Family Education Trust AGM

Ss. Joannis et Pauli Martyrum

It was my very great pleasure to attend the recently held Annual General Meeting of the Family Education Trust, held at the Royal Air Force Club on Piccadilly, London.

The Family Education Trust (FET) is not a Christian charity though many of its members are practising Christians. The Trust sees it’s role as informing, educating, influencing and supporting families, parents and children on issues that affect them. The Trust publishes books, factsheets and leaflets on a broad range of family-related issues. They also publish a newsletter four times a year, which gives information about parliamentary debates, bills going through parliament and recent research findings.

The FET’s materials are used by parliamentarians, local councillors and policymakers, and are a helpful point of reference for supporters when they take up issues with their MP and when they write letters to their local newspapers or take part in radio phone-in discussions. They also produce educational materials and online resources for use in schools that highlight the physical, emotional and social benefits of marriage for stable family life and the welfare of children and young people.

The Trust endeavors to shape public policy discussions based on research evidence through actions. These include actively participating in government consultations and inquiries, engaging in dialogues with government ministers and officials, providing briefings to Members of Parliament and peers, as well as raising important issues in the national press and media. By employing these strategies, the Trust aims to have a substantial impact on the public policy debate and ensure that decisions are informed by reliable research.

Following the Trust’s AGM was a conference with guest speakers including journalist and author, Louise Perry, who spoke on her book, The Case Against the Sexual Revolution, and Harry Miller, a well known champion of the Article 10 ECHR right to freedom of expression and Police overreach, who spoke on Freedom of Speech. Ian Court of Pintsize Theatre Company spoke on Safeguarding in PSHE, (Personal, social, health and economic education) a school curriculum subject in England that focuses on strengthening the knowledge, skills, and connections to keep children and young people healthy and safe and prepare them for life and work. The speakers also led break out sessions to discuss their topics, providing an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and offer observations.

It was wonderful to meet other attendees, some of whom have worked so hard to protect the freedoms and values of our nation. People like Dr Tony Rucinski of the Coalition for Marriage, YouTuber Isla Mac, a retired Principal Lecturer in Nursing, and Mrs Sarah Finch, an Evangelical member of General Synod for the Diocese of London and editor at The Latimer Trust. Over the splendid lunch provided by the RAF Club, I had a very interesting conversation with Mrs Louise Kirk, UK Coordinator for the charity Alive to the World, that provides wholesome PSHE teaching resources and curriculum materials to help schools meet UK Government guidance.

I left the conference feeling very much inspired and full of hope. For despite the many difficulties facing our future generations, manipulated as they are by corporate political corruption a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. The conference brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds and expertise, all driven by a common goal – to create a better world for our children and grandchildren. The speakers shared their experiences, knowledge, and solutions, igniting a fire within me to take action. It was a reminder that starts with us, that we have the power to challenge the status quo and demand accountability. As I left the conference, I carried with me a renewed sense of determination to be part of the solution, to fight for justice and true equity, and ensure a thriving future for all.

I commend to our clergy and faithful the resources and materials supplied by the charities above which may replace, support or be utilised to ensure the children in our pastoral care may receive a wholesome education in the values our faith and tradition preserve, particularly the inherent dignity and worth of all people, each created and purposed by God for His Will. It is crucial that we instill these values in the children under our care, as they are the future of our communities. By utilizing the resources and materials provided by the aforementioned charities, we can ensure that our clergy and faithful have the necessary tools to educate our children in a wholesome and nurturing environment. This will not only help them grow academically but also spiritually, fostering a strong connection to our faith and enabling them to become responsible and compassionate individuals.

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In 2021 the Family Education Trust celebrated it’s 50th anniversary.

Decline of religious belief in the UK

Feria VI infra Octavam Ascensionis

The decline of religious belief in the UK is a matter of concern, as highlighted by recent reports. A newly published report, commissioned four years ago by then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson, cites a profound need for improving Britons’ knowledge of religion in general and for protecting faith in an increasingly secularized landscape. According to The Bloom Review: An independent review into how government engages with faith, only 38% of the population believes in God, and there is a lack of religious knowledge among the British population. This trend is deeply disturbing, as it affects the social fabric of our society.

