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Catenian Association Public Speaking Competition

On Thursday 25th February, Province 7 of the Catenian Association held the Southwark Regional Final of their Public Speaking Competition, which is open to 16 to 18 year old pupils attending Catholic Schools.  This event took place in the auditorium at St. Thomas the Apostle College (STAC), Nunhead

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The ten participants from four local Catholic Schools, St. Thomas, St. Gregory’s, Sacred Heart and St. Michael’s, spoke for four minutes on a range of topics; some philosophical such as ‘True Riches’, others profound such as ‘What is God’s role in society’ and one which was whimsically entitled ‘Blue’.   All the speeches were delivered with professionalism; many of the speakers had no notes, while some only briefly glanced at what must have been nothing more than ‘headers’. 

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The judges for the competition were Archbishop Peter Smith, Susannah Hardyman, founder and CEO of Action Tutoring and Dr. Joseph Spence, Master of Dulwich College and the Chair of the Adjudicators.
The difficult task of picking a winner from such talented individuals was explained by Dr. Spence, before he announced the winner and runner-up.
The winner, Jael Umerah-Makelemi from Sacred Heart School Camberwell, spoke about her favourite colour ‘Blue’ and what was going through her mind as she went shopping at her local supermarket.  Her speech had a ‘light touch’ and was delivered with great confidence making us care about what she was discussing.

The runner-up, Jeanie Purslow from St. Thomas’, spoke on the ‘thorny’ subject of, ‘Homophobia’, and gave us gentle as well as strong moments and arguments in making a case for tolerance.

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Archbishop Peter and Peter Stevens (Province 7 Director) presented a shield and a voucher for £50.00 to Jael and to Jeanie an Amazon voucher for £35.00. Both worthy winners who will now be entitled to go forward to the National Finals at Manchester University in September.

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Thanks was given to Mr. Connolly (Headmaster of STAC), the panel of judges, those who produced the literature, the caterers and the brass band and not forgetting the parents and those behind the scenes

The evening was a truly amazing event. Full marks to all who made it such a success and we look forward to next year’s competition with even more participants expected from Notre Dame, St Catherine’s and several others.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Report by Peter Stevens, Director Catenian Province 7

 Golden Anniversary – Worcester Park

Archbishop Peter joined the community of St. Matthias Worcester Park on Wednesday 24th February to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the opening of the 'new' church

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He also presend a Diocesen Award to Dorothy for 40 years committement to the Music Ministry in the parish, particually playing the organ at the morning Masses

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The celebrations continued in the parish hall

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Sad News from the Vincentians

Six senior seminarians died in a motor accident on Monday 22nd February 2016, at Enugu Nigeria RIP

Archbishop Peter will preside at a Requiem Mass for the repose of their souls on Thursday March 3rd  at 18.00 in the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Peckham - Vestments: White (Mass of the Resurrection)




Risen, in cinemas 18th March, tells the story of a Roman soldier investigating the mysterious disappearance of the body of Jesus of Nazareth. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumours of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

For more information please visit risen.damarismedia.com for a Special Resource for Churches and a Leader's Guide should anyone wish to use this as their Lenten project

Please click here to read a review of the fiilm

Lenten Day of Recollection

Father John Hemer, a Mill Hill Father who has worked in Pakistan, Kenya and Uganda led the Day of Recollection in Aylesford on 19th February organised by the On-Going Formation of Priests

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Father Paul Mason took this opportunity to thank Mrs Anita Rebello, who has been the On-Going Formation of Priests' secretary for 12 years, for all her hard work as she has decieded to retire and presented her with a bouquet of flowers

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Mrs Gill Reeves, Father Paul Mason's secretary will be taking over the role when Anita finishes.

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Shrine of St Augustine - Ramsgate


BBC Radio 4 will broadcast live from the Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate, this weekend. The weekly programme Sunday Worship, with 1.5 million listeners, is coming to Ramsgate for the second week of Lent 2016. The broadcast will be at 8.10am, on Sunday 21st February 2016, on BBC Radio 4.

The service will be a 'meditation' with reflections from Robert Pugin Purcell, the great great grandson of Augustus Pugin (the architect who built the church as his personal church, and is most famous for designing much of the Houses of Parliament), as well as readings from the Bible and Bede's narrative of St Augustine's mission. Sister Mary Stephen of Minster Abbey will read a poem she has written for the occasion. There will be congregational singing, and music performed by The Victoria Consort under the direction of Thomas Neal.

The broadcast has the theme of 'Pilgrimage: Taking and Leaving'. This fits in well with St Augustine's growing association with pilgrimage.

