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.... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Advent 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This year we begin Advent in good company. Throughout this season, and indeed the whole of this liturgical year we will be guided and fed by St Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew presents us with Jesus who is the great teacher. As the Patriarchs of... read more