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School of Faith.

A super opportunity to get to learn more about the Catechism of the Catholic Church from experts in their fields. I found biographic for some of the speakers. Most impressive!

A new study course on the Catechism of the Catholic Church for the Year of Faith

9 January – 23 March 2013 at the Centre for Catholic Formation at  Tooting Bec.

Join us from January on Wednesday evenings for a light supper,to hear expert and dynamic speakers, and to join in small group discussions culminating with two lectures during the day on Saturday 23 March.


Archbishop Peter Smith – Archbishop of Southwark

Archbishop Peter Smith

Archbishop Peter Smith

Bishop Philip Egan – Diocese of Portsmouth

Bishop Philip Eagen

Bishop Philip Eagen

Dr. Petroc Willey – Biography: studied theology at King’s College, London and philosophy at Liverpool University, where he received his doctorate in moral philosophy. He later gained his STL from the Pontifical University, Maynooth. From 1985-1992, he was Lecturer in Christian Ethics at Plater College, Oxford. He has worked at Maryvale since 1992.

Dr. Petroc Willey

Dr. Petroc Willey


Msgnr Keith Newton

Mgr Keith Newton is the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Born on in Liverpool in April 1952, Mgr Newton was ordained to the Anglican priesthood in 1976. He was ordained an Anglican bishop on 7 March 2002 serving as Suffragan Bishop of Richborough and Provincial Episcopal Visitor in the Province of Canterbury 2002-2010.He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood at Westminster Cathedral on 15 January 2011 by Archbishop Vincent Nichols. On the same day he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the first Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Fr Tim Finigan – Blog- The Hermenuetic of Continuity

Fr. Tim Finigan

Fr. Tim Finigan

Sr Judith Russi 

Sr. Judith Russi

Sr. Judith Russi

Consultant at EDUCARE M: Teacher of Religious Education and Drama. Taught across a wide range of schools at both primary and secondary levels in rural and inner city situations. Author of a series of texts and resource books including RE, Worship, Circle Time and resources for spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and citizenship for primary and secondary schools. Worked for the Archdiocese of Westminster for 18years as an Education Adviser and Inspector. Has specialized in providing training for schools on articulating the vision and mission for Catholic schools today.  Assists in the formation and training for leadership in Church schools.

Fr Stephen Wang : Blog- Bridges and Tangent

Fr. Stephen Wang

Fr. Stephen Wang


Fr Kevin Hale parish priest from Our Lady of Lourdes and St, Joseph, Leigh-on-sea, Essex

Fr Kevin Hale

Fr Kevin Hale

Mgr John ArmitaMsgnr. John ArmitageFr David Gibbons – Director of the Diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation

Fr. David Gibbons

Fr. David Gibbons

He has degrees in Classics from Durham University (BA) and in Theology from Oxford University (MA), as well as Post-graduate Certificates in Education and in Theology. In addition to his responsibilities at the CEC, he is Chairman of the Art and Architechture Committee of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission and serves on the Ongoing Formation of Priests Committee.

Dr Caroline Farey:  

Dr. Caroline Farey

Dr. Caroline Farey

B.A.(Hons), M.Phil(Cantab), M.A.(Theol), STB, Ph.L, S.T.L, Ph.D(Lateran).
Job Title: Academic Assistant to the Director for Ecclesiastical Development,   Head of Catechetical Formation   Course Director BA Applied Theology(Catechesis), Course Director License in Catechetics, Reader in Catechetics.

Canon John Redford:

Canon John Redford

Canon John Redford

Senior Lecturer in Sacred Scripture, St.John’s Seminary Wonersh, 1970-82

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Move to England!

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At the end of February I  will have been seen in England for ten years and two months exactly. Where has the time gone? We have raised children, worked consistently, and lived in a rather pleasant suburb twenty minutes from Waterloo station.

Before we arrived on English shores, our biggest concern was for the continued Catholic Education of our children, so it was with relief that this was to be so for our family. On arrival, we immediately joined our local parish, and through the Grace of God, our children were accepted into two highly regarded State Catholic schools (one Primary and the other Secondary). As the years have gone by, we have realised how blessed we have been in this regard.

The first few years were wrought with the stresses and strains of moving to a foreign land, which in turn were buffered by the love, concern and support offered by our families both near and far. From our parish, we received the Spiritual nourishment that kept us sane and focussed on what we really needed to get through the move: God’s love. As we negotiated our way through a foreign schooling system, cultural differences, bias and a myriad of daily challenges,   our parish journeyed alongside us as we celebrated Holy Communions, Confirmations, and to date,  26 years of marriage. Our parish has supported us and carried us when we’ve needed it most. It has been the mainstay of our lives. It remains the one place where we don’t feel out of place, inexperienced, ignorant or vulnerable but rather welcomed as part of the Catholic (universal) Church.

Over the past ten years we have watched with affection, the pomp and ceremony of the Royal weddings and all the national pride that goes along with these Royal celebrations; the Beatification of a New English saint and revelled and basked in the glow of the heralding success of Pope Benedict’s  Potifical visit (and faced the negative press, critical celebrities and prominent atheists who declared their hostility towards the Pope and Christianity in particular); we’ve witnessed the devastating effects of the recent London riots (as well as it’s aftermath) ; the downfall of  a media empire, and in the not too distant past the 7:7 bombings. In conjunction with a change of government and economic turmoil, the fabric of society has been marked in some way by all these events. The plight of Christians in Britain has been in the spotlight on many occasions and they have been challenged from all sides in a country that defines herself as ‘Christian’. My Faith has been challenged and continues to be challenged by the society in which I now live.  And so, much water has passed under the bridge….and much learning taken place as a result.  My Faith remains steadfast and continues to grow  in the direction of True North,  in sure, steady steps, bolstered by my loving family and friends and yes of course, our wonderful parish!

Reading one of my favourite blogs, I followed a link to a superb article called  ‘Oh, Britannia!’, the content of which ignited my ideas for this post tonight.  http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/oh_britannia

Perhaps it will make good reading for your too?



The New Evangelisation.

I have quickly realised that developing a blog is going to take time and patience….lots of it! I realise, after all, that Rome was not built in a day.

My excitement at developing this blog came about when I realised that I would be evangelising using ‘new media‘ and that 1catholicsalmon too, would be part of the New Evangelisation of the Church.

So , what is the ‘New Evangelisation’ being talked about in Catholic circles? Here is one example (that I know of ) that’s just recently been launched:

Following Bishop Michael Campbell’s New Year Pastoral Letter on the New Evangelisation and parishes and schools the Diocese of Lancaster has unveiled its first New Evangelisation initiative in anticipation of the Year of Faith,the Light is on for You project, a diocesan-wide and high-profile celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The press release from the Bishop’s Office states:

‘The Bishop of Lancaster,Rt Rev Michael Campbell OSA has already followed on from his New Year’s Day Pastoral Letter and announced in a letter to his priests and Catholic schools the launch of an important initiative this Lent for the Diocese of Lancaster called The Light Is On For You –a diocesan-wide and high-profile celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Read about it here:-http://www.lancasterdiocese.org.uk/Group/Group.aspx?ID=187686

You may still be saying to yourself, ‘Well, what is this New Evangelisation?’ Put simply,  it’s all about the Church encouraging bishops, priests and  religious communities to make use of the various available computer technologies  in order to spread The Word/share The Faith/rekindle the love of  God,  His Word and Sacraments. In other words to use the internet to reach out to the world.

I realise that there is a lot more to the ‘New Evangelisation’ but I hope this post has  got your juices flowing too! Very exciting.