News Archive for May 2015

Institute of St. Anselm’s 30th Anniversary

On May 29th 2015 the Institute of St. Anselm celebrated 30 years of service to the world wide Church, with Archbishop Peter Smith as the main celebrant.

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For thirty years the Institute of Saint Anselm have provided the special training that formators, leaders, evangelists and others charged with the sacred task of supporting and nourishing the spiritual life of the members of their congregations, dioceses and parishes need to best fulfil their duties.

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The Institute’s fully experiential courses in Community and Pastoral Leadership have helped many thousands of religious leaders gain or enhance the skills necessary to carry out the complex and demanding task of guiding their community’s life and interaction.
150529 - Mass 30 years Institute of Saint Anselm Cliftonville

Father Len Kofler MHM founded the Institute of St. Anselm in 1984 under Cardinal Basil Hume OSB. 
Father Len is a Mill Hill Missionary who is also an accredited psychotherapist, group psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. He was ordained in 1959 and in 1968 he took up further studies in sociology, psychology and pastoral theology and was in charge of formation at a minor seminary.
In 1978 he joined the staff of the Missionary Institute London as a lecturer and in 1980 he was elected president and continued to lecture and counsel till July 1985. He also gave lectures for London University Extra Mural Department.
In 2009 he celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Ordination.

150529 - Mass 30 years Institute of Saint Anselm Cliftonville

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

5th Bishop of Arundel and Brighton

The installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the 5th Bishop of Arundel & Brighton took place during Mass in Arundel Cathedral, Arundel on Thursday 28th May 2015 at 3pm

Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

Archbishop Peter who has been acting as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton led the beginning of the Installation Mass.

Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

Also present were Archbishop Antonio Mennini, The Apostolic Nunciture, Cardinals Nichols and Murphy-O’Connor together with 21 other Bishops from England and Wales, the Abbot of Worth, Fr Luke Jolly OSB and the Bishop of Aberdeen, Hugh Gilbert, former Abbot of Pluscarden where Bishop Richard is an oblate.

Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

There were over 170 priests from the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, Forces Chaplains, the Archdiocese of Southwark, and elsewhere. Also 30 or more Deacons and members from other faiths.

Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

There were representatives from every parish and Catholic school in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton and members of the Armed Forces.

Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

In his homily Bishop Richard said of the event:
"For this is a great day – the 50th Anniversary of the very day on which this Diocese of Arundel & Brighton was established. It is a real privilege and, I believe, a grace that this should be the day of my Installation as your 5th Bishop. As on Easter Day, we can say: ‘This is the Day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad’."

Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

After Mass the celebrations continued in Arundel Castle by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Norfolk

Installation of Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

Bishop Patrick conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation at Beckenham Hill and Bellingham 

On the 25th May 2015 Bishop Patrick Lynch confirmed 11 young people from the parish of Beckenham Hill and Bellingham

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After the service the celebrations continued in the parish Hall

More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Archdiocesan Centre for Catholic Formation 
Evangelization and Catechesis in the mission of the Church


Applications are invited from practising Catholics for appointment in September. This full-time post is open to those with suitable experience and qualifications in the fields of evangelization, lay formation and parish catechesis, as well as disability inclusion.

The person appointed will work as a member of the CCF Team and will contribute to the ongoing work of the Centre for Catholic Formation in its role as the diocesan agency for evangelization, catechesis and adult faith formation. The person appointed will have particular responsibility for disability issues and for the South-east London Area.

Salary: £31,749.20.
Closing date for applications: midnight on Sunday 28th June 2015 Interviews: Monday 6th July 2015

Further details of the post, together with an application form, are available from:

Fr David Gibbons, Director
Centre for Catholic Formation
21 Tooting Bec Road
London SW17 8BS
Telephone: 020 8672 7684

Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans) to move from Bickley

Every year the Holy Ghost Fathers celebrate an open air Mass in the grounds of their house in Bickley at Pentecost.

