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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
Bishop with Fr Michael Stokes
24 Jul 2014 :: Harwich parish welcomes Bishop to 150th birthday celebration »

Parishioners are planning a number of events to celebrate the milestone. Read more...

Fr Patrick with Bishop Thomas
19 Jul 2014 :: Brentwood gains a new priest »

Deacon Patrick Daly became a priest in a joyful ceremony at his home church of Our Lady Immaculate in Chelmsford recently. Read more...

Bishop Alan
19 Jul 2014 :: Bishop Alan issues his first pastoral letter »

The pastoral letter is to be read or made available at all Masses on the weekend of the 19th/20th July 2014, 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time Read more...

Bishop Alan presides at service
16 Jul 2014 :: 75th anniversary for Shoeburyness parish church »

Parishioners at St George and the English Martyrs welcomed the new Bishop as they celebrated an important milestone in the history of their church. Read more...

Bishop with residents and staff
11 Jul 2014 :: Catholic charity shortlisted for three national awards »

The homeless charity based in Newham has been nominated for three prestigious awards. 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 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
Pearl in oyster shell
21 Jul 2014 :: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for pearls' »

This reading, which contains three separate parables, celebrates the treasure we receive in the teaching which comes from God. Fr Adrian Graffy reflects. Read more...

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