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 for Midnight Mass, Christmas 2017

In churches across this land, the Christmas celebration begins in the midst of the night. The Gospel records how Christ was born in the darkest hours coming as the dawning light Isaiah foresaw (cf. Is 9:1).  As the world slept […]

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The Eucharistic Heart of All Our Parishes: Pastoral Letter for the First Sunday of Advent 2017

  A few weeks ago, I walked in a seemingly endless line of pilgrims to venerate the place on earth where Christ was born. The hours spent in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem seemed like an anticipation of […]

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Pastoral letter ‘On the Joy of our Youth’ – to be read in churches and chapels on 3rd September 2017, 22nd Sunday of the Year

    My dear brothers and sisters It has been a special joy to write to you several times this year with news of important developments in the mission of the Diocese. Today, I write to announce the launch of […]

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Homily at the Grotto of Lourdes, 31st July 2017

“The Almighty works marvels for me” (Lk. 1:49)  Saint Luke records the wonder Mary knew in recognising her calling. This same wonder has been shared by a countless number who have stood where you and I stand today, in the […]

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Homily for the Blessing of the New Shrine of Our Lady, St Mary of the Angels, Hooton, Ellesmere Port, 23rd May 2017

  This evening we dedicate a place of prayer, a place where peace is found. In the light of the hate-filled violence which last night erupted in the centre of Manchester finding such space for prayer becomes so necessary. We […]

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Homily for the Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Shrewsbury Cathedral 20th May 2017

  On this day, we mark the the centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. The New Testament recounts how Mary went with urgency to the aid of her cousin Elizabeth (Lk. 1: 39); how she prayed continuously […]

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