On Monday 10th January 4 members of the Santa Chiara Emerging Fraternity, Grays, Brentwood of London Region, were Professed into the Secular Franciscan Order – OFS.
They are, from front row left to right – Barbara Sturgess and Jean Bucknell, and back row left to right – Mary McLaughlin, Ursula Robinson. Fr Paul Boagey MHM and Canon Peter Connor OFS are shown in the photo.
What a wonderful occasion! Canon Peter Connor OFS officiated and Fr Paul Boagey MHM concelebrated.
Canon Peter reminded us of the seriousness and commitment to vocation that Profession demonstrates. He encouraged us to think about letting go of temporal things and also emphasized the importance of prayer and meditation to allow space for thoughts of God’s will to enter. He encouraged us to look for opportunities in our own lives to care for the poor and unloved just as St Francis did.
We were left with much to contemplate and were encouraged to go forth in the Franciscan spirit of love, joy, respect, dignity, fairness, compassion and care for others.Profession Grays 1