Pembury lectures: Fr. Alexander Sherbrooke

A reminder that our current lecture series, marking 10 years since the announcement of the Ordinariate, resumes this coming Wednesday, 29th January. Low Mass at 7pm. Refreshments at 7:30pm and talk at 8pm. Do come along and support it.

The lectures follow the theme of the ‘Our Father’ and this fourth lecture has the title ‘thy will be done”. The speaker will be Fr. Alexander Sherbrooke.

Father Alexander Sherbrooke is a priest of Westminster diocese who has served the parish of St. Patrick’s in Soho Square since 2001. In that time he has overseen a £3.5 million pound renovation which enabled him to open the church up like never before. The parish runs various courses and a soup kitchen and does tireless work amongst the poor in Soho. A monthly nightfever event sees the church open all night for confession, counselling and adoration.

Fr. Sherbrooke writes “You get a knock on the door and it can be someone who is successful in business, someone who wants a sandwich or someone caught up in the sex industry. We leave our SOS prayer line calling cards in telephone boxes – where you might see other services advertised! One man who called said he was a pimp and wanted to break out of his occupation but that it was too lucrative for him to leave. Do we just accept the way people are? People get into ruts they find it difficult to break out of. We can say, as Christians, that God can and does intervene…. In this part of London you don’t have resident parishioners. It is a place where people can rest their weary feet. There is a little bit of bucking the trend going on. The loneliness of this city is more intense than you can imagine. Soho has a darkness as well as the bright lights.”

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