50th Anniversary St Gregory's School
Archbishop Peter Smith concelebrated Mass on June 30th at St Gregory's School,
Tunbridge Wells as part of their Golden Anniversary celebrations
The school hymn was heard for the first time. It
was composed by former students Laurie Denman and Freddy Viner with
lyrics by year 13 student Tom Fish
photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page
Announced June 2016
Father Josephat Ezeanolue C.S.Sp
, who has been serving as Parochial
since December 2015 at the Parish of Our Lady of Grace, Charlton, has
been formally appointed by Archbishop Peter as the Parish Priest.
The formal handover took pl
ace on 1st May
Father Damian Ozokwere C.S.Sp
has been appointed as Assistant Priest at Our Lady of Grace, Charlton in succession to Father Michael Ezenwammadu C.S.Sp.
as a member of the community and is currently on Sabbatical pursing
studies in the University of Kent. He continues in his role as a
Chaplain at Christ the King Sixth Form College.
Father Emmanuel Ahua C.S.S.p has been appointed as an assistant priest at the parish of St Chad’s South Norwood.
replaces Father Bartholomew Zubeviel C.S.S.p who was appointed as
Parish Priest at South Norwood at the beginning of the year.
Father Jesus Suarnaba Dicto has
been formally exclaustrated from the Missionaries of St Charles-
Scalabrini Fathers and by a decree dated 29th March 2016 is now
incardinated into the Archdiocese of Southwark. He continues in his
role as chaplain to Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital
Monsignor Canon James Cronin has
completed his term of office as National Director of Missio and will
return to the diocese to take up appointment as Parish Priest of St.
Osmund, Barnes. He is to take up this appointment as of 10th May 2016.
Father Luke Marappillil MST who has been Parochial Administrator in the parish will be taking on another appointment in the diocese later this summer.
Ruby Anniversary of Father Jim Hay
Fr James Hay was ordained on 30th June 1976, having served in Brixton
he was transferred to St. Peter the Apostle, Woolwich, in 1981, under
the then Parish Priest Fr. Niall Thornton, who was quick to recognise
his talents and placed him in charge of St Catherine LeBoure, Charlton.
He has had to retire due to ill health but still resides at St. Peters,
and his Brother Priests have said “he is a constant source of
inspiration, he has a sound head when giving advice to the brother
Priests, and keeps them all on their toes, he his always good fun to
have around in the presbytery.
Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley Archbishop
of Birmingham, a long standing friend of Father Jim, together with
Bishop Patrick Lynch, Area Bishop for the South East Area, Monsignor
Mathew Dickens, Vicar General, Father Richard Plunkett, Dean of
Greenwich, many past priests who had served at St Peter’s along with
the current clergy, Father Michael Branch, parish priest, Father Henry
Tikki Wenna and Father Graziano de Palma, along with priests from the
Greenwich Deanery and beyond. Assisting at the mass was the
recently ordained Deacon for St Peter’s, Deacon Piotr Ziezio.
Father Oledele Craig who was based at St. Peter’s during his training
at Wonersh acted as Master of Ceremonies
The celebrations carried on in the parish centre
where Archbishop Peter Smith was able to join Fr. Jim
after another engagement
150th Anniversary - St Anslems - Dartford
Sunday 26th June 2016 Archbishop join the community of St Anslem -
Dartford to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of their parish
The celebrations continued
in the grounds of the church with a barbeque
On Friday 17th June Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated the
diaconal ordination of Mass of three men who live in the
St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, many family, friends and fellow
of Gerard Perkins (from Norbury), Piotr Ziezio (from Woolwich) and
(from Westerham), came to offer their prayers and support.
were ordained as Permanent Deacons for our Diocese of Southwark. Robert
ordained by Archbishop Peter as a Permanent Deacon at the request of
Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of
other Deacons were present at the Mass to welcome the three men into
of Deacons, including Deacon Joice James who had studied with them – he
been ordained in India a short time before as he belongs to the
After Mass the celebrations continued
in the Amigo
after which the three men headed home to prepare to minister for the
as a Deacon in their home communities.
Annual Diocesan Marriage Anniversary Mass
Saturday 18th June the annual diocesan marriage Mass took place, with
over three hundred couples coming to the Cathedral to celebrate their
milestone anniversaries and to renew their marriage vows. They were
family and friends, and so over a thousand people were in the Cathedral
Archbishop Peter concelebrated Mass with Fr Richard Hearn and Fr Tom
Bakulumpagi, part of the Cathedral Clergy and Fr Graham
Preston, Fr Tom Creagh-Fuller, Fr Liam Gallagher and assisted
by Deacon Philip Pond, part of the Marriage and Family Life Team.