In the UK, a random probability sample of 3056 adults was analysed from March to September 2020, of whom 1645 were from England, 523 from Scotland, 437 from Wales, and 446 from Northern Ireland. This data was measured against 24 other countries and compared with results from 1981. The report surveyed more than 21,000 people, more than half of whom said they believe that freedom of religion is under threat in the U.K. This view was held by Christians more than any other group, with 68% saying that people were penalized for being open about their faith in the workplace.

The Bloom Review published by the British government, stresses the significance of religious education in schools and promotes interfaith dialogue as a means of building a cohesive and inclusive society. The report notes that religious literacy is essential to understanding the diversity of beliefs and practices present in contemporary society. According to the Bloom Review, increased engagement with religious communities is necessary to this goal. The report cites several examples of successful interfaith initiatives, including the Near Neighbours program, which promotes community cohesion by bringing together people of different faiths to work on local projects (Bloom Review, 2023). Additionally, the report recommends improving the quality of religious education in schools by providing training for teachers and developing a national framework for religious education (Bloom Review, 2023).

The lack of religious knowledge is not just limited to the British population but also extends to the United States. The Pew Forum’s religious knowledge survey Who Knows What About Religion found that only 2% of their respondents answered 29 or more questions correctly, indicating a lack of basic religious education. The survey covered topics such as the Bible, Christianity, Judaism, Mormonism, world religions, religion in public life, and atheism and agnosticism. This highlights the need for better religious education not only in schools but also in society as a whole.

The lack of religious knowledge among the British population is also highlighted in a report by Church Times that states that only 6% of the population can name all four Gospels. This highlights the need for better religious education in schools. In 1981, three-quarters of the surveyed UK adults said that they believed in God, compared with just under half (49 per cent) in 2022. Just five countries had a lower percentage of belief in God: China (17 per cent), Sweden (35 per cent), Japan (39 per cent), South Korea (41 per cent), and Norway (46 per cent).

The latest British Social Attitudes Survey 2021 showed that the share of the population belonging to no religion had continued to grow, then standing at 53%, with 12% Anglicans, 7% Catholics, 18% other Christians, and 9% all other religions. It also showed that the share of non-religious people will continue to rise over the coming decades, with some 68% of 18-24 year olds saying they belong to no religion, versus just 18% saying they are Christians – including 0.7% saying they are Anglicans. The Church of England has experienced the largest decline in affiliation, halving from 40% to 20%. BSAS report suggests generational replacement is the main reason for this change as younger generations are less religious than older ones. The British Social Attitudes survey is considered as a credible source for measuring religious belief in British society.

The Bloom Review highlights that the lack of religious knowledge is not confined to Christianity alone but extends to other religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. This presents a clear need for a better understanding of religion and its role in society. Religious education can be a great tool to promote mutual respect and understanding among different faiths and cultures. By learning about different religions and their beliefs, people can develop a better of the world around them. This can ultimately lead to a more tolerant and accepting society, where people from different backgrounds come together to build a better future.

The Bloom Review calls for increased involvement of religious groups in the public sphere, and Archbishop Lloyd’s work in his local community has been particularly focused on this area in recent years. Formerly Chair of Trustees of Brighton & Hove Faith in Action, and as a trustee of the Racial Harassment Forum Brighton & Hove, he continues to work towards building bridges between different faith communities and promoting social cohesion. His membership of the Brighton & Hove Local Education Authority’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) enables him to speak to the condition, content and standard of religious education in schools locally. ✠Jerome believes passionately that such efforts are an essential witness to the inherent truth of Christianity and to dispelling ignorance of the important contribution religion makes to society and community.

There is no clear consensus on why religion has declined in the UK. However, the Bloom Review report recommends improving religious education, promoting interfaith dialogue, and increasing engagement with religious communities. The Bloom report claims that Christianity is being marginalized and discriminated against in society. This resonates with the British Foreign Office’s 2019 commissioned report on Christian persecution globally revealing that around a quarter of a billion Christians across the world are suffering persecution, with reports indicating the problem is worsening. Anglican Bishop Philip Mounstephen’s recommendations to the Foreign Office included imposing sanctions against religious human rights abusers and having more detailed policy regarding anti-Christian persecution. Colin Bloom’s report on religion and the state in Britain, suggests that the government needs to intervene more to weed out oppression, violence, and radicalization in religious settings.

