Festivals/Seasons & Holy Days

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Monthly Archives: July 2013

National Justice and Peace Network Conference 2013



Caroline Ugbo, Paul Bodenham and Br Joseph Emmanuel were at the National Justice and Peace Network Conference in Swanwick. Many Catholic organisations were represented there including Pax Christi, CAFOD and the Jesuit Refugee Service (with whom Br Joe works). During the conference the dreadful treatment of Africans kidnapped whilst attempting to cross the Sinai desert was highlighted. If you haven’t signed the petition on www.stopsinaitorture.org please consider doing so.




Franciscan Festival: Hilfield Friary

Franciscan Festival

 Saturday 14th September 2013 at Hilfield Friary

 12 noon             The Eucharist

President and Preacher the Rt Rev’d Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne

2.00pm              Bishop Graham’s address:  ‘Repair my house’ – reflections on God’s words to St Francis

4.00pm              Tea followed by Evening Prayer

Come and meet the Brothers and other members of the Friary Community; see some of the changes which have taken place over the last few years; meet with Bishop Graham and think about the life of Church and Community in this part of Dorset.

Bring your own picnic lunch.  We’ll supply drinks and a sumptuous afternoon tea.

The Friary Shop will be open.

Visits the new Canticle Garden, the renovations for the Recreation Room and get to know the Friary livestock.


Francis, the Holy Jester by Dario Fo

Francis, the Holy Jester by Dario Fo


Translated and performed by Mario Pirovano


Hilfield Friary, 7.30pm, Friday 13th September 2013

 A celebration of life, liberty, truth and devotion.  Episodes from the life of St Francis of Assisi as told by Dario Fo, Nobel Laureate, Italy’s most important living playwright.  A tale that brings together courtiers, Popes, Cardinals, generals and peasants, saints and sinners, and Jesus himself in a great pageant of characters brought to life through a remarkable performance that sparks the imagination and delights the soul.

Performed by Mario Pirovano, Fo’s great friend and collaborator, the play, in the ‘jester tradition’, is fun, but also conveys something of the subversive message of St Francis and of the Good News of Jesus Christ.  This is a delightful slice of life in medieval Italy, and a challenge for our lives today.

Suggested donation £10.  Tickets available from Sara Whistance, The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE.  Email passf@franciscans.org.uk. Telephone 01300 342311

holy jester

Sisters at Synod

Anglican Religious Communities (The umbrella body for monks, nuns, sisters and brothers in England) ran a breakout session “Monasticism Old & New” at the recent General Synod in York.  A panel of speakers from both traditional religious communities and newer ones talked about the differences and the commonalities of our ways of life. The session was chaired by Bishop David Walker, Chair of the (C of E) Advisory Council.  Sisters Beverley and Chris James were part of the ARC team running the event.

Synod York view from the meeting room

Srs Beverley & Christine James at the York General Synod

Srs Beverley & Christine James at the York General Synod

York Synod - ARC Session

York Synod – ARC Session

Religion & Belief Roadshow

Religion and Belief Roadshow at Lutterworth College

Sister Beverley took part in a mini roadshow on 26th June, which was run by St Philip’s centre at Lutterworth College. The students were aged 14-18. 5 faiths were represented, and representatives of each faith had a stall where artifacts and information was available for the students, which stimulated questions, they were encouraged to try on clothing eg: A cassock alb and stole from the Christian faith, which caused amusement and the taking of many photos by their friends!

This was the first time that I had attended a roadshow, it was exhausting but very worthwhile.

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Sister Beverley takes part in a training day for college students

Sister Beverley takes part in a training day for college students who were undertaking a Catalyst Bronze level leadership course

On Wednesday 19th June Sister Beverley was one of four ‘faith practitioners’ (representatives from the Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Sikh faiths) who took part in a course for students run by St Philip’s Centre (who run courses to educate and promote understanding between the different faith groups).

The students attended from Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College. They had prepared questions around issues of interest and concern which they brought to ask each of the 4 faith advocates. As the students gathered in small groups, each advocate had twenty minutes to answer the questions, and then moved onto the next group.

This was a very intensive, lively and thought provoking event, and was the first time that I had taken part in these training sessions. Living in the heart of the city of Leicester I am surrounded by neighbours of different nationalities and faiths. So it was a privilege to take part in a workshop that made me share the Christian faith and challenged me to explain the mysteries such as the Trinity! and ‘what did I think about the question of gay marriage’? to name just two of the many questions that occurred.

link www.stphilipscentre.co.uk/schools-colleges



SSF Bentley

The brothers house in Bentley, near Doncaster has now closed.  Brother Malcolm served as the parish priest at St Peter’s Bentley and took his last service at the end of June.  He will now move to the new house in Newcastle upon Tyne.

News around the Provinces

Brother James William (James William Dawes) and brother Jonathan Guthlac who has more recently been a member of the American Province have after a period of discernment both asked to be released from SSF and from life vows.  Brother Jonathan is currently hoping to have his vows received in this country as a solitary. We pray for them as they make adjustments to life outside community.

Ordination to the Diaconate

Sr Helen Julian was ordained deacon by Bishop Michael Perham at Hilfield Friary on the 4th July, supported by family, friends and community members.

Sr Helen Julian, Bishop Michael Perham and Helen's Mum

Sr Helen Julian, Bishop Michael Perham and Helen’s Mum

Sr Helen Julian with other Cuddesdon Ordinands

Sr Helen Julian with other Cuddesdon Ordinands