News Archive for 2014 - May
‘Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord’
750 people - laity, religious, deacons, priests and bishops - attended
three diocesan Evangelization Conferences. Organised by the diocesan
Centre for Catholic Formation, the three conferences were held at
Richard Challoner School in Kingston-upon-Thames (for the South-east
London Area), at St Simon Stock School Maidstone (for the Kent Area),
and at St.Matthew Academy Blackheath (for the South-east London Area).
Each Day consisted of a reflection on the recent
Exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ given by the Archbishop, followed by
deanery discussion groups and a plenary session with short talks on
various aspects such as justice and peace issues, the role of our
schools in evangelization, and how to reach out to younger people.
The Day finished with a Mass of Saint Augustine, Secondary Patron of
the diocese and bringer of the Gospel to these shores.
One of the main aims of the Conferences was to encourage
every parish to form an Evangelization Team, to promote and co-ordinate
efforts to spread the Good News.
The days proved
highly successful and inspirational, and parishes and deaneries have
been asked to consider how they follow up on Pope_Francis’ exhortation to evangelize with joy.
photos of the SW Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
photos of the Kent Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
photos of the SE Area are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
4th - Sunday 6th July 2014
again the Southwark Vocations Office is playing a crucial role in
organising Invocation, the annual vocations festival for England and
Wales. John Withers, the leader of the Vocations Team based in
Whitstable, will be operations manager for the event which is expected
to attract as many as five hundred young people from across the
Festival is a vocations discernment festival for young adults. This
means it is a weekend full of opportunities for them to think more
deeply about who God is calling them to be. This year the focus will be
on Evangelisation and also on Discipleship. Guest speakers will include
Archbishop Rino Fisichella from the Pontifical Council for the New
Evangelisation, and Curtis Martin, founder of the Fellowship of
Catholic University Students (FOCUS). We also look forward to welcoming
Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
people who wish to
attend can download a booking form
from the Invocation website: invocation.org.uk
Duke of Kent visits Pugin's church of
St Augustine, Ramsgate
On Tuesday 27th May 2014,
the Duke of Kent has visited
Pugin’s church of St Augustine in Ramsgate, one of the most important
architectural buildings in the country, to see the plans for an
Education, Research, and Visitor Centre about Augustus Pugin and St
Augustine of England. Most famous for designing much of the Houses of
Parliament, Augustus Pugin made St Augustine’s his personal design and
is buried there in his own chantry chapel. This day was also the feast
of St Augustine of Canterbury and in the week that Ramsgate celebrated
Funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant totalling about £800,000 – for
which match funding of £90,000 is being sought – an Education, Research
and Visitor Centre will be constructed at the site. This will form the
major national centre of Pugin studies and the story of St Augustine.
The Duke was introduced to the Rector, Fr Marcus Holden, by the Lord
Lieutenant of Kent, and then to Fr Paul Mason (Episcopal Vicar for
Kent), Paul Sharrock (Architect), Nigel Warner (Board Member), and
Coverdale (Centre Manager).
His Royal Highness was shown the interior of the church and took
particular interest in Pugin’s tomb (designed in medieval style by
Pugin’s son) and the imposing baptismal font, which formed a
centrepiece of the Great Exhibition in 1851. At the Exhibition, the
Duke’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, returned to see the
font twice. He also signed the Visitors’ Book and was given a present
including books and a DVD about Pugin and St Augustine as well as St
Augustine’s recently-published Annual Report of activities.
Rector of St Augustine’s, Fr Marcus Holden, said, “The Duke was very
interested in the project at St Augustine’s. In fact, he stayed almost
double the expected time, and took particular interest in our plans for
community engagement through being open to the public, and opening an
The Duke was shown a collection of Pugin church plate owned by St
Augustine’s, which is part of the Gothic industrial revolution legacy.
The items will be displayed in the completed Visitor Centre, but are in
active use too. Their significance to Britain’s industrial history will
be explained in the Centre, and formed a lecture in the church by Jamie
Jacobs of Kent University a few days later.
