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News Archive for October 2014


Bishop Pat Lynch protests at UK decision to
abandon refugee rescue operations

Bishop Pat congratulates the new ministers (3)Bishop Patrick Lynch, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark and Chair of the Office for Migration Policy at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs has issued a statement in light of the recent announcement that the Italian search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea will cease and the UK government will not assist the European-wide operation

“Last summer at Lampedusa Pope Francis challenged us to take responsibility for our brothers and sisters. He warned us against losing our bearings in a culture of comfort and becoming insensitive to the cries of other people. Since the tragedies of last October, the Italian navy has led efforts to save many thousands of lives but now this is a time for all European governments to recognise that others' suffering is our business.
While efforts are being made to find lasting solutions to these challenges, we have a duty to heed with compassion the cries of our wounded brothers and sisters, and not to pass by on the other side.
Britain is still Europe's leading naval power, and to refuse to join in Mediterranean search and rescue operations would be a misguided abdication of responsibility to those thousands of men, women, and children who have been driven from their homes by persecution and war and forced to risk death at sea.”

Daughters of Divine Love celebrate
25 years in Southwark

"We the Daughters of Divine Love are called to show
Divine Love to the Whole World"

On Saturday 25th October 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith was joined by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Archbishop Emeritus, Michael Bowen and many clergy to celebrate 25 years of the presence of the Daughters of Divine Love in the Archdiocese of Southwark.
141025 - 25th Anniversary of Daughters of Divine Love
Archbishop Emeritus Michael Bowen invited the DDL Congregation in 1987 to join and augment the religious presence in the Archdioceses of Southwark. The first group of sisters arrived in Southwark in 1987 on studies.
141025 - 25th Anniversary of Daughters of Divine Love
Later in 1989 the Daughters of Divine Love were officially invited into the Diocese
141025 - 25th Anniversary of Daughters of Divine Love
The sisters were also joined by their familes and friends
141025 - 25th Anniversary of Daughters of Divine Love
Their mission or distinguishing mark of the Congregation is “generous loving response to Divine Love Incarnate”- God’s call to love Him and our fellow brothers and sisters. The motto of the Daughters of Divine Love Congregation is Caritas Christi Urget Nos (The Love of Christ Urge us on)
141025 - 25th Anniversary of Daughters of Divine Love

More photos are on the RC Southwark Flickr page

Carmelite Friar Paul Jenkins ordained as a Priest

On Saturday 18th October 2014, the feast of St. Luke, Carmelite Friar Father Paul Jenkins was ordained priest at The Friars, Aylesford, by Archbishop Peter Smith
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141018 - Ordination of Brother Paul Jenkins O Carm

141018 - Ordination of Brother Paul Jenkins O Carm
Father Paul Jenkins was joined in the celebrations by his fellow Carmelite, family and friends
141018 - Ordination of Brother Paul Jenkins O Carm

More photos can be seen on The Order of Carmelites Facebook Account

Induction of Canon Luke Smith as
Parish Priest of Maidstone

On Friday 17th October 2014 at the Vigil Mass of the Feast of St Luke the Evangelist Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, inducted Canon Luke Smith as Parish Priest of St Francis, Maidstone
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Canon Luke celebrated Mass with his brother clergy
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The parish organised a wonderful party in the parish hall  to carry on the celebrations
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Catenians - Province 7 (Southwark ) 
Remember their Dead

On Sunday 12th October the Catenians of Province 7 (Southwark) once again remembered their dead Brothers who had died during the previous year.
141012 - Catenians - Province 7(Southwark ) Remember their Dead
A special mass of remembrance was held at Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George with fellow Catenians, their families and friends
141012 - Catenians - Province 7(Southwark ) Remember their Dead
In Canon John's homily he weaved the Catenary Bursery fund for young people (The Catenians offer a bursary(s) of £500 to any young person/teenager who wants to do something good in their lives i.e. help out in Lourdes or Africa etc.) liking it to the ‘wedding garment’ that allowed the man to attend the wedding.

