St John’s Day and Holy Week 2012


St John’s Day

Since St John’s feast day falls in the Christmas holidays, we always celebrate our patronal feast on a convenient Tuesday in February – a time of year when a bit of cheering up is always welcome. This year we were delighted to welcome Rt Rev John Hine, auxiliary bishop of Southwark as the principal celebrant.








Holy Week



The celebration of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum is the very centre of our life.

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Visit from Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Workers

The Seminary were very pleased to welcome today Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil and Fr Bruni Ciceri from the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Workers, and Mr Martin Foley, National Director of the Apostleship of the Sea. They joined the community for lunch and spoke about the work of the Council and the importance of this ministry of Christian hospitality. “In so much as you did it to the least of these, you did it to me.”

For more details on the work of the Council visit

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Recent (and not quite so recent) Ordinations

Ola, Bishop, Rector and KurtCongratulations to Rev. Kurt Barragan and Rev. Oladele Craig, who were ordained to the sacred diaconate on Saturday 17 December 2011. The ordination was the last event of the term, and provided a fitting and joyful way to focus on the whole purpose of the seminary, and a great beginning to the holidays.









Investiture with DalmaticPresentation of Book of Gospels









Also, congratulations to Fr Paul Andrew, who was ordained to the priesthood in Exeter on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. And belated congratulations to Frs John Chandler, Daniel Kelly, David King and Jonathon Routh, who were ordained priests last summer.

Daniel KellyDavid King

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In Hope of Harvest

Fr Seán Finegan’s very readable family history has now been published. It tells the story of the Seminary from 1889 to more or less the present day.

Copies are available from the Seminary at £15 plus £3 p&p. (Please make cheques payable to St John’s Seminary, and remember to tell us where to post it.) They are also on sale at the bookshop at DABCEC.

Enquiries can be sent to the Wonersh Press

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Bishop John Sherrington

We were pleased to hear that the Holy Father has appointed Fr John Sherrington as Auxilliary Bishop of Westminster. Bishop-elect John lectured in moral theology at St John’s Seminary from 1998 – 2004 and also served as Director of Studies.

The Rector, Mgr Garrett, said “the seminary staff and students are delighted with this appointment and will remember Bishop-elect John in our prayers.”

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The Evangelist

The 2011 edition of the Seminary magazine, The Evangelist, was published during the house’s annual ‘St John’s Day’ celebration in February. In this issue we feature a number of articles celebrating the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

If you would like a copy please contact us. The Evangelist is free of charge, but if you would like to make a contribution towards postage or towards the publication of next year’s edition that would be most welcome.

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