Volunteers at St Augustine’s were given the opportunity to meet the
Duke, and he greeted them individually before he left. One volunteer
said, “It’s tremendous to feel recognised by royalty. I’m so pleased
that he came to see what we’re doing here.”
The Duke concluded his visit and bade farewell at the door of St.Augustine’s.
photos of the occasion are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
For more details of St Augustine, Ramsgate please contact Fr. Marcus
Holden or John Coverdale at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
telephone on 01843 592071
Mass for New Catholics
On a particularly sunny
Saturday, 17th May 2014,
the Mass for New Catholics was held in St George's Cathedral for all
those baptised or received into full communion with the Catholic Church
at Easter this year. The great joy of everybody present could clearly
be seen and many people enjoyed meeting Archbishop Peter afterwards and
chatting over tea and cakes in Amigo Hall.
photos of the occasion are on the RCSouthwark's Flickr page
pray for the repose of the soul of
who died on 29th
A vigil Mass
will be held
on Thursday 19th June at 5pm
at St Peter's Residence, Vauxhall
His Funeral Mass will be held
on Friday, 20th
June at 12noon
Stephen's Church, Welling
rest in peace
Gratitude to Our Jubilarians
Tuesday, 20th May 2014,
at St George's Cathedral, Archbishop
Peter presided at a Mass in thanksgiving for the many years of ministry
in our diocese of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries
of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate.
Reverend John Beirne, CSSp
Reverend John Castelli
Reverend Alexander Fraser
Reverend Philip Mathias
Reverend Canon Luke Verhees
Reverend Christopher Baker
Reverend Canon Michael Bunce
Reverend Canon Anthony Ford
Reverend Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm.
Reverend Patrick McKeown, CP
Reverend Jim McManus, CSsR
Reverend Gerard O'Brien
Reverend John O'Callaghan
Reverend Patrick O'Leary
Reverend Charles Owen, CP
Reverend Francis Reid
Reverend Mgr. Canon Nicholas Rothon
Reverend Peter Ryman
Most Reverend Kevin McDonald Reverend
Canon John Clark
Reverend Philip Gilbert
Reverend Peter Madden
Reverend Thomas McElhone
Reverend Gerard Mulvihill
Reverend Peter Soper
Reverend Stephen Langridge
Reverend Canon Francis Moran
Reverend Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.
Reverend James Spencer
Reverend Bernard Winn Reverend
Deacon Paul Trong Song Ly
We congratulate all our jubilarians, thank them for their ministry
and keep them in our prayers.
‘Gathering Day’ for the Safeguarding
Sunday 11th May the
Safeguarding Team held a ‘Gathering
for the Safeguarding Representatives of parishes and religious
communities in the diocese.
More than 60 Safeguarding Representatives gathered for a Mass of
celebration and thanksgiving for the work this large volunteer team do
in all the parishes. In his homily Archbishop Peter spoke
movingly of the shame caused by the scandal of sexual abuse, the
importance of listening to victims, and the need to meet their
This was followed by a meeting at Amigo Hall when the Archbishop
thanked everyone for their efforts for the diocese,
acknowledging the importance of the work and how grateful he was to
everyone involved including the Safeguarding Commission, the
Safeguarding Office and those ministering in parishes and
religious communities. Archbishop Peter acknowledged that ‘we are in it
together’, he also acknowledged the generosity of the
diocesan clergy who had responded to his request to establish a fund
that can be used to meet the needs of victims of abuse.
Archbishop Peter introduced the newly appointed Episcopal
for Safeguarding, Father Graham Preston, whose role is that of Clergy
Archbishop Peter also introduced Paddy Barry, the Chair of the
Safeguarding Commission who has been involved in Safeguarding in the
diocese for 17 years. Paddy Barry introduced other members of the
Commission who were present including Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Father
Philip Glandfield and Mary Coller who represents the Metropolitan
Police (and also happens to be a Parish Safeguarding Representative).
