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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Internovitiate Conference

On Monday 7th January Novices from as far North as Whitby, as far West as Ty Mawr and as far South as Canterbury converged upon the Convent of the Sisters of the Love of God in Oxford. For three glorious days we sat at the feet (metaphorically!) of Dr Peta Dunstan of Cambridge University – the acknowledged expert in the history of Anglican Religious Life – as she imparted some of her knowledge and enthusiasm to us. What became very clear during our first visit to Littlemore (where John Henry Newman, later Cardinal Newman, established a small Religious Community) was that there was a distinctively Anglican way of being a Religious, a way which unites the best parts of the Anglican Tradition of scholarship, prayer and liturgy with the more ancient inheritance of our Monastic Tradition(s). This was a very clear demonstration of what might be called ‘Anglican Patrimony.’ As part of the conference we also visited Parish Churches (St Barnabas Jericho and St Mary the Virgin); former Religious Houses (St Stephen’s House and Nashdom); places of learning and scholarship (Littlemore and Pusey House) and current Religious Houses (All Saints, Fairacres and the Sisters of the Precious Blood) and were encouraged to see them all as part of the inheritance of the Oxford Movement and the teaching of Dr Pusey. It was not, of course, ‘all work’ and we enjoyed meeting our fellow Novices and spending time with them, reflecting together on our experience thus far of Religious Life. This was all held in the embrace of the prayer life of the Sisters of the Love of God and the All Saints Sisters who welcomed us warmly and who allowed us to join with them in the offering of the daily office and Eucharist.

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News from the CSF sisters in Korea

Sister Frances, CSF Deputy Minister in Korea writes:

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On Sunday 9th December we attended a Silver Jubilee celebratory service in Seoul. Among the three people celebrating their silver jubilee was Fr. Choe Un-Shik, who has visited us each year and been unfailing in his support and encouragement and prayers. We were delighted to share in the joy of celebrating Fr. Choe’s 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.

On 13th December, we held a thanks-giving celebration for the New Learning Place neighbourhood youth centre. This is an occasion held each year to give thanks for the way the children have been able to be loved by many people and helped to learn various things, and so could be grateful for the benefit to the society in the neighbourhood.

neighbour centreWe celebrated Christmas with the church members of Gumi church, and shared the good news of Christmas with the young people of the Sunday school on Christmas night. In particular, several members of the New Learning Youth Centre attended the Sunday School, of whom 8 were baptised. Also, a mother of the children (bereaved 2 years ago, having 4 children) came to faith and wholeheartedly joined in the worship. The sisters often give spiritual guidance to the mothers as they offer care to them.christmas

Celebrating 40 years as a professed sister in CSF

Bishop Michael, Sr Joyce and Sr Sue during the renewal of Joyce's vows

Bishop Michael, Sr Joyce and Sr Sue during the renewal of Joyce’s vows

On 4th January the CSF Southwark house chapel saw another celebration.  The recently re-dedicated Shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham, now the house chapel, hosted a service to mark Sister Joyce’s 40th Anniversary of Profession.    Michael Bishop of Woolwich presided at the eucharist which was attended by 14 people – 5 CSF sisters and other friends.   Sister Sue, the Minister Provincial received Joyce’s renewed commitment to her vows and gave a homily, while Sister Gina led the intercessions.  A  celebration meal in the house followed the service.

Sister Joyce had made her Profession at Compton Durville, Somerset in January 1973, and her Life Profession was in San Francisco in December 1975.  Over the years Joyce has served the Community in very many capacities, and most recently as Minister General, a post she held for 10 years until February 2012.

Brother Ronald SSF – RIP

Brother Ronald SSF (Wilfred Ronald Austin) passed away early on Sunday morning the 13th January. He died peacefully at about 3 a.m. in the nursing home in Scotland where he has lived the last few years. He was 100 years old and in the 71st year of his profession as a friar.

The funeral for Brother Ronald will be held at S. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ardrossan on Tuesday, January 22nd at 1.30 pm. After the Eucharist and Service in Church, there will be a committal at the Crematorium Dreghorn at 3pm. Refreshments will be served at Adelaid College after the Church service.

Br Benedict (Minister Provincial) will conduct the service and Br David Jardine will be the preacher.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

A new Novice for SSF

Luke Daines was admitted as a novice during Evening Prayer at Alnmouth Friary on the Feast of the Epiphany, taking the name of Brother Michael Jacob. Mike was out in public in a habit the very next morning as he set out on a train journey.

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Michael Jacob on his travels after his novicing

Michael Jacob on his travels after his novicing

 

Franciscans International

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dear Franciscans,

May the Lord give you peace!

I am writing to provide you with an update on the recent decisions taken by the Franciscans International Board of Directors in collaboration with the Conference of the Franciscan Family (CFF).

On October 2, 2012, the CFF met in Assisi with the Franciscans International Board of Directors (IBD) to discuss the current challenges facing FI.  During this meeting, the CFF and the IBD unanimously agreed to re-think the FI organization so that it would be better positioned to move forward into the future in a financially sustainable manner.  They also agreed to “re-dimension” the organization to enable it to operate more effectively in providing a bridge between Franciscans working at the grass roots and the United Nations (UN).  The implementation of this direction will be overseen by a Re-dimensioning Committee comprised of representatives from both the CFF and the IBD.

In support of this re-dimensioning, the FI service delivery structure will undergo some significant changes.  2013 will be a year of transition for Franciscans International.  The staff of FI will be reduced in size so that, by January 31, 2013, only a core team will remain as employees of Franciscans International: one Advocacy Officer in New York, two Advocacy Officers in Geneva, and one Advocacy Officer in Bangkok.  This team will be led by a Transition Manager, Markus Heinze, OFM, who assumed his responsibilities on December 10, 2012.  Additional resources will join the team as funding becomes available.  Sr. Denise Boyle, fmdm, the present Executive Director of FI, has resigned, effective January 31, 2013.  We are indeed grateful to all managers and staff for their outstanding support of the Franciscan Family’s ministry at the United Nations and are especially grateful to Sr. Denise for her leadership of the organization and exceptional commitment to the mission and vision of FI.

The Franciscan Family, together with other donor agencies, makes it possible for FI to be able to continue its ministry at the UN and to expand its services to the poor, to the environment and to peace-building in a world torn apart by injustice and war.  On behalf of the members of the Board of Directors, please accept my heartfelt thanks for the support that you have provided over the years.  It is our hope that we will be able to count on your continued support of this important ministry of the Franciscan Family in the future.

Sincerely,

Doug Clorey, OFS

President, Franciscans International Board of Directors

New Chapel Rededicated at Southwark

The sisters at Southwark House have been given the use of the recently refurbished and re-dedicated Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham situated in the courtyard of the house. This chapel was damaged by a leaking roof over recent years but was repaired by the PCC of the parish of St George the Martyr with St Alphege and St Jude in which it is situated. It was re-dedicated by the Bishop of Woolwich on December 15, 2012.

The New Chapel at the CSF Southwark House

The New Chapel at the CSF Southwark House

Sisters with the Bishop of Woolwich and Acting Archdeacon of Southwark after Re-dedication

Sisters with the Bishop of Woolwich and Acting Archdeacon of Southwark after Re-dedication