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Leading School Assemblies via Zoom

Leading School Assemblies via Zoom

By admin in Latest News on July 22, 2021

During the course of the pandemic we have all had to make substantial adjustments to the way we live whilst trying to maintain as much ‘normality’ as possible. For many Sisters and Brothers this has meant getting to grips with communication platforms like Zoom or Skype. Br Joe (currently on extended sick leave) has enjoyed being able to use this technology to preach, lead quiet days, give spiritual accompaniment and, much to his delight, to provide input for collective worship for a group of schools in Oxfordshire – and all from his study in Edinburgh. He looks forward to speaking to them about St Francis as part of their collective worship (also via Zoom)!

Taking the Knee

Taking the Knee

By admin in Latest News on July 15, 2021

The Church Times reports today (15th July) that those who racially abused members of the England football squad have been condemned strongly by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and General Synod. A statement issued by Synod reads: “… we wish to express our deep disappointment and concern that the achievement [of the England team] has been marred by disgraceful racial abuse.”

The Sisters and Brothers unequivocally endorse this statement and uphold in prayer all who stand against racism and discrimination. Here is a picture of our Bishop Protector (Bishop Christopher of Southwark)’ ‘taking the knee’ in Walworth last year following the tragic murder of George Floyd.

Visiting SSF and CSF Houses as Covid Restrictions Ease

Visiting SSF and CSF Houses as Covid Restrictions Ease

By admin in Latest News on June 28, 2021

UPDATE: HILFIELD FRIARY NOW ACCEPTING SELF-CATERING GUESTS.

Hilfield Friary is now able to welcome guests on a self-catering basis at Bernard House and Juniper House. Please phone Suzi on 01300 341741 or email hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk for further information..

UPATE: METHERINGHAM

Metheringham is now accepting day guests and a small number of residential guests. Please contact Sister Maureen for further details: metheringhamcsf@fransciscans.org.uk

UPDATE: ALNMOUTH

Alnmouth Friary is now accepting small numbers of guests in the chalet annexe. For more details please contact Brother Finnian: alnmouthguests@franciscans.org.uk

UPDATE: GLASSHAMPTON

Glasshampton Monastery is planning to reopen to guests from August 1st. Please contact glasshamptonssf@franciscans.org.uk for further information.

ELSEWHERE:

We will of course keep you updated as lockdown restrictions ease. In the meantime you are welcome to use the information on our Hospitality page for future reference, and to contact our houses for further information.

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.