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180 Years of the ACS!

13th July 2017

The staff at The Additional Curates Society join Fr Darren in celebrating our 180th anniversary!

On the 12th July 1837 Joshua Watson founded the Additional Curates Society, charged with the important task of resourcing the Church’s ministry.

For 180 years the ACS has remained faithful to its founding father and as well as celebrating and giving thanks for the past, we also re-commit ourselves to the continuation of this work for the future.

On the 13th July 2017, Fr Darren Smith marked this special occasion and appeared on the 1PM News hour on Premier Christian Radio.

To listen to the interview CLICK HERE!

Walsingham National Pilgrimage 2017

29th May 2017

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Greeting to Walsingham

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, sent warm greetings to the hundreds of pilgrims gathered in Walsingham for the annual National Pilgrimage to the Anglican Shrine in Norfolk.

Pilgrims from across the UK, and including some overseas visitors, heard Father Kevin Smith, Priest Administrator, read out thankful support for the 40 hours of constant prayer in support of the Archbishop’s initiative Thy Kingdom Come.

Archbishop Welby said: Prayer matters, and prayer changes everything, because as God changes us in prayer he drives us out to be justice-seekers, peacemakers, healers and bringers of good news. In praying, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities".

He added: “And so it is wonderful that so many are gathered here in Walsingham, ready to join in prayer and action with all those across the world praying these same words, Thy Kingdom Come.”


Hope takes centre stage at Walsingham

People need hope to live just as they need oxygen to breathe” -Fr Cantalamessa

It is Mary, Mother of hope, who continues to inspire and encourage millions of Christians around to world to face up to the challenges they face, Father Raniero Cantalamessa told pilgrims at the 2017 National Pilgrimage to the Anglican Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham today.

The Preacher to the Papal Household told the hundreds of people gathered: “On Calvary, Mary was not just the ‘Mother of sorrows’ but also the ‘Mother of hope,’ With all the more reason we must say the same about Mary beneath the cross: in hope she believed against hope.”

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa is an internationally renowned preacher and author. Since 1980 he has served Pope S. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis as Preacher to the Papal Household.

He told the Bank Holiday congregation: “Mary is a model for the Church. The Church is called to be, like her, ‘a mother of hope’ for the world. Just as Mary was close to her crucified Son, so the Church is called to be close to the crucified of today: the poor, the suffering, the humiliated, the insulted, the discriminated against.”

Fr Cantalamessa said: “The Church must transmit hope, proclaiming that suffering is not absurd, that it is meaningful, because there will be a resurrection of the body in the last day and there can be a resurrection of the heart every day. People need hope to live just as they need oxygen to breathe.”

He also told pilgrims that perhaps the Christian faith will experience a revival in England and in the wider secularised western world for the same reason that it was embraced in the first place “because it is the only doctrine that has an answer to give to the great questions about life and death. The most important thing is to understand how we can proclaim hope today to the world in which we live.

“The failure of the great alternative ideologies, like Marxism, has led people to live from day to day without any great enthusiasm or excitement about the future. Hope is transmitted by contagion.

He added: “Christian hope has eternal life as its ultimate object, but it does not exclude the lesser human hopes for oneself and one’s children, as finding a job, overcoming an illness, meeting the right person to love and be loved by.”

Job Opportunity in Coventry

5th January 2017



An Ebbsfleet parish, rich in its history and Anglo-Catholic tradition, but also wishing to be forward looking and wants to inspire the next generation of 20s-30s, who form 60% of our parish residential population. 


We would welcome applications from male priests who are committed to the Diocesan Mission Purpose and delivery of the 8 Essential Qualities in an urban context, and who will: 


  • Love Jesus and the Bible, and inspire others to love Jesus and the Bible too.
  • Be passionate about inspiring a younger generation (especially those in their 20s and 30s) towards Christian faith and discipleship, within an Anglican Anglo-Catholic and deprived, mixed City Centre/residential area parish context.
  • Have a track record of successful innovation in Anglo-Catholic liturgy, forms of service, and church growth, especially with a younger generation.
  • Be respected for respecting the diversity of views on the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate, encouraging loving and caring relationships on this issue both within and outside the congregation.


The PCC passed Resolutions A and B in accordance with the ‘Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993’, and the PCC has requested, on grounds of theological conviction, that arrangements now be made for it in accordance with the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests.


Further details and application form are available from


Informal conversations welcome:

Area Dean, the Reverend Alison Evans, (02476 591 994), e-mail:


Closing date for applications: Noon on Friday 17th February.

Interviews: Sunday (evening) 5th and Monday 6th March.


Enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post.

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Last Few Places for the Next Vocations Conference

26th July 2016

Hurry! - Last few places for the next Vocations Conference at St Stephen's House, Oxford. Bishop Norman Banks will be with us for the entire weekend, and Miss Joy Gilliver, a Selection Secretary from Ministry Division, will be joing other team members. Please call 0121 382 5533 or e mail for further details and a booking form.

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