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Funeral of Raymond Christian SSF

Funeral of Raymond Christian SSF

By admin in Latest News on May 28, 2021

The funeral of Raymond Christian SSF took place today at the parish church of Saint John the Baptist, Alnmouth. Raymond adored church music and was a talented musician, so the church organ was used to great effect before and during the service. He was also a great lover of flowers and a talented flower arranger, and the many floral tributes reflected this lifelong passion of his.
Benedict presided at the Requiem Mass, and also gave the homily. After the service a hymn was sung outside the church, followed by a procession through the village.
Plaistow Brothers Enjoy Interfaith Dialogue

Plaistow Brothers Enjoy Interfaith Dialogue

By admin in Latest News on May 26, 2021

This week the Brothers at Plaistow have been hosting Irfeel and Katarina from the Community of Saint Anselm. Yesterday Sam and Tobias took them to visit Emmanuel Church in Forest Gate. Rev’d Dr Chigor Chike and Father Barnabas Matloob told us about Faithful Friends, a wonderful interfaith project in that part of Newham.

This was followed by a visit to the Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque just across the street. Muhammad Zeeshan Qadri is the director of the mosque, and he spoke about the various projects close to his heart, particularly the importance of interfaith friendship, countering extremism and fostering mutual respect. It was inspirational to see the many welfare projects run by the mosque, including offering their space to host a weekly Covid vaccination clinic.

 

 

 

 

 

Brother Finnian makes First Profession

Brother Finnian makes First Profession

By admin in Latest News on May 17, 2021

The sunshine held out at Alnmouth today, as Brother Finnian made his First Profession with the Society of Saint Francis.

During his noviciate, Finnian has been dedicated to assisting others who are exploring a vocation to the Religious Life, in addition to his voluntary work with various charitable projects in Leeds and London.

Today’s ceremony also marked a joyful reunion for many of our Brothers after a long period of lockdown. We hope and pray that the situation will continue to improve, and that we will be able to steadily re-develop our in-person ministries safely and effectively.

Brother Raymond Christian SSF, 1936-2021

Brother Raymond Christian SSF, 1936-2021

By admin in Latest News on April 29, 2021

Brother Raymond Christian died on April 28th.

Brother Benedict writes: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that our Brother Raymond Christian died in the The North Tyneside Hospital this evening [April 28th]. Raymond was born on 2nd December 1936, was professed in SSF on 14th November 1983, and eventually made his Life Profession on 21st February 1987. He has lived at a number of our houses – at Hilfield, at Hooke School, Glasshampton, Cambridge, Belfast, Edinburgh, and has been at Alnmouth Friary since 2019.

Details of his funeral will be given in due course.

Rest eternal grant to him O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon him.”

Funeral of Donald SSF

Funeral of Donald SSF

By admin in Latest News on April 22, 2021

Brother Donald’s funeral took place this afternoon at Saint Philip’s church in Plaistow. Benedict presided at the Requiem Mass, and Sam gave the eulogy. Donald’s dedication to mission spanned many decades, and it was very moving to hear how so many people were transformed by his life and Christian witness.

Donald Pentney Green, Society of Saint Francis. 31st July 1925 – 4th April 2021. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Hilfield Friary now accepting limited numbers of self-catering guests

Hilfield Friary now accepting limited numbers of self-catering guests

By admin in Latest News on April 21, 2021

On Monday 13th April 2021 some lockdown restrictions were lifted. We are now able to welcome limited numbers of guests on a self-catering basis at Hilfield, using accommodation at Bernard House and Juniper House.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you back!

Please phone Suzi on 01300 341741 or email her at hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk to find out about available dates.

New Issue of Franciscan Magazine Now Available

New Issue of Franciscan Magazine Now Available

By admin in Latest News on April 16, 2021

Our May edition of Franciscan Magazine has just been issued, focusing on the theme of ‘Francis and Creation’. It contains articles by the three authors of ‘Seeing Differently’: Dr Simon Cocksedge TSSF, Nicholas Alan SSF and Samuel SSF, in addition to the latest news and updates from our houses, book reviews, poems, and interesting features on the histories of the Third Order and Hilfield Friary.

If you’d like to obtain a copy, or set up a subscription to the magazine, please click here.

Death of Brother Donald SSF, and funeral arrangements.

Death of Brother Donald SSF, and funeral arrangements.

By admin in Latest News on April 13, 2021

Brother Donald passed away on Easter Day.
Born in North London in 1925, Donald’s first experience of Christian community was as a child when he was encouraged to join the local church choir. He discovered his passion for music, singing and worship. In 1943, at the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Navy and saw out the end of the war in Burma, Malaysia and Singapore. Returning to England, he trained for the priesthood at Canterbury and Mirfield and served his curacy in a working class district of Manchester. He then joined the Society of Saint Francis, arriving at Hilfield at Candlemas, 1955.
Donald was one of the first brothers to travel to Papua New Guinea in 1959, and was instrumental in the formation of our presence there. Upon his return to England his love of mission led him to form further links with parishes, universities, and the Royal Navy. Sharing the good news became the focal point of Donald’s Christian witness.
Donald was also a much-respected prison chaplain, providing pastoral support at Wormwood Scrubs, Kingston, Pentonville and Belmarsh.
Donald’s funeral will take place in London on April 22nd, and his body will be interred at Hilfield the following day. Due to current restrictions the numbers of those able to attend in person will be limited, but afterwards we will share images and clips with you on this website, and also on Facebook.
Donald SSF: born 31st July 1925, professed 19th March 1957, died 4th April 2021.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Hilfield’s Solar Panels are Up and Running

Hilfield’s Solar Panels are Up and Running

By admin in Latest News on March 9, 2021

Hilfield’s solar installation has now been generating for a couple of months, in the period when the days are shortest.

 

This pictures shows the west roof of Francis House, with the south roof of Leo House in the background, giving a spread of power throughout the day. Note how the Francis House panels now replace an earlier piece of technology, the 2 brick chimneys built in 1888 and removed in c. 2011.

The graph shows daily power being produced since the beginning on 8th December on these roofs.

This picture shows panels on the much flatter chip store roof, to power the boiler house and workshops.