CIOFS Website

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The CIOFS website is currently available again! Those of you who have tried to access the CIOFS website over the last few months will know that it was down for rather a long time. It reappeared, then disappeared again. Our CIOFS link gave us only an unhelpful page from WebFaction, presumably the CIOFS web developer.
I contacted Attilio Galimberti, our Presidency councillor, who tells me that a new website is under development.
The CIOFS website that has reappeared very recently I understand to be the old site.
Attilio tells me that our Minister General, Tibor Kauser, will be updating the General Chapter (which is currently taking place in Rome) about the site. So we should have a clearer picture soon.

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John Bradburne: The Vagabond of God

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John Bradburne with Peter Katsandanga

 
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.
 

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Prayer General Chapter 2017

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Please pray for the International Chapter which began this morning in Rome. You may wish to use the following prayer provided by CIOFS. The image above of the Chapter beginning it’s work is from the facebook feed of our dear sister and friend, Gilda Suarez, from Venezuela, though she is a member of the Denmark national fraternity.

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Professions in the East Anglian Region

Joyful news of more professions in the East Anglian Region! Welcome and Congratulations to Patricia, Jim, Brigid, and Samuel!

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.

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