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This year they were joined by Archbishop Peter and 35 Spiritans, local clergy, deacons and 300 of their  "extended family" of supporters in a farewell celebration marking their 68th and final year in Bickley

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The Bickley community dates back to 1947 when the property was purchased as the Provincial Administration and a centre for ‘late Vocations'. It welcomed ex-servicemen who wished to be missionary priests and brothers. The ‘late Vocations' centre closed in the early 60's and the Community continued to serve as the Provincial Administration centre until this was transferred to north west London in 1990. Then the building was adapted to be more practical for the care of our increasingly elderly members. The community is now moving to Chester later in the year
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The Mass was followed by food and drinks for all, a presentation and live music added to the huge success of the celebration

150525 - Farewell Mass with Spritians - Bickley

Confirmation at the Cathedral

On Pentecost Sunday, 24th May 2015, Archbishop Peter conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 23 young people and 1 adult of the Cathedral parish.

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Father Richard Hearn and Father Oladele Craig join the Archbishop in the celebratons.

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Good Shepherd Schools' Service - Aylesford

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On Wednesday 20th May 2015 over 1200 pupils from 30 schools from around the diocese joined Archbishop Peter Smith, Canon James Cronin and supports of Missio, to celebrate the Good Shepherd Schools' Service in Aylesford.
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During this service prayers were said for children in the poorest areas of the world and gifts were presented by the children which will go to carry out educational, medical and welfare projects supported by Mission Together.

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The children had been asked to put a prayer or reflection on the words of Jesus 'As my Father has sent me, so I am sending you'  and these were exhanged with each other - sharing their Faith.

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Mission Together, part of Missio, encourages children in England and Wales to pray, fundraise and become missionaries themselves - Children Helping Children.  

150520 - Good Shepherd Schools' Service - Aylesford

This year they are supporting the Daughters of Charity in Cambodia and two sisters from the Daughters of Charity were present at the day to receive the gifts.
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Archbishop Peter said of the day: “It was marvellous to see so many school pupils coming together for this Mission Together service, truly reflecting the principle of ‘children helping children’. The talents of the children here, in their singing, dance and drama, helped all of us in our prayer, and the generous gifts, fruit of their fundraising efforts, will, I am sure, help other children in the poorest areas of the world.”

Last year the Archdiocese of Southwark raised over £15,000 for Missio


On Tuesday, 19th May 2015, at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Archbishop Peter presided at a Mass in thanksgiving for the many years of ministry of those who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their ordinations to priesthood and diaconate.

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The Mass was followed by a lunch in the dining room of Archbishop's House for the clergy and their guests
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Please pray for our Jubilarians

Diamond Jubilarians
Reverend Austin McCormack, OFM
Reverend Seamus Hetherton

Golden Jubilarians
Reverend Charles Corrigan,
CSsR Reverend Piet Wijngaard, O.Carm.
Reverend Canon John Naughton
Reverend Josef Doetsch
Reverend Brian Maxwell
Reverend Sean Hearty
Reverend Canon John McNamara

Ruby Jubilarians
Reverend Terence Donnelly, CSSp
Reverend Desmond Doherty
Reverend John Henry
Reverend Joseph O'Connor
Reverend Canon Anthony Charlton
Reverend Gregory Griffiths
Reverend Monsignor Canon Jeremy Garrett

Silver Jubilarians
Reverend Michael Lovell
Reverend Andrew Southwell
Reverend Victor Darlington
Reverend Eustace Durugbo, MSP
Reverend Deacon Alan Boxall
Reverend Deacon Stephen Short

Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation 
Office Co-ordinator

The JPIC office at the Diocese of Southwark is looking for a new co-ordinator. Based at Cathedral House in Westminster Bridge Road, this job is responsible for all the administration associated with the promotion of JPIC issues. This will include servicing all diocesan groups in their JPIC work through research, presentations and the production of materials; maintaining the JPIC database and website; producing the JPIC newsletter and other reports; liaising with and promoting associated bodies and networks and arranging conferences and other events. This is a part-time job, for around 21.5 hours per week. Actual hours/days are flexible and will include some evening and weekend work. Salary £27,000pa to £30,000pa, depending on experience, pro rata for part-time hours.

