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CTW Diary 2022

WDCOS Peace Vigil Every First Saturday 10:45 for 11 Cathedral

Next CTW Steering Group 1st December 2022 12:30-2:30pm 

Alverthorpe Vicarage

CTW AGM 5th October 7:30pm St Paul’s Alverthorpe All Welcome

Tuesday 5th July Wakefield Cathedral

This year the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast was chaired by Andrew Selous MP and took place in Westminster Hall. The main speaker was Revd Les Isaac OBE, founder of Street Pastors and President of Ascension Trust, who addressed the theme of ‘Serving the Common Good’. The event was live streamed and watched by the breakfasters gathered in Wakefield Cathedral. 

The words of  Les Isaac at the breakfast inspired Sajid Javid to resign as Health Secretary after wrestling with the decision for days. He revealed to the press that he started thinking seriously about resigning after it emerged that Boris Johnson had known about the allegations against deputy chief whip, Chris Pincher.  

Andy Flannagan of Christians in Politics said afterwards that there was a problem with the current “culture” in government and that the Church had a role to play in inspiring good leadership. 

“We have to challenge the violation of ethics that we have seen in the political leadership of this land – and also those who went along with it for many years,” he said.

Westminster Hall- Parliamentary Breakfast-streamed to Wakefield Cathedral

Annual Ascension Morning Service

SANDAL CASTLE, Manygates Lane, Wakefield
Thursday 26th May 2022 at 7:30 am

The service was led by our chair, Glenn Coggins (pictured below), of the North Wakefield Benefice and included prayers, a reflection and two hymns led by an instant choir from those attending. As is customary, the gathering turned and said a blessing over the city below them to the north. It was a fine morning with a chilly wind, as is often the case in this elevated location! Remnants of the medieval castle including the Keep can be seen behind, the setting for the Battle of Wakefield (1460) in the Wars of the Roses.


Mgr Billy Steele RIP

Priest, Theologian, Teacher, Ecumenist and friend to many

Many people in this area- or perhaps country-  will have known Father “Billy” Steele who has died in St James Hospital in Leeds in his ninety-second year. He was previously living  in retirement with the Little Sisters at  Mount St Josephs which adjoins Hinsley Hall. He will be remembered especially for his work for the Unity of Christians but also for his involvement in a number of  programmes, not least the Direction of the first large groups of deacons ordained for service in Leeds diocese in the 1990’s.  At that time, he would also travel weekly from Leeds to Pontefract to meet and work with a group of Anglican priests who had asked, for reasons of conscience, to be received into the Roman Catholic Church.

He was involved, too in pastoral work, his last appointment as parish priest being at St Peter and St Paul’s  in Wakefield.  Fr Billy was a remarkable teacher. 

This was soon recognised by Ushaw College, the northern seminary. He was appointed there in 1964 as a Lecturer in Theology, 

In 1968 he joined the leadership team at Wood Hall, the new Diocesan Pastoral and Ecumenical Centre at Linton, which had been established the previous year.

 In 1969 He returned to his University at Cambridge before rejoining the teaching staff at Ushaw in 1972.

In 1980 he returned to Rome and joined the staff of the English College as Spiritual Director.  Finally, in 1988  Fr Billy was appointed Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, in those heady days an appointment which, many hoped, would soon lead to organic unity amongst our Christian Churches.  This has not come about as yet, but  there is no doubt that the work of Mgr Steele and others has led to vastly improved relations and growing friendships between our churches and groups- “no longer strangers but pilgrims” typified by the Swanwick Declaration of 1987 when major churches declared a readiness to “commit to God and each other and become in God’s time the one church of Christ.” That is a part of his legacy, a much loved and widely regarded priest who worked in the vineyard for so many years to bring about the Unity for which Christ prayed.

The Funeral Mass for Mgr Steele will take place at Leeds Cathedral on Friday 9th September at 11.30am followed by interment at Killingbeck Cemetery, LS14 6AB, at 3pm. 

News from CTW

SUBS Thanks for all groups in CTW who have already paid their annual sub of £20. Our financial year ended on 31 March. If your church or group has not paid yet for that period please do so now….thanks. For queries and payment details you can contact our Treasurer Brian Morris on or 01924 369437
Of those who should pay, 13 subs have been paid so far and about 15 remain. We will send reminders soon if needed. You can pay your 22-23 sub at any time-

CAPSULE: Earlier in June, a time capsule was buried at Sandal Castle by the Friends of the Castle led by Dr Keith Souter. It included a message from the Chair of CTW, Glenn Coggins and an article on local coal mining from our Secretary.  The Capsule will be opened in 50 years time.