Novena of Prayer for The Bishop-Designate of Oswestry

A Christmas Greeting from the Bishop-Designate of Oswestry: Fr Paul Thomas SSC

Fr Paul’s consecration will be on the Feast of Candlemas in Canterbury Cathedral – Thursday 2 February 2023. A time for the consecration service has yet to be announced. A novena of prayer is available below for all those who want to link themselves through prayer to the consecration and to Fr Paul’s episcopal ministry within the Church. The novena will run from Wednesday 25 January – the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul the Apostle – to Thursday 2 February – the Feast of Candlemas.

New Bishop of Oswestry Announced

Fr Paul Thomas SSC has been announced as the new Bishop of Oswestry. His consecration will take place on Candlemas (Thursday 2nd February 2023).

Fr Paul has recorded a video (here):

The letter from the Bishop-designate to the people of the See of Oswestry can be read here:

You can read The Prime Minister’s Appointments Office – here, the Statement from the Bishop of Lichfield – here, and the Statement from the Bishops of the Society – here.

Please pray for Fr Paul, and give thanks to God for the appointment of our new bishop.

The Annual Catholic Evangelism Lecture

For anyone who missed it, the Annual Catholic Evangelism Lecture is now up on the Diocese of Sheffield YouTube channel.

The Rt Rev’d Tony Robinson SSC, Bishop of Wakefield, delivered the lecture last Friday night at St Matthew’s Church, Sheffield.


Please also read the below from the diocese:

Dudley MBC has pledged to provide housing for 20 Afghan families.  So far it has housed 16, but cannot find suitable accommodation for the remaining four because there is a general shortage in the private rental sector.  If you know of anyone with a property which might be suitable, please contact The Reverend Canon Dr Stuart Currie at 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II gives a wide smile for the crowd from her carriage as she leaves Westminster Abbey, London after her Coronation.

It is with great sadness that we learn that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died today, Thursday 8th September 2022. May she rest in peace, and rise in glory.

The Sunday service at St. Edmund’s remains at the usual time of 11 AM for anyone wishing to pay their respects.

An online book of condolence is available here:

Messages from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York can be read at their respective links.

Tributes from Bishop John and Bishop Martin can be read on the diocesan website.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Royal Dockyard Chapel in Pembroke Dock, Wales.