News Archive for February 2017

Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

The majority of Southwark priests are in fulltime parish appointments, but many will also be involved in some Chaplaincy to Catholics and others outside of the parish setting, especially in our Schools. A small number of Diocesan clergy are involved in full time ministry as Chaplains, including to Hospitals and Prisons, ably assisted by clergy and laity.

170217 - Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

One of the less obvious chaplaincy ministries is that of supporting the Armed Forces. Currently one diocesan priest, Fr Philip Smith, is attached full time to the British Army, working with the 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 Rifles) an armoured infantry battalion. As a forces chaplain Fr Philip is on loan to the Catholic Bishopric of the Forces and through them to the Royal Army Chaplains' Department.

170217 - Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

Archbishop Peter was delighted to be able to visit 5Rifles at Bulford Camp, on the edge of Salisbury Plain, on 17th February. Met by Fr Philip at the gate to Ward Barracks Archbishop Peter received a warm and loud welcome from the 5Rifles bugles and the battalion commander Lt. Col. Mark Wilson. The it was very clear from Lt. Col. Mark that Fr Philip, interchangeably called Captain Pip and the Padre, was a valued member of the team. An interesting tour of the barracks followed, during which Archbishop Peter was able to talk with many soldiers and officers, as well as being shown some of the many vehicles that make up the kit of an armoured infantry battalion.

170217 - Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

 ‘Captain Pip’ also was keen to show the Archbishop the two garrison Catholic churches he supports, one in Bulford and the other close by in Tidworth, where he celebrates Sunday Mass for both local and army Catholics.

170217 - Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

Back to barracks, where Archbishop Peter met with Fr Michael Fava who, as there is no bishop, is currently the senior cleric in the Bishopric of the Forces. Fr Michael and Archbishop Peter where entertained for lunch by several of the officers of Ward Barracks. After lunch the officers presented Archbishop Peter with a framed Rifles cap badge, and in return he gave a parchment blessing and a Diocesan medallion.

170217 - Archbishop Peter visits Bulford Army Camp

Archbishop Peter was delighted to have been able to visit, but also gained a fresh insight into how valued Catholic Forces Chaplains are and the impact they can make.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Pastoral Letter in Prepartion for Lent

Archbishop Peter has written a Pastoral Letter to be read on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday 2017, the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time  - Sunday 26th February 2017. the gospel, Jesus speaks ... words of comfort when he tells us not to worry. He uses the word five times in this short gospel to teach us that if we become preoccupied with our worries, even in our personal prayer and during Mass, our hearts and minds become deaf to his word spoken deep in our hearts.

Lent is a season of prayer, fasting and practical concern for those in need.

Full text of the Pastoral letter

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Father Michael Clifton

who died on 23rd February 2017

May he rest in peace

Funeral Details:
St. Raphael
Portsmouth Road
Surrey KT1 2NA
020 8541 4999

On Tuesday 28th March at 11.00am
Limited Parking available at the front of TA Centre
(next door but one to the Church)

On Monday 27th March Father Michael’s body will be brought into the church with an extraordinary form Mass at 19.00

His body will then be taken after the funeral to Herne Bay for burial with his family

Father Michael requested purple vestments be worn

Presentation to Canon Martin Lee

After many years of service in the Diocesan Curia, Monsignor Canon Martin Lee ‘retired’ last year from the Finance Office due to poor health. On Wednesday 22nd February Canon Martin joined the Diocesan Council of Priests for prayers and lunch as a sign of appreciation for his dedicated and pastoral service to a not widely noticed ministry.

170222 - Presentation to Canon Martin Lee

Having been appointed to parishes, and also for some years as lecturer at St John’s Seminary, in July 1981 Archbishop Michael Bowen appointed Fr Martin to a part-time role in the Finance Office as well as being Parish Priest in St Winefride’s South Wimbledon in May 1991.

170222 - Presentation to Canon Martin Lee

In 1998 was appointed fulltime to take over the Finance Office as Diocesan Financial Secretary, holding the Diocesan purse strings for the Archbishop

170222 - Presentation to Canon Martin Lee

After over 17 years in this role, and having being made an honorary Canon and granted the status of Honorary Prelate by the Pope, Monsignor Canon Martin handed over the reins to his successor Mr Paul McCallum.

170222 - Presentation to Canon Martin Lee

The Clergy of the diocese contributed to a collection for Canon Martin, and after his words of thanks he received a standing ovation – a sign of the gratitude and affection from his brother priests and the wider diocese.

More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Retreat at St Boniface - Tooting

A retreat for children and young people was held on 18th February at St Boniface - Tooting conducted by SEHION UK.

It was attended by 263  children and young people.

St Mary’s Catholic High wins
Croydon School of the Year

On the 11th January St Mary’s Catholic High School was presented the Croydon School of the Year Award for 2016, by Mr David Butler the Croydon Schools Standards officer. 

In an address to students Mr Butler explained the award was presented in light of the school’s outreach, as well as the phenomenal academic achievements and changes over the past few years - not least gaining the second highest Progress 8 score in the Croydon area.

Confirmation in Lewisham

Archbishop joined the community of St. Saviour and SS. John Baptist and Evangelist - Lewisham to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 34 young people on Sunday 5th February 2017



More photos on the RCSouthwark Diocesan Flickr page

Safeguarding Personnel Support Officer
1 year fixed term contract

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably experienced and qualified individual to join the Safeguarding team of the Diocese of Westminster.

The post holder will work closely with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator to drive the organisations strategic and operational priorities in relation to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk, and ensure all areas of the charity’s work are developed, delivered and promoted in line with safeguarding policies, with statutory requirements and with the National Safeguarding policies of the Catholic Church on behalf of the Bishop and Trustees of the Diocese of Westminster

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