Welcome to the Archdiocese of Southwark


Dear friends

Welcome to the website of the Archdiocese of Southwark, part of the worldwide Catholic Church in communion with our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, (John 14:6). He is the Son of God who reveals the love of God our Father to the world and to each one of us, in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are, and desire to grow as, a missionary Archdiocese. We seek to proclaim the Gospel in words and in actions, all in the service of faith, hope, and love.

We have Catholic communities across all the London Boroughs south of the River Thames, the County of Kent, and the Medway Unitary Authority. Through a family network of parishes and schools we share the Good News of Christ’s love. We want to grow in holiness and service, centred around the celebration of the Mass as people whose worship and prayer overflows into a concern for others. It is my privilege to be the Shepherd of the Archdiocese, working with clergy, laity and consecrated religious, in the service of God’s Kingdom.

This website offers a glimpse of our life together and what it means to belong to Christ’s Church. I invite you, whoever you may be, to take a step forward in faith and draw closer to the Lord Jesus. I wish you and your loved ones every blessing and the gifts of peace and joy. 

Yours sincerely in Christ


Archbishop John Wilson                                                                                                        Metropolitan Archbishop of Southwark

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