A WARM WELCOME TO Rev; Fr TOM LYNCH OUR NEW PARISH PRIEST
FROM ALL THE PARISHIONERS OF ENGLISH MARTYRS STROOD
AND HOLY FAMILY HOO
MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE YOU AND PROTECT YOU
AS YOU CONTINUE YOUR MINISTRY IN OUR PARISH
Fr. Tom was born and brought up in Clapham Park, South London, and went to school at Wimbledon College. After graduating from the University of Kent at Canterbury he applied to the seminary and was sent for a first year to the English College in Valladolid, Spain. Then for six years to the diocesan seminary of St. John's, Wonersh.
He was ordained to the priesthood aged 28, on the 20th July 2013, and was sent as curate to his first assignment in the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Tolworth, Surrey. After two years there he was given another assignment to be curate in the parish of St. Saviour's, Lewisham. After the busy and very happy years in Lewisham Fr. Tom was asked by the Archbishop to become parish priest here at English Martyr's Parish in Strood.
Fr. Tom is really looking forward to his time here in Strood, and has been moved by the welcome he has received.
St Margeret Clitherow
APPOINTMENT OF NEW ARCHBISHOP OF SOUTHWARK
It was announced today, 10th June 2019, the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from office of Archbishop Peter Smith and duly appointed Bishop John Wilson as his successor and Eleventh Archbishop of Southwark.
Upon reaching their 75th year, bishops are required to submit their resignation from office to the Holy Father. Archbishop Peter did this in 2018, and the process leading to a new appointment began soon after.
Archbishop-Elect John Wilson had until his appointment been an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Westminster.
He was born in Sheffield on 4th July 1968. He studied at the University of Leeds before starting his formation for the priesthood in 1989 at the Venerable English College in Rome.
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Leeds on 29th July 1995, and served as Assistant Priest at
St Joseph’s, Pontefract 1995-1998 and at St Joseph’s, Bradford 1998-1999. From 1999-2005, he was a lecturer in moral theology at St Cuthbert’s Seminary, Ushaw and served as Vice Rector. He was Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation in Leeds between 2005 and 2012. From June 2012 to November 2014 he was Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Leeds. Then he was Parish Priest of St Martin de Porres, Wakefield. On 24th November 2015 he was appointed an Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, and was ordained Bishop on 25th January 2016.
Speaking of his appointment Archbishop-Elect John said:
'To say I am deeply humbled by my appointment, while absolutely true, hardly seems adequate. It is an immense privilege and I will do my very best to serve joyfully after the example of the Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Aware of my unworthiness and limitations, and with more than a little trepidation, I am grateful to Pope Francis for entrusting me with this new mission in the service of the Lord and His people in the Archdiocese of Southwark. There is so much that is new to me and I know I have much to learn. I rely totally on the Holy Spirit to guide my new ministry of witnessing to the love of God for each person so that we might be evermore a Church of joyful missionary disciples, alive in Christ, our risen Saviour....
I have received a warm welcome from Archbishop Peter Smith for which I thank him sincerely. I know how much he and his ministry will be missed. I am so pleased that he will be retiring within the Archdiocese. His continued presence and counsel is a great reassurance.
We will continue to build on the important foundations he has put in placeIt is with faith-filled anticipation that I look forward to sharing the Church’s mission with Bishop Patrick Lynch and Bishop Paul Hendricks, and with the priests, deacons, religious and lay people of the Archdiocese. Together we step out into the future with confidence, trusting that the Lord is indeed with us'.
