Anselm Study Circle — New Group

  • This new study circle /Group gathers to discuss and debate all theological and philosophical issues. Its purpose is to nurture a greater understanding and appreciation of difficult concepts and terminology; learning of emerging ideas and sentiments of the theology, philosophy, and Christian faith and the application of its rules to the contemporary world.
  • This is an open and free discussion forum, and not doctrinal; all in a relaxed setting.
  • The suggested format is to discuss selected articles published in theological or philosophical scholarly journals in particular Communio or Concilium.
  • We link this group with St Anselm, our Canterbury Doctor of the church and one of the prominent medieval theologian.
  • The meeting will be of special appeal to those with interest in Theology, philosophy and the study of religious faith, practice, and experience. It is especially suited for academic staff, teachers, research associates, undergraduate and graduate students and interested laypersons who wish to discuss theological and philosophical topics in some depth.
  • We suggest meeting once every two months (6 times per years) for 1.5 to two hours.
  • The suggestion for the first meeting is on Monday 2nd October 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Upper Room at  St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church. We will discuss our modus operandi and how to run this group at the first meeting.
  • If you are interested, please email Prof Ghazwan Butrous expressing your interest in attending, and your special interest in the subject.

Syro Malabar Community at St Thomas’

Syro Malabar rite is one of the oriental churches within the Catholic Communion and traces its origin back to St Thomas the Apostle. This is the 2nd largest oriental church within the Catholic church and this community is mainly from Kerala, one of the south India states. There are around 45 families within the parish of St Thomas’. They celebrate Syro-Malabar rite Mass in the parish every 4th Sunday of the month at 2.30pm. And Catechetical formation is conducted for the children of this community on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday of every month. The contact person is: Mr Noby Mathew Tel: 07454 812983

Young Catholic Adult Weekend at Aylesford

31st October – 1st November 2015
Are you 18-40, do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions and meet like minded people? Young Catholic Adults are organising a weekend at Aylesford in Kent (just south of London), where you’ll be able to:- hear cate-chetical talks (including from Fr. Gregory Pearson O.P., and noted author Donel Foley), learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary and socialise with like minded adults. For further info: or see poster

Should Faith Play A Role In Politics?

At the Canterbury Christ Church University Chapel (Anselm Building, North Holmes Road Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU) The first Open Forum Discussion of the Catholic Society at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury (CCCU) on

Should Faith Play A Role In Politics? 


Fr. Valentine Erhahon, Chaplain for the Catholic Society CCCU and Rob Gainey Co-President of the Catholic Society, CCCU


  • Julian Brazier, TD, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, parliamentary undersecretary (Ministry of Defence)
  • Roxy Albert, Co-President of the Catholic Society, CCCU 
  • Monsignor Matthew Dickens, Vicar General for the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark 
  • Isaac Ouro-Gnao, Journalism Student, CCCU • John Jones, CCCU Socialist Society
  •  Marie Blatier, CCCU Feminist views
  • Elder Norman Jones, Missionary, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, Canterbury
  • Representatives from the Muslim and other student Faith Societies

Should Faith Play A Role In Politics


Read the full report on the first Open Forum Discussion of the Catholic Society (CathSoc) at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury (CCCU)


The 140th anniversary of the opening of our Church

This Monday, 13th April, will be the 140th anniversary of the opening of our Church by Cardinal Manning. We will be having a simply sung Evening Prayer at 7.30pm. On Saturday 25th April will celebrate the occasion at the 6pm Mass followed by an entertainment in the Hall. Bring your own food, drink and dancing shoes. Tea and coffee will be provided. Bring items for a raffle. Music will be provided by “Swing Noir” an excellent vintage swing band. Flyers are available at the back of the church. This is, of course, free. On Sunday May 3rd there will be a Bluebell Walk at the Barn, Buckholt Farm, Anvil Green CT4 7EU from 2pm till 5pm with tea and cakes provided. Celebrating such an anniversary is the ideal time for us as a parish, to celebrate our past and give thanks all that is good about our parish community. Also it is a great opportunity for us to consider our future prayerfully, asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in responding to what God is calling us to be as his pilgrim people. Thanks to Mark Bateson for organising the photo exhibition. Fr Anthony, Fr Valentine and Deacon David.

See more:The 140th anniversary of the opening of our church.

Vocations Weekend for Older Men

The diocesan Vocations Centre in Whitstable is hosting a weekend for men over forty to give them the chance to  learn more about a vocation to the diocesan priesthood.
It will take place from the evening of Friday 23rd and  will end with lunch on Sunday 25th January.  Places are limited and it is essential that those participating book beforehand.
To book a place or for more information please contact  the Vocations Director on


Veritas, the group for 18-35 year olds in the parish, are organising a Welcoming Mass on Sunday 28th September at 6pm for all those who are returning to Canterbury for the new academic year.  All parishioners are welcome to attend. There will be tea and coffee in the Upper Room after mass. Do come say hello!

Veritas meetings will resume on Tuesday 30th September, 7.30-9.00pm, in the Upper Room.  For more information email