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CSF Holds Provincial Chapter

CSF Holds Provincial Chapter

By admin in Latest News on January 25, 2022

The Community of Saint Francis is holding its Provincial Chapter at Freeland in Oxfordshire. Please keep the sisters in your prayers as they make important decisions for the forthcoming year. Pray particularly for Sue as she takes on her new role as Minister General, and Beverley as she becomes the new Minister Provincial in Europe.

Welcome Brother Magnus nSSF

Welcome Brother Magnus nSSF

By admin in Latest News on January 17, 2022

Wonderful news from Alnmouth, where our postulant Matthew became a novice on Saturday 15th January. He was joined by his family and friends for the admittance ceremony at the friary. Matthew has taken the name Magnus, and will remain at Alnmouth for the next few months before furthering his vocation at our other locations.
Please keep Magnus in your prayers, and please continue to uphold all people exploring a call to the Religious Life.
Informal Inquirer’s Meeting Saturday 15th January

Informal Inquirer’s Meeting Saturday 15th January

By admin in Latest News on January 4, 2022

The latest of our ‘Informal Inquirer’s Hangout’ meetings takes place on Saturday January 15th via Zoom. These meetings are for all who are interested in learning more about the Religious Life in the Anglican Communion, providing a friendly space for connection and discussion.
This month Brother Micael Christoffer SSF will be talking about his journey of vocation, a process which led him to move from Sweden to the UK to become a Franciscan friar.
All are welcome to join us online. The meeting will begin at 10.30am on the 15th January, and will last until approximately 11.50am. Please contact Brother Finnian vie email for the Zoom details:
January Issue of Franciscan Magazine Now Available

January Issue of Franciscan Magazine Now Available

By admin in Latest News on January 3, 2022

Happy New Year! The latest issue of Franciscan Magazine is now available. This edition is focused on Spiritual Direction, exploring the theories and techniques that underpin this important practice, and offering advice on how to find a good Spiritual Director.
This issue also has a fascinating feature on the inspirational campaign by our brothers in the Solomon Islands to end illegal logging in their country, a campaign that has caught the attention of the United Nations.
We also have the usual round-up of news from our houses, plus extensive book reviews, and tributes to Helen Julian CSF and Daniel SSF.
Copies and subscriptions are available by clicking here: Franciscan Magazine   
COP 26 Panel Discussion Held at Hilfield

COP 26 Panel Discussion Held at Hilfield

By admin in Latest News on December 10, 2021

On Saturday 4th December there was a panel discussion at Hilfield Friary about COP 26. The panelists reflected on the outcomes and challenges ahead coming from the conference. Speakers:  Br. Clark Berge, SSF, who attended as an Observer with Franciscans International, Andy Lester Head of Conservation for A Rocha UK, Rev’d Jonathan Herbert of the Hilfield Community and Rev’d Hilary Bond sharing their experience with the prayer witness organized by Extinction Rebellion and Christian Climate Action, and Budi Tjahjono, Asia-Pacific Advocacy Officer from Franciscans International who attended on behalf of Franciscans International—an NGO with ECOSOC status doing human rights advocacy at the UN on behalf of the Franciscan Family.

Br Vincent Paul SSF Makes First Profession

Br Vincent Paul SSF Makes First Profession

By admin in Latest News on November 28, 2021

It was joyful day in Leeds yesterday (Saturday 27th November), as Brother Vincent Paul made his First Profession in Vows at Saint Hilda’s Church, Cross Green.

Noviced in 2018, Vincent Paul has been in Leeds since last year and is very active with local charities, including food banks.

Many brothers joined him for the happy occasion, despite the travel challenges posed by Storm Arwen.

The attached photo shows Brother Benedict, our Minister Provincial, replacing Vincent’s old novice rope with his new rope of Profession.

Please hold Vincent Paul in your prayers as he continues with his important Christian witness and ministry.

Hilfield Centenary Souvenir Now Available

Hilfield Centenary Souvenir Now Available

By admin in Latest News on November 22, 2021

A reminder that Hilfield is celebrating its centenary with a special event on Saturday 18th December, from 11am onwards. One hundred oak trees are going to be planted, connecting past history with future hope. All are welcome! Visit www.hilfieldfriary.org.uk for further information.
Also, a special commemorative tea towel is now available. All the drawings are by Hilfield Community members.
1 tea towel £7.42 (£6.50 plus 92p postage and packing)
2 tea towels £14.26 (£6.50 each plus £1.26 postage and packing)
3 tea towels £20.76 (£6.50 each plus £1.26 postage and packing)
4 tea towels £27.64 (£6.50 each plus £1.64 postage and packing)
We can accept cheques made payable to ‘Society of St Francis’ or phone Suzi on 01300 341345 or email her at hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk
Tobias Attends Interfaith Friendship Tour

Tobias Attends Interfaith Friendship Tour

By admin in Latest News on November 17, 2021

Tobias spent Wednesday 17th November participating in the London Borough of Newham Interfaith Bus Tour. The event started at St Mary’s, Little Ilford, where Tobias regularly assists and where he was Professed in August. Then the group were warmly welcomed at the Sri Murugan Hindu Temple in Manor Park, followed by the Dashmesh Darbar Sikh Gurdwara (where a wonderful lunch was served). In the afternoon the group visited the Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque in Forest Gate, and Stratford Seven-Day Adventist Church. Friendly discussions and prayers were held at each venue, and it was heartening to see how each organisation serves their communities.
Pictured with some of their kind hosts are the tour group, including Tobias, Canon Ann Easter, Shah Muhmud (Community Engagement Coordinator for the London Borough of Newham) and PC Rakesh Samplay (Faith & Communities Officer).