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Greenbelt 2017

Sisters and Brothers from the First and Third Orders were present at the Greenbelt Festival held in the Boughton Estate. The Daily Office and Eucharist were offered in the Franciscan tent and the ‘Mobile Monastery’ was also there. The Festival (which was entitled ‘The Common Good’) provided numerous opportunities for people to listen to music, poetry and talks as well as to socialise and pray. In addition to the Franciscans (Bev, Chris James, Maureen, Hugh and Finnian) three other Anglican Religious Sisters were also present Sr Hilda Mary CSC, Sr Catherine CHN and Sr Helen OHP.

 

The Franciscan Tent.

The Franciscan contingent (and friends)

The Rev’d Debbie Plummer TSSF presiding at the Eucharist.

Service of Thanksgiving for CSF’s Ministry in Birmingham

On Saturday 23rd September there will be a Service of Thanksgiving for CSF’s life and Ministry in Birmingham beginning at 2.30pm in Christ Church Memorial Hall, Summerfield Crescent (adjacent to the Church in Gillott Road, B16 0EZ). It will be followed by light refreshments in St Francis’ House (on the corner of Gillott Road and Westgate B16 0ET). Join us to give thanks and celebrate the Sisters’ life and Ministry in Birmingham, over more than 4 decades, in 3 successive locations:

  • Trafalgar Road, Balsall Heath, working with Wellclose House.
  • St Elizabeth’s House, Hampton Road, Birchfield
  • St Francis’ House, Gillott Road, Edgbaston

This marks the end of our corporate ministry in Birmingham, as Sisters Hilary and Jannafer move from St Francis’ House.

If possible please let us know you’re coming by emailing  birminghamcsf@franciscans.org.uk or telephoning 0121 454 8302.

Sr Sue in Korea (2)

At the CSF Korean Regional Chapter meeting in Cheonan on May 1st, Brother Raphael represented the SSF Korean brothers. The brothers had just returned from Brisbane where their Provincial Chapter had been meeting. (The brothers in Korea are part of the Province of the Divine Compassion.)  During that Chapter in Easter Week Raphael had been elected to Life Profession  and his Life Profession service had taken place. The sisters were delighted to hear his news and seized the opportunity to celebrate with him in a festive coffee break during their meeting.

Sr Sue in Korea (1)

Won Seong Dong Church in Cheunan, Daejeon Diocese in South Korea on 30th April during Sue’s visit to the Sisters.  Here Sue is  preaching with Jemma interpreting.  The altar frontal and lectern fall are Jemma’s work – her sewing business making vestments, church linen and clergy clothing bring her into fruitful relationships with many churches of various denominations.  This Anglican church is where Juliana works 2 days a week, staying overnight, and normally making the 2 hour journey by train back to Gumi, on Sunday evenings.

Vocations Event in Southwark (17th September 2016)

Southwark CSF Vocations Event

The Community of St Francis are holding a  day at their house in central London (St Alphege Clergy House, Pocock Street, SE1 0BJ) on Saturday the 17th September for anyone interested in finding out more about the possibility of becoming a Franciscan Sister. Booking (by the 10th of September) is essential. The latest programme details and other info are available here.

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100th Anniversary of Won Buddhism 1st May at Seoul Stadium

Sr Sue in Korea (Part 2)

Further news from Korea:

Sunday May 8th was Parents’ Day in Korea, and according to custom parents and elders are presented with red carnations as a token of respect and gratitude. Sue was given carnations over breakfast at Il-Seon-Ri!Sue with her carnations from the Sisters on Parents' Day

Later in the morning Srs Sue, Frances and Jemma took part in the service at Grace Church West Daegu, at the invitation of Bishop Onesimus.  Frances played the organ and led the singing, which was special as the church doesn’t normally have anyone to lead the music,  and Sue preached with Jemma interpreting. As well as celebrating Parents’ Day the church received 2 new members, one man formerly a Presbyterian, the other a Roman Catholic.

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Sr Sue in Korea

Sister Sue is in South Korea with Srs Frances and Jemma until May 11th.  On May 1st the sisters were glad to accept an invitation to attend the 100th Anniversary celebrations of Won Buddhism (Won means Circle), at Seoul Stadium.

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On May 2nd the CSF Korean Regional Chapter was held at Holy Cross convent with Sr Catherine SHC interpreting, and Brother Laurence representing SSF.

