Earlier today Archbishop George informed the clergy and religious of the Diocese of the sad news that Archbishop Peter Smith has been admitted to hospital with cancer. He wrote:
“Coming so soon after his retirement as Archbishop of Southwark, this is a blow”
Archbishop Peter served as the 6th Archbishop of Cardiff for almost 9 years having been named by Pope St. John Paul II on 26th October 2001 before being called to serve as Archbishop of Southwark on 30th April 2010.
Since the announcement the Archdiocese of Southwark has confirmed that the medical team have told Archbishop Peter that there are no treatment options available and the process of palliative care now begins. His successor in Southwark, Most. Rev. John Wilson has administered the Sacrament of the Sick and reports that Archbishop Peter is “completely at peace” with the news.
Archbishop George has called on the entire Diocese of Cardiff to continually pray for Archbishop Peter with a spirit of’ trust in the Lord’s goodness. He has also sent a message of support to Archbishop Peter offering the prayers of the Diocese and an expression of gratitude for his ministry among us. Let us pray daily for our former Archbishop and seek the Lord’s mercy and healing.
In addition to praying to the Lord, let us also seek the intercession of St. peregrine, the patron saint of cancer sufferers:
Oh great St. Peregrine, wonder worker, you were cured instantaneously of cancer by God’s grace and unceasing prayer. In your gracious kindness please ask the Lord to heal Archbishop Peter Smith in body, mind and soul. May we then also follow you in doing his work with renewed vigor and strength. Amen.