Posted on the 24th January 2019 in the category Announcements

We have a number of vacancies within the Ebbsfleet area.  Please go to our vacancies page for further details.


+ Jonathan

Christmas Message 2018

Posted on the 24th December 2018 in the category Announcements

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


The feast of the Lord’s birth, celebrated universally by Christians, is nearly upon us.  And with only few short weeks of my sabbatical remaining, I offer you my greetings for a holy and blessed Christmas, and the assurance of my prayers. 


“When the time had fully come,” says St Paul (Gal 4.4), “God sent his Son.”   The world God’s Son entered was not a world of peace and harmony, where everything and everyone was ready for the peaceful spread of new ideas, justice and reconciliation.  He had first to appear in an age and in a place of discord, of force and violence, to share our slavery, and to make himself one with those who are powerless and poor, so that at every moment in history it will be the powerless and poor who first recognise that he is among them.


Thus it is that he also speaks to the slavery and poverty in the heart of each of us.  When the time of testing and loneliness comes upon us, when our needs are most naked before him, when we are powerless and poor, then we can recognise him with us, among us, declaring in the very midst of our struggle and pain both divine power and human dignity.


At the end of a year that has exposed many signs of the vulnerability and fragility of even the securest societies, as well as in countless individual lives, we are reminded that ours is a time when we may expect to see Christ raising up the powerless and poor, and reaffirming their freedom and their worth.  Let us therefore not be afraid of going to the places of slavery, of poverty, and of desolation—in the world, in our neighbourhoods, and in our own hearts—ready to meet Christ there, ready to echo him in words and deeds not only of forgiveness and release, but also of new life and transformation.


In the name of the Lord:


+ Jonathan Ebbsfleet


Coventry Cathedral - Walsingham Festival

Posted on the 27th July 2018 in the category Events

The Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham is very pleased to announce that Coventry Cathedral will host a Regional Walsingham Festival on Saturday 8th December 2018 (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception). It is hoped that Walsingham pilgrims from all over the Midlands will gather together at this very special event. The day’s programme will begin at 12 noon with the Welcoming of the Image of Our Lady of Walsingham and Solemn Eucharist. The principal celebrant will be the Master of the Guardians, the Rt Revd Philip North (Bishop of Burnley) and the preacher, the Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth (Bishop of Coventry). After the Eucharist, picnic lunches may be eaten inside or outside the cathedral – and there are also plenty of nearby hostelries and cafes. At 3.00 pm there will be a service of Sprinkling, the Liturgy of Healing & Reconciliation followed by Benediction in the presence of the RC Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Revd Bernard Longley.

Coventry Festival Poster

Bristol Assumptiontide Pilgrimage

Posted on the 27th July 2018 in the category Events

JOIN ME on 18 August for an

Assumptiontide Pilgrimage:

Bristol Cathedral


I will be the celebrant at the 12.00 Mass and Procession, and Fr Philip Barnes the much-loved recent administrator of the Shrine at Walsingham will be the preacher.


There’s then time for you to eat a picnic on the lawns of Cathedral Green, and perhaps return to the cathedral for the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament, and join me at 3.30 Evensong at which I shall preach. 


As happens in all the main cathedrals in the summer, when the choir is on holiday, there’s an accomplished visiting choir—on this occasion from the east coast of the USA—to support the feast with great music.


This pilgrimage continues the long tradition of the Bristol Catholic Societies Assumptiontide Festival, which in the future will continue under my auspices in partnership with the cathedral, which is so very hospitable a place for the Ebbsfleet Chrism Masses.


The Mass will not be concelebrated but all clergy are welcome to vest, sit in the choir and join the procession.  Please let Catherine Williamson know ( whether you intend to robe and process (cotta and white stole)


Bristol Assumptiontide Poster

Remembering Bishop Geoffrey Rowell

Posted on the 30th May 2018 in the category Events

This day conference is open to all - but especially to all who knew and appreciated Bishop Geoffrey's ministry and teaching.


Bishop Jonathan (who was Bishop Geoffrey's chaplain and research assistant before moving to Lambeth Palace) will preside at the Sung High Mass of Requiem before leaving for parish visits in Newton Abbot and Torbay.

Remembering Geoffrey Rowell




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