CSF Korean Regional Chapter with Brother Lawrence SSF

On Wednesday evening Sr Sue and Sr Jemma joined the Dean, Sr Frances and the other Seminarians for Franciscan Evening Prayer in the Anglican Seminary Chapel, and Sister Sue was gave a homily. It was the students’ first experience of a Franciscan Office, and they were very appreciative.  Afterwards the Sisters shared with the students over a sandwich supper,

Franciscan Evening Prayer at the Seminary With the Dean Fr Jeremiah, and the 1st year seminarians in their chapel at the Anglican University

On Ascension Day, which this year was also Childrens’ Day, a national holiday in Korea,  the sisters worshipped at Cheonan Church in Daejeon Diocese at a Eucharist led by Bishop Moses, Bishop of Daejeon, and Sr Sue was asked to speak briefly to the congregation.

General Chapter

From Monday 7th September until Friday 11th September the majority of Sisters and Brothers from the First Order of the Society of St Francis met in the King’s Park Conference Centre (Northampton) for the General Chapter. The theme for this General Chapter was engaging with people of non-Christian Faiths and we had the great privilege of meeting people from the Buddhist, Jewish and Muslim Faiths. On Tuesday morning Fr Damian Howard SJ delivered a most interesting lecture on Islam suggesting that we should not be afraid to engage our Muslim friends and neighbours in conversation about our Faiths. In the afternoon we heard a thought provoking lecture on Buddhism given by Ajahn Amaro who is the Abbot of the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. On Wednesday morning Dr Jane Williams gave two sessions on two meditations on passages of Scripture which suggest a possible framework for co-operation with people of other faiths and then on Wednesday afternoon two expeditions were organised, one to Amaravati Buddhist Monastery and the other to the Benedictine Monastery in Turvey. On Thursday morning we were introduced by Professor David Ford to the practice of ‘Scriptural Reasoning‘ (a way of discussing comparable passages of Scripture with people of other Faiths) and were then able to observe a Scriptural Reasoning session being conducted by Christians, Jews and Muslims. On Thursday evening we were fortunate to be joined by our Bishop Protector (Bishop Stephen Cottrell of the Diocese of Chelmsford) who celebrated Mass with us an delivered an entertaining and challenging sermon.

Sr Sue CSF, Sr Damien OSC, Brs Christian and Hugh SSF with Julie Siddiqui

Sr Sue CSF, Sr Damien OSC, Brs Christian and Hugh SSF with Julie Siddiqui

Sr Chris, Brs Jason and Malcolm sharing a cup of tea with Imam Ibrahim Mogra

Sr Chris, Brs Jason and Malcolm sharing a cup of tea with Imam Ibrahim Mogra

Franciscans at Greenbelt.

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Franciscans have attended Greenbelt since the 1980’s, often with members of other Anglican Religious Communities. Together they make Community on the campsite and invite Greenbelters to pray with them. This year Br Samuel will be animating the main Sunday Communion Service (more details here)

Sister Joyce on Radio 4

Joyce was asked to contribute to the  Radio 4 Programme  “ What is Love?”, which was broadcast on July 30th as part of the History of Ideas series.  The programme looks at eros in particular, and the idea that erotic love has far wider reach than just sexual desire, but can inspire passion and creativity, and a spiritual desire for God.  Joyce speaks about the vow of celibacy, love for God, and prayer  (you can listen online here)

Joyce with Sr Maria Asuncion inside the Cathedral of St James, Santiago de Compostela

Joyce with Sr Maria Asuncion inside the Cathedral of St James, Santiago de Compostela

 

‘Being present with the delightful and the difficult!’

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Anglican Novice Guardian Conference 30th June-3rd July
Title: ‘Being present with the the delightful and the difficult

This was held at St Mary’s abbey, West Malling. Br Amos and I together with 7 others took part.
Chris Cullen who is a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist gave the input and shared with us mindfulness techniques, which were very helpful. It was a valuable and thought provoking day and we all wanted to learn more and build on what he had taught us.
The remainder of the time was spent planning the study programme for the novices 2016-2017 and other business. This annual conference gives us time to be together and opportunity to share and  learn from each other, as well as pray with the Community where we stay.
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The blessing of the ‘mobile monastery’

IMG_0158The ‘mobile monastery’ was blessed by  the bishop of Leicester, the Right Revd Tim Stevens on Monday 22ndJune in Bushy Park, opposite St Matthew’s house in Leicester. Sisters joined Beverley and Chris James, from Birmingham, London and Metheringham, friends from Leicester and further afield also attended.

