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The Deanery has a successful record of organising a wide range of formation and training events for catechists working in the Lewisham Deanery.

The rolling programme covers the following areas:
·         Sacramental Preparation for Baptism;
·         Eucharist and Reconciliation;
·         Confirmation;
·         Support for catechists working with Children's Liturgy; and  
·         Support for catechists involved in RCIA.

In addition training and support are offered for the following Ministries:
·         Youth ministry,
·         Special Ministers,
·         those visiting the housebound; and
·         Readers.

Formation Programme


Lewisham Deanery Day of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers:CANCELLED
The Annual Day of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers in the Lewisham Deanery will take place on Saturday 14th March at Good Shepherd  Hall Downham, from 10am  with registration and Coffee.  
The first session starts at 10.30am.  To mark the Year of the Word of God “The God who speaks”, we have Chris Chapman from the Diocesan Spirituality Commission who will lead the Day and give us all a very positive experience of Prayer. Copies of the Diocesan Prayer Pack will also be available. We will conclude the morning with Benediction in the Church at 12.15pm.

As you know we usually have this day in October, but it was postponed last year, until now.
We have Chris Chapman from the Diocesan Spirituality Commission to lead the day, and deepen our experience of prayer. He will lead you in a really positive experience of both Word and Sacrament that will help you grow in appreciation of the Eucharist and your ministry of bringing the Lord to others.


Ministry of Welcome
 If you are a welcomer or have thought about finding out about the Ministry of Welcome, please note the date, Saturday 2nd March, 10am - 2.30pm Hartley Hall. There will be a formation/training day for all those interested.


As we anticipate the new Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) we invite all RCIA catechists to come together and look at current practice, share wisdom and resources and build a stronger network of catechists in each of the areas in the diocese.

MONDAY 12 NOV 2018 (7PM FOR 7.30PM) Hartley Hall, Catford

DAY OF RECOLLECTION FOR SPECIAL MINISTERS - SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2018                                        

The Annual Lewisham Deanery Day of Recollection for Special Ministers will take place at Good Shepherd Downham on Saturday 6th October from 10.00am -12.00pm,

with refreshments from 9.30.

Special Ministers are reminded that when they renew their commitment at the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday they promise to attend a Day of Recollection

in the coming 12 months. Saturday 6th October is a golden opportunity to fulfil this request from the Archbishop.

Please contact St William of York, Forest Hill parish office to register your attendance by email


Save the date, 7th July 2018 Convent of St Andrews Belmont Hill (Very Advanced notice, more details closer to the time.)


Saturday January 27, 2018 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Our Lady of Lourdes, 45b Burnt Ash Hill, SE12 OAE  (map)


09.30-10.15 Welcome

10.15-10.35 Refreshments

10.35-10.50 Quiz

10.50-11.50 Speaker followed by discussion

11.50-12.10 What makes an effective reader at Mass (Fr Tom Creagh - Fuller).

12.10-12.30 Questions & Closing Liturgy

This event has been planned to support all those who currently read at Mass and any new or prospective readers.

It will also provide an insight into the personal spiritual development this ministry offers.

In order to have an idea of numbers it would be helpful if you could please contact the Forest Hill Parish office on 0208 690 4549.


1-Day of Recollection for Special Ministers Downham 21st October 2017

Fr Doug Bull, the Dean of Lewisham Deanery, welcomed over 80 Special Ministers from parishes across Lewisham Deanery to the Day of Recollection at Good Shepherd Parish Downham on Saturday 21st October. Fr Doug introduced Deacon Amgad Gerges who was recently ordained for Forest Hill Parish.

82 Special Ministers enjoyed a very informative and practical session led by Deacon Amgad, his own professional knowledge and experience in the field of Hematology gave his presentation added impact. The final part of the day was spent in prayer. Deacon Amgad gave Benediction to those present accompanied by some vibrant singing.

Once again we are grateful to Canon John Kavanagh and the parishioners of Good Shepherd Downham for hosting the day and also for their hospitality and welcome.

Deacon Amgad has kindly agreed to share his presentation

2-Day of Recollection for Catechists St Andrew’s Convent Belmont Hill Saturday 1st July 2017 10.30am and a closing liturgy at 3.00pm

This event has been booked and will be facilitated by the Sisters of St Andrew.

Numbers limited to 25 max. Cost will be £20 per head. Bookings on a first come basis to St William of York, Forest Hill ,4 Brockley Park ,SE23 1PS tel: 020 8690 4549 email:

3-Day for Readers 25th February 2017 at SWOY Forest Hill 10.30-12.30pm


8th October 2016 Day of Recollection for Special Ministers                                                      Good Shepherd Parish Downham 10am-12.30pm

3rd December Day for Readers St William of York Parish Forest Hill 10am-12.30pm

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