About Us

St Bede's Catholic Parish
58 Thornton Rd.
Clapham Park
London SW12 OLF
Tel: 020 8674 3704

Parish Priest: Father Christopher (Parish Priest)
Assistant Priests: Father Lukasz & Father Pawel
Resident Locally: Mgr Leo
Convent: Handmaids of Mary (Nursing Sisters), Rev Mother Isabel Sainza, Tel: 020 8673 1247
Sister
Community of Minoresses of St Francis.  Tel: 8671 8027


Fr Christopher Basden, born in Egypt, was educated at the Salesian College in Beirut and Georgetown University, Washington D.C. He prepared for the priesthood at St John's Seminary, Wonersh and was ordained to the priesthood at Sacred Heart, Wimbledon on December 15 1979 by the Most Reverend William Barden, O.P., Archbishop of Isfahan of The Latins. Fr Basden served in Ashford, Welling, and Maidstone, all in Kent, and was in the USA from 1993 to 1994. He was appointed to St Bede's in September 1994, succeeding Fr William Dinan.

Fr Lukasz Haduch, born in Poland and was ordained in 2009 in the Diocese of Przemysl.   He is currently studying for his PhD in Canon Law.

Fr Pawel Sobol, born in 1986 in Poland and has 1 brother and 3 sisters.  He was ordained in 2011 in the Diocese of Przemysl (same as Fr Lukasz and pronounced Pshemish!).  Since then he has been an assistant priest in Besko and Kanczuga.  He worked as a school teacher and was in charge of the biblical and charismatic pastoral groups and also administered the parish website!

Monsignor Leo Joseph White, Prefect Apostolic
Born in Malta on St Joseph's day, Monsignor Leo was educated at St Joseph's Beulah Hill and in the Capuchin houses of formation. He served as a missionary in Columbia in the 1960's and in Kenya in the 1970's to the 1990's. He built up the prefecture of Garissa on the Sudanese border, and was a member of the Kenyan Bishops' Conference. After spending some years in Brooklyn, and at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, he was at St Bede's parish from 1997 until 2001, when he retired. Since that time he has maintained close links with St Bede's and is the unofficial Chaplain to our UCM group, saying Mass for them on Thursday evenings.

Fr Andrew Southwell, born in Edinburgh Scotland, was educated at Downside Abbey, Louvain, in Belgium, and the Angelicum in Rome. He was professed a Benedictine monk at Farnborough Abbey, and was ordained a priest there in 1990. He was one of the founders of the traditional priory at Alton, and came to St Bede's in March 1997. Succeeding Fr Hugh Simon-Thwaites, S.J, he is the chaplain to the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. He is also the chaplain to the Saint Catherine's Trust, which run monthly family days at St Edmund's Ware, a family retreat every Passion Week, and an annual Summer School.
Fr Andrew is on sabbatical in Rome studying from October 2012.

Visiting priests
St Bede's parish has developed a strong tradition of welcoming priests and has a link with the missionary centre for formation in Warsaw, which has sent thirteen priests since 1995 to St Bede's to learn English and to prepare for the missions. Other links have been with the University of The Holy Cross in Rome, the FSSP, and the Institute of Christ the King.


Handmaids of Mary The Sisters of the Handmaids of Mary are registered or licensed nurses who care for the physical as well as the spiritual and emotional needs of their patients, especially those who are dying. Home nursing is the main apostolate of the congregation. The sisters also reach out to patients in hospitals, clinics and convalescent homes for the elderly. Their convent is at 2 Atkins Road, SW12 OAB, Phone 020 8673 1247, Email:info@handmaidsofmary.org

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