Padre’s Hour

Padre’s Hour

RME Director, Father Sam Randall, presents topics across the Catholic faith, interviewing experts in the topics Monday at 11am, Tuesday at 9pm, Friday at 2am and Saturday at 5pm.  If you have suggestions of people Father Sam should interview or you would like to share what your Catholic Organization is doing, please do email us at  We’d love to share your story.


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Episode – 36: Father Sam shares how we are one body and must offer our talents so that Jesus’s mission can be spread to all that need to be fed. Joanna Bogle, Radio Maria England presenter and volunteer, speaks to Father Dominic Robinson and some of the volunteers that support the lunch kitchen at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, in London. Father Dominic Robinson (Parish Priest at Farm Street) also shares how the parish is supporting not only its parishioners but the wider community during the pandemic. (See also the blog post

Episode – 38: In this week’s episode, Padre’s Hour’s producer, Helena Judd, speaks to the Reverend Michael Womack and Father Mike Brookes, chaplains at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. They talk about the traditional roles that chaplains have in hospitals, as well as the challenges that the hospital is currently facing with the pandemic. They share stories of support that chaplains and volunteers have given in the hospitals, and reminds us of the life and blessings still found in the hospital. Father Mike Brooke is also an assistant priest at Saint Edmund’s Catholic Parish in Bury St Edmunds ( For more details about the West Suffolk Hospital Chaplaincy, please visit

Episode – 40: Father Sam talks to the Reverend Phil Jump, Chair of the Industrial Christian Fellowship. (For more information see the blog post.)

Episode – 41: Father Sam talks to the Reverend Ian Randall, a historian of European evangelicalism and protestant nonconformity, who co-wrote the book Love @ Work: 100 Years of the Industrial Christian Fellowship. He is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide at Westminster College in Cambridge, England and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Ian Randall also serves as a Senior Research Fellow at Spurgeon’s College in London and the International Baptist Theological Study Centre in Amsterdam. Father Sam speaks to him about the ICF and about present-day evangelism.

Episode – 42:  In this episode, Father Sam would like to introduce you to Bishop John Sherrington from the Diocese of Westminster. Bishop Sherrington has responsibility for the pastoral care of the parishes and deaneries of North London and is also the Moderator of the Curia. Within the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Bishop John was a member of the Department for Catholic Education and Formation (2013–14) and has been a member of the Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship with responsibility for life issues since 2014. He was Co-chair of the British Catholic-Methodist Committee and is now Co-Chair of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission. He is a member of the governing body of the Anscombe Centre, Oxford, and a Trustee of the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth. During their conversation, the Bishop shares the amazing work that the parishes in North London have provided communities during the pandemic, they also speak about the current issues that Catholics should write to their MPs about (Home abortions, right to life, assisted suicide and more). He also speaks about the importance of the COVID vaccine.

Episode – 43: March 8th is International Women’s Day and this week, Father Sam Randall has the privilege of speaking to an amazing woman who we at Radio Maria England are celebrating, Sister Margaret Walsh, the founder and patron of St Chad’s Sanctuary, a charity committed to helping asylum seekers and refugees. The charity has continued to operate throughout the past year, providing food, clothing and hygiene products for those who have nothing. St Chad’s Sanctuary is a charitable incorporated organization (CIO) that works with the Infant Jesus Sisters, the Salvation Army, the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Father Hudson’s Care. It provides practical support to large numbers – sometimes as many as 200 in one day – of asylum seekers and refugees. This includes providing clothes, food, welfare information and English classes. She also established the Hope Community Project in Wolverhampton and Brushstrokes in Smethwick.  To find our more information about St. Chad’s Sanctuary and how you can help, please visit their website at

Episode – 44:  Fr. Sam speaks to Craig Bartholomew from the The Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge.    The Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge (KLC) is an academic research centre based in Cambridge, U.K.  Their mission is to foster and nurture public theology, rooted in spirituality, practiced in community, for the glory of God and in the service of the church and the world.  Rev. Dr Craig Bartholomew is the Director of KLICE. Formerly, he was Senior Research Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire and recently the H Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Canada. He is also adjunct faculty at Trinity College, Bristol, and an Anglican priest. His academic background is in Old Testament studies and hermeneutics. He has edited and written many books, most recently (2017) Beyond the Modern Age: An Archaeology of Contemporary Culture (co-authored with the Dutch economist Bob Goudzwaard) and Contours of the Kuyperian tradition: A Systematic Introduction.  To learn more about KLC, please visit:

Episode – 45:  Father Sam Randall will be interviewing Julie Thompson, CEO of Inn Churches in Bradford. Inn Churches provides practical support to those who need it most across Bradford. They work with over 100 other community groups and organisations, and have more than 850 volunteers from 70 churches and the wider community in Bradford. Their work comprises of an original Winter Shelter and Welfare Support, and Food Hub and Cooking Hub. Julie and Fr. Sam discuss the history of Inn Churches. She shares the challenges of the “Mobile Home Shelter” that was the beginnings of Inn Churches. They both celebrate the ecumenical spirit that has helped Inn Churches to become such a success for supporting the homeless. Julie shares how the volunteers were also blessed by serving others, but by also learning about the other churches and making friends with people from all aspects of life.  To learn more about Inn Churches and how you can help, check out:

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