Aside from the recommendations made to the Government and institutional strategies to counter religious indifference and ignorance, ✠Jerome is convinced that Christians themselves need to become bolder in witnessing to the Gospel in our communities. He firmly believes that British Christians themselves need to comprehend and appreciate that they are no longer an influential majority in Britain and avail themselves more of the protections and advantages that recent equalities legislation now provides. It can no longer be assumed that even major festivals in our Christian cultural tradition like Christmas and Easter are understood by the majority of British people anymore. From day to day interactions in a variety of settings, the Archbishop is constantly made aware of the ignorance of people about the most fundamental of Christian beliefs or naive assumptions made about our religion.

However, ✠Jerome also believes all these reports demonstrate there is an opportunity as well as a need identified here for a revival of orthodox Christianity in British society. By no longer labouring under the assumption that a latent or residual cultural influence exists in contemporary British society, Christians should evangelise by focusing on the core teachings of the Christian faith. This would involve a renewed emphasis on the Bible and the gospel message, rather than cultural traditions or an attempt to adapt Christian beliefs to fit with contemporary secular values. By doing so, orthodox Christians could offer a clear distinct message that differs from the surrounding culture and provides a compelling alternative to the relativistic and individualistic values of modern society. In this sense, the challenges posed by secularism and the decline of Christianity in Britain offer an opportunity for revitalization of the faith, one that can bring new life to Christian communities and help to share the transformative power of the gospel with others.

“Cum resurrectionis”: a pastoral epistle for Easter 2023


As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, let us reflect on the profound meaning of this event. The resurrection of Christ is not only a historical fact but also a promise of our own resurrection.

As Catholics, we believe in the resurrection of the body. This means that at the end of time, our bodies will be reunited with our souls, and we will experience eternal life in both body and soul. This is a fundamental part of our faith, we confess it in the Creed and is a source of great hope and joy.

The resurrection of Christ is the first and greatest example of this truth. When Jesus rose from the dead, He did so in a glorified body. His body was transformed and perfected, no longer subject to the limitations of time, space, or decay. This is the same kind of body that we will have in the resurrection.

The resurrection of Christ is not just an example for us to follow; it is also the source of our own resurrection. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus overcame sin and death and opened the way for us to share in His victory.

As St. Paul writes, “For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with His in a resurrection like His” (Romans 6:5).

St. Thomas Aquinas, in his Summa Theologica, explains that the resurrection of the body is necessary for the fullness of human happiness. He writes, “For since the soul is a part of human nature, man cannot be completely happy unless he is restored in both soul and body” (ST III, Q54, A1).

St. Augustine also wrote about the resurrection of the body, “For just as Christ died and rose again in the body, so also will those who are in Christ rise again in the body” (Enchiridion, ch. 84).

In a time when some are doubting the relevance of the physical body to their sense of self, let us remember that our faith is incarnational. Christ reconciles spirit (God) and flesh (Creation) in His incarnation and through the Cross offered the totality of Himself to God for our redemption.

Through Christ’s resurrection, He enables us to experience something of that reconciliation in this life, having won for us God’s grace. We have the assurance that in Christ, we will experience a fullness of joy and peace that only comes from being united with Him in body and soul.

As we celebrate Easter, let us renew our faith in the resurrection of the body. Let us rejoice in the victory of Christ over sin and death, and let us strive to live our lives in a way that reflects this victory.

May God bless you all, and may the joy of the resurrection fill your hearts and homes this Easter season.

With my prayers for you all this feast day,


In Dominica Resurrectionis MMXXIII A.D.


Deus, qui hodiérna die per Unigénitum tuum æternitátis nobis áditum, devícta morte, reserásti: vota nostra, quæ præveniéndo aspíras, étiam adjuvándo proséquere. Per eúndem Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum. Amen

O God, who, on this day, through Thine only-begotten Son, hast conquered death, and thrown open to us the gate of everlasting life, give effect by thine aid to our desires, which Thou dost anticipate and inspire. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen

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Faith Covenant Forum

Today His Grace attended the online Faith Covenant Forum of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith & Society, chaired by the Rt Hon Sir Stephen Timms MP and hosted by the Faith Action Network.

The Faith Covenant Forum brings all of the Covenant holders together (both local authority representatives and faith leaders) to share best practice during COVID-19 and beyond. It is also a space for prospective Covenant areas to hear about what the Covenant looks like in action.

