Professions

We acknowledge here members of the Secular Franciscan Order of Great Britain who have made their profession. Would fraternities please send information to your Regional Secretary, so that this may be passed on to the National Secretary, and so to the website.

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We give thanks to the Father for the gift of His grace, which he has given to the whole community of the Secular Franciscan Order in Great Britain by adding new members, who have made a permanent commitment to the gospel life by following the example and words of St Francis of Assisi, and according to the rule of life of the Secular Franciscan Order. Professions are a cause of great joy and hope for all the members of our community and for the whole church.

May we be united with them in prayer as they continue their Franciscan journey. Together may we build a living Franciscan community, and a more fraternal and evangelical world based on the gospel. May the spirit of God’s love penetrate all our hearts. May the fraternal bonds of community always be our help. By our lifelong profession to go from gospel to life and from life to the gospel may we all continually encounter the living and active person of Christ. As the light of Christ in the world, may our light shine before all so that they may see goodness in our acts and give praise to our heavenly Father.

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Cambridge ’Our Lady of the Poor’ Fraternity Profession – Saturday 30th September 2017

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Patricia Bridgeford ofs (centre in photo) a member of the Cambridge ‘Our Lady of the Poor’ Fraternity, made her profession to Peter Qualey ofs, Fraternity Minister, on Saturday 30th September. This was witnessed by Fr Patrick Lonsdale OFM during the East Anglian Regional Day of Recollection Mass held at Our Lady Immaculate & St Etheldreda Church, Newmarket.

Norwich ‘Pax et Bonum’ Fraternity Profession – Saturday 20th May 2017

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Three members of the Norwich ‘Pax et Bonum’ Fraternity – Jim Powell ofs, Brigid Rawlinson ofs, and Samuel Ayalo Tassili ofs – made their professions to Rob Hardie ofs, Fraternity Minister. This was witnessed by Fr Patrick Lonsdale OFM during the East Anglian Regional Day of Recollection Mass held at St George’s Church, Norwich, on Saturday 20th May 2017 – the Memoria of St Bernardine of Siena.

Saturday 17th September 2016

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Two members of the Ipswich ‘Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Fraternity – Claire Lamont-Buxton ofs and Chris Housden ofs – made their professions to Edwin Edwards ofs, Fraternity Minister, this was witnessed by Fr Patrick Lonsdale OFM during the East Anglian Regional Day of Recollection Mass held at Our Lady of Light & St Osyth Church, Clacton-on-Sea, on Saturday 17th September 2016 – the Feast of St Francis’ Stigmata. Fr Patrick was assisted at the concelebrated Mass by Canon Peter Connor ofs, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Light & St Osyth Parish, who is a member of the Clacton ‘Our Lady of Light’ Fraternity.

Sunday 7th February 2016

Fr Frank Jackson ofs Fr Frank, a priest of the Brentwood Diocese, and a member of the Clacton ‘Our Lady of Light’ Fraternity made his profession during Mass held at Our Lady of Light & St Osyth Church, Clacton -on-Sea on Sunday 7th February. He becomes the second professed priest in the Clacton fraternity as Canon Peter Connor, the Parish Priest at Our Lady of Light & St Osyth Church is also a member of the fraternity.

Saturday 21st November 2015

Heather Van Cuylenburg ofs Heather, a member of the Oxford fraternity (Midland Region) made her profession in the chapel at Greyfriars, Oxford. A joyous addition to the Fraternity and to the Franciscan family.

Monday 12th October 2015

Hazel Naughton ofs Hazel Naughton was professed into San Damiano (Inverness) fraternity at a Mass held in Huntly, mid-way between Inverness and the fraternity in Ellon (Christ the King). Many of you will remember Hazel’s husband, Michael Naughton ofs (d. Nov 2007).

Saturday 19th September 2015

Mary Lambert ofs and David Morton ofs These two members of the Ipswich ‘Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Fraternity made their professions to Edwin Edwards ofs, Fraternity Minister. This was witnessed by Fr Patrick Lonsdale OFM during the East Anglian Regional Day of Recollection Mass held at St Mary’s Church, Ipswich.