On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 18 December 2016, eight men were accepted as candidates for formation for the permanent diaconate during the Ceremony of Candidacy, which took place at St Bartholomew's Church, St Albans.
The ceremony took place du...Read more
On 28 October 2016, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor celebrated the diamond jubilee of his priestly ordination. On the occasion of this milestone, the Cardinal took time to talk about his family, his vocation and some of the highlights of his…Read more
This is an abridged version of a reflection originally given by Sr Ann Gray SSC during a pilgrimage walking in the footsteps of St Columban to Myshall, a small village on the slopes of Mount Leinster in Ireland. This year marks the 1400th…Read more
On 5 October Deacon Anthony Curran was commissioned as the Catholic chaplain at Lister Hospital, Stevenage, by Bishop Paul McAleenan for the diocese and Carolyn Fowler, Deputy Director of Nursing, for the Trust. The lead chaplain, Rev Rachel Allan...Read more
On 20 October 2016 the Cardinal addressed the International Congress on the Pastoral Care of Vocations in Rome on the Church’s teaching on vocations. He explained that ‘God is the source of every vocation’. ‘In this Year of Mercy,’ he sa...Read more
Permanent deacons from across England and Wales and their families gathered at Westminster Cathedral on 24 September for a Jubilee of Mercy Mass. The Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Vincent, was an opportunity to give thanks for our deacons and the v...Read more
On Saturday 25 June, six men were ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Vincent at Westminster Cathedral. Concelebrating were Bishops John Sherrington, Nicholas Hudson and Mark Jabale, along with several priests of the diocese.
Ordained were F...Read more
On the feast of St Barnabas, 11 June, Julio Albornoz, Michael Maguire, Joseph Okoro and Carlos Quito, who have been training at Allen Hall Seminary were ordained deacons by Bishop Nicholas at the Cathedral.
In the homily, directly ahead of th...Read more
On Saturday 28 May,six men in formation at Allen Hall Seminary were admitted as Candidates for Holy by Archbishop George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, at a Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary Queen and Mother of Mercy.
The men admitted to Candidacy...Read more
By Canon Stuart Wilson
The phone call from the Cardinal usually comes in the afternoon. In the last two years I have had two of them. Each time Cardinal Vincent has asked me to come and see him so he can talk about something.
The first time wa...Read more
On Sunday 8 May pilgrims from across the diocese gathered at the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden for the annual May street procession. Starting from the Shrine Church, they prayed the Rosary and sang Marian hymns as they made their way through the...Read more
Both during his lifetime and since, Thomas Merton (1915-68) has always evoked a mixed response. Merton was educated at Oakham School, Clare College, Cambridge, and Columbia University whence, after a brief period as a university teacher, he entere...Read more
In a joint initiative with the Church of England and the Catholic Church of England and Wales, the Embassy of Hungary will bring a relic of St Thomas Becket, which has been kept in Esztergom, Hungary for centuries, to the United Kingdom for a week...Read more
It is my great hope that, during the course of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, all the baptized may experience the joy of belonging to the Church and rediscover that the Christian vocation, just like every particular vocation, is born...Read more
God our Father,
You give us the Sacraments as signs and instruments of your love and mercy.
Draw from amongst your disciples in the Diocese of Westminster men who are willing to generously serve your Church as priests, to minister to your people...Read more
On Saturday 5 March, six seminarians were instituted to the Office of Lector at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes at Allen Hall. Julio Albornoz, Daniel Herrero, David Knight and Carlos Quito, who are in formation for priesthood for the dioces...Read more