Report on the Pope's Hyde Park prayer vigil
The Pope at Hyde Park

Report on the Pope's Hyde Park prayer vigil


Roedean’s Head Chef, Jon Hawley, takes a day off from the kitchens to describes his day ushering for the Pope.

As a member of the Catenian society (a Catholic family charity group) we had been asked to help marshal the Pope’s Hyde Park prayer vigil.

79,000 worshippers were expected to attend the event. With so many people arriving at the same time, the ushers had to gently keep them moving through the main gates.

It was spectacular to see so many brightly dressed people from around the world. Brightly dressed nuns from Zimbabwe came in dancing and singing. The Mother Teresa nuns in their blue and white uniforms came through smiling and serenely happy. Everyone was looking after each other and there was great family spirit.

We finally got into the arena at 6pm to await the arrival of the Pope himself. As he drove down The Mall to Hyde Park, we all watched his journey on the big screens. He entered the arena to a roar of cheering and a wall of singing, the noise must have been heard all over London.

Chris (Lord) Patten, who oversaw the Pope's visit to the UK, is the keynote speaker at Speech Day this year (20 November 2010). For tickets, email

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