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Monthly Archives: October 2013

CSF Korea – New Convent – frame raising ceremony

A traditional Korean Framework Raising Ceremony for the CSF Convent at Il-Seon-Ri, near Gumi City, in Gyeong-Buk Province in South Korea took place on 25th October.

Written Prayer with Psalm 116 verses 9 and 17, and the names of the Construction Commitee and the Major Carpenter

Written Prayer with Psalm 116 verses 9 and 17, and the names of the Construction Commitee and the Major Carpenter

The man inscribing the beam is a neighbour who lives to the rear of the new convent

The man inscribing the beam is a neighbour who lives to the rear of the new convent

“We put up the ridge beam at 11am on 25 October 2013 since the Incarnation of God in Christ”

“We put up the ridge beam at 11am on 25 October 2013 since the Incarnation of God in Christ”

Bishop Onesimus Bishop of Busan blesses the beam

Bishop Onesimus Bishop of Busan blesses the beam

Sister Jemma reads the paper aloud

Sister Jemma reads the paper aloud

Sisters Frances and Jemma fold the paper and put it in the red cloth envelope

Sisters Frances and Jemma fold the paper and put it in the red cloth envelope

Can you see the red envelope?

Can you see the red envelope?

The raising of the ridge beam to complete the framework of a roof.

The raising of the ridge beam to complete the framework of a roof.

The last beam

The last beam

Celebrations with the villagers

Celebrations with the villagers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilfield Programme of days and courses for 2014

The hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, has prompted us to focus our attention this year on the causes of war and on our Franciscan vocation to become ‘instruments of peace’.  A number of the courses or retreats that we are offering address these issues directly. Paul Rose, Director of CHIPS (Christian International Peace Service), will be leading a weekend in February on working for peace in and through small local projects.  In May, Andy Lester, the Conservation Director of A Rocha, will be exploring with us how the environmental crises around the world are also a significant cause of conflict and war.  In the autumn we’ll be looking at the pressures which lead people to seek sanctuary and a better future in other parts of the world, and we’ll be considering how we respond to that.  Sir Mike Aaronson, Director of the Centre of International Intervention at Surrey University, will be leading a weekend  ‘Do we need War Anymore?  Dr Chris Hewer will repeating his inspiring course, ‘Understanding Islam’, and the Hilfield Community will be running a weekend looking at issues around food, its production, control and consumption, which often lead to conflict in our world today.  As usual we will be exploring the year’s theme, not just through talks and discussion, but also through music, poetry, craft and dance and there are days or weekends devoted to these. The details of the programme and how to book a place will be on the Hilfield website shortly; www.hilfieldfriary.org.uk

Novice Pilgrimage to Assisi

Seven Novices from the Society of St Francis led by Br Desmond Alban SSF, Sr Beverley CSF and Sr Damien OSC left for Assisi on Thursday 10th October. During the Pilgrimage they visited many important Franciscan sites both in Assisi and elsewhere. Of particular note was an opportunity to spend some time with OFM Novices in La Verna (the place where St Francis received the Stigmata). In addition to a great deal of travelling there were also many opportunities to pray and to ‘be’ with Ss. Francis and Clare. Hospitality was generously provided by Br Bruce Paul SSF (of the Province of the Divine Compassion and acting Anglican Chaplain in Assisi) who also helped with the logistics of the Pilgrimage.

 

Outside San Rufino

Outside San Rufino

The Pilgrims in St Leonard's Church after the Morning Eucharist (with Br Bruce Paul SSF)

The Pilgrims in St Leonard’s Church after the Morning Eucharist (with Br Bruce Paul SSF)

Statue of St Francis outside San Damiano

Statue of St Francis outside San Damiano

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SSF and OFM Novices at La Verna.

A New Guardian in Alnmouth.

Br John was installed by Br Benedict as Guardian of the Friary at Alnmouth during Evening Prayer on the Feast of St Francis following his election to the office by the Provincial Chapter. Br Jason Robert – whose term as Guardian came to an end recently – will be moving to the Monastery of St Mary at the Cross (Glasshampton) later in October.

Br Benedict and Br John following the service.

Br Benedict and Br John following the service.