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Most Rev. Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., visited the National Shrine of Saint Jude, Faversham

On 26 March 2015 the Prior General of the Carmelite Order, Most Rev. Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., visited the National Shrine of Saint Jude, Faversham to officially launch their diamond jubilee. He attended with the Councillor General for Europe, Very Rev. Fr. John Keating. The National Shrine is looked after by the British Province of the Carmelites. During the morning, Fr. Fernando and Fr. John met the community at Faversham, and then the team at the Shrine Office, so that they could see the work of the Apostolate. Afterwards, they were taken on a tour of the Shrine.


In the afternoon, Fr. Fernando celebrated Mass for the community and lay staff in front of the beautiful sixteenth century statue of Saint Jude. Fr. Fernando launched the diamond jubilee by thanking all the Pilgrims who have supported and visited the Shrine since 1955. Fr. Fernando noted that the Carmelite Order are very proud of the work of the Shrine, the community and lay staff. He then unveiled a plaque to celebrate the start of the diamond jubilee and his visit. On his departure, Fr. Fernando was given a gift of a statue of Saint Jude and Life Membership of the Guild of Saint Jude. Fr Michael Manning, Chaplain, said: “It was a truly joyous occasion and Fr. Fernando thoroughly enjoyed his visit to our special Shrine”. Mr Matt Betts, Development Manager remarked: “The National Shrine of Saint Jude is rightly proud of its 60 years of ministry and we are very pleased that Fr. Fernando has started our celebrations off. We are looking forward to seeing pilgrims at our Summer Celebration on 30 May 2015, when celebrations will continue – all welcome”.

Mass of Welcome for Parochial Administrator
for West Norwood

On the 21st March Bishop Patrick Lynch presided at a Mass of welcome for Father Anthony Cassidy CSsR as Parochial Administrator for St Matthew - West Norwood


A New Dean for 
The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George 

On Friday 20th March 2015 Archbishop Peter Smith inducted Father Richard Hearn as the next dean of the Cathedral

150320 - Induction of Cathedral Dean

150320 - Induction of Cathedral Dean

The celebrations continued in Amigo Hall after Mass

150320 - Induction of Cathedral Dean

150320 - Induction of Cathedral Dean

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Mothers' Day at Beckenham Hill and Bellingham

The Catholic Union of Mothers in Beckenham Hill and Bellingham led the celebrations for Mothering Sunday 15th March 2015

150315 - Mothers' Day - Beckenham Hill

150315 - Mothers' Day - Beckenham Hill

The celebrations contiuned in the parish hall after the Mass

150315 - Mothers' Day - Beckenham Hill


Ordination of Keith Sylvia to the Priesthood

On 14th March 2015 Archbishop Peter ordained Keith Sylvia to the priesthood at the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe

150314 - Ordination of Keith Sylvia

Father Keith had been a priest in the Church of England for twenty four years before he, his wife Jacqueline and the family became Catholics in 2013.
150314 - Ordination of Keith Sylvia

Keith exercised his diaconate ministry in Addiscombe since November and has now been appointed there as Assistant Priest. Fr. Joe O'Connor and the parishioners have welcomed Fr. Keith very warmly and he and Jacqueline have already made a great contribution to the life of the parish.

150314 - Ordination of Keith Sylvia

The parishioners turned out in great numbers for the Ordination celebration and Keith was also well supported by family and friends.


'24 Hours for the Lord' - 13th March and 14th March

"Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, which I hope will be observed on 13-14 March throughout the Church, also at the diocesan level, is meant to be a sign of this need for prayer." (Pope Francis)
The Holy Father has invited Catholics throughout the world to participate in this evangelizing event, by opening churches where possible, offering Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration.

24 Hours for the Lord

At St George’s Cathedral there was Adoration all Friday afternoon, and adoration will continue after the Saturday 9.30am morning Mass until just before the start of the 12.30pm Mass. For information about this events in the parishes of the diocese, please visit the Newsletter pages of Parish websites (see click here for links to Parish websites).

