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News Archive for January 2016


Southwark Priests meet The Pope

Monsignor Bill Saunders and Father Michael Scanlon, on a trip to Rome, were blessed to meet Pope Francis and exchange greetings and prayers with him


© L’Osservatore Romano

Monsingor Bill was there for the first of the official Jubilee events for those engaged in pilgrimage work and for Rectors of Shrines. There was  a three day conference at the end of which they had a special audience with the Holy Father who gave an address. Click here to download

Also present was Father Marcus Holden from the Shrine at Ramsgate and Father  Francis Kemsley from Aylesford as well as Matt Betts from the Shrine of St. Jude Faversham. Canon Edward Perera, the Southwark Pilgrimage Director to Loudes, was unable to attend.

The invitation came from Archbishop Fisichella via the Southwark diocese.

There were representatives of the Shrine at Lourdes as well as Mon John Armitage the Rector of the Shrine at Walsingham.

The group through the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica together



© L’Osservatore Romano

Battersea West

On the feast of Don Bosco 30th January 2016 Archbishop Peter join the 
Salesian Community in Battersea on the opening of their new Salesian House



It was the final stage in a comprehensive re-development of the buildings and facilities in Battersea: first the new facilities attached to the Sacred Heart Parish, then the new build for St John Bosco College, and now a new home for the Salesian Community

160130 - Open of New Salesian House - Battersea

Along with Archbishop Peter, who blessed the new house, the principal guests at the opening ceremony were Fr Michael Casey SDB (Provincial of Ireland), Jane Ellison, MP for Battersea, Balham and Wandsworth, Cllr Mrs Tessa Strickland and Bishop Howard Tripp (retired)

160130 - Open of New Salesian House - Battersea

160130 - Open of New Salesian House - Battersea



The Centre for Catholic Formation

The Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec, hosted a successful study day on Saturday 30th January exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  There was a large number of interested attendees, which enabled fascinating discussions to take place and thoughtful questions to be explored.  The day was opened with a time of prayer and reflection. 

160130 - CCF exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pierpaolo Finaldi (formation adviser for the South-east London area), in his lecture, explored the meaning of a Jubilee Year, what the Church is asking of us in this special time, and the Jubilee Year’s origins in the Old Testament. 

160130 - CCF exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Sebastian Morello (formation adviser for the South-west London area) delivered a lecture on the theology of divine mercy. 

160130 - CCF exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

In the afternoon Mark Nash (formation adviser for Kent) delivered a workshop on encountering divine mercy in the Gospels, followed by a second presentation by Pierpaolo on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. 

160130 - CCF exploring the meaning and implications of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

The day was brought to a close with a second period of reflection and prayer.  The event was much appreciated by the attendees, and many have asked for the talks to be repeated in their parishes.

The offer of similar talks and workshops on mercy, and training or input on other themes, is extended to all parishes, schools and deaneries in the diocese.
Those interested in booking talks and training should contact the Centre for Catholic Formation at Tooting Bec.

Churches Together in South London

Archbishop Peter Smith hosted a lunch with Bishop Paul Hendrick for the Churches Together in South London in Unity Week on Thursday 21st January 2016 in Archbishop's House


RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

Our Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, has added to the Archives' blog

World War II: the requisition of iron railings
and one priest’s protest


In July 1940, Lord Beaverbrook, the Minister of Supply, launched a press campaign for the public to donate aluminium pots and pans to make fighter aircraft: "We will turn your pots and pans into Spitfires and Hurricanes, Blenheims and Wellingtons." The public responded by donating over 70,000 tons of aluminium, a good percentage of which was recycled in aircraft production. Beaverbrook also identified a need for heavier raw materials like iron and steel for munitions.



In 1941 the government passed an order compulsorily requisitioning all post-1850 iron gates and railings for the war effort, with a few exceptions made for items of particular historic interest, usually elaborate gates.




Please pray for the repose of the soul of 

Reverend Father Conleth Doyle, O.Carm

who died on Thursday 14th January 2016

His body will be received with Evening Payer at 6.30pm on 
Tuesday 19th January at Aylesford Priory

Funeral Mass on Wednesday 20th January, at 11.30am at Aylesford Priory, followed by burial in the Carmelite Community Cemetery


First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

On Thursday 14th January the first Pilgrimage through the Jubilee Year of Mercy Holy Door at the Cathedral took place.  It was undertaken by the staff of the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation.

160114 - The First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

The pilgrims were first welcomed by the Cathedral Dean, Fr Richard Hearn at an introductory Liturgy in front of the Holy Door. 

160114 - The First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

They then processed through the Door, and once inside the Liturgy continued with prayers and the Sprinkling with Holy Water. 

160114 - The First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

The pilgrims then processed to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel for a period of Adoration.  Meanwhile, Confessions were heard by Fr Richard and by Fr Stephen Borg, OFM.Conv.  The pilgrimage was completed by participation in the 12:30pm Mass.

160114 - The First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

The special Jubilee Year plenary indulgence is gained by passing through the Holy Door, making one’s Confession, receiving Holy Communion at Mass, and praying for the Holy Father’s intentions.

160114 - The First Pilgrimage through the Holy Door

Parishes, schools and chaplaincies have been invited by both the Archbishop and the Cathedral Dean to make Pilgrimages during the Jubilee Year of Mercy to the Cathedral, the mother church of the archdiocese.  Visits should be booked via email: bookings@stgeorges.org.uk 

All pilgrims will receive a special pack, which includes the pilgrimage Liturgy, the rite of Confession, a commemorative prayer card, and a St George’s Cathedral special edition of the CTS booklet Year of Mercy – Preparing for the Journey.

Wanted – Southwark Catholic Directory 1976 and 1987


The Diocesan Archivist, Jenny Delves, is looking for copies of the 1976 and 1987 Southwark Catholic Directories.

If you have a copy of either of these directories which you would be happy to give her, please could you contact her on archives@rcsouthwark.co.uk



Please pray for the repose of the soul of 

Reverend Father Joseph Kelly, O.Carm

who died on Wednesday 6th January 2016

His body will be received with Evening Payer on 
Monday 11th January at Aylesford Priory

Funeral Mass at 11.30 on Tuesday 12th January  at Aylesford Priory, followed by burial in the Carmelite Community Cemetery

The Ascent Movement

The Ascent Movement has been renamed and will now be known as ‘Life Ascending‘, to mirror other branches of La Vie Montante in other countries, who use a similar name.

Alongside the change of name they have had a new identity together with a new logo

Click here for their website and more details