Tuesday, 29 June 2010

A&B Diocesan Seminarian Ordained to the Diaconate on the Way to Priesthood

Rev Gerard Hatton was ordained by Bishiop Kieran Conry to the diaconate on Saturday 26th June at St Johns Seminary. The ordination mass was a beautful and happy occassion for Gerard, the staff and seminarians at St Johns, his family and friends. Gerard will serve as a deacon at Christ the Prince of Peace parish in Weybridge where he has just finished an extended pastoral placement.

He grew up in Redhill among a large extended family that originates from Calcutta. Gerard worked in catering after leaving school but remembers that his first thought of becoming a priest was when he received his first communion. “I had a real sense of how amazing priesthood is and I felt drawn to the priesthood.”

We look forward to his ordination to the priesthood in the near future and a joyful future of serving the church in ordained ministry.

From Fr Paul Turner, Diocesan Vocations Director,

Many congratulations to Gerard and we look forward to his Priestly Ordination.
For more information on vocations go to http://www.calledbyname.org.uk/

Monday, 28 June 2010

A&B Young People prepare to spread the News about the Papal Visit

Three Young People, Catherine, Bernadeta and Christopher who will be leaders for the World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011 are already getting in on the act by working with the Diocese and Bishops' Conference to spread the news on-line about the Papal Visit in September and the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

At a training day in London with Bishop John Arnold and TV presenter Julie Etchingham they learnt about the nitty gritty of using the media including both the challenges and the opportunities.

We hope they will be hope and going soon doing stuff in the area covered by A&B, Surrey, East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. Good luck!

To get a glimpse of their day go to the Bishops' Conference Flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism/sets/72157624222733137/show/with/4730372136/

Picture shows Chris and Bernadetta listening intently to Julie
(c) Mazur/www.thepapalvisit.org.uk

Friday, 25 June 2010

St Cuthman's Diocesan Retreat Centre Celebrates Summer!

The Library at St Cuthman’s the Diocesan Retreat House is a wonderful room, full of character and space, and has a small gallery which was put to good use during our Summer Fundraising weekend in mid-June. The programme for the weekend included a Candlelit Dinner on the front terrace. However, the chilly wind would have made dining outside an uncomfortable experience, so we decided to to hold the Dinner in the Library.

The gallery in the Library provided the perfect setting for the four young women musicians who form the B-Natural String Quartet. Alex, Maddie, Tess and Danny are all members of the West Sussex County Youth Orchestra and took time away from their studies to play a selection of classical and folk music.  They made our evening extra special and we are very grateful for their generous support.

As well as raising some much needed additional funds, the weekend provided the opportunity to promote the Centre. It was a great summer event and even the frogs provided their own 'riveting' background music!

A full report will appear in a future edition of the A&B News
To find out about retreats and events at St Cuthmans to go their website

Thursday, 17 June 2010

‘Sacred Made Real’ Wins Art Competition

Pupils from Years 3 to 8 at Barrow Hills School in Witley in Arundel & Brighton Diocese recently took part in their annual House Art Competition. The children worked on their entries over a few weeks and the completed work was displayed at an exhibition for parents on Thursday evening.

The un-enviable task of judging the competition fell to Laurence Hedges, Head of Art at Wellington College. The overall winner was a Year 8 pupil, Holly. Her work was inspired in response to the ‘Sacred Made Real’ exhibition that the children attended earlier in the year, and is now on permanent display in the school Chapel. In choosing Holly, he said that she combined technique with vision, being able to show a maturity beyond her years.

The full story should appear in a future edition of A&B News

Monday, 14 June 2010

Jubilarians Celebrate at the End of Year of Priests

The Jubilarians from the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton joined to celebrate Mass together with Bishop Kieran at Arundel Cathedral on Wednesday 9 June just as the Year of the Priest was drawing to a close. It was a wonderful occasion as some 75 priests of the Diocese gathered around the Bishop to celebrate the Mass followed by a special meal to honour this years jubilarians.

In Rome the Year for Priests, which came to an end last Friday 11 June at a Mass attended by some 15,000 priests from around the world was the theme of the Holy Father's remarks before praying the Angelus on Sunday morning.

"The Year for Priests came to an end on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is traditionally the 'day of priestly sanctification', and this time it was especially so", the Pope told the faithful gathered below his study window in St. Peter's Square. "The priest", he went on, "is a gift of the Heart of Christ, a gift for the Church and the world. It is from the Son of God's Heart, overflowing with charity, that all the good of the Church comes, in particular the vocation of those men who, conquered by the Lord Jesus, leave everything to dedicate themselves entirely to the service of Christian people, following the example of the Good Shepherd.

"The priest is moulded of Christ's own charity, that love which impelled Him to give His life for his friends and to forgive His enemies", the Pope added. "This is why priests are the primary builders of the civilisation of love. At this point my thoughts go to many priests, the well-known and the less well-known, some raised to the glory of the altars, others whose memory remains indelible in the minds of the faithful, perhaps in some small parish community. This was the case in Ars, the French village where St. John Mary Vianney worked his ministry".