The Marriage and Family Life Team organised the celebration and they
were thanked by Archbishop Peter for all their hard work
The team supplied some statistics
Kent - 21 parishes were represented - the largest - Tunbridge Wells -
7 and Herne Bay - 6 couples
SE London - 37 parishes were represented - the largest - Sidcup with 10
SW London - 39 parishes were represented - the largest -
Addiscombe with 13 and Purley & Thornton Heath with 10 couples
Largest family groups: Crinnions from Farnborough with 17
family members — children and grandchildren and Schokmans from Purley
with 13 family members — children and
Longest married: Mr and Mrs Lane of Sidcup, 66 years married
60 years - 27 couples, 50 years - 75 couples, 40 years - 68 couples, 25
years - 65 couples, 10 years - 49 couples, 1 year
- 12 couples and some other anniversaries
Total couples - 320 - Total family members - 385
The celebration continued in the Amigo hall with light refreshment
Catholic Chaplain - Kings College London
at the Medical School at Guys Hospital, the Roman Catholic Diocese of
Southwark is looking to recruit a Chaplain as part of the Kings College
chaplaincy team. Kings College London was founded as a
foundation and so has a strong Christian tradition. All
chaplains at Kings have a responsibility to the whole Christian
Community (staff and students) at the college and should develop
initiatives to respond to needs within this
addition they are required to take a multi-faith approach to pastoral
care in the locations in which they operate. The Anglican
Chaplain operates as the team leader for the whole chaplaincy team.
The remit of the role is broad and will include:
• Ministering to the spiritual,
catechetical and general needs of Catholic students and staff.
Organising and facilitating talks/lectures, social events, pilgrimages,
retreats and other appropriate events.
• Developing and delivering pastoral
support for staff and students of all faiths and none.
• Responding to crises
ideal candidate will be a committed Catholic with a thorough
understanding of the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church
and be able to bring these to the life of the medical school at
Guys. Strong communication skills are essential and previous
experience in a similar role is highly desirable.
This role is
offered on a 4 or 5 days a week basis. The role at Guy’s
school will be 4 days a week. An additional day may also be
available at another south London site. Actual days/hours of
will vary depending on the needs of the students/staff and
events. Flexibility is, therefore, essential.
salary will be in the range of £26,000 to £28,000 per annum (pro-rated
for part time) depending on experience.
If you would like to apply for this role or would like further
information please contact Sarah Wood via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for this
vacancy is 20th July 2016
Mass for Thanksgiving for the Queen's 90th Birthday
On Sunday 12th June 2016
Archbishop Peter joined the community of the Metropolitan
Cathedral Church of St George to celebrate the 90th birthday
of Queen Elizabeth II
All of the Cathedral
Clergy, Father Richard Hearn, Father Oladele Craig, Father Thomas
Bakulumpagi and Father Stephen Haines concelebrated with the
Deacon Daniel Weatherley,
who is due to be ordained in July proclaimed the Gospel
Archbishop Peter Smith and Your Catholic Legacy celebrated a Mass in St
George's Cathedral on 11th June 2016 to mark the end of the "Share a
The Mass focused on giving thanks for the work of Catholic charities
and praying for those whose the lives they change.
Legacy", is a collection of Catholic Charities, including the
Archdiocese of Southwark, who are working together to encourage people
to include a legacy in their wills.
After Mass a reception was held in
the Amigo Hall, and Barry and Margaret Mizen spoken about their work
for building peace and harmony in our world.
St Joseph's Primary School - Crayford
Celebrates 150th Years
On Thursday 9th June 2016 Archbishop Peter joined the community of St
Joseph's Primary School in Crayford in the celebration of
150th Anniversary of the school
Archbishop Peter concelebrated Mass with Father Ignatius Edet, Canon
Jeremiah Cronin and Father Peter Madden
Study Day for New Catechists
On Saturday 11th June
2016, 57 parish catechists and those interested
in sacramental preparation gathered for a study day at the Centre for
Catholic Formation (CCF), Tooting Bec.
The attendees, from each of the three areas of the diocese, some
experienced and some new to catechesis, enjoyed lectures on the
vocation of the catechist and the relationship of the sacraments to
After a shared lunch,
the group then had a whistle-stop tour through
the different areas of sacramental preparation starting with the Rite
of Christian Initiation of Adults, a model for all catechesis in the
Church, Baptism preparation, first Holy Communion and Reconciliation
and Confirmation. This section ended with a look at the Liturgy of the
Word for Children, not strictly catechesis but a liturgy in which the
Word of God is broken open for the children in our parishes.
Interesting discussions followed in the question and answer section and
various general resources were recommended. Many of those who gathered
for the day have asked for further sessions of a similar nature as well
as training in their respective parishes. If a parish or a deanery
wishes for local training or days of recollection for their catechists,
readers or extraordinary ministers of holy communion, they are
encouraged to get in touch with the Centre for Catholic Formation email@example.com
Later in the year, the CCF will run the annual diocesan day for
catechists on Saturday 24 September 2016 at the Cathedral and Amigo
Hall. All of those involved in RCIA, sacramental preparation and
children’s liturgy are encouraged to come to that day, participate in
the Year of Mercy liturgy, the workshops and be commissioned, at Mass,
by Archbishop Peter to catechize on his behalf. For more information