On 18 September, 2010 around 35 CR Companions and Friends gathered in Canterbury for a "Southern Companions Day" (some had already met informally the previous evening).

The first part of the day was a pilgrimage walk to Canterbury Cathedral from the ruins of the Benedictine Abbey of St Augustine. Before starting on the journey, Fr Nicolas CR distributed a note to help focus our thoughts. Please click here to see this.

Following arrival within the Cathedral precincts, the group proceeded to Canterbury Cathedral lodge for coffee, after which we moved into the Cathedral for a special Resurrection mass in the Eastern Crypt. We were greeted there by the Rev Canon Christopher Irvine, former Principal of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield and now Canon Librarian at the Cathedral.

Fr Nicolas was the celebrant at the mass, assisted by Canon Irvine and Fr David Beresford. Mrs Ursula Hashem read the lesson. Both David and Ursula attended the College of the Resurrection and were part of the day's group. During the service Michael Stock and Jean Pailing were admitted as Companions of the Community of the Resurrection.

We then returned to the Cathedral lodge for lunch, which was followed by free time, many taking the opportunity to have a guided tour of the Cathedral. We all joined together again later for tea and the day concluded with Choral Evensong back in the Cathedral, with Canon Irvine and the Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Rev Robert Willis. 

A selection of images from CR at Canterbury 2010

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Photographs: Kevin Sims and (with thanks) the Rev David Powell and Ursula Hashem