01 February 2024, The Tablet

Beneath the mitre – a power made perfect in weakness

by John Sherrington

‘We are like pilots of fog-bound steamers, peering into the gloom in front, ­listening for other ships.’

Beneath the mitre – a power made perfect in weakness

Bishop John Sherrington: ‘Doubt is part of faith’
photo: Diocese of Westminster


In the fourth of a series exploring episcopal life, auxiliary bishop John Sherrington finds the challenges of his calling an opportunity for growth.

When I went up to Queens’ College, Cambridge, to read mathematics in 1977, I had no inkling of a vocation. But I went to Fisher House for Mass every Sunday – Fr Maurice Couve de Murville was the chaplain – and my curiosity about the faith grew. I remember going to Mowbrays to find books to help deepen my understanding of theology – I bought one on Creation and evolution, and one on faith and revelation. I also started to read the homilies of Archbishop Óscar Romero. They brought my faith to life.

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