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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Archbishop Peter who has
been acting as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Arundel
& Brighton led the beginning of the Installation Mass.
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.
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.
There were representatives from
every parish and Catholic school in the Diocese of Arundel &
Brighton and members of the Armed Forces.
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’.
After Mass the celebrations continued in Arundel Castle by kind
permission of His Grace the Duke of Norfolk
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
After the service the
celebrations continued in the parish Hall
Archdiocesan Centre for Catholic Formation
Evangelization and Catechesis in
the mission of the Church
ADVISER for DISABILITY,
CATECHESIS & ADULT
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
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
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
Fathers celebrate an open air Mass in the grounds of their house in
Bickley at Pentecost.
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
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
The Mass was followed by
food and drinks for all, a presentation and
live music added to the huge success of the celebration
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.
Father Richard Hearn and
Father Oladele Craig join the Archbishop in the celebratons.
Good Shepherd Schools' Service - Aylesford
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
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.
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.
Mission Together, part of Missio, encourages children in England and
Wales to pray, fundraise and become missionaries themselves - Children
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.
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
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JUBILARIANS
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.
The Mass was followed by a
lunch in the dining room of Archbishop's House for the clergy and their
Please pray for our Jubilarians
Reverend Seamus Hetherton
Reverend Charles Corrigan,
Reverend Piet Wijngaard, O.Carm.
Reverend Canon John Naughton
Reverend Josef Doetsch
Reverend Brian Maxwell
Reverend Sean Hearty
Reverend Canon John McNamara
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
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
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
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
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’.
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.
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
Many of the seafarers arriving at Sheerness and those other ports are
Catholic, originating from countries such as Philippines, Poland and
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.
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.
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
Dickens presided at a period of adoration before the
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
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
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
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.
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.
The Bidding Prayers were led by pupils from Notre Dame RC Girls' School
in seven languages, including Tamil, Tagalog and Yoruba
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.
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."
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
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."
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.
Words - Jo Siedlecka
Photos by Marcin Mazur