The preliminary catalogue for the next CR charity auction
on 29 March 2014 is here
From Br Jacob NovCR: Tomorrow we say goodbye to Anna Sikorska,
our 2013 Artist in Residence.
'Artist in Residence' scheme is organised with the Northern Sacred Arts
Foundation, chaired by CR Companion Matthew Askey. We have very much
enjoyed having Anna with us and engaging with her art. Anna has produced
a range of art installations located around the site – please see
the photographs of the Stations of the Cross in the
Quarry Fives Court
and of us making Salt Dough models in the kitchen. Anna is also making
the crib for the
. Anna has had a workshop in the house and Fr John is looking forward to
moving into the space as he collects more items for the Auction.
College students have departed for their Christmas break and some of the
domestic staff are now on holiday. Tony the Gardener has chopped the
wood for the fire and Michael, a volunteer, has kindly stacked the wood
in the porch. We won't be lighting the fire until Christmas Day - one of
the school children who visited earlier this year told me it was because
we had to wait for Santa to visit first!
Christmas tree has arrived ready to adorn the hall on Christmas Eve.
Until then it is still very much Advent, purple vestments for
Solemnities and the singing of the 'Great O Antiphons'. We have delayed
sending out information about our Pilgrimage t' Resurrection so
that it doesn't get lost in the Christmas post. However, if you know of
a parish Priest or group who would like information on how to make a
Pilgrimage to CR, then please e-mail
me or Fr Nicolas and we'll put you on the mailing list. Even though
the diary is already looking full for next year we're still able to
offer a few weekend and mid-week Pilgrimages for 2014 but please don't
be disappointed if you can't book for next year! I know it isn't
Christmas quite yet but I would like to take this opportunity to wish
all our Companions and friends a blessed and glorious
Christmas. I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
From Fr Nicolas CR: Please visit the Facebook page for
Tariro here: www.facebook.com/TariroUK
College is in its last
week of term, culminating in a Christmas dinner and the College Review.
As soon as that is over, Fr Peter CR will go off to West Malling to see
the Benedictine nuns. Fr Vincent is still mostly in bed and unable to do
anything for himself.
re are excellent nurses coming from outside to care for him, even at
3.00 in the morning so the Community is giving him food and company from
time to time. He seems happy in a quiet sort of way.
Community has received a couple of quite serious enquirers of late, at
least one of whom may enter the Novitiate before long.
retreat house will be closed just before Christmas so the Community will
be together abd have its own retreat.
n follows General Chapter until Epiphany.
Following in the footsteps of CR Companion Donna Fletcher Crow, another
CR Companion has now published a book! Details can be found here.
The Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield are mentioned in the book
more than once!
quarry theatre is now clear of trees and ivy. It looks what it is -
re has been a visit by invited people whom it is hoped will support the
restoration work. Here is what Sir Patrick Stewart has written about it:
actors have a memory of their first stage appearance…usually a school
hall or a boy scout hut or drama club. My memory is a little different
because it happened in an important and famous location; the Quarry
atre in the grounds of
Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield,
Community is a world renowned Anglican Monastery and Seminary, perhaps
being most remembered as the home base of Bishop Trevor Huddleston,
whose anti-Apartheid campaigning in South Africa in the 1950's stirred
Quarry is an open air space on the south hillside of
Community grounds. It bears all the visible signs of what it once was, a
quarry for local stone masons. It is an amphitheater, following the
pattern of the ancient Greek and Roman theaters, although very much
smaller, with a flat open space below the tiered seating area. On the
other side of the space is a natural 'platform' which serves as the
Community and the Fathers have always played a significant role in
Mirfield's life, so it was a natural choice as the location for
Mirfield Pageant, a performance depicting the colourful history of
Mirfield from the Middle Ages until after the Second World War. All the
different drama groups and societies - there were eleven in Mirfield -
took part. I was in an early scene depicting the dangerous life of the
roads and highways in and around our town. I was one of a group of thugs
and robbers who held up the coach of the Lady of the Manor and my
character was called Tom O'Towngate - which was appropriate because my
family lived in Towngate, at that time a rather poor quarter of old
houses not far from
Community. I don't recall if I had a line to speak but I do remember
every moment of rehearsals and the great day of the Pageant. Little
did I, or anyone else, realise that this was the debut performance of a
child who in November 2013 opened on Broadway,
New York City
as a leading actor with his friend and colleague, Sir Ian McKellen. A
long and happy road travelled”.
