5th July 2015, Francis Murphy (far left of photo) was instituted as an
Acolyte and, on 12th July, David Howell (next to Francis) and Phil
Andrews (far right of photo) were ordained deacons by Bishop John
The ceremonies took place at Palazzola, the villa of the Venerable
Please pray for these students and for all our Southwark seminarians.
Bishop for Migrants - Bishop Pat Lynch
‘deeply concerned over the deepening
humanitarian crisis’ in Calais
“I am deeply concerned over the deepening humanitarian crisis involving
thousands of migrants unfolding in Calais. The crisis has developed
over a decade and challenges us all, both as Christians and as
Europeans. We must face up to this reality at various levels.
"First, in solidarity with the most vulnerable migrants we recognise
pastoral, humanitarian, and compassionate response from the French
Church and call on the French authorities to redouble their efforts in
providing adequate reception facilities for migrants. We acknowledge
the work done by faith organisations in France and the UK together with
charities, agencies and the great generosity of families and
individuals to the relief efforts. The task is immense and their
contributions are most valued. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of
England and Wales will be making a material contribution to those
"Second, at an international level we are aware
that the answer to the current migrant crisis lies beyond Calais.
Estimates from the UNCHR indicate that “In the first six months of this
year, 137,000 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean Sea,
travelling in terrible conditions upon unsafe boats and dinghies”. The
2014 estimate for the same period was 75,000. Therefore in addition to
addressing the humanitarian needs of the increasing numbers of migrants
undertaking this treacherous journey we must examine the root causes of
current migration from North Africa and the Middle East across the
Mediterranean Sea to Europe.
"Third, we must face up to the
shared responsibility of making the world a better and safer
environment to live in. We must examine as a matter of urgency the arms
trade that fuels armed conflict and civil war, climate change, unjust
economic policies, poverty and corruption as some of the underlying
causes of this fundamental global trend. The safety of vulnerable women
and children who may fall prey to smugglers and human traffickers is
paramount and must be addressed.
"Finally, the current
migration crisis is complex and there are no easy solutions for
governments, non–governmental organisations, faith groups and charities
working on the field. However, governments, charities and humanitarian
aid agencies should be encouraged to work together for a collaborative
international response to the challenge in partnership with the
countries of origin. Countries of origin must recognise that ‘the
defence of migrants rights’ is viable and effective when based on a
firm foundation of legal norms, and operates under the rule of law.
(Caritas Europa 2009)”.
Bishop Patrick Lynch
Chair, Office for Migration Policy
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
New online training for Safeguarding
Trust of England
and Wales has purchased a package of e-learning programmes
that are available
to every member of the Catholic community in England and
Archbishop Peter vists
St Columba's Catholic Boys' School - Bexleyheath
On 15th July 2015 Archbisho Peter join the whole community of St
Columba's Catholic Boys' School for their end of school Mass.
At the end of Mass the Student
Leadership team for
next year was announced. Students who
have got through staff
and student interviews
to be members of
the whole Student
Leadership Team then
voted for the posts of
Head and Deputy Head
Boy. Edward Stocker
is the new Head Boy
and Michael Adegoke
Callum McGlynn and
David Oputa have been
voted as Deputy Head
Boys for 2015/16.
Also at the end of Mass the schooled presented cheques to CAFOD for
over £1,100 and to the Balamorie charity for £437 thanks to the
generosity of the students
Priesthood Ordinations of
Matt O'Gorman and Mark Higgins
seminary students completed their journey to the priesthood when they
were ordained by Archbishop Peter on Saturday 18th July. The ordination
took place in a full Cathedral, where Mark Higgins and Matthew O’Gorman
were joined by many family, friends, parishioners and clergy.
Archbishop Peter was joined by Bishop Howard Tripp, Bishop Nicholas
Hudson and over eighty other priests for the Mass.
The candidates prostrate
before the altar during the Litany of the saints
of the newly ordained priests are from the Parish of Saint Elphege,
Wallington, and both attended the John Fisher Secondary School, Purley,
although a few years apart. They both celebrated their first Sunday
Mass as priests in the in the Chapel of the Fisher School, one
following the other. The weekend was a joyful and happy occasion, for
them, their families & friends, their parish, their School, and
Archbishop Peter preaches
during the Mass,
particularly to Matthew O'Gorman (left) and Mark Higgins (right)
Mark Higgins, who was as St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, for his
formation, has been appointed to St Andrew’s, Thornton Heath.
Matthew O’Gorman, who was at the Venerable English College, Rome, for
his formation, has been appointed to St John the Baptist’s, Purley.
They will take up their first appointments in September.
RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives
Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has added to
the Archives' blog.
Clergy Appointments and News
Announced July 2015
A word of welcome to Fr
Francis Lynch and Fr Oliver Antao, who have
both been incardinated in to the diocese.
