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Most Rev. Peter Smith

A profile of the Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith.

Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark

Archbishop Peter Smith was born in Battersea on 21 October 1943. He completed his secondary education at Clapham College and gained his degree (LLB) from Exeter University in 1966. He studied for the priesthood at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, and was ordained Priest on 5th July 1972.

His first appointment was as an assistant priest at St Francis, Stockwell (1972 – 1974). In 1977 he gained his Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD) from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome and became Professor of Canon Law at St John’s Seminary (1977 – 1984). He was parish priest of St Andrew’s, Thornton Heath, (1984 – 1985) and Rector at St John’s Seminary from 1985 – 1995.

He was appointed as Bishop of East Anglia in 1995 and Archbishop of Cardiff in 2001.

Archbishop Smith has served as Chair of the Catholic Truth Society (1993 – 2007) and Chair of the Central Religious Advisory Committee (CRAC) of the BBC and ITC (2001 – 2004).

He was appointed Sub-Prelate and Chaplain of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 2002.

He has been awarded Honorary Fellowships at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (1997), the University of Wales, Lampeter (2004) and Cardiff University (2006).

On 30 April 2010, the Holy Father announced that he would succeed Archbishop Kevin McDonald as the tenth Archbishop of Southwark. He was Installed at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, on 10 June 2010.

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