Centenary Mass for the Knights of St Columba, 14 Sep 2019

Aylesford Priory Dear Friends I think it’s unlikely that those founding members of the Knight of St Columba, who gathered in Glasgow back in 1919, could ever have foreseen that we would be here today, at Aylesford Priory, celebrating this wonderful centenary anniversary. In the words of St Peter, on the mountain of the Transfiguration,Continue reading “Centenary Mass for the Knights of St Columba, 14 Sep 2019”

Caryll Houselander – Hidden Intercession

Written for Good News Magazine in January 2019 when Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster I recently gave a day of recollection to a group of priests during which I admitted to being obsessed with a woman called Caryll Houselander. Looking slightly perplexed, I quickly reassured them that she is, in fact, no longer alive in thisContinue reading “Caryll Houselander – Hidden Intercession”

The Poor in the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

A talk given at St Patrick’s, Soho, on 4 July 2018 when Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster The Beginning of a Spiritual Friendship My spiritual friendship with Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati began 23 years ago in June 1995. I was on retreat in northern Italy, in the Valle d’Aosta, preparing for ordination to the priesthood. OutContinue reading “The Poor in the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati”

The Art of Preaching Better

Written for an edition of ‘The Preacher’ when an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Westminster In his Apostolic Exhortation called the Joy of the Gospel – Evangelii Gaudium (EG) in Latin – Pope Francis offers insights into preaching that are well worth reading. He writes that preaching within the liturgy ‘calls for serious considerationContinue reading “The Art of Preaching Better”