Confraternity of Catholic Clergy


In response to Pope Benedict XVI’s ‘Year for Priests’, and on the Memoria of St Paul of the Cross* (19th October 2010), Priests of various southern dioceses, with the good wishes and encouragement of others from elsewhere in Britain, voted unanimously to found the British Province of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy for the sanctification and support of Priests, and in promotion of authentic Priestly life, holiness and mission by

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* St Paul of the Cross prayed for the conversion of England and founded the Passionists, whose Blessed Dominic Barbari greatly influenced Blessed John Henry Newman, and Received him into the Church. The British Province of the Confraternity was founded in direct response to Pope Benedict’s ‘Year for Priests’, his State Visit to Britain, and his Beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman.

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The Confraternities of Catholic Clergy in America, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland have organised an international conference in Rome for English-speaking clergy.

The conference theme is: 

Quo Vadis, Domine?

The Church, Priests and Mission in the 21st century.

“Pope Francis has asked the whole Church to renew its efforts at evangelisation, and to recognise that in this task of evangelisation, the Church “is first and foremost a people advancing on its pilgrim way towards God.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 111.)

Our conference evokes this theme in its examination of the Church and its mission, and how this relates to our own priestly vocation. These issues will be studied especially in light of the Second Vatican Council, while also engaging the experiences of priests ministering in the Anglosphere.”

The conference will be held from 4 January to 9 January, 2015.

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For your diaries:

Fr Gerard Sheehan will be speaking on the subject of

spiritual direction

at St Patrick's Soho Square,

on 10 February 2015.

Further Information to follow.

Easter Retreat

13-16 April 2015

The Oratory School, Reading

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The Secularity of the Diocesan Priesthood:

A vocation that is both consecrated (‘set apart’) and secular (‘in the world’)


A talk by Fr Stephen Wang

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

at Exeter University Chaplaincy

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