News Archive for September 2016

Official Opening of The Sir David Lane Building
The John Fisher School

On Friday 30th September The John Fisher School opened its new block, the Sir David Lane Building.  A plaque was unveiled by Professor Sir David Lane himself.  Sir David is an old boy of the school and a world leader in the field of oncology, resident in Singapore he was in England for his daughter's wedding, therefore he was able to join us.   Sir David spoke passionately about the school and encouraged those who study and work at John Fisher to "light fires and lead change".

The choir performed beautifully singing The Cantique de Jean Racine. Bishop Paul Hendricks, blessed the building with a short liturgy.  Dr Anne Bamford, director of education for the diocese was in attendance along with local MP Tom Brake, Cllr Richard Clifton the Mayor of Sutton and Cllr Wayne Trakas-Lawlor the Mayor of Croydon who is also a John Fisher alumnus.

Mass and Blessing of Parish Room – Westerham

On Sunday 25th September Archbishop Peter Smith joined the community of St. John the Baptist in Westerham to celebrate Mass and Bless their new Parish Room



Richard French recieved a Diocesan Medel for all his work in project managing the building of the parish room
The rest of the team were acknowledged and thanked for all their hard work too






More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Annual Diocesan Day for Catechists 2016

Coinciding with Pope Francis’ year of mercy jubilee day for catechists, the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George and Amigo Hall played host to the annual diocesan Day for Catechists (24 September 2016), organised by the Centre for Catholic Formation (CCF)


It was the fourth such annual day, the first to take place in September, and it attracted almost 200 people from across the diocese who are involved in sacramental preparation, the RCIA and the Liturgy of the Word for Children.


In a departure from previous years, instead of a keynote address, the gathered catechists took part in the Cathedral’s Year of Mercy Liturgy which included a procession through the Jubilee Door of Mercy, adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.



After lunch, and time at the bookstalls provided by the Catholic Truth Society and the CCF, participants broke into workshop groups to explore fresh ideas and methods for their ministry in the Church.


Advisers from the Centre for Catholic Formation, the Education Commission and teams from elsewhere in the diocese provided sessions on baptism, reconciliation, marriage, post-Confirmation resourcing, the home, school, parish relationship and children’s Scripture study to name but a few. A session was also facilitated by the School of the Annunciation who will be collaborating with the CCF in delivering the new Diocesan Catechetical Certificate (DCC).


The day culminated with Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith, at which an agreement was signed by Fr Guy de Gaynesford, from the School of the Annunciation, and His Grace.


After the blessing a short service of commissioning took place where the catechists were sent out to cooperate with the Archbishop in his role as the chief catechist of the diocese.



The date for next year’s diocesan day for catechists will be
23rd September 2017

More information on the Centre for Catholic Formation can be found at:
More information on the Diocesan Catechetical Certificate can be found at:

Annual Day for Religious in Aylesford

160923 - Day for Religion Aylesford

68 Religious men and women from various Congregations within the Archdiocese assembled in Aylesford Priory for The Annual Day for Religious on Friday 23rd September

160923 - Day for Religion Aylesford

The Keynote speaker was Sister Raymunda Jordan  - A Dominican Sister from Cricklewood who gave a very thought-provoking talk on "As people in Consecrated Life, walking through many doors which continue to open to us, how can we live, celebrate and minister in communion?"

160923 - Day for Religion Aylesford

160923 - Day for Religion Aylesford

The day concluded the day with Mass in St Joseph's Chapel with Archbishop Peter as the Principal Celebrant joined by Carmelites, Vincentians, a Scalabrini Father and priests of the Missionary Society of St Paul.

160923 - Day for Religion Aylesford

Archbishop Peter, in his homily, drew on Sister Raymunda's talks and brought the day to a perfect end.