The rain began to pour ten minutes before the service so about 15 of us squashed into the ‘van’ while others gathered around the entrance. After the service the sun came out and we stood outside the van and had tea and chocolate cake! Children from the local primary school and their mothers came into the park and some of the children came up to the ‘van’ thinking we were selling ice cream! The balloons were given to the Mothers later for the children to take home.

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The idea  for the project is for Anglican Religious to be more mobile and visible, to attend Summer festivals, visit schools, encourage people in their faith journey, to visit theological colleges, clergy conferences, and other events within dioceses.

As well as Franciscan sisters and brothers taking part in this project, other members of Religious Communities will be asked to help out too.

Beverley CSF

 

The Order of Service for the Blessing may be downloaded as a Word document here.

A short video of the Blessing may be found here.

Sr Sue visits Korea.

In April Sue spent 2 weeks in Korea visiting Frances and Jemma, the CSF sisters there. They have now lived in their purpose built traditional Korean style convent at Il-Seon-Ri near Gumi for one year, and have planted a small garden around it. Alongside their other ministries they are members of Samsohoe, a movement of sisters and nuns from different faiths in Korea, who meet together regularly to share concerns and pray for peace. During Sue’s visit the group met at Holy Cross Convent in Seoul. The sisters – Anglican, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians, and Buddhists of different traditions talked together about justice and peace issues, and sang a Korean version of St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun. They also spent time in silent prayer for peace. Jemma was across the room, but Frances and Sue are in the picture.

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Samsohoe meeting.

In September Frances and Jemma will be visiting UK to join all the sisters and brothers for the European Province’s General Chapter, where the theme will be “Faith to Faith: Franciscans in a multi-faith society.” As there are no CSF sisters elsewhere in that part of the world the two Korean sisters are part of CSF’s European Province, and obviously both UK and Korea are multi-faith societies, though in very different ways.

Jemma in the garden at Il-Seon-Ri

Jemma in the garden at Il-Seon-Ri

In Seoul Sue also had the opportunity to connect briefly with Brothers Stephen and Raphael who are part of the Korean SSF community at Gangchon Friary. They are members of the Province of the Divine Compassion which encompasses the SSF brothers New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka as well as Korea.

Treasures Old and New

A number of brothers and sisters were in Whitby this week for ‘Treasures Old and New’ – a conference bringing together members of religious communities, both traditional and new.

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With thanks to Tom Colbran for his permission to use this picture

“The Consecrated Life in the Anglican Tradition and the Ecumenical Journey” – Br Clark Berge SSF

Br Clark Berge SSF

Br Clark Berge SSF

Brother Clark Berge, SSF Minister General, recently presented a  paper  “The Consecrated Life in the Anglican Tradition and the Ecumenical Journey” at an Ecumenical Symposium on the Year of the Consecrated Life.  This event held in the Vatican City from 22-25 January was part of a programme of events to mark The Year of the Consecrated Life proclaimed by Pope Francis and  running from Advent 2014 until Candlemas 2016.   Brother Desmond Alban SSF and Sister Joyce CSF also attended with other Anglican Religious.
The text of Clark’s paper is available from the ‘Wider Picture’ page on the website or by clicking here.

Korea

The CSF sisters in South Korea are part of CSF’s European Province, and so are included on this website, whereas the SSF brothers belong to the Province of the Divine Compassion which may be accessed here.

Sr Jemma learning carpentry

Sr Jemma learning carpentry

Gumi Convent.

In the Gyeongsangbukdo Province of South Korea, in the Diocese of Busan, at the outskirts of Gumi, there is a beautiful and peaceful traditional Korean village where in 2014 we built a traditional Korean-style convent. Il-Seon-Ri is a model village, formed according to the principles of Confucian thought, and in this place the Korean Franciscan sisters have put down roots among the villagers, working to enable the budding forth of a new way of living that allows Confucianism and Christianity to co-exist side by side.  To people thirsty for rest and peace, tired out by the complexities of modern life, the sisters offer a warm welcome and friendship, prayer and the opportunity for spiritual guidance.  Through working for the welfare of young people and the production of clerical vestments, the Korean sisters are forming links with the church and the local community; and by actively welcoming those who wish to visit the convent, the ‘open days’ of Tuesday to Saturday provide an opportunity to share in the Daily Office and the day to day life of the convent.  With two guest rooms, the outer traditional form of the building is complemented by an interior with the comforts of modern living, and the guests are welcome to use the convent chapel, living room, garden, and common spaces of the house.

