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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Novice Conference at Malling Abbey

Br David writes:

Six novices from the First Order, a novice and postulant from the Second Order and many other novices and postulants from  Anglican 
Religious Communities throughout the UK met from the 12th of May to the 16th of May at Malling Abbey in West Malling for the Anglican 
inter-noviciate study course. The theme for the study was Prayer.

During the days we took part in the sisters’ liturgical life joining them in their  beautiful Chapel several times each day. We also had some very 
good discussions (informal and formal), and some input from Sr Mary John OSB, Canon Christopher Irvine and Fr George Guiver CR on the subject of 
Prayer focusing especially on the Psalms. We spent one of the days at Canterbury where we went to the magnificent Cathedral and were 
joined by Canon Clare Edwards who welcomed us and showed us around.We also made a visit to Br Austin SSF at Eastbridge Hospital and joined 
him for Evening Prayer. Overall it was a great couple of days with interesting discussions and input and good fellowship.

 

The Novices of various Anglican Religious Communities with members of the Malling Community and Fr George Guiver CR

The Novices of various Anglican Religious Communities with members of the Malling Community and Fr George Guiver CR

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The Metheringham Labyrinth

The Sisters at San Damiano, in partnership with the Diocese of Lincoln, have put a labyrinth in their garden. A labyrinth provides a path for a meditative walk. It can symbolise the ‘inner journey’ to the Centre, to God, and to stillness, and the ‘outward journey’, taking that centeredness with us into our daily activities. Unlike a maze, there are no dead ends and no possibility of getting lost, so long as one keeps one’s eyes on the path and doesn’t try to anticipate the turns in it.

The labyrinth at San Damiano will be dedicated by Bishop Christopher on Wednesday 28th May when there will a Eucharist in the chapel at 6.30pm, then the dedication of the labyrinth, followed by a ‘bring and share’ supper, with an opportunity also, to walk the labyrinth. If you live near enough to join us, you will be very welcome to attend – please let us know you intend to come, as our chapel isn’t terribly big.

After 28th May, the labyrinth will be available for walking every week, Wednesdays to Sundays, depending a bit on other events that may be happening in the house. It is situated in the grass by the turning circle in front of the house.

 

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

Funeral Details for Br Martin SSF

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Br Benedict SSF for Br Martin at St Peter’s London Docks (Garnet Street, Wapping, London E1W 0HB) on Friday 30th May at 1.00pm.

 

Br Martin assisting at St Peter's day (with Fr Robin Jones and Fr John Caster)

Br Martin assisting at St Peter’s day (with Fr Robin Jones and Fr John Caster)

New CSF House blessed in Il-Seon Ri (South Korea)

On May 16th 2014 the Bishop of Busan (the Rt Rev’d Onesimus Dongsin Park) blessed the new CSF house in Il-Seon Ri. Srs Frances and Jemma were joined by Gina and Sue from the UK, SSF Brothers from the Province of the Divine Compassion and over one hundred guests.

 

Bishop Onesimus at the door of the house.

Bishop Onesimus at the door of the house.

The Bishop enters

The Bishop enters

The Consecration of the new Chapel

The Consecration of the new Chapel

SSF Brothers from the Province of the Divine Compassion with CSF Sisters and other Religious.

SSF Brothers from the Province of the Divine Compassion with CSF Sisters and other Religious.

