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Monthly Archives: May 2020

New Novices for SSF

Two new men were admitted to the Novitiate at Evening Prayer in Alnmouth Friary. Jake Brennen and Danny Garrett were admitted by Br Philip Bartholomew (the Assistant Minister). Jake will be known in the Community as Br Patrick and Danny as Br Simeon. We assure them of our prayers as they continue to discern their Vocations in Alnmouth. Deo Gratias!

Br Vincent RIP

Br Vincent, who had became unwell a few weeks ago, died early this morning (around 1.30am). Vincent was born in 1933 and was made a Postulant in the Society of St Francis by Fr Algy in 1954. Following Profession in 1957 he served in different houses in the Province but was latterly based in Hilfield Friary where his beautiful ‘secret garden’ (which contained a unique rhododendron collection) became justly famous.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Hilfield Friary at a later date but, because of current restrictions, it can not be open to the public. It is, however, anticipated that the service will be recorded and/or live-streamed. May he Rest in Peace!

Br Vincent SSF

Please pray for Br Vincent

Brother Vincent was taken into Dorchester Hospital this week. He suffered a seizure and a heart attack. He remains unconscious. The doctors have taken Vincent off everything except liquid. We suspect that the end is very near now. The hospital staff says he is very comfortable, but apparently it is known for people to remain in this condition or state for a considerable time. He has received the Last Rites. Pray for dear Vincent – and for the staff in Dorchester Hospital who are caring for him, and all at Hilfield Friary.