Safeguarding with Confidence
The second “Safeguarding
with Confidence” conference was held at The
Friars in Aylesford on 23 September with 60 people in attendance.
The conference was opened with a prayer by the Episcopal Vicar for
Kent, Fr Paul Mason followed by talks from Helen Sheppard (Safeguarding
Coordinator) and Graham Preston (Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding)
The day looked at the current structure for Safeguarding in the
Catholic Church both nationally and locally. There was also a talk on
sacrament and reconciliation and an interesting panel session to close
Overall, a very positive day with encouraging comments from clergy.
few to share…
“Thank you for the
opportunity to meet my brothers – some I haven’t seen for long time,
others I was able to meet for the first time. An altogether enjoyable
and rewarding day. Your efforts did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.”
Fr Jim Hurley
"The most useful part of the day was “the scenario session and the part
of sacrament of reconciliation and safeguarding”. Fr Richard Plunkett
“The awareness of protection for children and vulnerable adults, but
also the awareness of protecting myself. “ Unknown
not yet signed up to one of these events the
Safeguarding team will be organising 3 more dates. For more details or
to reserve a place please email email@example.com
Oct - Ashford (St Teresa Parish)
14 Nov - Hayes (Our Lady of the
Rosary) *FULLY BOOKED*
27 Nov - New Malden (St Joseph Parish)
More photos are on the RC Southwark Flickr
Little Sisters of the Poor
On 20th September 2014 Archbish Peter Smith join the community of the
Little Sisters of the Poor in Vauxhall in welcoming their Mother
General on a visit to the community and nursing home,
Also joining them on the day was Father Jim Hurley - Episcopal Vicar
The community presented
Mother General with collage of their work and communities in the UK
Bi-Centenary of Don Bosco's Birth
Over 500 members of the
Salesian family and friends came to the Metropolitan Cathedral Church
of St George in Southwark on Saturday 20th September to celebrate the
Bi-Centenary of their founder and the patron saint of young people, St
Mass was led by Archbishop Peter Smith – concelebrating were Bishop
Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Howard Tripp,
Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, Bishop Chris Budd, Bishop
Emeritus of Plymouth (a past-pupil of Salesian School, Chertsey), Fr
Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Great Britain,
and 30 priests and deacons
Fr Martin Coyle SDB in his
homily, emphasized the unshakeable belief in the presence and
providence of God that Don Bosco had; how Don Bosco believed in the
goodness and potential of young people, especially those that Society
had ignored, or worse, despised; concluding Fr Martin both encouraged
and challenged the Salesian Family to continue the legacy of Don
Bosco’s mission into the future.
The Congregation was
invited after the
Mass to have refreshments in the Hall and to spend time looking at the
Photographic Exhibition provided by Salesian Link (the Salesian office
of Social Media and Communications in GB) on the theme – ‘Vision of
Commissioning of the New Team at the
Southwark Catholic Youth Service's
Residential Centre in Whitstable
On Saturday 20th September
2014 Monsignor Matthew Dickens joined the team, their families and
friends at St. Vincent’s Centre, the Southwark Diocesan Youth
Retreat Centre for the AGM of the SCYS and to commission the new team
Isaac, Rachel, Rachel, Ellie & Katy were commissioned and
welcomed to the team
Monsignor Matthew then con celebrated Mass with Father Damian Cassidy,
O.Carm., the new Prior of The Friars, Aylesford and Father Gregory
Griffiths which was offered for the repose of the soul of Shelia
Doherty a former secretary of the Southwark Catholic Youth
Service. Mass was followed by a reception
The Roman Catholic and The Anglican First XIs
faced each other in Canterbury
The Roman Catholic and The
Anglican First XIs faced each other in Canterbury on in a historic
match to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking.
The Twenty20 match, which was be played at Kent County Cricket Club in
the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral on 19th September at 4pm, and along
with the subsequent dinner, raised funds for the Global Freedom
Network, the joint Anglican-Roman Catholic anti-trafficking initiative
launched in March.
It was a magnificent ecumenical occasion, with the Archbishop of
Canterbury joined by Archbishop David Moxon from the Anglican centre in
Rome, as well as the Bishop of Dover, in friendly rivalry with the
Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Pat
The match marked the culmination of the St Peter's Cricket Club 'Tour
of Light' initiative, and follows a challenge laid down by the club’s
honourary president Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to Archbishop Justin
The St Peter’s Team consists of the following: two priests, four
deacons and seven seminarians, all men involved in formation for the
priesthood in Rome; eight Indians, two Sri Lankans, one each from
Pakistan, England and Ireland, the majority are from the international
Pontifical Colleges Maria Mater Ecclesiae and Collegio Urbano.
The St Peter's team won the toss and decided to bat.
They scored 106 in the 20 overs. It had rained day before, so the
ground was quite damp which made it difficult for the batters to score
The Archbishop of Canterbury XI started slowly and it looked promising
for the Vatican team. It came to the last over of the match
and the Archbishop’s XI needed
three runs to win which they scored with five balls to spare.