Archbishop Peter over the past months has made the made the
Father James Teeling as Dean of the Chatham Deanery, to serve for the
remainder of the three year term of office.
Canon John Kavanagh as acting Dean of the Lewisham Deanery,
from the 1st August to the 30th November, while Father Doug Bull is
away on a short sabbatical break.
Father Sharju Varkey as Episcopal Vicar for Ethnic Chaplaincies.
Father David Camilleri as Parish Priest of St James, Petts Wood.
Father Richard Reid CSsR as Parish Priest of Our Immaculate Lady of
Father Francis Lynch as Parish Priest of Saint Gertrude, Bermondsey
South, having previously been the Parochial Administrator.
Father Peter Pagac SDB as Parochial Administrator of The
Sacred Heart, Battersea West. Peter kindly agreed to take on
responsibility for the parish as Father Kieran Anderson SDB, the Parish
Priest, is away from the parish due to poor health.
Father Anthony Cassidy CSsR, as Parochial Administrator of Saint
Matthew, West Norwood.
Father Michael Ryan, as Parochial Administrator of Saint Simon Stock,
Deacon Stephen Newman as Archbishop's delegate for the Pastoral Care
of Permanent Deacons.
Deacon Barry Chalkley as Director of Formation for the Diocesan
Permanent Diaconate programme.
Father Keith Sylvia as assistant priest at Our Lady of the
Addiscombe Parish, following his priestly ordination.
Father Emmanuel Okorondu,
from the Diocese of Orlu, as an assistant
priest in the parish of St Andrew, Thornton Heath.
Father Vitus Okechukwu as an assistant priest in the parish of St.
Stephen, Welling, also from the Diocese of Orlu.
Other moves and changes:
Father Philip Smith CF has been appointed as a full time
chaplain to the British Army, and has joined 5th
Battalion the Rifles in Paderborn, Germany.
Welcome to Father Patrick D’Souza sfx, who has been
appointed as the Goan Community Chaplain, succeeding Father Francis
Rosario sfx. Father D’Souza is a member of the Pilar Fathers’ community
Welcome to Father Hyacinth Okafor cm, who has joined the parish team
based at St Paul’s Thamesmead.
Welcome to Fr Kouevi Adjetey Louis Mawoulolo mccj who has
joined the Comboni Fathers Community in Battersea Park Parish and
will minister as an assistant priest in the parish of Our Lady of Mount
Carmel and St Joseph, Battersea Park.
Father Sang Mok Kwon will be completing his term as Korean
Catholic Chaplain and will be returning to Korea at the end of the
successor will be Father Joong Hee Kwon of the Diocese of Andong. He is
due to take up his appointment on 1st September 2015.
Archbishop Peter at The John Fisher School - Purley
The John Fisher School
in Purley was delighted to welcome Archbishop
Peter Smith to be the celebrant at their end of Mission Week Mass on
Friday 10th July.
The Mass took place on the school field adjacent to the school chapel
in glorious sunshine. A great opportunity to have this special Mass at
the end of a memorable week, particularly as it comes at the end of
85th Anniversary Year
They were joined by Year
6 boys & girls from Regina Coeli and
St Elphege’s RC Primary Schools who were in school for the day on
It was also fitting that many Headteachers from local Catholic
primary and secondary schools were present, as the Mass also marked the
impending retirement of Mr Scully, the Headteacher.
The Sion Youth Team
coordinated and led the school community through
the celebration, including some rousing hymns and a final mime from all
Archbishop Peter spoke
of the importance of evangelisation -
challenging all present to continue the work of the Apostles in
standing up for and sharing our faith.
The service ended with
Mr Scully thanking all those who contributed
towards the Mass and Mission Week, especially the inspirational team
(Ondrej, Bexx, Kimi, Dan, Esther, Matt, Hannah, Kathleen and Joseph)
who became an important part of the school community for the week. The
real challenge for everyone is to ensure that the spirit
of Mission Week is continued over the months and years ahead - until
the next one in 2020.
Finally, Archbishop Peter presented the school with an Apostolic
Blessing from His Holiness, Pope Francis, to commemorate the 85th
Anniversary of its foundation.
Four Permanent Deacons ordained for Southwark
Archbishop Peter Smith
ordinated four Permanent Deacons on 4th July
2015 for the Archdiocese of Southwark in the Metropolitan Cathedral
Church of St George.
