Brenda Teresa Corker ofs (centre in photo) a member of the Ipswich ‘Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Fraternity, made her profession on Saturday 29th September. This was witnessed by Fr Donal Walsh OFM during the East Anglian Regional Day of Recollection Mass held at St Mary’s Church and Hall, Ipswich, on the Feast of Ss. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels.
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Southern region are inviting members of other regions to two events (see pdf’s below): a celebration “Loving God’s Creation” to be held at Wintershall, near Guildford, Surrey on 11th August. The day will be led by Dr Martin and Rev Margot Hodson. Martin Hodson is a plant scientist and environmental biologist. He is Principal Tutor of Christian Rural and Environmental Studies and has written numerous books, including several with his wife Margot (an Anglican Rector), for example `Cherishing the Earth` and `A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues.` For more information about them see their website.
Then, in November, the Ladywell fraternity is inviting members of other Franciscan fraternities and ALL those with a `Franciscan heart` to join them at Park Place Pastoral Centre near Fareham, Hants for a weekend retreat “Be Still and Know”.
Remembering that the South Wales and South West weekend event in Cardiff in 2016 on the theme of “The Holy Year of Mercy and our Franciscan Response” was attended by members from six of our nine regions, and by members of TSSF, it is hoped that we may again have a good response from our regions.
Events such as these offer valuable opportunities for affirming, supporting and encouraging one another on our Franciscan journey, for an enriching inter-regional fraternal exchange of views and for exploring the Franciscan way forward in unity and friendship. They can be inspirational.
East Anglian Region
Our brother, Donald Jones, who has been a loyal, joyful, happy member of Bedford Gospel-to-Life fraternity for over 40 years, died peacefully on 3rd July , having been attended by Canon John Koenig from St. Edwards, Kettering.
His funeral will take place at St. Edwards Church, 2 the Grove, Kettering, NN15 7QQ on WEDNESDAY 25TH JULY 2018.
Gibraltar: Anthem for the Third OFS – Youfra Congress in Kaunus, Lithuania.
Congratulations to Victor Francis and the Gibraltar fraternity. As some of you will know they have won the competition for the composition of the Anthem for the upcoming OFS – Youfra Congress in Lithuania from 20th to 26th August. Victor’s piece is called “Rivers of Living Water” and you can hear it here.
And Finally ….
The National Council photographed last month (June) at the new National Seat at Arkley….
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Follow these links for Spring newsletters from the East Anglian and Southern regions, and, “hot off the press” today, Midland Franciscan. Newsletters are also available from the South East Region. So plenty of reading material.
There are upcoming events at Arkley on Sunday 6th May, and at St Mary’s University, Twickenham on Saturday 12th May.
We celebrate a profession in the Oxford fraternity:
Saturday 17th March 2018
Eamonn McNamara, a member of the Oxford fraternity made his profession in the chapel at Greyfriars, Oxford. Eamonn is the one in a white shirt of this photo. A joyous addition to the Fraternity and to the Franciscan family.
We give thanks to the Father for the gift of this profession which enriches the whole community of the Secular Franciscan Order in Great Britain. May we be united with Eamonn in prayer as he continues his Franciscan journey. May the fraternal bonds of community always be our help.
And we remember our sister Rosalie Temple, of the Cambridge ‘Our Lady of the Poor’ fraternity. Here follows two reflections on her life: from Michael Simmonds of the Bedford Fraternity, and from Chris Whittam of the Cambridge fraternity.
OBITUARY – SISTER ROSALIE TEMPLE
Following a number of admissions to hospital, and then discharge to her home in Lilford, near Oundle, where she had her friends Maureen and Ann take turns in caring for her, Sr. Rosalie Temple died in the early hours of Monday 12 March 2018. She had been visited by Trudie Warner, the vice-minister of the Cambridge Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order Sr. Rosalie belonged to, on the Saturday just before her unexpected death; she had been sitting out in a chair, talkative but also tired.
Sr. Rosalie was born on 23 June 1926, in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, so would have been 92 years old this June. She was the oldest of four siblings, with two younger sisters and a brother; later there were also a half-sister and half-brother in the family. She sometimes spoke about her childhood, but more often talked about events and concerns of later life. As a young adult she had a family of her own, with two sons to care for, and it was not until they were grown up and independent that she was able to ‘leave the world’ and pursue her religious vocation.
She came to Oundle in 1970, and was professed into the Gospel way of life in the Secular Franciscan Order in 1973. For many years she lived as a Franciscan hermit, as she described her vocation, and although this meant living a simple and prayerful life at her home in Lilford, she was also active in the local community, always responsive to those in need of help or assistance, and with a joyful witness to her faith to all she met. She was active too in helping those in need in Europe, taking part in aid missions to Romania, and helping in Bosnia – Herzegovina, and other places. She was involved in the Miracles Centre in Mostar, a charity for people injured by landmines after the conflict in that country. She was a frequent visitor to Medugorge, and enthusiastic about the apparitions of Our Lady, and the spiritual blessings gained from pilgrimage and being there.
Sr. Rosalie received spiritual direction from a number of priests, over the years, at Mount St. Bernard Abbey, Leicestershire. She came to Cambridge each month for the meetings of the Cambridge Fraternity, named ‘Our Lady of the Poor’ in 2011 after a unanimous vote accepted her suggestion of this name . Devoted to Our Lady, Sister Rosalie also revered St. Michael the Archangel, her house being named ‘St. Michael’. She engaged in spiritual warfare against “mickey mouse”, her term for the powers of evil; she was sought out by many for blessings and prayers for healing.
Dressed in her brown Franciscan habit and with a joyful and chuckling laugh Sr. Rosalie bore great witness to the love of God in her daily life. She would frequently smile and say “God bless you” in a unique and uplifting way.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen
Chris Whittam – Cambridge ‘Our Lady of the Poor’ Fraternity
John Bradburne was a member of the OFS, born in Cumbria, and shot to death in Zimbabwe in 1979. Paula Pearce, our National Minister, has been in contact with the John Bradburne Memorial Society, and will update us in the near future about what has been happening and how OFSGB might help to progress the cause.
Here, Michael Simmonds (Bedford Fraternity) kindly provides us with this review of “John Bradburne: The Vagabond of God”, written by Didier Rance, who is a member of the OFS. This is a new biography, published this year, with a foreword by Jean Vanier.
David Gleave (Ipswich Fraternity) also writes to recommend the book: “I would like to recommend to you an excellent new biography about John Bradburne, a member of our Order, entitled ‘The Vagabond of God’ by Didier Rance. Didier, a French member of the OFS, has produced the most comprehensive life of John, covering his childhood, service as a reluctant hero in the Second World War, subsequent faith journey and work with lepers at Mutemwa. It is full of interesting information about John that was not available at the time Fr John Dove SJ produced his earlier book on John. A few of us have already enjoyed this wonderful book – when purchased from the John Bradburne Memorial Society shop – please see attached flier [copied below Michael’s review] – the proceeds go towards supporting the Mutemwa Leprosy and Care Village.”
Further information may be found at the website of the John Bradburne Memorial Society.