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Br Martin John Ordained to the Priesthood

By admin in Latest News, Ordination on July 13, 2024

Congratulations to Br Martin John who was Ordained to the Priesthood at a service in St Philip’s Cathedral in Birmingham by the Rt Revd Dr Michael Volland (Bishop of Birmingham). Martin John – who is resident in the St Francis’ House in Birmingham and Curate at St Matthew’s Church in Perry Beeches was Ordained alongside another eleven women and men who will continue to serve as Priests in their ‘Title’ Parishes.

800th Anniversary of the arrival of the Friars in England

By admin in Latest News on July 12, 2024

On the 10th of September 1224 a group of Franciscan Friars arrived in Dover under the leadership of Agnellus of Pisa and from there travelled to Canterbury in order to ask for the Archbishop’s blessing on their Mission. This marked the beginning of the Franciscan Order in England (and in the United Kingdom as a whole). To mark this important date various events are being organised in September and more information may be found by clicking here.

Restore Nature Now!

By admin in Environment on July 9, 2024

Brs Hugh and Felix went up to London from Hilfield on 22nd June to the Restore Nature Now march, where they joined Sr Maureen CSF. We started with a service of “prayer and lament for creation before joining more than 60,000 people on a march through London to protest against the drastic decline of the wildlife in the UK, and damage to the ecosystem. The day was organised by a coalition of many environmental organisations from  Extinction Rebellion to the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts,  WWF UK, and the National Trust. At the service Andy Atkins CEO of A Rocha (of which Hilfield is a Partner in Action ) inspired us with a talk. At the rally in Parliament Square Chris Packham was one of the main speakers  Read more in the Church Times article here.

New Postulant for CSF

By admin in Formation, Latest News on June 30, 2024

Sophia was admitted to the Community of St Francis as a postulant, on 26 June, at St Alphege’s Oratory, Southwark. In the photo taken outside the chapel afterwards, are (back row) Joyce, Maureen, and Judi, and in the front: Sophia and Gina. The dress code was ‘informal’, as the day was far too hot to wear habits!

Franciscan Mission in Birmingham

By admin in Latest News, Mission on June 30, 2024

Following in the footsteps of many before us, the three current SSF/CSF Novices, Simeon, Felix and Judi led by Brother Martin John took part in a Franciscan mission week in June. The host was St Matthews Church, Perry Beeches, Birmingham, where Martin John is serving his curacy.

The timetable for the week was busy and diverse, encompassing activities from indoor bowls with some of the congregation members to a drop in session for local college students.

The week of course stretched us in some ways and in others we found strengths that we did not know we had, for instance Simeon proved to be an ace at bowls, despite having never played it before. For many of us, both the mission team and some members of the congregation, the highlight of the week was a visit to a local Gurdwara, where we were not only physically fed but treated to a marvellous spiritually enriching discussion. Psalm 51.6 sprang to mind, “ You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart “  The gentleman who led us, was keen not only to explain about the Sikh faith, but to emphasize that we are all on a path to holiness and was interested to draw out the parallels in both of our holy scriptures and practices. Everyone found it a really positive experience.

There was a good turnout for our Franciscan talk, summarising our daily lives and then opening up to questions. The feedback was that it was an informative and interesting evening.

Felix preached on Sunday rounding the week off by encouraging the congregation that every act of service in Christ’s name, no matter how miniscule (like a mustard seed) was worthwhile.

Restore Nature Now

By admin in Environment, Latest News on June 30, 2024

Over 300 organizations that have some aspect of care of nature in their activities encouraged their supporters to attend the Restore Nature Now march on 22 June in London. So the range of people was diverse, from National Trust, RSPB, RHS, Woodland Trust, Save our Oceans, to Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil, and localised conservation projects. The groups assembled on Park Lane in four blocs: woodlands, water, air and land. This meant that there were distinctive themes that onlookers could see as the march progressed along to Piccadilly, then round an edge of Trafalgar Square to Whitehall and Parliament Square, where there was a portable stage. With between 80,000 and 100,000 people, there were far too many to be contained in Parliament Square, so there were relay speakers and screens on Whitehall.  Felix and Hugh travelled up from Hilfield, and joined with a Christian bloc that had particularly chosen to march in the ‘land’ section; a pre-march church service near the start at the route was very well attended. Maureen had offered to be a steward, which meant being out on the route for longer, and wearing a hi-viz pink vest.

The aim of the march was indicate to whoever the next government will be that there needs to be more support for farmers, who manage 70% of UK land, to help them farm in more environmentally friendly and protective ways; to make polluters pay – ie to stop pollution, promote climate recovery, and to end new fossil fuels; provide more protected space for nature; put the right to a healthy environment into law, and to ensure fair and effective climate action.

The organisers of the march expect to have to keep reminding the government of these requirements for nature, so if you are interested in joining a march in future, keep an eye on a website of a conservation organisation.

Sr Elizabeth CSF RIP

By admin in Latest News on June 4, 2024

Sr Elizabeth’s ashes were interred in the Cemetery at Hilfield during the Joint Provincial Chapter. As her mortal remains were lowered into the ground the Sisters and Brothers sang the Kontakion for the Departed. Sr Elizabeth was ‘Mother’ for fifteen years and lately served as a Sister and Priest in east London. She was 92 years old and in the 65th year of Profession in vows. May she Rest in Peace!

 

Life as a Franciscan Sister or Brother…

By admin in Latest News on February 19, 2024

 

 

On Saturday 16th March there will be an opportunity to learn more about what it’s like to be a Franciscan Sister or Brother in the Church of England at a Zoom event beginning at 9.30am. Sisters and Brothers will share their stories of God’s call and their lives in Community, there will be a DVD on Franciscans today and plenty of time for questions. If you’re interested please email Sr Maureen by clicking here. Please book by Thursday 14th March.