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First Professed Conference 2011

Sr Jenny Tee writes:
Sisters Liz (recently Life Professed) & Jenny Tee and Brothers Martin John & Peter attended the recent First Professed Conference at The Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage. It was a great encouragement to meet together as a group of 14 brothers and sisters, from 10 Anglican religious communities.

Sr Jane Bertelsen FMDM led the group in a very helpful exploration of individual and community discernment. This included reflection on the film “Of Gods and Men”, a moving example of discernment in a religious community.
There was time to share experiences and news of one another’s communities, to enjoy one another’s company, and also to discover a strong thread of footballing skills!

It was a joy to enter into a deep rhythm of worship together, with a rich variety of approaches to the Offices and Eucharist.
We had total use of the Wantage guest house, which gave great flexibility for discussion groups and space for silence too. The CSMV sisters joined us for tea one day and we were able to join them for Lauds (early risers only) and the Thursday Eucharist.

A valuable experience all round, and a small group from this year’s conference has already picked up the baton to look ahead to next year.