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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Novice Conference at Whitby.

From Monday 22nd September until Friday 26th September six SSF Brothers joined with other Novices at Whitby to study the Enneagram. Although not a definitive statement on one’s personality the Enneagram can shed some interesting insights into the way one reacts and where points of stress may occur in community life; a useful tool for the Religious Life!


The Novices.

The Novices.

First Professed Conference at Wantage.

Sisters and Brothers in First Profession met at the Convent of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage from Monday 15th September

The First Professed Brothers and Sisters.

The First Professed Brothers and Sisters.

until Friday 19th September. Over the three days we discussed using art as a form of prayer; Meister Eckhart and the Camino de Santiago. In addition there was plenty of time for reflection and we received a warm and generous welcome from the Sisters of the Community.


Br Raphael SSF RIP

Brother Raphael photo


Br Raphael SSF (Ramon Lewis Parker) died in the early hours of Thursday morning after a short illness. Raphael entered the Society of St Francis in 1971 having served in the parochial ministry in the Dioceses of Manchester and London. As a Brother he lived in different houses including the House in Wales. He also served as a Chaplain of the University of Wales (Lampeter). In 1987 he moved to Hilfield Friary and from there to Chestnut House in Dorchester where he was visited regularly by members of the Hilfield Community.

His funeral will be in Hilfield Friary on Tuesday 30th September at 1.00pm. May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!

A fond farewell in Newcastle.

A service of thanksgiving was held in St Anthony’s Church for the ministries of Brs David, Micael Cristoffer and Malcolm as they move on to new assignments. The three Brothers each chose a piece of Scripture or prose to reflect upon and then a favourite hymn. Canon Stephen Herbert (co-ordinator of MINE) officiated at the service along with Br Damian SSF. Afterwards the congregation – who consisted of parishioners and clergy of the MINE Parishes, members of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis and Brothers of the First Order – were treated to a lovely tea.


Brs Micael Cristoffer, Malcolm and David at the end of the service

Brs Micael Cristoffer, Malcolm and David at the end of the service