Archdiocese of Southwark             

                      The Most Reverend John Wilson  Metropolitan Archbishop of Southwark

Appointed Archbishop of Southwark Monday, 10th June 2019; Installed on Thursday 25th July 2019.

Archbishop John Wilson was born on 4 July 1968 in Sheffield. He studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and religious studies at the University of Leeds and began formation for the priesthood for the Diocese of Leeds at the Venerable English College, Rome in 1989. During his seminary training he completed a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a License in Moral Theology at the Accademia Alfonsiana. He was ordained a deacon on 13 July 1994 by Bishop Cyril Restieaux

He was ordained to the priesthood on 29 July 1995 by Bishop David Konstant. He was appointed Assistant Priest at St Joseph’s, Pontefract in 1995, as well as hospital, hospice and school chaplain. He was appointed Assistant Priest at St Joseph’s, Bradford in 1998, and also served as a school chaplain.

In 1999, he was appointed Lecturer in moral theology at St Cuthbert’s Seminary, Ushaw College, Durham. He also completed a PhD at Durham University and latterly served as Vice Rector. In 2005, he was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation in the Diocese of Leeds, a role he held until 2012. From 2008 to 2014 he was also sessional chaplain at HMP Leeds. In 2011 he was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI. During the vacancy of the see, he was elected Administrator of the Diocese of Leeds by the College of Consultors from September 2012 to November 2014. From 2015 to 2016 he served as Parish Priest of St Martin de Porres, Wakefield.

On 24 November 2015 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Titular Bishop of Lindisfarne by Pope Francis. He was ordained to the episcopate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, 25 January 2016. He had pastoral care of the deaneries in the western area of the diocese. He was also Chair of the Education Commission and had oversight of ecumenical work and inter-religious dialogue at diocesan level. He was also responsible for Liturgy, Art and Architecture, as well as the Historic Churches Commission,

On 10 June 2019 he was appointed Archbishop of Southwark by Pope Francis on the retirement of Archbishop Peter Smith. His Installation took place in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, on 25 July 2019, the Feast of St James the Apostle.

Archbishop John Wilson


Diocesan Officers

President - Sharon Bishop

Secretary - Mary Piper

Treasurer - Margaret Carter

Spiritual Advisor - Reverend Father Doug Bull

National Liaison Officer - Jean Lopez Lopez

Southeast Area Leader - Penny Curran 15 Foundations

Southwest Area Leader - Denise Hall 8 Foundations

Kent Area Leader - Margaret Whitham 8 Foundations



Southeast Area

Abbey Wood

Meeting 1st Sunday after 11am Mass 1pm to 3pm on Church premises 


3rd Monday of the month Church Hall

Beckenham Hill

Last Sunday of the month after 10am Mass in Parish Room


Meeting 1st Tuesday of month in Church Hall at 7:30pm


Meetings on hold will update late or contact Diocesan Secretary


4th Saturday in month at 3pm in Church Hall


1st Monday of month at 730pm in Church Hall

Clapham Park

Last Thursday of month at3pm in Church Hall


3rd Sunday of the month (Not August or December)


3rd Thursday of month after Mass 10:30am in Church Hall


2nd Monday of the month at 1:30pm in Church Hall


1st Sunday of month in Church Hall

South Norwood

2nd Friday on month after 10am Mass in Church Hall

Upper Norwood

2nd Thursday of month 2-4pm in Parish Room.  No meetings in August and January

West Norwood

1st Friday of month following 12 noon Mass in Parish Room

Southwest Area


1st Wednesday of month at 8pm


In January, March, May, July, September and December on 3rd Wednesday of month at 8pm in Church Hall

New Malden

2nd Tuesday of month 7:30pm to 9:30pm in Parish Hall


1st Wednesday of month at 8pm in Church Hall.  Starts after Benediction at 7:30pm in Church.

South Croydon

2nd Thursday of month at 1:30pm in Church Hall


2nd Tuesday on month at 7:30pm in Parish Room


3rd Tuesday of month 7:30pm in Parish Hall


1st and 3rd Monday of month 1:30pm to 3:30pm in Parish Hall

Kent Area


1st Sunday of month after 11am Mass in Parish Room


1st Wednesday of month 11am in Parish Hall


1st Friday of month after 10am Mass in Church Hall and 3rd Friday of month at 7pm in Church Hall


2nd Thursday of month 1:45pm to 3:30pm, mainly in St Thomas Parish Centre; occasionally at St Augustine's Parkwood

Sheppey (Isle of)

1st and 3rd Tuesday after 7pm Mass in Parish Hall


1st Tuesday of month at 7:30pm in Church Hall

Westgate and Birchington

1st Wednesday of month after 10am Mass

West Kingsdown

3rd Thursday of month at 7pm