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- 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...
- 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...