He also referenced those who had died
141012 - Catenians - Province 7(Southwark ) Remember their Dead
Brendan Ducey Province 7 Provincial President at the lectern reading the names of the 17 Brothers who had died during the year.

More photos are on the RC Southwark Flickr page


Thanksgiving Mass for the 35th Anniversay of
 St Benedict's Catholic Primary School-Walderslade

Archbishop Peter Smith joined the community of St Benedict's Primary School, Walderslade in their celebrations to mark 35th anniversay of the opening of the school.
141015 - Mass of Thanksgiving for 35th Anniversay of St Benedict's Primary School Walderslade

141015 - Mass of Thanksgiving for 35th Anniversay of St Benedict's Primary School Walderslade
Archbishop Peter concelebrated Mass with Fathers Stephen Wymer, Denis Paul and Malachy Steenson CP
141015 - Mass of Thanksgiving for 35th Anniversay of St Benedict's Primary School Walderslade

141015 - Mass of Thanksgiving for 35th Anniversay of St Benedict's Primary School Walderslade

More photos are on the RC Southwark Flickr page

Mass of Thanksgiving for
Reverend Mother Janet Erskine Stuart in
Digby Stuart College Chapel - Roehampton

On Saturday 11th October all former students, staff and friends were invited to join in the Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the life and achievements of the Reverend Mother Janet Erskine Stuart (1857 – 1914) in Digby Stuart College Chapel led by the Archbishop of Southwark, The Most Reverend Peter Smith.
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Janet Stuart was the leader of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the British Isles from 1894, and leader of the Society worldwide from 1911 until her death at the age of 57 in 1914, just after the outbreak of World War I. It is remarkable that someone whose religious life before she became Superior General was mainly spent in one community (Roehampton), and who only had 3 full years as Superior General, is still remembered today not only by members of her own order, but by religious of other orders, Anglican as well as Catholic. She is remembered for her spirituality, the impact of which was felt by many who lived with her, who met or corresponded with her, and who read her posthumously published meditations and essays. She is remembered, too, for her contributions to the improvement of Catholic secondary education for girls and young women in Sacred Heart schools and colleges across the world.
141011 - Thanksgiving Mass for the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart rscj
Janet worked tirelessly to raise the standards of teaching in Sacred Heart schools, focusing especially on supporting and challenging teachers not only in what they taught but how they taught it. She gave lectures, supervised teaching practice, helped to rewrite curricula, expanded teacher training opportunities for Catholic women in England as well as the sisters. Under her guidance the teacher training college in Wandsworth in south west London became a highly regarded one, and the new college she established in Kensington, St Charles, was considered one of the best in the country. The College was, of course, to move later to Roehampton and was re-named Digby Stuart.
141011 - Thanksgiving Mass for the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart rscj
A reception was held after Mass and all were invited.
141011 - Thanksgiving Mass for the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart rscj


Commissioning of
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion 
at Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George
Southwark  

On Saturday, 4th October 2014, Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent and Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, led the Commissioning Day for our new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George and in the Amigo Hall.
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In the morning, Father Paul gave a talk on the Eucharist and Monsignor Matthew presided at a period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
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After lunch, Monsignor Matthew spoke of the role of the Extraordinary Minister and explained the rubrics and the service of Communion to the Sick.
141004 - Commissioning Day
Father Paul presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants Monsignor Matthew, Monsignor Ewing and Father Philip Smith, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.
141004 - Commissioning Day
In all, 110 Extraordinary Ministers were commissioned and came from 31 parishes around the diocese.
141004 - Commissioning Day

More photos are on the RC Southwark Flickr page



Archbishop Peter named Apostolic Administrator

In Rome today (4th October) it was announced that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from office of the Rt Rev Kieran Conry. With the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton having no bishop (described as Sede Vacante) the Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Peter Smith as Apostolic Administrator of that Diocese until such time as a new Bishop takes up the office of Diocesan Bishop. This temporary role is in addition to his duties as the Archbishop of Southwark, and he will continue to live and work at Archbishop’s House while providing support to the people and clergy of Arundel and Brighton.