The ideal candidate will have a deep, personal commitment to the principles of justice and peace and a sound knowledge of social teaching in the Catholic Church. They will be fully competent with general office IT systems such as databases, email and Word. In addition they will be confident working with the minimum of supervision and able to demonstrate both initiative and creativity.

If you would like to apply, please email your CV to by the closing date of 12th June 2015.
Please note that we can only accept applications from candidates who have current permission to work in the UK.

Evangelization Seminar 1

The first in a series of Evangelization Seminars was held on Saturday 16th May at the Centre for Catholic Formation in Tooting Bec. The subject was ‘Spreading the Good News as an Encounter with Jesus Christ’, and the seminar was led by John Huntriss, Scripture Advisor for the Clifton diocese. The seminar was very fruitful, and many parishes from across the diocese were represented.

The next Evangelization Seminar is on Saturday 4th July at St Francis de Sales, Stockwell, on the theme ‘Spreading the Good News through Justice & Peace’, led by members of the diocesan Justice & Peace Commission. Visit the CCF website (click on the logo on the right) for further information.

Mass for New Catholics

The annual Mass for New Catholics took place on Saturday 9th May at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George. The Archbishop was the Principal Celebrant and preacher.

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This Mass - which is organised by the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation - is the culmination of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, and ends the third and final period of the RCIA, which is called the ‘Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy’.

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At this Mass the neophytes, that is those who have recently become Catholics, come together to give thanks to God and to meet the Archbishop, who is the chief pastor of the diocese.

150509 - Mass for New Catholics

Archbishop Peter Smith blesses new 
Sheerness seafarers’ centre

Archbishop of Southwark, The Most Reverend Peter Smith has launched and blessed a newly-refurbished centre for seafarers at the port of Sheerness in Kent.

The facility, operated by Catholic seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), is a sanctuary where visiting seafarers can spend quiet time in prayer, use the WiFi service to contact their families back home or relax with a game of pool.
Archbishop Smith said, “The centre is a great service to seafarers who are all welcomed here. It is a service the church provides and it has been blessed over the years by God’s grace. We ask God’s blessing for the future work of this centre.”
Archbishop Smith who is also Vice President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said his grandfather on his father’s side was a shipwright in Bristol, so the sea ran in his family’s genes. “The ministry of AoS is great work and it’s done quietly,” he added at the opening ceremony held yesterday.
The restoration of the seafarers centre was made possible by a £4,130 grant by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB). Each year about 5,000 ships visit ports in the Medway, which includes Sheerness Docks, with about 80,000 seafarers on board.

MNWB chairman Bob Jones who was also present at the launch said, “We are delighted to support Stella Maris (AoS) in the work you do for seafarers’ welfare both in UK and around the world.” AoS’ port chaplain for Kent and Medway, Deacon Paul Glock said, “The Apostleship of the Sea is about not taking seafarers for granted, but making them feel welcome and appreciated and this is their little home.”
Paul and his team of ship visiting volunteers go on board ships to visit seafarers in Chatham, Dover Port, Gillingham Pier, Rochester, Sheerness Docks and Whitstable Harbour. These ports are all in Southwark archdiocese. Many of the seafarers arriving at Sheerness and those other ports are Catholic, originating from countries such as Philippines, Poland and India.

Using the centre, AoS is able to provide them with pastoral and practical care. It is equipped with faith resources like scripture booklets and prayer cards. The centre offers them a space to speak to Deacon Paul, who provides a listening ear. On rare occasions when ships are in port long enough the centre is also used as a meeting point for seafarers who wish to be taken to Mass. It also offers amenities for them to communicate with family by internet or phone and space to relax before moving on to their next port of call.

