** Corrections: Please note that the Young Women’s Retreat is actually in the Julian Centre in Norwich & NOT Walsingham. Please Also note the dates for Assisi are 18th – 25th August
Around the Regions
On Saturday 11th May, at the Church of Our Lady and St Etheldreda, Newmarket, three members who have been attending meetings of the ‘Pax et Bonum’ Secular Franciscan Fraternity in Norwich made their professions. This ceremony was held during the Mass that was the central event of a Regional Day of Recollection for Secular Franciscans in the East Anglian area. Francis Taylor, Laurence Smith, and Simon Hambrook, made their promises to Brigid Rawlinson ofs, Fraternity Minister, this was witnessed by Fr Dónal Walsh OFM, our Spiritual Assistant, and other members of the East Anglian fraternities who had gathered for the day. Simon had recently moved to Assisi where he is living temporarily, his mission being to trust in the Lord for work and daily sustenance. He came back specifically for the occasion. Each member was given a copy of the Gospels as reminder of St. Francis’s exhortation that we should live from ‘Life to Gospel and Gospel to life’. A St Damiano crucifix and a lighted candle were also received by each of the newly professed.
Mass was followed by a celebratory shared lunch and a further talk by Fr Dónal in the afternoon.
Opening Celebration of Franciscan Centenaries
Dear OFS Dina, our International Councillor has informed us that tomorrow, 7th January 2023 at 10am UK time, there will be an opening celebration of the Franciscan centenaries in Greccio. It will be in 4 languages. There will be live streaming which you can follow here: https://centenarifrancescani.org/index.php/centenario-1 Enjoy! Also Happy Epiphany! Peace & Good Dianne
OFSGB National Formation Retreat Weekend 02-04 September 2022
Our National Formation Minister, Terry Mortimer, together with his team, has organised a worth while Formation Retreat for all those members attended. At the retreat, lots of discussion about our present status of our Order and how we tackle the problems and go forward. Our National Youth Minister, Christine Frendo, gives us a highlight how […]
Blessing of the Statue of St Francis on Saturday 03 September 2022
We are very happy to have the St Francis statue, being brought over by a member during the OFSGB National Formation Weekend 02-04 September 2022 Fr Donald has the honour to bless the statue.