Silver Jubilee Celebrations
In the autumn of 2019 we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Society of Catholic Priest.
Over the last 25 years, our Society has grown to support clergy all over the world in nurturing an inclusive priestly spirituality and Catholic evangelism. To give thanks for all that has been and to help us embrace all that is to come, we are planning a number of events to which members and supporters are warmly invited. This page will be updated regularly with news of the various events to mark our anniversary.
Silver Jubilee Day of Thanksgiving
Thursday 12 September 2019 | Southwark cathedral
All clergy members, parishioners, supporters and friends are warmly invited to join the various events on our Day of Thanksgiving at the glorious Southwark Cathedral. The President and Principle Celebrants at the Eucharist will be a number of Bishops who support the work of our Society and we have an excellent lineup of guest preachers.
Concelebrated Festal Eucharist*
President - The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, Provincial Visitor & Bishop at Lambeth
Preacher - The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford
Celebratory Luncheon and glass of wine
Annual General Meeting
Liturgy of Anointing and Renewal of Commitment with Benediction
Officiant - The Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle
Preacher - The Rev’d Dr Jennifer Cooper, Director of IME, Durham and Newcastle
After the formal festivities at Southwark, you are encouraged to continue your celebrations in London, perhaps by forming groups to go for dinner
*All SCP priests are invited to robe (alb and white stole), process and concelebrate on the understanding that they hold a valid Licence or Permission to Officiate and all will be asked to sign as such
The Feast of the Holy Cross
Sunday 15 September 2019
The Feast of the Holy Cross is a special day in the life of our Society, because it was the day on which we were founded.
We are encouraging parishes to keep this as a day of joyful celebration of the presence and work of our Society in communities across the world.
Here are just a few ideas as to how you can celebrate:
The Blessing of Crosses and Crucifixes
Invite members of your congregation to bring along their crosses and crucifixes. Use the homily as an opportunity to explore the centrality of the Cross in the Christian life before offering a blessing.
Activities for Children
Explore the SCP logo and its symbolism: the cross, the Alpha and Omega, the Chi Rho.
Conclude your celebrations with cake, fizz or a bring-and-share lunch!