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.
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.
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.
Roberta Di Sarno ofs a member of the Br Juniper Fraternity, Isleworth of London Region, made her profession to the Delegate Minister from Waterloo Fraternity Remo Cattini ofs, on Sunday 5th May 2019. This was witnessed by Fr Jesmond Pawley during the Holy Mass at the Day of Recollection Poor Clare Monastery, Arkley
Geraldine Martin ofs a member of the Darlington Fraternity of North East Region, made her profession to Angela Cooper ofs, Fraternity Minister, on Friday 12th October. This was witnessed by Fr John Cavanagh Cap during the Holy Mass at St Augustine RC Church, Darlington, Co Durham.
Brenda, Fr Donal and members of the Ipswich ‘Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Fraternity
Back row – Edwin Edwards, Deacon Clive, Fr Donal, Peter Carr
Middle row – David Gleave, Brenda, husband Steve, Chris Housden
Front row – Mary Lambert, Ann Gleave, Michael Head
From David Gleave, Regional Secretary of East Anglian Region:
The Ipswich ‘Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Fraternity were pleased to host the East Anglian Regional Day of Recollection at St Mary’s Church and Hall, Ipswich, on Saturday 29th September on the Feast of Ss. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels. We had the great joy of celebrating the Rite of Profession for Brenda Teresa Corker ofs. The St Mary’s Music Group joined us for the Mass and led us in some uplifting hymns. Fr Dónal Walsh OFM, National Spiritual Assistant, celebrated the Mass, assisted by Deacon Clive Brooks ofs, a member of the Ipswich ‘Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Fraternity. Fr Dónal gave inspiring talks both in the morning and the afternoon, drawing on his experience as a friar and a hospital chaplain at Ipswich and Glasgow Hospitals. We were delighted that many members from across the Region, parishioners from Brenda’s St Thomas of Canterbury Parish, Woodbridge, and St Mary’s Parish, attended the Day and witnessed the profession.
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
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
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.