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St Thomas More

Catholic School

Bishop Sherrington's Visit

We were privileged to be visited by Bishop John Sherrington on Thursday, 22 February.

Bishop Sherrington has responsibility for the pastoral care of the Parishes and Deaneries of North London, and is Moderator of the Curia.  He has previously chaired The Diocesan Education Commission.  In his role as Chairman, he was responsible  for the financial aspects of providing and maintaining Catholic education for over 215 schools in the Diocese.

Bishop Sherrington was welcomed to the school by Mr Asgian; Mr Dadswell, our school Chaplain;  Head boy, Fabio Gjok; and Head Girl, Ama Blankson.

The Bishop celebrated Mass which was attended by Year 8 pupils,  the school Choir and Liturgical Prefects.  Mass was on the feast day of the “Chair of St Peter" - this feast is a recognition and reminder of the importance of authority and service.  Both Mr Tissot, who spoke before Mass, and the Bishop in his homily included comments on the Christian idea of freedom, “Freedom is not the freedom to do what you want… Christian freedom is the freedom to serve God and others. This is true freedom.”   

Following the Mass, the school hosted a reception for the Bishop with the Liturgical Prefects.  These prefects are involved in raising the presence and profile of our faith in the school. This includes daily prayer services and charity events. Bishop Sherrington engaged with the prefects asking them for their thoughts and comments on how the Church and Bishops could support them on their spiritual journey.

Bishop Sherrington promised to keep the school and our pupils in his prayers and we are grateful for this and appreciate his efforts on our school's behalf.

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