Our new Deacons are
Deacon Julian Burling who has been
appointed to Sacred
Heart Wimbledon, Deacon Simon English and Deacon Tom McCarthy who have
been appointed to St. Anselm Tooting Bec and Deacon Peter Sebastian who
has been appointed to St. Raphael Surbiton
Brief History of the
The apostles in
Jerusalem, finding it difficult to combine the
distribution of food to the poor with preaching the word and prayer,
appointed seven ministers to serve those in who were in need (cf Acts
6:1-7), charity being considered as central to the ministry of the
Church. The apostles handed over this duty to ‘men of good reputation,
filled with the Spirit and with wisdom’ by praying and laying hands on
them. Among these was Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Saint Paul,
writing about 57 AD, includes deacons in his greeting in Philippians
(1:1) and writing to Timothy lists the qualities and virtues which all
deacons are expected to possess and exercise in their ministry (I Tim
3:8-13), indicating that the diaconate had already become a separate
office in the Church. The very term “Diakonia” describes the central
characteristic of this order: the deacon is called to service. The
witness of the early Fathers of the Church acknowledges the importance
of the diaconal ministry. Saint Ignatius of Antioch, about 100 AD, says
that it would be impossible to have the Church without bishops, priests
and deacons. He explains that their task was nothing less than to
continue ‘the ministry of Jesus Christ’.
The Permanent Diaconate
After the fifth century, however, there was a decline in the permanent
diaconate in the Latin Church. From the early Middle Ages the diaconate
remained only as a transitional order that men received as part of
their preparation for the priesthood. There were occasional exceptions
to this rule however, Saint Francis of Assisi, for example, was
ordained a deacon but not a priest. But the reality was that the
permanent character of this order was abandoned by the Latin Church for
The Second Vatican Council decided that the time was ripe. The
permanent character of the order was restored and renewed when the
Council in October 1963 called for the reestablishment of the ministry
of the permanent deacon. In June 1967, Pope Paul VI carried out the
desire of the Council when he published the Apostolic Letter Sacrum
diaconatus ordinem in which he reestablished the permanent diaconate in
the Latin Church. The Council, in its Dogmatic Constitution on the
Church, echoes the ancient image and concerns of the New Testament when
it speaks of the ministry and nature of the diaconate:
At a lower level of the hierarchy are deacons, upon whom hands are
imposed "not unto the priesthood, but unto a ministry of service”. For
strengthened by sacramental grace, in communion with the bishop and his
group of priests they serve in the diaconate of the liturgy, of the
word, and of charity to the people of God. It is the duty of the
deacon, according as it shall have been assigned to him by competent
authority, to administer baptism solemnly, to be custodian and
dispenser of the Eucharist, to assist at and bless marriages in the
name of the Church, to bring Viaticum to the dying, to read the Sacred
Scripture to the faithful, to instruct and exhort the people, to
preside over the worship and prayer of the faithful, to administer
sacramentals, to officiate at funeral and burial services. Dedicated to
duties of charity and of administration, let deacons be mindful of the
admonition of Blessed Polycarp: "Be merciful, diligent, walking
according to the truth of the Lord, who became the servant of all."
(Lumen Gentium para. 29)
In the final years of
Archbishop Cyril Cowderoy, the first Southwark
permanent deacon, Edward Driscoll, was ordained by Bishop Charles
Henderson in July 1975. When Archbishop Michael Bowen succeeded to the
diocese in 1977 he gave the permanent diaconate his wholehearted
support and lost no time in establishing a course of studies for
permanent deacons (1978) and four new permanent deacons were ordained
in 1980. Since then the steady flow of ordinations has brought the
number of our permanent deacons to over eighty.
Mike Cullinane retires after 42 years working in Catholic
On the 1st July 2015
Mike Cullinane, Deputy Director of Education at
the Education Commission in the Archdiocese of Southwark celebrated his
family, friends and colleagues
Archbishop Peter was the
main celebrant at Mass in the Cathedral and
thanked Mike for all his hard work and kind help to the Archbishop when
ever he needed it
Mike was educated by the
Sisters of Charity of St Paul in primary
school in Coventry then by the Vincentians in Secondary school. He went
on to St Mary’s Strawberry Hill in 1970 to 1973 were his main subjects
RE and History
He has spent 27 years in
four Catholic secondary schools in the
Archiocese, three years in a state school (which Mike quotes
The last 11 years teaching as Headteacher Bonus Pastor Catholic
Secondary, Lewisham and the 12 years at Education Commission including
representing Arcdiocese on the National Diocesan School Commissioners
Executive for 6 years and representing the Catholic Education Service
on the School Support Staff Negotiating Body.
Mike is a parishioner of
Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee
continued in the Notre Dame RC Secondary Girls' School
in Southwark where Mike was presented, amongst other 'gifts' was his
own 'Section 48 Inspection Report'
Mike warmly thanked
everyone who had organised the event and everyone
for attending and all his
friends and colleagues for the last 42 years of happy memories.
He says his retirement plan is to carry on working for the Church in a
voluntary capacity in a different area to Education.