Christmas Reflection 2017
The journey of the Magi to Bethlehem was not easy. As TS Eliot wrote: ‘A cold coming we had of it, just the worst time of the year for a journey, and such a long journey: the way’s deep and the weather sharp, the ver...Read more
There are words of St Paul that often gnaw away at my conscience, especially on occasions as splendid as this. St Paul cries out: ‘Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel’ (1 Cor 9:16). His warning troubles me, as I am sure it does many bishop...Read more
These words from Psalm 26 are to be found on the inside page of our Mass booklet for this Requiem Mass, immediately below the names of our brother priests for whom we pray this evening: Canon John McDonald; Canon Charles Acton; Canon Peter Gilburt...Read more
It is my pleasure to welcome you all to Westminster Cathedral, for this Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, surely a highlight of the gathering of the Bishops of the Eastern Catholic Churches of Europe. I welcome in particular His Beatitude Arch...Read more
Given at the memorial Mass for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor at Westminster Cathedral on 4
The words of St Paul that we have heard this evening remind us that, here among us, there is a great range of gifts and talents. He also insists they a...Read more
Given at the closing Mass of the Lourdes pilgrimage at the Grotto on 28th July 2017
Yesterday we met and celebrated Mass under a terebinth. Today we meet and celebrate Mass under a rock.
God spoke to Gideon under the tree. Gabriel spoke to Ma...Read more
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