Bishop Nicholas Hudson celebrated a Mass of Welcome at St Anselm and St Cecilia in Lincoln’s Inn Fields on Tuesday 7 October. Priests and parishioners from Westminster deanery gathered together to celebrate Mass and to welcome Bishop Nicholas. This was one of the welcome Masses that Bishop Nicholas has been attending in deaneries where he will have oversight in Westminster diocese.
In his homily, Bishop Nicholas said that he was deeply touched by the welcome he had received, and reflected on the importance of welcoming strangers into our community. Pope Francis has taught us that we need to reach out to the poor and those that are suffering. In doing so, we reach out to Christ as well. Bishop Nicholas said that he wanted to work together in the coming years to reach out to those “who were part of our flock but feel they no longer belong to it.”
Bishop Nicholas said that “I have been asked to be a bishop for you in this area; and I hope I can be of some real service to you." He recognised that this would be a shared journey where mutual support would be needed.