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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Greyfriars Official Re-opening and Blessing of the Restoration Works

Sister Sue CSF writes:
Greyfriars Chapel in Canterbury, built on the site of the first Franciscan dwelling in England in C13, and incorporating some ancient friary buildings,  was re-opened after extensive restoration work, and blessed by Bishop Trevor, Bishop in Canterbury, on Thursday 26th April.
Brother Austin, Master of Eastbridge Hospital and Guardian of Greyfriars welcomed us and  Jonathan Carey, of Donald Install Associates, the Architect to Eastbridge Hospital, gave a most interesting insight into the history of the building which is now Greyfriars Chapel, and its recent restoration,  Peter Williams of Viridor,one of the donors also spoke at the ceremony, which was followed by refreshments in the Eastbridge Hospital.
Those attending included Reginald, Benedict and Sue, local clergy, tertiaries, companions and friends, and Roman Catholic friars and others from the Franciscan Study Centre.
Brother Austin thanked all those who had contributed financially to the Restoration Fund: – Franciscans from around the world, including SSF, OFM, and TSSF, Viridor, Colyer Ferguson Trust, Friends of Kent Churches, The Don Beerling Trust, The Tory Family Trust and many individuals.

Pilgrimage for the Millenium of the Martyrdom of St. Alphege

Sr Sue leading the way.

Sr Gina on pilgrimage

On 19th April Sue, Gina and Joyce, the CSF sisters at the Oratory of St. Alphege in Southwark were glad to take part in a pilgrimage to mark the millenium of St. Alphege’s martyrdom in 1012.  In the morning Sue presided and preached at a eucharist in the former St. Alphege Church Hall,  next door to the Franciscan house in Southwark.  Then Sue and Gina made the pilgrimage on foot from Southwark to Greenwich, beginning with a service in Southwark Cathedral.  Joyce, recovering from a leg injury, travelled to Greenwich by bus, and participated in the eucharist at St. Alfege’s Church Greenwich, at which the Archbishop of Canterbury presided and preached.

Province of the Divine Compassion

Christopher John was elected Minister Provincial and will take office on the 1st June.