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Outside the Convent in Il-Seon-Ri

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Srs Frances (seated) and Jemma with visiting Sisters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing a meal

Sharing a meal

With Guests

With Guests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taize service in chapel - Frances on keyboard (2)

Taize service in Chapel

 

 

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Frances, Jemma and Stephen SSF at Seoul Franciscan Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At a Samsoehoe interfaith gathering

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Farewell to Bishop Michael Perham, retiring after nine years as our Protector.

Members of all three Orders of The Society of St Francis  from various parts of the country gathered at St Philip and St James Church Plaistow in east London on Monday 8th December for a Eucharist and lunch to celebrate the Feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to mark Bishop Michael’s retirement as Bishop Protector for the European Province of The Society of St. Francis, occasioned by his retirement as Bishop of Gloucester.

Br Benedict, the brothers’ Minister Provincial presided at the Eucharist, and Sr Helen Julian, CSF Minister General and former Minister Provincial, gave the homily. Sr Damien OSC, Abbess at Freeland, read the epistle, and Rev Joanna Coney TSSF, formerly Minister Provincial for the Third Order, who was representing Averil Swanton TSSF, the current Minister Provincial, read the gospel. Sr Sue CSF, the sisters’ Minister Provincial also took part in the service, and expressed the Society’s thanksgiving for Bishop Michael’s ministry with us, presenting him with gifts – a picture of the courtyard at Hilfield and book tokens, as a sign of our appreciation.

 

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Bishop Michael during the presentation, following the Eucharist.

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Bishop Michael and Brother Samuel, Guardian of the Hilfield Community, holding Minna Harvey’s picture of the Courtyard. Sr Sue and Sr Damien can be seen in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in June Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, was chosen by all three Orders as the new Bishop Protector, to take over at Bishop Michael’s retirement.  We are very grateful to Bishop Stephen for agreeing to take on this role, and look forward to his ministry among us.

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Bishop Stephen Cottrell

Sr Sue celebrates with a church she started 35 years ago

Sr Sue was invited to share in the joyful 35th anniversary celebration of Mead Vale Church in Worle, near Weston-Super-Mare, on 16th November.  Sue had started the church with people living on the Mead Vale estate in 1979 in the newly built Mead Vale Community Hall, when serving as a Methodist deaconess in the Worle Ecumenical Parish.  Bishop Peter Maurice Bishop of Taunton preached and gave the church a special gift – the banner proclaiming “God always keeps his promises”, which he had treasured for many years, and wanted to hand on to a living faith community before he retires next spring.   Rev’d Emma Amyes, currently the Team Vicar at Mead Vale,  led the service, and Sue shared  memories of the church’s beginnings.

Sr Sue with Bishop Peter Maurice, the Rev'd Emma Amyes and parishioners.

Sr Sue with Bishop Peter Maurice, the Rev’d Emma Amyes and young parishioners.

Religious Superiors’ Conference 2014

Br Benedict SSF, Sr Sue CSF and Sr Damien OSC attended the conference for Community Leaders earlier this month. The conference was held in Mirfield and hosted by the Community of the Resurrection.

 

The Community Leaders in the Community Church at Mirfield.

The Community Leaders in the Community Church at Mirfield.

Sr Helen Julian CSF licensed to a new Parish.

Helen Julian was licensed to the parishes of Clipstone, Edwinstowe and Perlethorpe, in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, on October 12th, and will continue her curacy there.

Swearing the oaths

Swearing the oaths

Welcomed by the Archdeacon.

Welcomed by the Archdeacon.

Sr Helen Julian is welcomed by representatives of the Parish.

Sr Helen Julian is welcomed by representatives of the Parish.

Sr Helen Julian with Bishop Richard Inwood

Sr Helen Julian with Bishop Richard Inwood

Helen Julian’s Ordination to the Priesthood and First Eucharist.

Sr Helen Julian was ordained to the Priesthood by the Bishop of Dorchester (the Rt Rev’d Colin Fletcher) on the 22nd of June in Dorchester Abbey. She offered the Eucharist for the first time in Ss.Peter and Paul on the 29th of June (the Patronal Festival).

 

Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey

Sr Helen Julian with Franciscan Sisters and Brothers.

Sr Helen Julian with Franciscan Sisters and Brothers.

Presiding

Presiding

Cutting the cake

First Parish Group at the New Convent in Il Seon Ri

On 22nd May, Srs Frances and Jemma welcomed to their new home a group of around 30 people from a church in Daejeon Diocese who had been unable to attend the Blessing the previous week.  It was a joyful celebration of God’s guidance and provision for the Community in Korea, and of their vision for the future.   The group shared refreshments, joined in a beautiful Taize service in the chapel, listened to the story and then all went out to lunch to celebrate!  It was the day before the sisters left for Seoul, so Sue and Gina were able to see the ministry of hospitality unfolding in the sisters’ new home.

