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Archbishop of Westminster visit Convent of Jesus and Mary.

Date: 04.03.19


Archbishop of Westminster discusses faith and the future with students

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, visited the Convent of Jesus and Mary (CJM) in Brent last Wednesday, to address sixth form students on the importance of a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and strengthening their relationship with God as they make their way out into the world.

The Cardinal, who is keen to reach out to young people as they approach this difficult but important milestone in young adulthood life when they prepare to leave school, focused his conference on ‘Exploring the Mass’.

The interactive talk touched on how and why it is important to continue developing a good understanding of their faith and the value this offers young practising Catholics as they embark on their future after school. The Cardinal spent time going through the various sections of the Mass and discussing and reminding them of the significance of each part. The pupils were also given the opportunity to ask the Cardinal questions which included querying what work was going on to attract new young people to the Catholic Church as well as encouraging and supporting current members. They also asked his advice on how best to respond to difficult questions they have had from people of other faiths or no faith regarding the Mass.

Over 200 students gathered for his address which included Convent sixth formers as well as students from St Gregory's Catholic Science College, St Anne’s High School and The Douay Martyrs School.

Headmistress Louise McGowan said:

“We were very blessed to have the Cardinal visit and it was such a unique opportunity for our students and invited pupils to benefit from his guidance. These students walked away spiritually enriched by what they heard and equipped with practical advice that they can now apply in daily life to help them deepen their understating of the Mass, and its place in our Catholic worship.”

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  • The conference was hosted by CJM and has been organised in conjunction with Teachers Enterprise in Religious Education spearheaded by Sister Marcellina Cooney.
  • Vincent Nichols is the 11th Archbishop of Westminster, full bio here:
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About Convent of Jesus and Mary (CJM)

Located in the bustling and diverse borough of Brent the convent, an outstanding catholic school, is an all-girl secondary school and mixed sixth form college which has offered holistic education for over 100 years.

CJM is the only all-girl catholic school in the borough. Brent is the most diverse borough in the country and in February 2018, Brent won the award for London Borough of Culture 2020.

The college aims to give each girl an education which will help to develop her own personal gifts, both spiritual and social, and achieve the highest academic standards of which she is capable.

For further information visit: and follow us on twitter @Cjmlc