This week the editors read the proofs
of the Epiphany edition of the CR Quarterly Review.
re were the usual B & B
guests over the weekend; one couple only got as far as the
College car park and had to be rescued from there at 10 pm. Over the
weekend their continental breakfasts are set out in thermos flasks etc
and these must be cleared and washed up afterwards (during the week all
this is done by the marvellous top cleaning lady Sam, who makes a point
of coming in early). One booking insisted on arriving between 5.30 pm
and 6.30 pm when the Community is all in church, so this caused
problems. On Sunday morning after Sung Mattins and Sung Mass and
clearing the B & B breakfasts, the Refectory had to be hovered and
layed for lunch. In the afternoon there was an Advent Carol Service
at 4pm - about 110 people came. Fr John CR and Fr George, Superior CR,
respectively led the two parts of the service, including a pilgrimage
procession round the church. With the space, light and acoustics
all marvellous and the bigger organ with a huge range of sounds, all
might have been designed expressly for such events.
n there was the Companions Retreat with eight Companions (all meals in
silence). After that, the
held a Concert in the church, rehearsing or performing for almost the
whole day, except for when the Community held its own services. About
120 came to the performance, looked after by Fr Oswin CR and Br Jacob.
After such a week, one CR Brother commented “I
wonder if I’d have applied to join as a Novice if it had been as busy
as this in 1977”!
Br Steven CR and Fr Aidan CR can be glimpsed in the first episode of the
new BBC 2 series Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve.
From Fr John Gribben CR:
"Dear Companions and friends, I have been following with interest
the appearance of Ison – the little comet that set out on its journey
5.5million years ago. As we come to think about Advent it is salutary to
contemplate that the journey began at the time when our solar system was
coming to birth and that even then creation was several billion years
old. It sets our little world in context and we come to realise that the
majesty of our God is beyond the horrible politics that have marred a
humanity that tries to live without its Creator. So we welcome a
new Christian year. We have had several beautiful services for the feast
of Christ the King – one of them in
Cathedral. Despite many sore throats and colds the Community is in
robust health. Fr Vincent has been a little frailer and has had a short
sojourn in Dewsbury hospital followed by convalescence in a local care
home. He is now very happy to be at home with his brethren. Please
keep him in your prayers. Last Monday we had a lunch to promote the
appeal for the restoration of the Quarry
atre. It was a very pleasant affair, many local worthies attended and
much goodwill was generated. Now auction news: Things are going quite
well but as the next Quarterly indicates having the auction during Lent
created for me unforeseen difficulties. It is not something that can’t
be overcome but I hope people will be patient with me.
big problem will be trying to get the catalogue up-to-date. I would be
grateful if items that have been promised or that people intend to give
could be got to me as soon as possible. Don’t panic on this one as I
will go on receiving things up until the last minute so if you can’t
manage until later that will be fine but if you can then it will make
life easier for me. A preliminary view of the catalogue will go on the
Community website so please have a look at it and draw the attention of
your friends to it.
other area to mention is Lenten interviews. I cannot see anyone in the
week previous to 29 March and will need as much time in the week before
that as possible. As well as the auction I have to prepare for a
Passiontide retreat and addresses for Holy Week. So I hope that those
who might want me can book early and not be too disappointed if I
can’t do the impossible. May the Advent hope inspire you and may you
have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. John CR"
Brief note of Fr Thomas Seville’s address at the recent General Synod
during the Women in the Episcopate debate (as reported in
Church Times) here
College of the Resurrection has
finished its annual Advent Retreat (29 November to 2 December). The
guest speaker was Abbot Stuart Burns of Mucknell Abbey. The
annual Companions Advent Retreat begins on 6 December and concludes on
the 9th. 11 Companions have registered and Br. Philip
Nicholls is leading this Retreat.
book review in "New Directions" - The Life
of Raymond Raynes (a former CR Superior).
in "New Directions" from Br Stephen Hawes CR.
An article by Fr Crispin
Harrison CR in "New Directions": Satan's
bondage - a reflection in Luke 13.10-17.
An article by Fr Thomas
Seville CR in "New Directions": Under
the seal - reflecting on the seal of the confessional.
From Fr Thomas Seville CR: “The
week has begun with a wonderful November day, the sun bright and the
colours of the remaining leaves and fruits providing a vivid and
strangely lively variety to delight the eye and a good frost to boot. On
Thursday we said goodbye to the Oblates who had been with us since
Monday, seven in all, six of whom renewed their Oblations at the mass on
Tuesday. Joining us in choir as Oblates do, they have been a
wonderful presence to us this week and it would seem to have been a very
happy gathering. One of the probationers, a curate in North Devon, was
unable to be with us but the other who is at Dewsbury Minster gave us a
moving and encouraging talk on Muslim-Christian relations in a town
which has very high measures of deprivation. This was a contrast to Fr
Oswin’s reflections on dialogue with Buddhist monks and his planned
visit to a monastery in the secretive country of Bhutan in February
(much concern was expressed about the temperatures in winter in that
country, which does not have a statistic on Gross Domestic Product, but
on national happiness! On Friday we had a day chapter which looked at a
some improvements in the plans for the new monastery and the statement
which is needed for potential donors; it presents serious challenges
because what is intelligible to brethren as an account of our life does
not really grab the potential donor and what does can raise the
proverbial eyebrow or two. Our director of fundraising has been a great
help here. Apple picking goes on; all the eaters are in or eaten and the
crop has been excellent, although many are marred by scab; it does not
affect the taste but they do not keep as well as ones not so marked. I
hope that the proportion of apple trees which yield fruit which has to
be eaten in the autumn can be reduced and more trees raised whose fruit
will last until spring. This is a long term aspiration; first the trees
have to be grafted and grown and then a few years allowed before they
can yield good fruit. The
medlar crop is also spectacular; indeed one tree has lost a branch
because of the weight of the fruit. Sadly one of the fig trees has been
pruned by persons unknown in such a way that it will not give a crop for
some years. A rush of clergy, 17 in number, arrive on Monday for a
retreat and so we will have meals in silence which is welcome. The
church is warm, some think too warm! Vincent is in hospital for a few
days having a check but seems to be surviving the hospital with good
cheer, though he is looking forward to getting home”.