More photos are on the Apostleship of the Sea Flickr page

Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers
Holy Communion at The Friars, Aylesford

On Saturday 2nd May 2015 Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent, and Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General, led the Commissioning Day.
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Father Paul Mason - Episcopal Vicar for Kent, started the day with a talk on the Eucharist and this special Ministry by using a powerpoint presentation of different works or art

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Monsignor Matthew Dickens 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 the rubrics, including the service of administering Holy Communion to the Sick and the checks that need to be taken before staring this ministry and so therefore bringing together all the training that had been given in every parish

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Father Paul presided at the Mass along with the other concelebrants Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Fathers Christopher Lindlar and Josephat Ezeanolue CSSp (who was celebrating his birthday) and Deacon Malcolm Turner, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.

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21 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were commissioned from Beckenham Hill and Bellingham, Catford, Charlton, Folkestone West,
Forest Hill, Hartley, Kidbrooke, Mongeham and Sandwich, Rochester, Sevenoaks,Tenterden,Tolworth, West Malling, Westerham and 1 from St Mary's Primary School, Beckenham

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More photos are on the RCSouthwark Flickr page

Migrants Mass on Feast of St Joseph the Worker

On Monday 4th May 2015 over 1,500 people came to the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George in Southwark for the annual Mass for Migrants, organised by London's three Catholic dioceses: Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, with the ethnic chaplaincies and Justice and Peace Commission, and the year the Tablet, which celebrates its 175th anniversary.
Mass for Migrants 2015

The chief celebrant was the Archbishop of Southwark, Most Reverend Peter Smith. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Bishop Alan Williams of Brentwood and many priests concelebrated.

The Mass was attended by ambassadors from Libya, Ethiopia and Lithuania, Justice Minister, Lib Dem Simon Hughes, who has served as MP for Southwark and Bermondsey for many years, Lib Dem Sarah Teather who led a campaign to stop the detention of child refugees, borough mayors and councillors, from around the capital.

Music throughout the service, led by Francis Novillo, included hymns and songs from Cameroon, the USA, Australia, Slovakia, China and Uganda.

Mass for Migrants 2015

The Bidding Prayers were led by pupils from Notre Dame RC Girls' School in seven languages, including Tamil, Tagalog and Yoruba

Mass for Migrants 2015

Welcoming the congregation, Archbishop Peter Smith described the Mass as "a joint venture of prayerful support for migrants in our city." In his homily, Archbishop Peter reflected on the day's Gospel in which Jesus is rejected by the people of his hometown of Nazareth. He described how the Holy Family were refugees - forced to flee Bethlehem when Herod began killing new born baby boys: "We have few details but we assume they lived in peace until they returned to their homeland, settling, as St Matthew's Gospel tells us, in a town called Nazareth. Jesus would have been very small when they left but I'm sure Mary and Joseph would have told him the story as he got older. The irony of his rejection by the people he lived with I'm sure would have been in his mind when he began his public ministry. Rejected by the people he lived with but in the years previous to that accepted in a foreign land."

Mass for Migrants 2015

Archbishop Peter pointed out that Jesus' public ministry it has its core focus compassion, loving kindness and mercy - care towards the oppressed, the exploited, the poor. He said Pope Francis has repeatedly called for countries to adopt a more "generous openness" to migrants, saying: "I am a pastor of a Church with no borders."

Mass for Migrants 2015

Archbishop Peter quoted Pope Francis who had rebuked those with "blood on their hands" who tolerate, even passively, human trafficking. Archbishop Peter had particular criticism of the UK's detention centres for migrants, saying these were "stripping them of their human dignity" and he expressed alarm at the crisis of boat refugees in the Mediterranean.

Archbishop Peter went on to call for prayers for politicians. "We must pray for them" he said. "They have a very difficult job."

He concluded with an upbeat story of British Olympic runner Mo Farrah who came from Somalia as a refugee at the age of eight. Asked whether he would prefer to run for Somalia rather than Britain, Mo said: " Look mate - this is my country. When I put on my GB vest I feel proud."

Mass for Migrants 2015
After the Mass there was a large reception and spread of international food organised by the ethnic chaplaincies and the Tablet.

The Mass for Migrants has been celebrated in London every May Bank Holiday since 2006 when it was introduced by the then Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor.

Archbishop Peter's Homily

Words - Jo Siedlecka 
Photos by Marcin Mazur

For more photos see The Catholic Church England and Wales flickr page