• Searching for the light of Christ

    I was bought a telescope a few years ago when I lived in London. Looking at the stars was an exercise in futility. Far too much light pollution in London. Even out in Hampshire I fair little better. To see the stars you need a dark place. The world’s largest

  • Military Chaplains: Ministering on the ‘front lines’ of the faith

    The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I is being remembered the world over on Sunday. A Military Bishop reflects on the role of military chaplains during peace time. “We can have these ideas that the [military chaplain] spends most of his life knee deep in blood on

  • Roll of Honour WW1

    To Catholics who have served and continue to serve in the Armed Forces, the presence of a chaplain is a reminder of the Church’s concern for the spiritual and pastoral welfare of military personnel and their dependents. Catholic priests had been serving as commissioned chaplains since 1858 but the First

  • The Campion Dinner at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Thursday 18th October 2018

    On the 18th October, I had the great privilege of attending the Campion Dinner at Sandhurst. This annual event brings together, among others, chaplains, Academy alumni, severing officers as well as current cadets. To do so in the name of Edmund Campion is very fitting.  A man of great learning,

  • RAF Centenary Mass

    On the 11th October 2018, Bishop Paul Mason celebrated the RAF Centenary Mass in the church if The Immaculate Conception in Farm Street.  It was a fitting venue for the Jesuits have a long tradition of supporting RAF Chaplaincy.  One of their most notable chaplains was Fr Peter Blake SJ

  • Adoremus: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress (or CPD for the Soul)

    As a Registered Nurse, I am required to maintain a portfolio of evidence in support of my professional practice and to demonstrate Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Over the years, I have attended many conferences and study events in order to develop and inform my practice, collecting the pre-requisite CPD certificates.

  • Installation of the Rt Rev Paul Mason as Bishop of the Forces

    Wednesday 12 September 2018 was a historic day for the Bishopric of the Forces.  During Mass in a packed Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George in Aldershot, the Rt Rev Paul Mason was installed as the eighth Bishop of the Forces.  The Bishopric had been sede vacante (empty)

  • Still time to get tickets for National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool

    The Bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from the Friday 7th September until Sunday 9th of September. Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and

  • Pope Francis appoints Bishop Paul Mason as Bishop of the Forces

    Pope Francis has today appointed Bishop Paul Mason as eighth Bishop of the Forces, which has been sede vacante (awaiting the appointment of a bishop) for the past three years. The Catholic Bishopric of the Forces differs from any other diocese in that it is not aligned along geographical boundaries

  • Archbishop celebrates logisticians’ long service and good conduct

    Archbishop Peter Smith, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark, presented Long Service and Good Conduct Medals to four soldiers from 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. The LSGC Medal is given to soldiers who have served for 15 years with a clean disciplinary record. The Archbishop made