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 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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A Pastoral Letter On Celebrating the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress: Come, let us adore!

To be read in all churches and chapels of the Diocese on Sunday 2nd September 2018   My dear brothers and sisters, A great and historic event is about to take place in Liverpool.  It will involve several thousand Catholics […]

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A Pastoral Letter In Thanksgiving for ‘Our Mission Together’

A Pastoral Letter In Thanksgiving for the Diocesan-wide Initiative ‘Our Mission Together’ To be read at Mass in all Churches and Chapels of the Diocese on Sunday 24th June 2018  the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist […]

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Homily at the Mass for 150 Years of the Mercy Convent, Shrewsbury, May 14

When Bishop James Brown established a foundation of the Sisters of Mercy in July 1868, I wonder what expectations filled the minds and hearts of those women who arrived in a new spring-time for the Catholic Church in England.  In […]

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Homily at the National Conference of the Catenian Association, Telford, 13th May 2018

Today, the Gospel allows us to hear the priestly prayer of Jesus as He institutes the Eucharist (cf. Jn. 17: 11-19). It is the moving dialogue by which Christ offers to his Father the sacrifice of his Passion and Death […]

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