 

Rejoicing together

Rejoicing together

Taize service in the Chapel

Taize service in the Chapel

Srs Frances and Jemma serving the group

Srs Frances and Jemma serving the group

Sr Gina with the group

Sr Gina with the group

Gathered in the living room

Gathered in the living room

Frances speaking about the Community

Frances speaking about the Community

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

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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Arkley Formation Conference

The Annual Franciscan Formation Conference took place in Arkley from Wednesday 26th March until Wednesday 2nd April. The theme for this years Conference was the 2nd Vatican Council and, in particular, the effect it had on Religious Life. Br Joseph Emmanuel (who took the picture) and Sr Beverley were asked to speak about the effect of the Council on the Church of England and on Religious Life respectively. The Arkley Conference is not only about hard study; it is also about meeting fellow Franciscan Brothers and Sisters, talking with them and laughing with them. As ever special thanks are due to our Poor Clare Sisters of the Arkley Community (not forgetting Sr Martha of course!) and to ‘the committee’ whose culinary skills make the week even more enjoyable.

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Franciscan Responses to Poverty – 13th – 17th January 2014

On Monday January 13th Sisters and Brother began to arrive in Alnmouth for the ‘Franciscan Responses to Poverty’ Conference (organised as part of the ‘ongoing formation’ initiative). On Tuesday we were joined by Steve Forster and Liz Chadwick of ‘Together Newcastle’ who described some of the ways the current situation affects our near neighbours. As part of the day we were challenged to budget effectively for a family of four on a reduced income; a very difficult if not impossible task. On Wednesday Dr John Hughes (Chaplain of Jesus College Cambridge) gave a wonderful presentation on the response of Church leaders (and in particular Popes Francis and Benedict and Archbishops Justin and Rowan) to the global economic crisis. During the presentation he suggested that there is a great need for those responsible for economic praxis to give due regard to the effect it has on the poorest members of our society. Economics needs to be ‘grounded’ in the reality of life. On Thursday Averil Swanton TSSF joined us to talk about the work of Franciscans International who are already challenging poverty and injustice throughout the world.

One group attempting to budget for a family of four on a reduced income (with Liz)

One group attempting to budget for a family of four on a reduced income (with Liz)

 

 

A group attempting to budget for a family of four on a reduced income (with Steve)

A group attempting to budget for a family of four on a reduced income (with Steve)

 

 

Br John introduces John Hughes

Br John introduces John Hughes

 

 

Br Hugh and Averil Swanton τSSF

Br Hugh and Averil Swanton τSSF

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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.

Arkley Interdenominational Novice Conference

On the 5th of March seven Novices (accompanied by Br Desmond Alban SSF and Sr Beverley CSF) travelled to the Poor Clare Convent in Arkley for ten days of formation. Input was provided by Sr Francisca OSC and Br Desmond Alban SSF and was based around the theme ‘Franciscans making a difference.’ We looked at the impact of Francis and Clare on the life of the Church; on her prayer and on her pastoral practice. In addition we were encouraged to think about the centrality of the Eucharist in the Franciscan Tradition. Teaching sessions were punctuated by meals (provided by the wonderful Arkley ‘committee’) and Offices. Arkley is a highlight of the Novice year and we were not disappointed!

 

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The San Damiano Cross and 'river of light.'

The San Damiano Cross and ‘river of light.’

St Bonaventure display

St Bonaventure display

Sr Beverley presiding at the Eucharist

Sr Beverley presiding at the Eucharist

Br Michael Jacob

Br Michael Jacob

Brs Cristian Michael and Christopher Martin

Brs Cristian Michael and Christopher Martin

Centre Scoops Diamond Jubilee Award

The St Philips centre in Leicester, where one of our sisters Chris James works, has been chosen to receive the Lord Lieutenant’s Diamond Jubilee Award. The honour is in recognition of the Centre’s work to promote good inter-faith relations and bringing to prominence the concept of ‘service’ through its work with faith communities.

 

 

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Sister Beverley CSF

Sister Beverley CSF who regularly keeps the St Philip’s Centre in Leicester spotlessly clean and welcoming was ordained priest on June 30th at Leicester Cathedral. She presided for the first time the following day at St Peter’s Church, the sister parish to St Philips. She is currently a non-stipendiary priest in community.