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The Archdiocese of Southwark is truly grateful for the presence of religious men and women, says Bishop Patrick Lynch

02/02/2015 12:00 pm

Bishop Pat Lynch delivers a homily

At a Mass in Southwark Cathedral to celebrate the World Day or Prayer for Consecrated Life (2 February), Bishop Patrick Lynch said that religious men and women in the Archdiocese of Southwark had led the way in “educating our young people, caring for our elderly and the sick and serving the poor.”
 
The bishop’s first prayer was “one of deep gratitude for all that you are and all that you have done over many years.”
Secondly, he prayed that all religious “’wake up the world’ to God’s love and God’s presence through the witness of your prayer….community life and …love and service to those in need especially the poor.”
Finally, he said that “at a time when many congregations are facing the challenge of decreasing numbers,” his prayer was that “you will look to the future with hope.”
 
Archbishop Peter Smith will celebrate Mass for the religious in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton today.

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The Full Homily given by Bishop Lynch to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life can be downloaded from the top right hand side of this article.

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Homily: World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life 2015

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The Homily given by Bishop Lynch at Southwark Cathedral on the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life 2015.