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Br John is blessed in his new role as Hilfield Guardian

Br John is blessed in his new role as Hilfield Guardian

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On 26 August 2023, Br John SSF was blessed in his new role as Guardian of Hilfield Friary by the European Minster Provincial, Br Micael Christoffer SSF.

The simple liturgy taken from the Daily Office SSF was incorporated into the midday Eucharist. During the service, heartfelt thanks were given to God and Br Clark Berge for his ministry as Guardian over the past six years. He was commended to God in prayer for the next stage of his journey as he prepares to move to the USA. The Hilfield community and local friends witnessed the day, as John knelt for the blessing.

Br John commented: “I am happy to be back living at Hilfield after a gap of fifteen years, listening to the owls hooting at night and praying for wisdom. My deep gratitude goes to all of the community members for the warmth of the welcome I have received, and the kindness and patience shown to me. Together, we look forward to what God has in store for us in the future.”

A few days later, on the 30 August, Br John was licensed by the Bishop of Salisbury who joined the Hilfield Community to share in their hospitality.

Br Clark the outgoing Guardian, said: “I’ve had a wonderful six years as Guardian. It has been a full and rich time. I learned much and I hope I have given love and encouragement to the community. Where I have failed, I ask pardon. John and the community are much in my thoughts and prayers!”

In the next couple of weeks, Clark will be walking the Camino de Santiago, after which he will be returning to the USA. The Community and Brothers and Sisters of the First Order wish him well and thank him for his service.

Br Micael Christoffer who led the blessing, added: “I am pleased on behalf of SSF, to bless John in his new ministry.”

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