The Archdiocese of Southwark

The Archdiocese of Southwark is the local Church for the South East corner of England, covering the London boroughs south of the River Thames, the County of Kent, and the Medway Unitary Authority. We fulfil the instruction of Jesus to spread His Gospel, especially by promoting public worship, spiritual renewal, parochial community life, and Catholic Education.

Organised in to 180 parish communities, the Archdiocese of Southwark serves on average over 92,000 parishioners a weekend, and many more who, although attending less frequently, still reach out for support and pastoral care.

Legacies help the Archbishop in his work of pastoral care of people in his diocese through grants to poorer parishes, support to the agencies of the diocese especially for particular projects, the training of future priests, the care of ‘retired’ priests, to name but a few. Southwark diocese covers a diverse geographic area; its work spans inner city areas, the suburbs, poorer housing estates, bustling country towns, rural villages, and all stops in-between! Schools, Colleges, Universities, hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and prisons: all with people in need of Catholic outreach.

“I thank you for your interest in helping me to help the people in my diocese” – Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark.

Registered Charity Number: 235468
Registered address: 59 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JE

Suggested wording for your solicitor:

“I give (£XX amount/% share) to the person who shall at my death be the Roman Catholic Bishop exercising jurisdiction over Roman Catholics resident in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark, or if there shall then be no such person then to the person who shall at my death be exercising ecclesiastical jurisdiction over such Roman Catholics as Diocesan Administrator in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Roman Catholic Church to be applied by him for or towards such lawful charitable purposes as he shall in his absolute discretion think proper (in connection with the Parish of (name and address of parish). I declare that the receipt of the Financial Secretary of the Diocese of Southwark at the time of my death shall be a full discharge to the executors of my will in respect of same.”

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