Cardinal Burke to visit Ramsgate – Mass at St Augustine’s – 9th March, 6.30pm

His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Burke will visit St Augustine’s on 9th March. He will celebrate Mass at 6.30pm.


Cardinal Burke resides in Rome and will be travelling to the Shrine of St Augustine which commemorates that other great Roman: St Augustine of Canterbury, Apostle of the English. The visit of the cardinal demonstrates the continuous link of the Catholic Church with the pope in Rome; St Augustine is known to have had strong relations with the pope who sent him to these shores, Pope Gregory the Great.

The Cardinal will celebrate a Votive Mass of St Augustine at the High Altar of the Shrine and preach. Mass will be sung by The Victoria Consort and will begin at 6.30pm.

Cardinal Burke

Many people are expected to come to see Cardinal Burke.
For navigation, the postcode of St Augustine’s is CT11 9PA

Free parking is available on Royal Esplanade.
Ramsgate railway station is approximately 1 mile from St Augustine’s. When you exit the station turn right on to Wilfred Road, go straight across at the traffic lights, and walk the full length of Grange Road. St Augustine’s is on the clifftop as you walk towards the sea.
Buses run to Grange Road roundabout from the station (The Loop), and buses 33, 34, 42, 87, and 88 run right past St Augustine’s.

Cardinal Burke is the Patron of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Malta. He is Archbishop Emeritus of St Louis, Missouri (2004-8) and from 2008 until 2014 was Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals on 20th November 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Burke has been a prominent figure in many of the issues facing society and the Church, and he features in many headlines.

The word ‘cardinal’ comes from the Latin ‘cardinalis’ which means ‘pertaining to a hinge, principal, chief’ as it is a title given to people who are closest to the pope and upon whom much weight of the Church rests.

Ash Wednesday at St Augustine’s

Mass with Imposition of Ashes will be celebrated at the Shrine of St Augustine on Ash Wednesday, 18th February 2015, at the following times:

12 noon
6.30pm (Extraordinary Form)

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, which is a period of fasting before the feast of Easter. The ashes put on your forehead symbolise the penitential nature of the season; they remind us of our mortality and call us to repentance for the sins we commit. This is in preparation for the joy of Easter, which this year falls on 5th April.