Shrewsbury ... shall be a name 'as stirring to the heart as the glories we have lost'

Blessed John Henry Newman, 1852


Letters and Homilies

Homily at Mass of the Sacred Chrism for the Diocese of Shrewsbury17th April 2019

 This gathering of the Diocese, amid the shadows and sorrows of Holy Week always seems to anticipate the joy of Easter. For, in the words of the Psalm we “Sing forever of your love, O Lord.”  This is the joy […]

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Pastoral Letter On Our Christian Struggle – First Sunday of Lent 10th March 2019

  My dear brothers and sisters, Every season of the Church’s year constitutes a call to holiness.  Be it Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter we find the same Jesus, the same Saviour bringing about our sanctification; leading us to the […]

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Homily at Pontifical High Mass on the occasion of the Foundation of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Shrewsbury Cathedral, 10th February 2019

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever” (Heb. 13:8) These words from the Letter to the Hebrews echo for us in the Cathedral Church of Shrewsbury as we celebrate a new foundation of the Institute of Christ […]

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Diocesan Celebration of Marriage, Saint Columba’s, Chester, 9th February 2019

We come together to celebrate marriage: marriage as God’s creation, written “from the beginning” in the very nature of man and woman (Cf. Mk. 10:6-9); Christian marriage as a Sacrament of the New Covenant, the efficacious sign of Christ’s love […]

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Homily at Midnight Mass, December 25th 2018

Christmas has been celebrated in Shrewsbury for more than a thousand years, from the foundation of this town as, indeed, from the beginning of this nation. The “news of great joy” (Lk. 2: 10) first announced in Bethlehem has been […]

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Advent Pastoral Letter On Our Call to Holiness, the First Sunday of Advent 2nd December 2018

My dear brothers and sisters, Advent is a time of renewed hope leading us to the light of Christmas. It is a journey we make in the darkest days of our year. Such days evoke the dark shadows in the […]

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