In 2014-15 it launched the "Way of St Augustine" - a walking trail between Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's in Ramsgate. This follows the route
St Augustine took when he travelled to Canterbury from Thanet in 597AD. The route was launched in collaboration with Canterbury Cathedral, the Green
Pilgrimage Network, and Explore Kent. More information is available here: http://explorekent.org/activities/the-way-of-st-augustine

A new DVD is co-presented by St Augustine's Rector, Fr Marcus Holden, called To Be A Pilgrim. This was launched in October 2015. It documents the fascinating sites and histories of the ancient Pilgrims' Way from Southwark to Canterbury. The route was made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer in his The Canterbury Tales. The DVD was produced by St Anthony Communications and is available here: http://www.saintant.com/item.php?itemno=208

Members of the public are invited to join the congregation for the live national broadcast. Those wishing to attend should arrive at 7.45am. The church is located on the seaward side of St Augustine's Road, Ramsgate, and the postcode is CT11 9PA.

Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion

This annual ceremony for those on RCIA courses in the various parishes and chaplaincies took place on Saturday 13th February at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, Southwark

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The Archbishop presided, assisted by Bishop Pat, Bishop Paul, the Episcopal Vicar for Kent, Father Paul, Monsignor Matthew, the Vicar General and Fr David, Director of the Centre for Catholic Formation, who organised the liturgy.  The Deacon was Rev'd Daniel Weatherley

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This year the names of 235 catechumens were read out by Bishop Pat, Bishop Paul and Father Paul according to their area during the Rite of Election, and their names were enrolled in the Book of the Elect

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Catechumens are those preparing for Baptism, usually to take place at the Easter Vigil

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195 candidates also had their names read out during the Rite of the Call to Continuing Conversion.  Candidates are those, already Baptized, who are preparing to receive the final sacraments of initiation, Confirmation and Eucharist

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Archbishop Peter thanked the Cathedral Dean, Father Richard and all the Cathedral staff

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The music was provided by the Diocesan Choir under Canon Alan McLean

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and the Altar Servers were from Holy Cross, Catford parish

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Peter Morrissey from Service for Deaf & Hard of Hearing People kindly signed the service

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Lent Begins at the Cathedral

Archbishop Peter imposed ashes during a Solemn Sung Mass at St. George's Cathedral on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Mass in St George Cathedral in Southwark

Fr. Richard Hearn, the Dean of the Cathedral, concelebrated and the gentlemen of the choir provided the music

Ash Wednesday Mass in St George Cathedral in Southwark

The marking of the forehead with the sign of the cross in ash reminds us of the penitential nature of the Lenten Season, a time when we should seek the Lord's mercy and forgiveness in those areas of our lives where we need His healing power.

Ash Wednesday Mass in St George Cathedral in Southwark

The ashes used come from palms used on Palm Sunday the previous year

Ash Wednesday Mass in St George Cathedral in Southwark

During Lent there will be an extra Mass at St George's Cathedral every evening at 6pm



Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion at the Cathedral

On Saturday 6th February 2016 Father Paul Mason, Episcopal Vicar for Kent commisioned 52 people as Extraordinary Ministers Holy Communion

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Father Paul Mason 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 DBS check that has 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 concelebrated Mass along with the Monsignor Matthew Dickens and Monsignor Gerry Ewing, during which he commissioned the new Extraordinary Ministers and presented their certificates.

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The Extra Ordinary Ministers came from 15 parishes from around the Diocese - Balham, Brockley, Charlton, Croydon, Dover, East Sheen, Farnborough, Kennington Park, Norbury, Peckham Rye, Purley, Walworth,
Welling, Wimbledon, Woolwich



A new Rector for St John’s Seminary, Wonersh


Archbishop Peter has announced the appointment of Father Brian Coyle as Rector of St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, in succession to Monsingor Jeremy Garratt.

Father Brian is currently Director of Human Formation at Wonersh.
He will take office on 4th July 2016.

Monsignor Jeremy Garratt will take up parish ministry in the diocese of Portsmouth in September.

Archbishop Peter said:
“I am delighted that Father Brian Coyle has accepted this very important ministry in the church. He brings a wealth of experience of priesthood, and having served at the Seminary for the last two years will already be familiar with St John’s.”

Monsignor Jeremy said:
“Under Father Brian’s leadership I am sure that St John’s will have a bright future.
It is very good news for the Seminary and for the church in this country.”

St John’s Seminary was established in 1891 as the diocesan Seminary for the then Diocese of Southwark. It accepts students from several dioceses in England and also from Wales and Scotland.

The dioceses of England and Wales are served by a total of six seminaries: two others in England, two in Rome and one in Spain.

33rd Head Teacher of St Joseph’s College Beulah Hill



On Wednesday 3 February Mr David Garrido was inducted by Bishop Hendricks as the 33rd head teacher of St Joseph’s College Beulah Hill.
Dr Ann Bamford, the diocesan director of Education, De la Salle Brothers, Sean, Ben and John, two local councillors, the deputy mayor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, and Pat Ryan, former Thomas More Head Mr John Casey, Mrs Joana Hawthorne from St Chad’s, Sister Bernadette from Virgo Fidelis High, Mr Patrick Shields from St Mary’s High and Mr Sean Maher from Richard Challoner as well as current students, former students and their parents attended the celebraton, along with Mr Garrido's wife and sone

There were also guests from The British Home with whom the college  have an historical working relationship

The band and the choir were both in attendance and played a brand new Mass setting, The Mass of St Joseph’s College,  written by Head of Music, Mr Baxter for the occasion.