Day for Religious
On Friday 19th September
2014 the annual Day for Religious was held at The Friars,
Bishop Emeritus John Crowley from the Diocese of Middlesborough gave
the key note speach.
Archbishop Peter Smith
joined the religious for the day along with Father Jim Hurley, Vicar
Dedication of St. Henry and St Elizabeth - Sheppey
On Sunday 14th September 2014 the parish of Sheppey celebrated the
150th anniversary of its opening. To mark the occasion Archbishop Peter
Smith joined the parish celebrations during which he celebrated Mass
with Canon Francis Moran and priests who had previously served in
Sheerness, together with Clergy from the Deanery and dedicated the
altar. Also present were Monsignor Matthew Dickens, the Vicar General
and Fr Paul Mason, the Episcopal Vicar for Kent
During the Mass two of the altar servers were presented with Long
Service Medals to mark their many years of service in the Parish
After Mass the celebrations
continued in the parish hall
Jubilee Mass for Sister Sheila Moloney DMJ
Sister Sheila Moloney DMJ celebrated 50 years of her profession, at a
Mass and reception at St Andrew’s Thornton Heath on the 12th September
She was joined by Archbishop Peter, who presided at the Mass,
Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Bishop Howard Tripp, Sr Felicé DMJ the
Provincial of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph congregation, other
Sisters from the congregation, family, friends, colleagues and
Sr Shelia has been in the Croydon area for all of her 50 years,
including working in Coloma Girls School, and currently in the
chaplaincy of the Croydon University Hospital. Canon Francis, the
parish priest, reflected on her religious life in the homily; and on
behalf of the very many people she had served and supported over the
years he thanked her, praying that she would be blessed with many more
happy years of professed life.
160th Anniversary of St. Mary's Chislehurst
On Sunday 7th
Archbishop Peter Smith visited the parish of St Mary Chislehurst to
join with them as they celebrated the 160th anniversary of the opening
of the Church.
Archbishop Peter celebrated the 9.30am Mass greeting parishioners
afterwards, and then the 11am Mass with the parish priest Father
Charles Briggs; this Mass was followed by a shared lunch in the parish
During the 11am Mass Archbishop Peter blessed the new
confessional, created by one of the craftsmen in the parish.
Appointments and News
Canon Luke Smith has been appointed as Parish Priest of St Francis,
Father Timothy Finigan has been appointed as Parish Priest of Ss Austin
and Gregory with St Anne, Margate.
Father Steven Fisher has been appointed as Parish Priest of Our Lady of
the Rosary Blackfen from 3rd September 2014.
Father Bernard Heaphy is retiring as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the
Father James Spencer has been appointed as the Dean of Bexley Deanery
to succeed Father Tim Finigan.
The Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria have been given the
pastoral care of Our Lady of the Rosary, Brixton. Father Eustace
Durugbo MSP, has been appointed the new Parish Priest. The
MSP's have also been given permission
to establish a Religious
in the parish.
Father Boniface Akpoigbe MSP succeeds Father Eustace Durugbo MSP as
Priest of Our Lady of the Assumption, Deptford.
Father Robert Ogbede cm has been appointed as the new Parish
Priest of St Benet’s Abbey
Father Peter Iwuoha cm will be the new assistant priest in the
St Benet’s Abbey Wood
Canon David Caine has been appointed as Parish Priest of The Holy
Canon Anthony Charlton has been appointed as Parish Priest of St Thomas
of Canterbury, Canterbury.
Canon Edward Perera has been appointed as Parish Priest of
Father Chukwuemeka Nnaji has been appointed as Parochial Administrator
(Priest in Charge) of the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee.
Father Oladele Craig has been appointed as an Assistant Priest at the
Metropolitan Cathedra Churchl of St George.
Joseph Owusu-Ansah, following his ordination in July, has been
appointed as Assistant Priest to Holy Ghost Parish, Balham.
Father Anthony Plummer has been appointed as Parish Priest of
the King, Wimbledon Park, to succeed Canon John Naughton who has
Society of the Missions (The Vincentians) Nigerian Province, have been
entrusted with the pastoral care of the parish of Peckham, and
Richard Diala cm has been appointed as the new Parish Priest, and at
the same time his Provincial has appointed him the local Superior.
Father Vincent George cm will be coming to work in the diocese from
Nigeria and will be an assistant in Peckham.
Father Christopher Heaps SDB was given a new appointment within the
Salesian Order, and left the Parish of the Sacred Heart in
to move to the Salesian Community in Bootle.
The Salesian Provincial has nominated as interim Parish Priest Father
Kieran Anderson, SDB, the present Rector of the Salesian Community in
Battersea. He will combine these roles for one year.
Thomas Bakulumpagi, having completed his Seminary formaton, has been
appointed a Deacon in the Metropolitan Cathedra Churchl of St George.