Read Archbishop-Elect John Wilson's full statement here
Archbishop Peter warmly welcomed the appointment, stating:
'It was with great delight that I received the splendid news that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop John Wilson as the next Archbishop of Southwark. It was nine years ago today that I was installed as the tenth Archbishop of this Diocese, and I am very pleased now to be able to pass on my responsibilities to such a capable successor. The Archdiocese of Southwark has a vibrant and multi-cultural Catholic population to which Bishop John will bring new energy and enthusiasm. I wish him every blessing for his episcopal ministry in Southwark and assure him of my prayers and good wishes'.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, also expressed his support of the new appointment:
'On behalf of the people, priests and religious of Westminster I assure Archbishop-elect Wilson of our whole-hearted support and prayers as he moves to take up his role as Archbishop of Southwark. We thank him most warmly fort his service in Westminster both as an area bishop and a dedicated part of episcopal oversight of the Archdiocese, especially in education'.
Archbishop-Elect John’s Installation as Archbishop of Southwark will take place on Thursday 25th July 2019 at 12 noon. Archbishop Peter has been appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese until the installation.
St John Fisher
REST IN PEACH ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS PETER SMITH
Dear Brothers in Christ
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Archbishop Peter Smith, our beloved Archbishop Emeritus, died peacefully just before midnight yesterday, Friday 6 March 2020, at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea.
Archbishop Peter had received the sacraments and prayers of the Church, and his former secretary, Fr Philip Glandfield, was with him when he died. I was able to visit him earlier that evening, together with the Vicar General, Mgr Matthew Dickens, and the Hospital Chaplain, Fr Joseph McCullough. Mr John Toryusen, the Director of the Archdiocese of Southwark Youth Service, accompanied Archbishop Peter during his illness and his time in hospital. Archbishop Peter was visited in hospital by family and friends, and by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster.
Archbishop Peter’s illness progressed very quickly following his diagnosis of cancer just a few weeks ago. He was a much loved brother, uncle, and friend; a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark, Rector of St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Bishop of East Anglia, Archbishop of Cardiff and Archbishop of Southwark until his retirement in July 2019. While Archbishop of Southwark, he also served from 2014-2015 as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. So many good wishes have been passed to him in the past few weeks, and prayers and Masses offered. Thank you for all of these.
Our gift to Archbishop Peter now is to pray for the repose of his soul, and to remember prayerfully his family, friends and loved ones at their time of loss.
Please pray for Archbishop Peter in your parish intercessions at the Masses this weekend and also offer Mass for him as soon as possible. I would be grateful if you could let any religious in your parish know of Archbishop Peter’s death, and also ask the prayers of your parish and school communities.
In a ministry that spanned almost fifty years, Archbishop Peter made an outstanding contribution to the Catholic Church across three dioceses, and nationally through his service on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Most importantly, he was a disciple who witnessed to Christ with straightforward, splendid faith and radiant joy. Together with the other dioceses in which Archbishop Peter served, we mourn him with enormous affection and deep gratitude for all he gave so willingly and selflessly to so many people.
We are grateful for the care Archbishop Peter received from the staff at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
We now entrust our friend and brother to the Lord whom he served with such faithfulness, generosity and gentleness. May Archbishop Peter rest in peace and rise in glory.
More information about the funeral arrangements for Archbishop Peter will be forthcoming, along with more comprehensive appreciations of Archbishop Peter’s life of service.
May the saints and angels welcome him to paradise.
Yours devotedly in Christ
Most Rev John Wilson
Archbishop of Southwark
FUNERAL DETAILS -UPDATE
IT IS A GREAT SADNESS THAT DUE TO THE RESTRICTIONS PLACED UPON PUBLIC WORSHIP NECASSITATED BY THE PRESENT COVID - 19 OUTBREAK, THE PLANNED FUNERAL LITURGIES ON 29th AND 30th OF MARCH 2020 FOR ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH WILL NOT BE PUBLIC OCCASIONS.
AT A LATER DATE, WHEN THE RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN REMOVED,A MASS IN MEMORIAM WILL BE CELEBRATED WHERE WE CAN ALL GATHER TOGETHER, PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF ARCHBISHOP'S PETER SMITH'S SOUL.
MAY HE REST IN PEACE. AMEN