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Welcome to the Diocese of Brentwood

Photo: Bishop Alan Bishop of Brentwood, Alan Williams, oversees a large and varied diocese stretching from East London to the North Sea.

Formed in 1917, the Diocese comprises the Administrative County of Essex, the unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, and the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

Video Highlights


» Photos from Graham Hillman

Audio Highlights

(The following audio clips require Flash player available from Adobe: get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.)

Introduction and welcome by Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Greeting from Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini

Greeting from Emeritus Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Greeting from the Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell

Full Ceremony

Commentary by Peter Blackman

(We apologise for the poor sound quality on some occasions.)

Bishop Alan Williams SM in conversation

Latest News
Lighting a candle
25 Aug 2014 :: Remember Hiroshima ... »

A commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki recently took place in the Church of Our Lady and St Joseph in Stock. Read more...

Tilbury chaplain
24 Aug 2014 :: Tilbury death: Catholic seafarers' charity holds Mass for ferry crew »

In the aftermath of the Tilbury container death, chaplains supported distressed crew members and blessed the ship. Read more...

Bishop Moth (Mazur/Catholic Church)
18 Aug 2014 :: Bishop Moth calls for prayers for victims of persecution in Iraq »

In a pastoral letter the Bishop of the Forces is calling for an end to the persecution of Christians and all minority groups in Iraq. Read more...

Bishop Pat  (Mazur/Catholic Church)
18 Aug 2014 :: Migrants Bishop expresses compassion for Tilbury victims »

'It is becoming increasingly apparent that vulnerable men, women and children are being exploited by criminals all over the world,' says Bishop Patrick Lynch. Read more...

David Finnigan
8 Aug 2014 :: Diocese mourns first lay Master of Ceremonies »

David Finnigan, diocesan MC over many years, has died. His funeral took place on Wednesday 6 August in Brentwood Cathedral. Read more...

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Forthcoming Events
Photograph of Father James Hanvey, SJ
17 Sep 2014 :: 'Evangelii Gaudium' - The Joy of the Gospel - Fr James Hanvey, SJ »

Fr James will open up for us aspects of 'Evangelii Gaudium' which have a particular relevance for the Church today and it's practical implications for our personal lives. Read more...

QF symbol question mark
24 Sep 2014 :: Question of Faith to visit Walthamstow »

Our Lady and St George Walthamstow will host this Question of Faith evening organised by the Commission for Evangelisation and Formation. Read more...

Photograph of hand with mustard seeds in it
24 Sep 2014 - 22 Oct 2014 :: NEWHAM DEANERY - Course for Catechists - Soil for the Seed - Exploring the Sacraments »

A time for catechists to revisit their understanding of the Sacraments and to share good practice. We will also give time to reviewing resources. Read more...

Photograph of Fr Denis McBride, C.Ss.R
4 Oct 2014 :: On the Road to Emmaus - Discipleship - Fr Denis McBride, C.Ss.R »

We will look at the story of Emmaus, listen to the disciples share their sense of loss and bewilderment following the death of Jesus. Read more...

Photo of Sr Margaret Shepherd
25 Oct 2014 :: CEF Ecumenical Study Day with Sr Margaret Shepherd »

On Saturday 25 October 2014 Sr Margaret will share her insights on the history of Jewish-Christian relations. Read more...

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Scripture reflections
Cross at sunset
25 Aug 2014 :: 'Anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it' »

Jesus' response to Peter in today's reading shows that we must always be open to the unexpected ways of God. Fr Adrian Graffy reflects. Read more...

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