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SSF Bishop Protector Urges Speedier UK Assistance for Ukrainian Refugees

SSF Bishop Protector Urges Speedier UK Assistance for Ukrainian Refugees

By admin in Latest News on March 10, 2022

Bishop Christopher Chessun, Bishop-Protector of SSF’s European Province, has co-signed a letter with other Church leaders in London, calling on the UK government to improve its efforts to provide protection and hospitality to refugees escaping the terrible situation in Ukraine.

The text of the letter and full list of signatories:

We London Church Leaders met today at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family to pray with Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski and his people and to share our concerns at the greatest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War now unfolding in Europe. We are encouraged by the government’s family sponsorship programme and welcome the intention to establish a pathway to humanitarian sponsorship.

As the number of Ukrainian citizens seeking shelter outside the borders of Ukraine is estimated to reach close to two million, we cannot but emphasise the urgency to act swiftly and without delay.

As the children and grandchildren of those who experienced the horror of war seven decades ago, it is our moral obligation to provide protection and hospitality to those who are undergoing the same horrors today, unthinkable as that may seem in the 21st century.

Just as so many British children were sent to the countryside far from harm’s way during the bombing of London, so today tens of thousands are hoping to find refuge far from Russia’s relentless, unconscionable, and indiscriminate attacks on homes, hospitals and schools throughout their homeland. Surely, we feel compassion today for Ukrainian mothers with young children, the elderly and those with disabilities, who have undertaken dangerous and arduous travel, and look to the United Kingdom with hope and are now reaching out to us in Ukraine’s greatest hour of need.

We would ask that sponsorship not be limited to those with family members in the UK, but that those sponsorship criteria be expanded to include all Ukrainian refugees on humanitarian grounds, allowing them to enter the UK as quickly as possible.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Co-Chair London Church Leaders

Those attending the meeting and sharing in this letter:

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Archbishop Nikitas, Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain
Bishop Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark
Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of London
Rev Phil Barnard, Team Leader London Baptist Association
Rev Dr Jongikaya Zihle, Methodist Conference
Revd George Watt, Moderator URC Thames North
Lt Colonel David Shakespeare, Salvation Army
Les Isaac OBE, President of the Ascension Trust
Andy Frost, Moderator of Free Churches Group Jesus International
Bishop Lynne Cullens, Bishop of Barking
Rev Msgr Kevin Hale, Vicar General Diocese of Brentwood
Ven Elwin Crockett, Archdeacon of West Ham
The Ven Luke Miller, Archdeacon  of London




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 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