24 Hours for the Lord

24 Hours for the Lord



Over 900 young people from the Diocese of Southwark, organised by the Southwark Catholic Youth Service, joined over 10,000 other young people to attend Flame 2 at Wembley Arena on 7th March 2015.  
It is thought to be the biggest Catholic Youth Event ever event in the UK

Flame 2

The day of prayer, reflection and celebration included talks by Cardinal Luis Tagle, who has frequently spoken to many thousands at the Los Angeles RE Congress on a rare visit to the UK.

Flame 2

Baroness Sheila Hollins, past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and President of the British Medical Association, who specialises in working with young people who are themselves suffering with anxiety, or accompanying friends who are in need; and Father Timothy Radcliffe OP, the inspirational Dominican speaker and writer who was named by young people at Flame 2012 as the speaker with the greatest impact.

Flame 2
Photos © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

The music was led by Grammy award winning artist Matt Redman and David Wells, Director of Adult Formation and Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Plymouth was the MC this year.  

Cardinal Luis Tagle celebrated Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on Sunday 8th March

Photo by Ms K Endozo

Cardinal Luis Tagle with Archbishop Peter, Father Richard Hearn, the Dean of the Cathedral, Father Philip Smith, Father Stephen Haines, Father Thomas Bakulumpagi, Father Dermott Donnelly, Chair of  CYMFED and John Toryusen, Vice Chair of CYMFED and Director of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service


More photos of Cardinal Tagle's Mass at the Cathedral
© Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation grant for 
St Augustine's Centre - Ramsgate

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announced a £25,000 grant award yesterday, for the proposed project for a Pugin and St Augustine Education, Research, and Visitor Centre at St Augustine's in Ramsgate.

They are the 16th grant giving organisation to support the Restoration and proposed Centre. Over 400 people who have generously donated to the project so far.

Fr Marcus Holden, Rector at St Augustines, said: "This project is locally driven, but it is a project that has a national importance. The things you see here inspired the architecture of a nation, Parliament was inspired by Ramsgate. We are very grateful for the donation from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Fund and for Lord Lloyd Webber's personal interest and support for our project. "It takes us one step nearer towards the church's restoration and the setting up of a centre for Pugin inside the church."


Father Marcus Holden, Councillor Iris Johnston, Leader of Thanet District Council, Chris Maton of Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Robert Pugin Purcell on behalf of the Pugin family and Clive Aslet, Editor at Large of Country Life Magazine - Picture: Marie Muscat-King

More than 100 guests representing grant giving organisations and supporters attended Monday's reception. They heard speeches in support of the St Augustine's project from Clive Aslet, Editor at Large of Country Life Magazine, Cllr Iris Johnston, Leader of Thanet District Council and Robert Pugin Purcell on behalf of the Pugin family.

The event was hosted by Fr Marcus Holden, Rector of St Augustine's church in Ramsgate, the burial place of its great architect, Augustus Welby Pugin. St Augustine's has made a second round application for Heritage Lottery Funding.

The cost of the project for a centre is likely to be just over £800,000.

90th Anniversary of Catholic Scouting
in Great Britain

The National Catholic Scout Fellowship (NCSF) had a special Mass to celebrate 90 years at The  Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George on Sunday 1st  March 2015
150301 - 90th Anniversary of Catholic Scouting in Great Britain - Cathedral

All Scouts, Guides, Beavers and Cubs were invited to join them. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Richard Moth, the Bishop for Scouting. Sadly Father John Seddon, the National Chaplain to Catholic Scouts, who was to have been present died Friday 27th February 2015.

150301 - 90th Anniversary of Catholic Scouting in Great Britain - Cathedral

Many awards were presented after Mass by Margaret McDowall, former Manager and Bishop Richard Moth

150301 - 90th Anniversary of Catholic Scouting in Great Britain - Cathedral

There was refreshments and a display of merchandise from the NCSF in Amigo Hall afterwards.

150301 - 90th Anniversary of Catholic Scouting in Great Britain - Cathedral150301 - 90th Anniversary of Catholic Scouting in Great Britain - Cathedral

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page