EVENTS FOR THE DIARY
JUBILEES 2013 IN THE PROVINCE
We give thanks to God and rejoice with our Brothers as they celebrate ...
5 February 1933 Br Ninian Arbuckle
9 June 1933 Br Francis Conway
DIAMOND JUBILEES - 60 Years
21 March 1953 Br Quentin Jackson Ordination
7 September 1953 Br Austin Kinsella First Profession
7 September 1953 Br John McCaffery First Profession
GOLDEN JUBILEES - 50 Years
6 September 1963 Br Cornelius Smith Solemn Profession
21 September 1963 Br Andrew McMahon Ordination
RUBY JUBILEES - 40 Years
10 March 1973 Br Michael Copps Ordination
14 July 1973 Br Edmund Highton Ordination
15 September 1973 Br Antony Thouard Ordination
SILVER JUBILEE - 25 Years
17 September 1988 Br Reginald Grey Solemn Profession
Meetings of the Provincial Definitory in 2013
23/25 January at Woodford, 24 January at Chigwell
27/28 February at Woodford
3/4 April at Woodford
1/2 May at Woodford
19/20 June at Woodford
17/18 July at Woodford
4/5 September at Woodford
2/3 October at Woodford
6/7 November at Woodford
11/12 December at Woodford
THE THIRD EUROPEAN MEETING OF FRANCISCAN YOUTH "EuroFraMe"
The Third European Franciscan Youth Meeting (EuroFraMe) was held from 27th to 31st August 2012 at the pilgrim house on Mount St Anna, the shrine of St Anne in Poland. During these days the young people (ages 18 to 35) had the opportunity to discover the beautyof their "faces" through the mirror of God's love in Christ, as written by St Clare to Agnes, her sister. It was an experience that will go beyond national boundaries, founded on the Word of God and the living experience of both Francis and Clare. The first meeting was held in Assisi in 2007, and the second in Santiago de Compostela in 2009.
Br Danny Convery was asked to represent our Province and the Irish Province on the organising committee for EuroFraMe. Generally around 1,000 young people attend: it is a great Franciscan event. It is worth noting that two Poor Clares from Arundel came to give input and share in the event.
The organising committee described the objectives of the meeting as follows:-
- Help the young people to discover the beauty within each one in front of the mirror of love of God in Christ, as expressed by St Clare in her letter to Agnes “Contemplate your face in Christ” Letter IV, n 5.
- Offer a space where the young people’s lives are challenged and enriched through dialogue based on the Word of God and the living charism of Francis and Clare.
- Share with the young people in a concrete way the relevance of our Franciscan charism as a way of responding to the difficulties and challenges of an increasingly secular Europe. As Franciscans called to be “Bearers of the Gifts of the Gospel” we are authentic instruments of peace and desire to share this with young people.
From these objectives and inspired by the words of St Clare’s letter to Agnes they chose the following motto:
Scruta in Cristo il tuo volto/Observa en Cristo tu rostro/Contemplate your face in Christ/Oglądaj w Chrystusie twarz swoją
* To read the preparatory chatechesis for participants click here *
To go to EuFraMe's own website click on the following address http://www.ofm.org/ofm/?page_id=1841
Daily Bulletins from EuroFraMe 2012
WORLD YOUTH DAY IN MADRID 16th to 21st AUGUST 2011
At the beginning of the year 2012, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican's Press Officer, did his "year in review" during an interview with Vatican Radio. He first turned his attention to the Pope's journeys, noting that the visit to Germany in September had reflected the Holy Father's concern to speak to modern secularized society, especially in Europe, about God and His primacy. By contrast, his visit to Spain for World Youth Day was "a great experience of the vitality of the faith, of its future." Our own reporter, Br Antony Jukes, has sent us his account of how he and the group with him experienced the World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid.
THE PROVINCIAL CHAPTER 2011
The triennial Chapter of our Province was celebrated in 2011 from Sunday evening 24th July until 2 p.m. on Friday, 29th July 2011 at New Hall School, Chelmsford, Essex. At this Chapter the Province elected a Minister Provincial, a Vicar Provincial, and five Provincial Definitors for the next three years. The Provincial and Vicar Provincial could be re-elected for a period of three years only. Of the previous five Definitors four could be re-elected for a further three years. The Chapter was presided over by Br Ulic Troy of the Irish Province, having been appointed by the Minister General to carry out a visitation of the Province in the period leading up to the Chapter and then to preside over it.
Reports of the Chapter and elections at it can be read in the News section click here
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