Srs Frances and Jemma in their new Chapel

Srs Frances and Jemma in their new Chapel

Frances, Jemma, Gina and Sue with Bishop Onesimus

Frances, Jemma, Gina and Sue with Bishop Onesimus

The Foundation Stone

The Foundation Stone

A view of the house

A view of the house

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Br Martin SSF RIP

Br Martin (John Morrell Coombe) died yesterday evening after his condition deteriorated rapidly over the weekend. His death was extremely peaceful. Born in 1925 in Croydon (South London) Br Martin attended St Peter’s Croydon before moving to St Michael and All Angels, a centre of Anglo-Catholicism. He was Noviced in the Society of St Francis in 1949 and Professed in 1951. Ordained to the Priesthood in 1958 he served as Curate-in-Charge for the Hilfield and Hermitage Parishes (near Hilfield Friary) and then became a School Chaplain for five years serving first as the Assistant Chaplain at Ellesmere College (1966-1969) and then Chaplain of Ramby House School (1969-1971). In 1971 he moved to Cambridge to become the Vicar of St Benet’s (the Franciscan Church in Cambridge) where he served until 1985. In ‘retirement’ Br Martin lived in London, initially in Stepney but then in Plaistow where he lived in St Mary’s Vicarage with Srs Chris and Elizabeth CSF ‘the happiest house in the Province’ according to Br Martin. He continued to exercise his Priesthood until shortly before his death serving mainly in St Peter’s London Docks (where he celebrated his 60th anniversary of Profession) and St Andrew’s Holborn. In both places his ministry was highly valued and he was much loved. Funeral details are not yet finalised.

 

Br Martin with a catechist from St Peter's London Docks

Br Martin with a member of St Peter’s London Docks at Ascot Priory

 

Br Martin preaching in St Peter's London Docks.

Br Martin preaching in St Peter’s London Docks.

 

Alnmouth Friary – Open Garden

On Sunday 25th May there will be an ‘open garden’ event in Alnmouth Friary from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. There will also be tours of the Friary.

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National Celebration marking 20 years of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood in the Church of England

On Saturday May 3rd Sister Sue CSF, who was ordained priest on 16th April 1994 in Oxford Diocese, was among those who gathered on the grass in Dean’s Yard, Westminster where a very large gathering of women clergy, friends and supporters shared picnics in a party atmosphere, enhanced by a sunny day. We were welcomed by the Venerable Dr Jane Hedges, Sub-Dean, Canon Steward and Archdeacon of Westminster, and other senior women clergy who shared memories of the General Synod vote in 1992 and other aspects their vocational experience, which struck a chord with their hearers, especially those many women whose call to the priesthood stretched back over many years. The gathering then walked in the sunshine the nearly 2 miles to St Paul’s Cathedral, led by a marching band. The column of walkers stretched out of sight in both directions along the Victoria Embankment and must have stopped the traffic for a considerable time. As we walked we received many expressions of support from passers by. With hundreds of other women ordained to the priesthood in 1994 Sue was photographed on the steps of St Paul’s with the Archbishop of Canterbury, processed into the Cathedral to very moving continuous applause from the congregation, and was seated under the dome for the celebration Eucharist.

The Crowd being addressed from the steps of Church House, Westminster

The Crowd being addressed from the steps of Church House, Westminster

The walkers leaving deans yard

The walkers leaving deans yard

The walkers leaving deans yard

The walkers leaving deans yard

The Canon Treasurer at St. Paul’s, Canon Philippa Boardman presided and the Archbishop preached a moving, inspiring and challenging sermon. (http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5309/archbishop-justins-sermon-at-service-to-mark-20-years-of-women-priests). Archbishop Justin also very graciously took the Deacon’s role at the service. A very senior priest, the Very Rev’d June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, and a recently ordained priest Rev’d Kate Boardman, Assistant Curate at St Mary’s Heworth both gave testimonies about their vocational journeys, and the Bishops, now retired, who ordained women in 1994 had a special place in the procession, with Bishop Barry Rogerson, former Bishop of Bristol who presided at the first service for the ordination of women in 1994, reading the Old Testament lesson. Archdeacon Jane Hedges, and Canon Jenny Thomas from Southwark Diocese led the intercessions. Many Diocesan Bishops and other senior clergy attended the service, with a number of diocesan groups having walked with their banners from Westminster to St. Paul’s. St Paul’s was filled to capacity, and the service was also relayed to an overflow congregation of around 200 gathered in Paternoster Square,

On Victoria embankment

On Victoria embankment

On Victoria Embankment

On Victoria Embankment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Srs Elizabeth and Hilary CSF, who were unable to be at the celebration, were also ordained priest in 1994, and now CSF has another 3 ordained sisters, Liz, Beverley,and Helen Julian, currently a deacon, who is to be ordained priest in June.

Worshippers and well-wishers celebrating outside St Pauls

Some of the women ordained to the priesthood in 1994 on the steps of St Paul's

Some of the women ordained to the priesthood in 1994 on the steps of St Paul’s

With the Archbishop of Canterbury