Bishop Nicholas Hudson ordained for Westminster

Former Wimbledon College student, Nicholas Hudson, has been ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Bishop Hudson will have responsibility for the pastoral care of Central and East London and will also have oversight of the Agency for Evangelisation.

A native of Wimbledon, Bishop Hudson was baptised in the former Jesuit parish and was ordained to the priesthood in Sacred Heart Church which was served by the Jesuits until earlier this year. Immediately prior to the news of his episcopal appointment, he was briefly parish priest there as well.

At the episcopal ordination at Westminster Cathedral, the Main Celebrant and Principal Ordaining Officer was Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster. His Eminence, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor also attended and Cardinal Nichols was assisted by the Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark; the Most Reverend Michael Bowen, Emeritus Archbishop of Southwark; and the Most Reverend Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Monsignor Vincent Brady represented the Apostolic Nuncio. Two abbots, 25 bishops from across England and Wales and more than 180 priests also concelebrated. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Baron Williams of Oystermouth was among the ecumenical guests.

In his homily, Cardinal Vincent referred to “the anointing from which Jesus takes his title as ‘the Christ’, ‘the Anointed One’, a reality of grace in which we are invited to share.”Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor at Bishop Nicholas Hudson's episcopal ordination

He spoke about the anointing with chrism at baptism, confirmation and the ordination of priests before continuing: “Today, Monsignor Nicholas Hudson will be anointed with chrism on the crown of his head, a sign through which the grace and character of episcopal ordination is conferred upon him by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Cardinal Vincent concluded his homily with these words of welcome addressed to the new bishop: “You are here for the sake of his kingdom and in receiving you as his gift we know that we need you, your goodness, your experience, your clarity of mind but most of all your love of the Lord.”

Bishop Nicholas was led by the Cardinal through the cathedral at the end of Mass - as is customary – so that he could confer a blessing on all who had come to join him in the celebration.

For more, including the full text of Cardinal Vincent’s homily and a biography of Bishop Nicholas, see the Diocese of Westminster website

Main photo: Cardinal Nichols presents Bishop Hudson with his bishop's crozier

Right: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Emeritus Archbishop of Westminster, lays his hands on Bishop Hudson's head as part of his episcopal ordination