstone (Maidstone Deanery) became the first voluntary-aided Catholic schools in Kent to become academies as part of an academy conversion schedule agreed with Kent County Council (KCC).

This should result in up to a further twelve academies as part of KCSP by the end of this school year. Academy status will be used to enable schools to better support themselves and one another in an ever strengthening Catholic context so that children and families experience continuously improving learning and faith outcomes.'

Today the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership website has gone online. It contains information about the KCSP and links to newsletters that chart its progress.

Visit the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership web site

(posted 12-02-14)


Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Alphonsus Brennan, OCarm

who died on 10th February 2014

His Funeral Mass will be held
at The Friars, Aylesford,
on Monday, 17th February, at 11:30 am
May he rest in peace

Obituary notice on The British Province of Carmelite Friars web site

Brand new school building for Autumn 2015

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Saint John Bosco College


On Friday, 7th February 2014, Archbishop Peter joined Mr Simon Uttley, Headteacher of St John Bosco College, Battersea, Father Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesians, and Mr Richard Cook, Lendlease - the builders, to put the first spade in the ground at the site of a new state-of-the-art school building.

The college is due to transfer to the new building in the Autumn of 2015.

Archbishop Peter and Father Martin are helped by the Head Boy and Girl

More photos of the occasion on RCSouthwark's Flickr page

Visit the St John Bosco College web site


Ashford's Confirmation Group 2014

On Saturday, 8th February 2014, the Confirmation Group from St Teresa's parish, Ashford, (15 children aged 11/12 years) put on a show for parishioners, family and friends as part of their Confirmation programme. The show was a great success, well supported with singing and dancing, magic tricks, impersonations, musical events, a quiz and 'I'm a priest get me out of here' supported gamely by Fr Joe Feeley.

During their retreat at Worth Abbey, the candidates decided to raise money for charity. They chose the Demelza Children's Hospice (as as one of the candidates has a friend there) and Mary's Meals. They raised £880 which will be divided between the two charities.


New Learning Lab at Holy Ghost School, Balham

On Friday, 24th January 2014, Bishop Paul was welcomed at the Holy Ghost Primary School in Balham where he blessed and opened the school's new Learning Lab.

Visit the Holy Ghost School web site

(posted 10-02-14)

Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking

Feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita
8th February 2014


News report on CCEW web site


St George's Cathedral is looking to recruit a Premises and Events Manager to manage the use of the Cathedral and Amigo Hall. Please click on the image above for job description and details.


Clergy Appointments and News

Announced February 2014


The Archbishop has appointed three new Canons of the
Saint George's Cathedral Chapter:

 - Canon Edward Perera

 - Canon Luke Smith

 - Canon John Weatherill