Apostleship of the Sea Mass for seafarers

A Mass to pray for seafarers and for the ministry of Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) was celebrated in the Cathedral on 20th September 2016

160920 - AOS Mass

In Archbishop Peter's homily he said

''The Apostleship of the Sea provides great support and comfort to seafarers, who often spend many months away from their families, in pretty poor conditions and often with very poor pay.   This Charity is a great example of the works of mercy by the Church, offering friendship and support at the drop-in centres in our ports, and material help as well.

It is indeed a wonderful work of mercy and we thank God today for all of you who support this work as volunteers, or who help to provide the financial support without which this work of mercy could not continue.  So we ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Lady for all seafarers and for the flourishing of The Apostleship of the Sea''

160920 - AOS Mass

Silver Jubilee of African Ministry in London

The Pan-African Annual Mass was held on 18th September in the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George to mark the 25th Anniversary of the African Ministry in London

160918 - Pan African Annual Mass Silver Jubilee

The main celebrant was Archbishop Peter Smith

160918 - Pan African Annual Mass Silver Jubilee

160918 - Pan African Annual Mass Silver Jubilee

160918 - Pan African Annual Mass Silver Jubilee

160918 - Pan African Annual Mass Silver Jubilee

The Mass was followed by a reception at the Amigo Hall

Southwark Diocesan Retreat for Priests

The Diocesan OGF (Ongoing formation of Priests) held its annual Retreat for Priests from Monday 12 to Friday 16 September, at the Emmaus Centre, in West Wickham. Entitled "Luke, the Gospel of Mercy", the retreat was led by Fr Peter Edmonds SJ. Thirty priests gathered for the retreat, together with the OGF coordinators Fr Adrian McKenna and Sr.Sheila Moloney.

OGF Priests retreat in session  
The retreatants gathered for one of the talks with Fr Peter Edmonds SJ 

Gathered in prayer for one of the Retreat Masses

Southwark Catholic Youth Service

On Saturday 10th September Monsignor Matthew Dickens, VG commissioned this year's Southwark Catholic Youth Service's Youth Ministry Team.

Monsignor Matthew was assisted by Deacon Javier Elderfield, Chair of the SCYS Management Group

Please keep Dani, Ben, Martha, Bethan and Freya in your prayers as they serve the young people of the diocese this year

The staff and team were joined for Mass and dinner by members of the Southwark Catholic Youth Service’s Management Group

"Putney to St George's"

Several Deaneries have gathered parishioners together in order to make a Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage to one of the Doors of Mercy in the diocese. Over 80 people from the Mortlake Deanery made their pilgrimage on Saturday 10th September, many walking the six and half mile journey from the church of Our Lady of Pity and Saint Simon Stock, Putney, to the spiritual heart of the diocese, the Cathedral of St George.
9-17 Ready for the off
The walking pilgrims - ready for the journey

Journeys end - The Door of Mercy
Arriving at the Cathedral Door of Mercy

A few words of welcome
Pilgrims with the Cathedral Dean at journey's end.

125th Anniversary of the founding of
St John's Seminary, Wonersh
plus the 18th Rector of the Seminary
formally takes up his office

On Thursday 8th September Father Brian Coyle formally took up his office as the 18th Rector of St John's Seminary, Wonersh during the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Seminary.

160908 - 125th Anniversary of the founding of St John's Seminary and Fr Brian Coyle as 18th Rectory of the Seminary

160908 - 125th Anniversary of the founding of St John's Seminary and Fr Brian Coyle as 18th Rectory of the Seminary

160908 - 125th Anniversary of the founding of St John's Seminary and Fr Brian Coyle as 18th Rectory of the Seminary


160908 - 125th Anniversary of the founding of St John's Seminary and Fr Brian Coyle as 18th Rectory of the Seminary

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

RC Archdiocese of Southwark Archives

Our Archivist, Mrs Jenny Delves, has updated the Southwark Diocesan Archives' Blog
Irish Easter Rising 1916
Irish prisoners strike in Lewes Jail

Please see the southwarkdiocesanarchives.blogspot for more information