Category: Latest News

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.

A new Novice for SSF

By admin in Latest News on January 20, 2024


Daniel Keeling was admitted to the Noviciate during Evening Prayer in Alnmouth Friary by Br Micael Christoffer (the Minister Provincial). Daniel – who took the name Felix after St Felix of Cantalice –  will remain in Alnmouth Friary for the next stage of his Formation before moving to another house in the Autumn. Please pray for Br Felix and for all who are discerning a Vocation to this way of life.

Companions Week at Alnmouth friary: 13th – 17th May 2024

By admin in Latest News on December 23, 2023

The Companions’ Week will be an opportunity to meet, worship and reflect together. Expect a blend of reflection on accompanying; the cross; and authenticity. Plus, worship (prayer, music); sharing responses to our call to ‘Companion’; and considering how we might develop this both individually and collectively as a group action; all bound within the Franciscan tradition of St Francis and St Clare. Jo Drew (a Companion) will facilitate the week. For further information or to book a place please click here or contact the Alnmouth Guest Brother directly.

Brothers in Sweden

By admin in Latest News on December 7, 2023

Brs Micael Christoffer and Simeon have just returned from a visit to Sweden where they were welcomed in various Parishes and by the Franciscan Sisters in Klaradals Kloster.. In addition to speaking to various groups, leading a Quiet Day in Prästgården in Algutstorp and visiting historic sites associated with Franciscanism the Brothers were able to speak about the Religious Life and explain something of the Franciscan charism.

Micael and Simeon with Sisters Hanna and Lena
Micael and Simeon on the site of a former Franciscan Monastery
Gingerbread making with a local youth group.

Edinburgh Brothers at Diocesan Clergy Conference

By admin in Latest News on November 18, 2023


Br Micael with two jogging companions


Last week the Brothers set off for Pitlochry to join the clergy of the Diocese of Edinburgh for the annual clergy conference. The Brothers participated in discussion groups, heard presentations by Steve Aisthorpe (author of Rewilding the Church) and Fr Gero McLaughlin SJ and enjoyed the beautiful countryside during breaks in the conference schedule.

St David’s Friary Blessed in Edinburgh

By admin in Latest News on October 15, 2023

The Bishop of Edinburgh (the Rt Rev’d Dr John Armes) came to bless St David’s Friary in Edinburgh. Members of the congregation, the Third Order and other guests prayed God’s Blessing on the new Friary before enjoying some refreshments together. People are always welcome to join the Brothers for the Office and Eucharist in St David’s Church which are offered at the following times:


Holy Eucharist Morning Prayer Midday Prayer Evening Prayer Compline
Sunday 10.30am 9.00am 12noon 6.00pm Private
Tuesday 6.00pm 9.00am Private 5.00pm 9.00pm
Wednesday 10.30am 9.00am Private 5.00pm 9.00pm
Thursday 11.00am 9.00am Private 5.00pm 9.00pm
Friday 6.00pm 9.00am 12noon 5.00pm 9.00pm
Saturday 12.15pm 9.00am 12noon 5.00pm 8.30pm

Please do email the Brothers by clicking here if you intend to come because times of service may need to change depending on our outside commitments.

A new house in Edinburgh

By admin in Latest News, New House on October 12, 2023

On Wednesday 4th October a large congregation gathered together in St David’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Pilton to mark the re-establishment of a Franciscan house in the area (and in Scotland). Br Joseph Emmanuel was licensed by Bishop John Armes (Bishop of Edinburgh) as Priest-in-Charge and the Brothers of St David’s Friary were blessed. The Friary itself will be blessed on Sunday 15th October. The Brothers say the Divine Office in Church four times each day and the Eucharist is also celebrated each day. They are busy exploring the many opportunities for service and mission in the area and in the City of Edinburgh.

First Professed Conference in Alnmouth

By admin in Latest News on October 3, 2023

Finnian writes:

We had a time of open sharing, we reviewed a book together, and we had input from Benedict on the history of religious life in the Anglican tradition with reference to the vows. We also had a day out to Dunstanburgh castle, where this picture was taken. On the last evening we had a ‘soiree’ with the brothers and guests, and much fun was had by all.
The First Professed Conference was a wonderful way to get to know members of other Anglican communities who are at a similar stage in their vocational journey.