Given at the International Mass in the Basilica of St Pius X in Lourdes on Wednesday 26th July 2017
This year in Lourdes, we ponder on the words ‘The Lord has done great things for me!’, words of Mary found in the Gospel of St Luke as we h...Read more
Excerpt of the homily given at the Service of Reconciliation in the Basilica of St Pius X in Lourdes, Monday 24th July 2017
There is one thought I would like you to hear and remember this evening. It is this. Reconciliation is the sister of Bapt...Read more
There is no doubt that this is a very special occasion. I congratulate each and every one of you on the achievements realised today in this graduation ceremony. Well done indeed!
There is also no doubt that this is a very special location: the ...Read more
In September 2013, Andrew left Enfield and his job in the City and set off for the English College, in Rome, to begin to prepare for this day of his priestly ordination.
Well, that’s not true. His time at the English College has been a pathwa...Read more
Given at the Mass of ordination of permanent deacons at Westminster Cathedral on 8
My brothers and sisters, it’s a well-established and rich part of our tradition and heritage of faith that we begin each day with a morning offering. My mother...Read more
This evening it is a great pleasure to welcome our new Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency Archbishop Edward Adams.
The fact that today is the celebration of American Independence adds an additional savour to this moment, and I thank you, Your E...Read more
Today we celebrate the birthday of a herald, John the Baptist, who came as a voice in the wilderness, crying ‘Prepare the way of the Lord!’ (Mk. 1.3)
Today we celebrate the ordination to the priesthood of these seven men, good and true, w...Read more
Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,
The words of the Gospel we have just heard contain a remarkable promise: ‘Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever’ (John 6:58). This promise of everlasting life comes to its fulfilment in the...Read more
At the heart of our celebration today is thanksgiving to God for the Vincentian charism that has been lived out for four hundred years this year. This is, therefore, a wonderful moment and one that is truly to be celebrated. But, please note, that...Read more
Golden jubilees are a time for memories. And today is no exception as we celebrate this bold and magnificent Cathedral of Christ the King.
This cathedral enjoys a one-hundred-and-fifty-year history. Its first design was presented in 1853 by Edw...Read more
'Thy Kingdom Come!' These three words stand at the heart of Christian prayer. Thankfully, they have stood at the heart of much prayer in these last eight days, a prayer shared openly and deliberately by many Christians of different churches and tr...Read more
Pope Francis has spoken memorably of married couples and their families as being ‘makers of history’. What a wonderful expression! Makers of history! This goes to the heart of all that we celebrate today. You are indeed makers of history for...Read more
We are here today, in the Chapel of the Apparitions, one hundred years after the three children of Fatima were given the great gift of seeing Our Blessed Lady, on this very spot.
We have to use our imagination to visualise the scene. This was a...Read more
Given at the Mass of the day on Easter Sunday, 16
Last night there was a fire in the Cathedral. It was strong and powerful and it spread very quickly. We did not call the fire brigade. It was the Easter fire, the fire of the Resurrection of Jesus...Read more
Given at the Easter Vigil of the Holy Night, 15
Today in these words of majesty and in this sumptuous music we celebrate and we sing of his new life. We read of echoes of his victory in the past, in the history of Israel. We hear that it is ours ...Read more
In these days of Holy Week we have said ‘Hosanna’, save us. We have heard the
In the First Reading, we heard the words of Isaiah: ‘He shall be lifted up; raised to great heights.’ We shall be both appalled and amazed. We witness him being...Read more