Since 2012, there has been a realisation that faith groups can be seen as a problem to local councils due to suspicion, bias, and political issues. As a result, communities missed out on the valuable contribution faith groups can make. During the pandemic councils had to depend on all faith settings in a way never seen before because faith groups were able to provide the support needed.

The Faith Covenant is a joint commitment between faith communities and local authorities to a set of principles that guide engagement, aiming to remove some of the mistrust that exists and to promote open, practical working on all levels. The Archbishop was one of the main signatories of the Faith Covenant with Brighton & Hove City Council as Chair of the Faith Council in November 2018.

The Forum discussed the success of various “warm spaces” initiatives around the country where Faith venues have partnered with local authorities to provide places for those affected by the rising cost of energy bills, to congregate, socialise and keep warm. Ideas and suggestions as well as testimonies of how the initiatives have worked and brought communities together were shared.

With the blessing of attendees, a group photograph of the Forum was taken at the end of the meeting. The Forum meets quarterly online, though plans are being made for an in-person meeting sometime in the future. The virtue of being online however, means that Forum members can participate despite the wide distances between locations!

During his recent visit to the Philippines, His Grace took the opportunity to discuss the concept and work of the Faith Covenant with civic leaders, city Mayors and state Governors to promote the concept to them. The idea was received positively with at least one commitment from a city Mayor to explore the idea for their city.

The Archbishop firmly believes that the Old Roman apostolate wherever it operates should seek closer working and partnerships with local civic authorities to promote Catholic social action.

“Dum intramus”: a pastoral epistle for Lent 2023


As we enter the liturgical season of Lent, we are reminded of our need to prepare for the coming of Easter and the remembrance of Jesus’s death and resurrection. This is a time of reflection, repentance, and renewal.

During this season, I invite you to join me in spending time in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Prayer helps us to draw closer to God and ask for his guidance. Fasting encourages us to purify our hearts and minds of selfishness and greed. Almsgiving helps us to put our faith into action by showing love and compassion towards those who are in need.

We are called to take this season of self-reflection and prayer as an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God. During this time, we can find solace in prayer and fasting, as well as in acts of charity and kindness. I pray that this Lenten season brings you closer to God and that you experience his peace, love, and joy during this special time.

Let us use this season to turn away from our distractions and focus on the things that matter most: our relationship with God. Let us seek out moments of peace and stillness, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us on our Lenten journey. Recalling the parable of the sower and the seed, may we sow the seeds of faith, hope, and love in our hearts this season.

Let us also remember that we are not alone on this journey, but part of a larger community of believers. Let us take comfort in the support and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us come together often for Mass, in prayer, to pray the rosary, in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, praying the Stations of the Cross in love and support as we strive to grow closer to God, and may we all find new strength for the journey ahead.

Lent is a time of repentance, a time to turn away from the things which lead us away from God and towards a right relationship with Him. Use the sacrament of penance as often as you need to, to find healing and restoration to grace. Lent is a time to seek reconciliation with God, and with one another. Let us practice mercy and forgiveness toward others as much as we seek it for ourselves. May we all find in this season of Lent a time of spiritual renewal and transformation.

We are called to prayer and fasting, to give up things which we find difficult and to take on the challenge of living a life of holiness. We are reminded of Jesus’ example of obedience and service. Let us follow in His footsteps and make this season a time of spiritual growth and renewal. Let us spend this season of Lent reflecting on our own lives and discerning what we are called to do in order to draw closer to God.

As we take on the disciplines of Lent, may we also take on the spirit of Jesus, of humility, of repentance, of love and of service. May these practices lead us to a deeper relationship with God and a greater understanding of His love. Remembering His mercy and compassion let us open our hearts to Him and allow Him to be fully a part of our lives.

May we also make time to be with those around us, to love and support one another during this season. Encouraging one another to true devotion and Christian living. Let us enable conversion around us of both hearts and minds by our example. Let us use this Lenten season as an opportunity to grow in our faith so that we can fully embrace the joy of Easter when it arrives!

May we all be renewed and strengthened by God’s grace as we journey through Lent to discern and carry out His will. May our Lenten journey bring us closer to the resurrection joy of Easter morning.

With my prayers for you all for a holy and restoring Lent,


Feria IV Cinerum MMXXIII A.D.


