Activities

The Guild undertakes a number of activites throughout the year.  These include our annual events, stewarding and local branch events. 

The Guild also undertakes bi-annual pilgrimages.

Annual Events

The Catholic Police Guild year revolves around several annual events:

  • Mass to mark the foundation of the Guild on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1914 (usually held on the Thursday before, as this Feast is now celebrated in England & Wales on a Sunday in June)
  • Mass to mark the Feast of St Michael the Archangel (29th September), the Patron Saint of the Guild
  • Requiem Mass for deceased Police Officers and Staff, held at Westminster Cathedral; this is usually held in November
  • Annual Retreat

Stewarding

A strong charism of the Catholic Police Guild is stewarding.

Catholic Police Guild members have a strong association with Westminster Cathedral. Members often help with stewarding duties throughout the year.

Every October Guild members carry the statue of Our Lady in procession from Westminster Cathedral to Brompton Oratory on behalf of the Rosary Crusade of Reparation.

Both in 1982 with the visit of his Holiness Pope John Paul II and more recently in 2010 with the visit of his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI the Catholic Police Guild assisted with the stewarding of these events.

In 1982 the lead was taken by the late Michael Jeffers. At the time he was a Chief Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police as well as the Chairman of the Guild. In recognition of his efforts the late Cardinal Basil Hume made him a Knight of St Gregory.

In 2010 the Catholic Police Guild was asked to take the lead in organising the Stewarding for the Papal Mass held at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 18 September. The lead was taken by the current Guild President Patrick Sommervile.

Pilgrimages

The Guild undertakes bi-annual pilgrimages to various important holy places, including Rome, the Holy Land, Fátima, Portugal, Santiago de Compostella in Spain and Poland.

In 1985 the Guild went on Pilgrimage to Rome to celebrate its seventieth year of foundation. During this Pilgrimage the Guild was addressed by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

You can find the full text of the Holy Father’s address to the Guild here: