A Pastoral Letter from the Council of Bishops
Posted on the 18th July 2014 in the category Events
We invite you to read this Pastoral Letter, and make it available, in all our churches on Sunday 20th July 2014.
A new initiative aimed at encouraging vocations to ministry in the Church of England is launched
Posted on the 1st July 2014 in the category Events
The Bishops of The Society are delighted to support the launch of the Here I Am initiative. Bishop Tony Robinson, the Chairman of the Council of Bishops said, "We are very aware that the Church constantly needs more people called to serve the sacred priesthood. We hope this new campaign using up to date digital media will encourage more vocations."
Here I Am is the title of the campaign which has the backing of the catholic societies of the Church of England with the full support of the Additional Curates Society. Those responsible have embraced digital media to encourage people to explore a vocation to priesthood alongside other kinds of ministry in the Church of England and the Church in Wales.
A new You Tube channel features specially commissioned films looking at how people are called to ministry, what the selection process involves as well as examining the kind of people who are called to follow a path to priesthood.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has backed the initiative: “I am delighted to see the Catholic Societies working together in order to promote and encourage more vocations to the sacred priesthood under this new and exciting banner of Here I Am”.
Fr Darren Smith, spokesman for Here I Am, said that vocations were emerging across the church in a variety of ways:
“People looking at the material we have carefully produced will quickly discover that there is no single mould, shape or pattern for the priestly vocation.”
He adds: “Browsers to our website will find details of courses, what happens if they want to take it to the next step and what the work of a priest in the Church of England today involves.”
A new Twitter account @hereiamvocation will be launched at the same time. Organisers hope that people will follow the initiative and join in a wave of prayer for vocations. Bishops and priests representing the catholic societies are already working in every part of England and Wales and it was felt that material that had served them well previously was ready for an upgrade to reflect where the digital audience can now be found. “We are excited and expectant about the future of ministry and mission in anglican catholic churches and communities,” Fr. Smith explained.
The next Vocations Conference is at St Stephen’s House from 29 - 31 August
For full details and booking form contact
Additional Curates Society
Gordon Browning House
Unit 7, Spitfire Rd
Birmingham B24 9PB
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Chrism Mass Tuesday 15th April 2014
Posted on the 15th April 2014 in the category Events
The Bishop of Fulham’s Chrism Mass will be celebrated this year on Tuesday in Holy Week, 15th April 2014, at 11.00 a.m. The venue is to be the church of The Ascension, Lavender Hill, by kind permission of Fr Iain Young and his Parochial Church Council. This is (I think) the first time that the Fulham Chrism Mass has been offered outside the Diocese of London, and I hope that you will agree with me that it is good that this very important annual celebration should be shared among the three dioceses in which the Bishop of Fulham exercises episcopal ministry. I hope very much that as many as possible of you will be able to attend, and that clergy in London (and indeed Rochester) will be willing to make the journey into the Diocese of Southwark this year. Lavender Hill is, in fact, a very convenient and accessible venue for most of us.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Holy Tuesday. It promises to be an excellent, encouraging and strengthening celebration.
This comes with my prayers and every blessing as we approach Holy Week and the Great Three Days, the Crown of the Year.
With every blessing
The Commissioning of Dr Colin Podmore as Director of Forward in Faith, St Alban's Holborn, 15 April 2013
Posted on the 1st June 2013 in the category Events
We are not called to be another pressure group, says Bishop of Fulham
More than 300 people witnessed the commissioning of Dr Colin Podmore as Director of Forward in Faith tonight, as the former Clerk of the General Synod pledged to “work for the unity of the one holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Christ and for its mission in the world”.
Members of the organization were joined by former and current members of the General Synod and staff of the National Church Institutions, reflecting what Dr Podmore described as “the breadth of the Church of England, and our commitment to the ‘mutual flourishing’ of its diverse traditions”.
Twelve Anglo-Catholic bishops and over 40 representative priests concelebrated the mass at a packed St Alban’s Holborn, in a liturgy drawn from Common Worship and sung to the setting ‘Collegium Regale’ by Herbert Howells.
During the service, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham and Chairman of Forward in Faith, promised that the charity would “continue to speak the truth in love about those issues which exercise us, because of their impact, as we see it, on the unity and apostolicity of the Church”.
Encouraging those who take a different view on the issues of the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate to hear the organisation’s message “with an equal love”, Bishop Jonathan’s sermon lamented the “tragedy… that the Church of England should have come to this: that faithful Anglicans who are inspired by convictions which the whole of the Church still affirms in her title deeds and carries in her DNA should be perceived by some as disloyal, a fifth column perhaps.”
Bishop Jonathan licensed at St Dunstan in the West, City of London
Posted on the 17th April 2013 in the category Events
Bishop Jonathan Baker, the new Bishop of Fulham, was licensed as Guild Vicar of St Dunstan in the West by the Bishop of London on 17 April 2013, at a service of Solemn Evensong, in the presence of Metropolitan Josef of the Romanian Orthodox Church who had travelled from Paris to attend.
Commenting on his licensing at St Dunstan-in-the-West, Bishop Jonathan said:
"I am delighted to be the Guild Vicar of such an historic church as St Dunstan-in-the-West. I have been made thoroughly welcome by the church officers and congregation.In particular I am looking forward to developing the great opportunities for mission and engagement offered by St Dunstan's superb location in the heart of the City of London; I am looking forward too to strengthening the many ecumenical and international links which exist at St Dunstan's and the parish will provide a wonderful home for me in which to anchor my ministry."
Bishop Jonathan grew up in Pinner in Middlesex, and as a boy attended the parish church of St Edmund the King, Northwood Hills, in the Willesden Area of the Diocese of London. He was ordained deacon in 1993 and priest in 1994 in the Diocese of Oxford, and served in parish ministry in that diocese from 1993 – 2002, including seven years as parish priest of Holy Trinity, Reading and St Mark's, Reading.
In 2003 he was appointed Principal of Pusey House in Oxford. Pusey House offers a pastoral ministry to students in the University of Oxford together with research and formational resources rooted in the revival of catholic teaching and practice within the Church of England known as the 'tractarian' or Oxford Movement. He was consecrtated as the fourth Bishop of Ebbsfleet in April 2011 and was formally appointed as Bishop of Fulham in March 2013.