Pastoral Letter for the First Sunday of Lent 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,   “Lord, tell me what you want me to do; show me the way I’m supposed to go; give me a bit of a clue as to the next move.” Surely we have all prayed like this on some occasions in our life? The psalmist in today’s readings obviously...

Pastoral Letter for Third Sunday of Advent 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters, What tension, suspense, and drama we witness in today’s readings especially the Gospel. You can feel the electricity in the air as the words move backwards and forwards between John the Baptist and the priests and Levites. Just listen again....

World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we are praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life in our diocese. I suspect that many of you are thinking to yourselves, ‘We are always praying for vocations; we never stop’. However, we must not lose heart in this...

Divine Mercy Sunday 2014

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I am well aware of the reality of sin not only notionally but also from a very personal point of view; I bump into it at regular intervals each day. I find myself debating in my mind and heart. “I know what the right thing to do is, what the...

Lent 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When you set out on a journey it is very important to have a good idea of where you are headed, otherwise you might end up going round in circles and get nowhere in the end! So, where are you headed this Lent? Do you know? Have you got a...