We sisters were delighted to attend the Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr Colin Mary OFM at Blackfriars on the 6th July. It was such a joyous occasion and so glad that Colin Mary’s family were able to stay in Brownlow, our guest house.
Frances was invited to arrange the flowers as she has such a talent for it, so I had to take a photo! And here we are with the new priest after the Mass.
The Interfaith walk took place again in June and Jean and Jane took part in it, walking from the Synagogue in Jericho to the Mosque in Cowley Road. Each year, more and more people come on the Walk and it is good to have the opportunity to talk to each other about our faiths as we wander along. Beautiful day evening again for it too!
Some sisters celebrated the Ascension this year at a Eucharist at Exeter College, here in Oxford, at the invitation of the chaplain, the Reverend Dr Andrew Allen. The Chapel is very beautiful as you will see from the photo. All who attended the service were invited to supper in the college garden afterwards – and the weather was very kind to us!
We came home with uplifted spirits and in joyful thanksgiving.
April 30th 2019
On 30th April we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Sr Frances Dominica. Friends, former colleagues and Companions of the Society of All Saints came to join us to give thanks in a celebration of the Eucharist in our parish church, Cowley St John, and afterwards to enjoy a buffet lunch in the Richard Benson Hall, adjoining the church.
Bishop Laurie Green , who is an old friend of Frances came to preach while our parish priest, Fr Phil Ritchie was the celebrant with our Chaplain, Canon David Lawson assisting. It was lovely to welcome Frances’s family and particularly her brother David and sister-in-law, Lis and there is a photo of David proposing a toast to Frances after the cutting of the Jubilee cake.
Thanks be to God for His gifts to us!
March 19th 2019
We celebrated St Joseph's Day today with our Bishop Visitor, Bishop Richard Atkinson of Bedford, coming to celebrate for us.
Sr Margaret Anne, who works as a priest in the Diocese of Southwark, was able to join us here in Oxford for the Festival. Here we are in the garden just outside the All Saints house before going into to a lovely lunch!
Chaplains from the various university colleges invited ‘monks ‘ from the Community of the Resurrection , Yorkshire with local ‘nuns’ from our Society of All Saints, The Sisters of the Love of God, and the Community of St Mary the Virgin , Wantage.
We began our day with Morning Prayer at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and then enjoyed coffee and conversation in the café adjacent to the church.
We said Midday prayer in a different college each day , followed by a talk including ones on Worship, Justice and Reconciliation and Vocation. Thanks to the Chaplains for arranging the sandwich lunches for all!
There was a ‘ tea party ‘ in the afternoon in different colleges for students to meet a monk or nun and ask questions and then after Evening prayer and an evening meal , joined the students for Compline, an Office( ie a service) that is very popular here in this university.
Thanks to Fr George CR and to Julia and Mel, the Brasenose and Lincoln College chaplains respectively for their great organisation and hospitality!