Around the Regions July 2018

If regions would send us information about their activities and events they can be included in a monthly “Around the Regions” post. Please contact info@ofsgb.org

Southern Region

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.

Please also see the diary entries for the Wintershall event and for the Park Place Pastoral Centre retreat.

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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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Two Events: Arkley & St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Here are notices of two upcoming events.

On 6th May the Arkley Day of Recollection this Spring will be led by Fr Jesmond Pawley ofm Conv, on the theme of “Jesus Christ for St Francis”. These Arkley Days of Recollection are generally well supported by members from the London and the East Anglian regions. They are open to all, and so may well interest members from other regions: the South East and Southern regions in particular. It would also be convenient for members of the Oxford fraternity. If you are interested please do notify Ursula Mott: details on the flyer below.

Then on the following weekend St Mary’s University, Twickenham are hosting a one day conference “Rediscovering the Roots of Franciscan Spirituality”. The conference celebrates the arrival at St Mary’s of the library from the Franciscan Studies Centre at Canterbury, “the world-renowned Franciscan Studies Collection, believed to be the largest collection related to Franciscanism in Northern Europe.” Speakers include Tom Herbst ofm,  Chris Dyczek ofm, and Sr Patricia Rumsey (Sr Francisca from the Arkley Poor Clares). For details see flyer below.

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Living in Faith in Daily Life: a Pantasaph Retreat led by Paula Pearce

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Paula Pearce, our National Minister, led a retreat entitled “Living in Faith in Daily Life” at the Pantasaph Retreat Centre, Holywell, North Wales, from 1–3 September 2017. Thanks to Chris Whittam, of our Cambridge fraternity (East Anglian region), we have this report of the retreat.

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Youth Events: Paisley and London

Please see below details of two youth events. A Paisley Diocesan youth event from the St Francis and St Clare Youth Prayer Group, that will take place this Thursday 19th October. Also, in London, a series of twelve monthly meetings exploring our Christian life in the Franciscan Spirit. Please pray for the success of these events, and support them where you can. “Encourage us by keeping in touch as we go; publicise our social media accounts” asks the London team.

Are there youth events being planned in other regions? Let us know!

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