The Pope also mentioned Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, the priest and martyr who "generously and courageously practiced his ministry along with those committed to freedom, to the defence of life and its dignity. His work at the service of goodness and truth was a sign of contradiction for the regime that then governed Poland" he said. "Love for the Heart of Christ brought him to give his life, and his witness was the seed of a new springtime in the Church and in society".

The Holy Father went on: "If we look at history we can see that many episodes of authentic spiritual and social renewal have been written with the decisive contribution of Catholic priests, animated only by their passion for the Gospel and for man, for his true religious and civil liberty. How many initiatives of integral human promotion began with the intuition of a priestly heart", he concluded.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Worth Abbey West Sussex Appoints New Abbot

Worth Abbey Reports:
Father Kevin Taggart, has been elected Abbot of Worth Abbey following the Abbatial Election held on 2nd June. He takes over from Father Christopher Jamison who has been Abbot since July 2002.

Founded in 1933 Worth Abbey has a community of 24 monks. It is one of thirteen monasteries belonging to the English Benedictine Congregation that requires all monastic communities to hold an abbatial election every eight years. In his Rule, St Benedict, the patriarch of western monasticism, lays down what is expected of an Abbot. He is the ‘father’ and ‘teacher’ of the family of brothers and ‘shepherd of souls’.

One of the roles of Abbot is to decide how his monastery will interact with the world around it. Worth is closely involved in the life of the locality and the Churches in the south east of England. The Abbey runs a co-educational school, a retreat centre, (The Open Cloister) and a thriving parish. Worth Abbey was featured in the TV series “The Monastery” in which five men seeking a new direction in their lives, spend 40 days in the monastery. Another TV programme, “The Big Silence”, shortly to be shown on BBC2 also features the Abbey.

Born in Kent, 1931, the youngest of four girls and three boys, Father Kevin was educated at Downside School and Christ’s College, Cambridge, gaining a degree in English. Initially a member of the Downside Abbey community, he volunteered for Worth Priory, now Abbey, on its independence in 1957. He was the first housemaster when Worth School was founded as a senior school in 1959. He has served the School as a teacher, housemaster and headmaster, as well as holding the offices of Bursar for Worth Abbey and Parish Priest. He has served as Governor to other schools including New Hall, St Teresa’s, Effingham and Beechwood Sacred Heart, Tunbridge Wells, where he has recently stood down as Chair of Governors after 18 years. His wide interests include playing golf and rugby (as a spectator these days).

Commenting on his appointment Father Kevin said: “I am deeply touched by the confidence that the community has shown in me. The monastic life is a great gift to the church and the world. It will be my privilege to foster this gift at Worth Abbey”.

Fr Christopher, who has been a member of the Worth community since 1973, said: “I have been fortunate to serve the community as Abbot for the last eight years and look forward to continuing to serve in different ways in the future, while having the opportunity to continue with my writing.”

On taking up his role as Abbot, Father Kevin will become president of the Board of Governors of Worth School and will continue to work with the Governors to ensure that Worth continues to offer high standards of care in all areas of school life. He will oversee the Abbey Church refurbishment which starts this month.

Monday, 7 June 2010

New Canons for Arundel Cathedral Chapter

Bishop Kieran and the Chapter of Canons welcomed Fr Bill Davern and Fr Tom Treherne as new Canons of the Cathedral Chapter on Sunday 6th June at Solemn Vespers. Bishop Kieran reminded them that being a Canon was not about career advancement but a recognition of their service to the people of the diocese. He said that one of the roles of the Chapter of Canons was to be a repository of history in the diocese and a source of advice and wisdom for the Bishop.

Canon Tony Whale, the new Provost of the Chapter of Canons led the service offering prayers and welcome for the two new Canons. Fr Tom from Weybridge and Fr Bill from Epsom were joined by parishioners from their parishes who joined in the service of installation and evening prayer. They came down from Surrey to show their support and honour of their two parish priests in this new role.

The picture shows Bishop Kieran flanked to the left by Canon Tom and to the right Canon Bill. The remainder of the Chapter of Canons present at the Installation surrond their new colleagues and Bishop.
Many congratulations to both of them.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Cumbrian Shootings

In response to the news of the shooting today, which killed 12 people and injured at least 25 others, Bishop Michael Campbell issued the following statement:

I share in the profound sense of shock and loss that so many are feeling at today’s news of the deaths and injuries in West Cumbria. My prayers, and the prayers of the Catholic community of the Diocese of Lancaster, are with the families and friends of the victims. I especially pray for the souls of the departed – may God be merciful to them. The prayers of all of us, too, are with the injured and the bereaved at this time.

I would also like to thank the Cumbria Constabulary and the Emergency Services for all that they do to keep the people of Cumbria safe and protected from harm, often at great risk to themselves. We are deeply indebted to them all.

I know that in the face of tragedy the people of Cumbria always rally round to do what they can to help. You will all be in my prayers over the coming weeks and months as those communities most effected try to come to terms with this senseless act of evil.

Yours devotedly,

+Michael Campbell OSA

Bishop of Lancaster