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Canterbury

Canterbury Brothers acknowledge the contribution made to the UK by migrants.

Br Micael Christoffer writes:

On the 20th of February (the UN World day of Social Justice) people from all over the UK celebrated the continuing contribution of migrants to this country. The Brothers in Canterbury joined others in marking this by attending a march and holding it in prayer at the Eucharist (the march passed by the Chapel in which some of the Brothers were Celebrating the Eucharist). On the same day the Westminster Parliament held a debate about the proposed visit of Donald Trump to the United Kingdom. This, coupled with the ongoing Brexit debate was also noted by those participating on the march. Speaker after speaker proposed that we focus on hope and not fear. The march was attended by several hundred people representing the Church, Universities and others.

 

Greyfriars Official Re-opening and Blessing of the Restoration Works

Sister Sue CSF writes:
Greyfriars Chapel in Canterbury, built on the site of the first Franciscan dwelling in England in C13, and incorporating some ancient friary buildings,  was re-opened after extensive restoration work, and blessed by Bishop Trevor, Bishop in Canterbury, on Thursday 26th April.
Brother Austin, Master of Eastbridge Hospital and Guardian of Greyfriars welcomed us and  Jonathan Carey, of Donald Install Associates, the Architect to Eastbridge Hospital, gave a most interesting insight into the history of the building which is now Greyfriars Chapel, and its recent restoration,  Peter Williams of Viridor,one of the donors also spoke at the ceremony, which was followed by refreshments in the Eastbridge Hospital.
Those attending included Reginald, Benedict and Sue, local clergy, tertiaries, companions and friends, and Roman Catholic friars and others from the Franciscan Study Centre.
Brother Austin thanked all those who had contributed financially to the Restoration Fund: – Franciscans from around the world, including SSF, OFM, and TSSF, Viridor, Colyer Ferguson Trust, Friends of Kent Churches, The Don Beerling Trust, The Tory Family Trust and many individuals.