The psalm was read by Year Eight student Kaiden Cummins and his father, Patrick, who is a former student of the college.  There were seven altar servers including three six form students one of whom, Emmanuella, was our first ever girl server.

Mr Garrido was presented with the mission statement and key to the school by Mr Sweeney the chair of governors, Bishop Hendricks presented him with the Bible.  After Communion Jacqueline and Zachery sang Panus Angelicus.

The reception in the parlour was very well attended and all present agreed we are all looking forward to watching St Joseph’s College grow while in Mr Garrido’s care.

Mass for Missionary Society of St Paul

The Missionary Society of Society of St Paul celebrated its annual thanksgiving day, also known as MSP Day on the 29th of January 2016 at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. It is a day set aside to invite friends, supporters and benefactors who join to celebrate the opportunity to share in Christ’s mission. It is also a special occasion to acknowledge the contributions of our friends and supporters. However, this year's celebration was capped with the formal inauguration of the Mission in the UK into a Region.

The UK Mission of the Society started in 2000 and in that year Fr. Addison Okpeh joined the Archdiocese of Southwark.

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In 2002 Fr Eustace Durugbo (now the UK Mission Superior) and Fr Casmir Dike arrived to join Fr Addison in Southwark. Today the Society has nine priests in the diocese who have the care of seven parishes: Beckenham Hill, Deptford, Gravesend, Norbiton, Nunhead, Stockwell and Brixton

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The Principal celebrant was Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark; along with Bishop Peter M Brignall of Wrexham and the auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham William Kenney. Also concelebrating were Fr Augustine Ogar, MSP the Vigar General of MSP who represented the superior general Very Rev Fr victor Onwukeme, MSP and also formerly read the address of inauguration; equally concelebrating were MSP priests from around the UK, diocesan and religious priests from various dioceses.

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In his homily, Archbishop Peter, spoke of the great life that St Paul lived and his zeal in spreading the gospel to all people. He noted that the Missionaries of St Paul  following the example of Apostle Paul through their commitment to Missionary work in the UK have impacted positively on the Church. He appreciated the impact this missionary effort has had on the church in the UK and encouraged them to strive more in spreading this gospel Message that was initially brought to Africa by Missionaries from Europe

The Priests and all present received blessings from the Archbishop.
The Mass ended at about 8:15pm and all proceeded to Amigo Hall for refreshment and interaction.



Closing Mass of Year for Consecrated Life

300 Consecrated Women and Men - the Religious of the Archdiocese - accepted the invitation of Archbishop Peter to join him on a pilgrimage  and process through the Holy Door of the Cathedral on Tuesday,  2nd February, to mark the closure of the Year of Consecrated Life and the Jubilee of Consecrated Life during this Extraordinary Year of Mercy.   

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The Procession started in the Amigo Hall with the blessing of Candles and processed through the Holy Door of the Cathedral

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The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple has been the Annual Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life, since it was instituted by Pope St John Paul II in 1997, hence the appropriateness of the day for this special celebration

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The Archbishop in his homily thanked the Consecrated Women and Men of the Archdiocese for their contribution to the life of the Archdiocese in the past, at the present time and for their contribution in the future. He noted particularly the presence of Religious from Africa, India and Asia which we greatly appreciate

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After Mass Father Jim Hurley, Episcopal Vicar for Religious, thanked Archbishop Peter for celebrating the Mass and Father Philip Glandfield, the Archbishop's Private Secretary for coordinating the celebration. 

He went on to thank Father Richard Hearn the Dean of the Cathedral and Father Ola and Thomas for their warm welcome to the Cathedral and for their assistance.

He also thanked the Area Vicars for Religious, Sister Patricia Heller, SSA, Sister Sheila Moloney, DMJ and Sister Elizabeth O'Hara for their hard work.

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He acknowleged the enormous debt of gratitude to Canon Alan McLean for his part in planning   the celebration – 'we have been blessed by his giftedness in music and liturgical expression' he said  A note of thanks also went to the choir who enhanced the occasion.

Sister Anne Marie Niblock SND was thanked for her kind invitation to the Notre Dame School Cafeteria for refreshments following the Mass.  The students of Notre Dame School who assisted at the Altar and who acted in various capacities during the celebration were thanked also. Father Hurely said 'they were a very vivacious, thoughtful, confident and efficient group of young ladies and a great credit to the School'.

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Finally, the words of Pope Francis were recalled, while addressing the Religious in St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York on his recent visit to the United States.   While these words were addressed specifically to the Religious Sisters present, we would like them to apply to both the male and female religious of the Archdiocese of Southwark:
“Where would the Church be without you?
Women and men of strength, ifghters, with that spirit of courage which puts you in the front lines in the proclamation of the Gospel
I thank you so much”


More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page