Deus, qui Ecclésiam tuam ánnua quadragesimáli observatióne puríficas: præsta famíliæ tuæ; ut, quod a te obtinére abstinéndo nítitur, hoc bonis opéribus exsequátur. Per eúndem Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum. Amen

O God, You Who purify Your Church by the yearly Lenten observance, grant to Your household that what they strive to obtain from You by abstinence, they may achieve by good works. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

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Ministry: Raising money for charity through entertainment

The Rottingdean Panto is a yearly event organized in the small seaside village of Rottingdean, east of Brighton, UK. For the twelfth year running ✠Jerome was director of music, rehearsing the cast and accompanying the performances on keyboard with a small band of live musicians!

Pantomime has been a popular form of entertainment in Britain since the 18th century. It was originally performed in the music halls of London and was often used as a form of political satire. By the 19th century, pantomimes had become an important part of Christmas festivities and were performed all over the country. Since then, they have evolved to include more modern elements such as special effects and celebrity guests.

Pantomime is an important part of British culture and continues to be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s a great way to bring people together and enjoy some light-hearted entertainment during the festive season.

The panto this year was a retelling of the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, with a local twist. The story featured Jack, a young farmer from “Vegtaville”, who manages to climb up the beanstalk and into the magical “Cloudland”. There he meets the giant, who he must outwit in order to save his family from poverty and win the hand of the Princess Jill. With the help of some magical beans, Jack manages to defeat the giant, rescue Daisy the cow thus reclaiming his family’s fortune and marry the princess! The panto was performed by local actors and actresses, with live music provided by local musicians.

The Rottingdean Panto is an important event for the village as it brings together locals from all walks of life and provides entertainment for everyone. It is also an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate their community spirit in a unique way. The audience was invited to sing along to beloved songs and join in the fun. The production included traditional elements such as audience participation, slapstick comedy and song and dance numbers. During the performances, there were also chances to win prizes donated by the cast from a charity raffle, this year benefiting children suffering with cancer, “Children with Cancer UK” and “Chomp” supporting families in challenging circumstances.

Social Action

This is an example of “social action” that ✠Jerome has been advocating for the Old Roman apostolate. Using gifts, skills, talents and abilities in ways that benefit the community and bear positive witness to our Faith. Throughout the three months of the pantomime production from rehearsals through to performance, ✠Jerome always presented in clerical dress, mainly cassock, and was open about his ministry and vocation with cast and audience alike. This provoked conversations from genuine enquirers’ and even pastoral counsel. There is a great need for clergy to be visible in their communities, for there are many souls searching for answers in our chaotic and troublesome world. ✠Jerome’s twelve year involvement in the Rottingdean Panto has served locally to build favourable recognition and acceptance – the same could be repeated elsewhere Old Roman’s serve.

Lumen Gentium VIII: What’s in a name?

A repeat series of conferences by His Grace for Advent through to Candlemas exploring the Sunday liturgies, the themes, Scripture lessons, Propers and customs of the Traditional Latin Rite. Titled “Lumen gentium” (light to the nations) the series will continue after Advent into the New Year through Christmas and Epiphany to Candlemas.

What is it Holy Mother Church wants us to experience, to believe, to live from the worship she has developed and offered over two thousand years to adore and glorify God? What is she asking us to believe about God, about ourselves in relationship with Him and what does this mean for our lives and how and why we should worship Him and manifest this belief in our lives?

Taking the Proper (Latin: proprium) of the Mass i.e. those variable parts of the liturgy reflecting the liturgical season, or of a particular saint or significant event; the Archbishop will explain the Scriptural derivation, context and thus relevance to the theme of the liturgy. From the Introit through to the Communion Antiphon, the Archbishop will explain the origins of the verses and the “anamnesis” i.e. what we are supposed to remember or recall of God’s saving deeds.

His Grace will also take us through the lections i.e. the readings of the Mass, using exegesis to explain the context and thus the relevance of the reading to the theme of the liturgy. Part bible-study and part spiritual reflection, the Archbishop will draw out the themes Holy Church wishes us to understand from the Scriptures.

Finally, His Grace will explain how all this information may be relevant to our lives as Christians; what it means for worship, what it means for our understanding and knowledge, what it means for our lives and the application of these lessons to our living out of the Faith. If there’s time… His Grace will take questions live from viewers in the comments!


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