Helen Sheppard, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator introduced the new Deputy
Co-ordinator, Rachel Stephens, who said a few words about her recent
arrival in the Safeguarding Office and her own background.
Helen then gave a few updates and answered a number of
from the floor. The
meeting then adjourned for everyone to partake of a buffet tea and
have a chance to meet others sharing in this important work. It is
intended that this will become an annual event, enabling Parish Reps to
meet one another, to take part in training and receive updates
photos of the Gathering day on RCSouthwark's Flickr page
EPS students gain their degrees
year students at Education for Parish Service, Tooting Bec, received
their awards at St. Mary's University for the Foundation Degree in
Pastoral Ministry. We congratulate all nine students: Bright Adade,
Patrick Agnah, Peter Cropp, Gloria Ezeonyeasi, Zoe Jepperson, Susan
Longhurst, Fr. Graham Preston, Joseph Psaila, and Maria Silva Fox.
"Good Shepherd Sunday"
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
to the Priesthood and Religious Life
Fourth Sunday of Eastertide, this year 11th May, is the annual
focus particularly on prayers for Vocations to the Priesthood and
Religious Life. Please pray for all those from the Diocese who are
discerning their vocation, especially the many who may feel they are
Called by God for service in the Church.
Please also pray
for all those who are in formation for service in the Diocese as
Priests or Deacons. There are currently 16 candidates in formation for
priesthood, including two who will be ordained deacon this year, and
one who will be ordained priest this summer. There are also 11
candidates in the three year part time formation course for the
Permanent Diaconate, four of whom should be ordained during the summer.
statistics are a hopeful indication of the number of ordinations that
may take place in the years ahead. It is important that we all pray
regularly that those in formation will be given the grace to persevere,
and to pray that others may be given the grace to hear God's
the priesthood. The Diocese has 180 Parishes; currently 16 of
have Parish Priests who are aged 75 (the age at which Parish Priests
are requested to offer their resignation from office) or over; by the
end of 2016 a further ten parish priests will be 75 or older.
Various Vocations links:
Office for Vocations
for England and Wales
Francis' message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations (PDF)
News from the Cathedral
Deacon Jim Sheahan to retire
joy at the Cathedral
was tinged with sadness as it was announced on 27/28 April
that Deacon Jim Sheahan has decided to retire to Ireland in the summer.
has ministered faithfully in the Cathedral Parish of St George for over
forty years, first as
an altar server, then as Master of Ceremonies, for the last
thirty years fulltime as sacristan, and for the last twenty one years
also as a Deacon.
has been a pillar of St George’s community and he will leave
a void that will be very hard to fill. Thankfully he will be at the
Cathedral until the end of July after which he will begin his well
To mark his retirement Archbishop Peter will preside
at a Thanksgiving Mass for Deacon Jim’s distinguished, faithful and
fruitful ministry to
St George’s Parish and to the Diocese at 6pm on Friday 4 July – a date
which appropriately marks also the 166th anniversary of the opening of
St George’s. Following the Mass there were will be a Farewell Reception
in the Amigo Hall. All
Clergy are asked to bring a diocesan vestment with them.
To help with
seating arrangements, clergy who will be attending are asked to kindly
notify the Parish Office on email@example.com or on
020 7928 5256
Aylesford Commissioning of
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Saturday, 4th May 2014,
Bishop Patrick led the Day of Commissioning for 50 new Extraordinary
Ministers of Holy Communion from 17 parishes in the diocese. The day
was held in St Joseph's Chapel, at The Friars.
The day included a period of adoration before the
talks from Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Bishop Patrick and Mass with
the distribution of certificates.
photos of the Commissioning Day on RCSouthwark's Flickr page
Appointments and News
Canon John Clark has been appointed to succeed Bishop-Elect Nicholas
Hudson as Parish Priest of The Sacred Heart Wimbledon.
Father Bartlomiej Dudek of the Diocese of Przemyśl, Poland,
has been appointed as Parochial Administrator of the Parish of St.