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Homilies

  • Passchendaele Centenary

    If you’ve passed through Trafalgar Square in recent days you may have seen the sculpture, by the Dutch artist Damian Van Der Velden, placed there to mark the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres commonly referred to as Passchendaele.  Craf...

  • Mass for Blessed Nicholas Postgate

    ‘I am sure the man who is constantly passing our way must be a holy man of God.’ (2 Kings 4:9) Those words, spoken in the first reading about the prophet Elisha, could easily have been said of Blessed Nicholas Postgate. Today, above all, we...

  • Feast Day of St Josemaria Escriva

    For almost ten years, while working at the diocesan curia, I lived at Bishop’s House in Leeds. Every time we ate in the main dining room, I was reminded of St Josemaría. On the ledge over the fire sat the small iron donkey given by him to Bisho...

  • 12th Anniversary of Death of Mgr Luigi Giussani

    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,  As we celebrate this Mass to commemorate the 12 These sentiments come from the Letter of Pope Francis to your president, Fr Carrón, sent at the end of November last year. They offer two foundational pil...

  • Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Mass January 2017

    I want to talk to you about a friend of mine. I first met this friend 24 years ago, which I appreciate is longer than most of you have been alive. We were a similar age: I was 25 and he was 24, me English and him Italian.  In some ways we were s...

  • Catholic Chaplaincy Mass at King's College

    In John Boyne’s book and subsequent film, It’s a truly dreadful reality that certain categories of people have been judged, and continue to be judged, to be somehow less than human, to be underserving of protection and respect, to be unequal ...

  • A Light in the Darkness

    Shortly after my priestly ordination a parishioner asked me to take part in a sponsored sleep-out to raise funds for people who are homeless. Despite my hesitancy, she reassured me that if I did it, others would join me – and they did; and that ...

  • Institution of Acolytes

    The English mystic and poet Caryll Houselander once wrote:  ‘We realise, when we consider the martyrs, how mediocre our own lives are. This comes home to us all the more, if we realise that they are giving us everything that they suffer, givin...

  • Sacred Heart of Mercy Mission

    Tonight we celebrate a love story. In fact, we celebrate the greatest love story every known, the greatest love story ever told. The love in this story is older than the heavens, but it’s as fresh as the present moment. The love in this story st...

  • Leeds Trinity University 50th Anniversary Mass

    At the beginning of this academic year, which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of what is now Leeds Trinity University, how appropriate it is that we gather here in Westminster Cathedral, the Mother Church of the Catholic community in England a...

  • Red Mass 2016

    At the beginning of this new legal year we place ourselves, very deliberately, in this Cathedral to celebrate a votive Mass of the Holy Spirit. We do so before the commanding image of Christ crucified, suspended high above us in the sanctuary. Jus...

  • Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Foundation Day Mass 2016

    I was twelve years old when I was given the gift of a second-hand prayer book. In these days of super technology it might not sound like the most exciting present to receive. What fascinated me though was not so much the book, but what was tucked ...

  • Celebration of Priesthood in Leeds

    Who would ever have imagined that I might find myself in these circumstances?  This is certainly, of course, my sentiment today. But, more poignantly, perhaps it was also that of St Justin when, sometime in the year 165, he gave his life as a ...

  • Hillingdon Civic Service of Thanksgiving

    So the saying goes, ‘you can always tell a Yorkshireman, but you can’t tell him much. We gather to give thanks to Almighty God for our shared and mutually enriching experience of what it means to live together, in both our unity and in our di...

  • Eleventh Anniversary of Death of Mgr Luigi Giussani

    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ   Eleven years ago yesterday, the 22   Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reminds us in this Jubilee Year of Mercy that: ‘Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.’ (   Before any...