have been arriving at Mirfield for their November gathering.
From Fr John Gribben CR:
"Dear Companions, I hope that you are all well. I was moved by the
number of responses to the last update. I hope that you will keep
writing to me but please don’t be offended if I am unable to reply to
them all. I have been busy since my last letter and the Community has
been having quite an exciting time. Fr Simon has been to
giving addresses, Brother Philip was in
helping Archbishop Tutu celebrate his birthday and clean up the beach,
Nicolas has returned from
and Fr Oswin has been to an interreligious conference in Lerins. Aidan
at the moment. We had a good General Chapter discussing our business and
reflecting on the Church and the world. After that we welcomed three
when we enjoyed each other’s company and discussed things of mutual
interest. I was at Walsingham at the beginning of the month for
Guardian’s Chapter. I am aware of a great privilege to be allowed to
be a Guardian. Part of the duties is to participate in the governance of
the shrine and that can be quite demanding.
other part is ceremonial and devotional. In that capacity Guardians are
called upon to accompany Our Lady’s image during pilgrimage
processions and to help in the proclamation of the Gospel of the
Incarnation. We have had a conference of the superiors of the Anglican
religious communities. It was great to see such an array of habits and
very moving to see the heads of small and declining communities being
faithful in the face of many difficulties.
Retreat House will barely have time to cool down. Last week a conference
on Ignatian spirituality and on Sunday night an eight day retreat were
both well subscribed. A couple of the participants brought me some
splendid contributions to the auction.
auction is going well. Some remarkable silver has turned up including a
George III trophy which may turn out to be very valuable. One lady in
Mirfield has given me a large number of things, two of which are worth
mentioning. One is a beautiful inkstand inset with ivory and with two
ink bottles and little brass post scales and weights.
other is a bit battered but is a joy to handle. It is a 1637 edition of
the King James Bible bound up with a 1633 concordance and the BCP. It is
lovely to see Charles our King mentioned in the prayers. On St Simon and
Jude’s Day we had very beautiful Mass to celebrate the College’s
Foundation Day. I’m afraid this letter has taken a long time to
complete. I began it at the beginning of the month but all these various
things overtook me and I didn’t have time to get back to letter
writing until now. So what better way to end than to wish you all the
blessings of All Saints." Photos of Auction items: Top
Hat (this is a bit slow to download but please be
From Fr George Guiver, Superior CR "My
five week prayer mission to
has been postponed until the spring. I think lots of people's prayers
will be being stored up in heaven until the event actually
future full of hope? - article by Nicolas Stebbing CR considering
the future of Anglican Religious life.
from Fr Nicolas of his recent visit to
Newsletter containing important information about the new monastery
and the quarry theatre plus much more.
(Michaelmass 2013) and Prayer
Mr. Gupta has now uploaded pictures from the
Kilimanjaro Challenge which he and his son undertook last month in aid
of CR. Photographs are here.
You may have noticed that this website has a
slightly different look.
change makes it easier to scroll and view on mobile devices and the
opportunity has been taken to ensure everything is as up to date as
possible, including new photographs added to some pages and the
phototour slide show. If there is content you would like to see on the
site which is not currently here - or if you have any comments on, or
contributions for, this site - please make
From Fr John Gribben CR: "Dear Friends and
Companions. I hope that you are all well. I had a wonderful holiday in
during three weeks in August.
was uncharacteristically dry for that time of the year. It is a lovely
city where you can entertain yourself for almost nothing. I had lovely
trips round the
and the ecclesiastical capital,
. Oh and I did a Park Run on three Saturdays and came up with a personal
best 5k in 26.44. It all seems a long time ago now. Since then
I’ve had a weekend on Dante [photographs
here] and a quiet day for SSC and quite a busy time on auction
business. This is going really well now and I think that we will raise a
larger sum than I expected when we started out. Of course, I’m not
speaking of a sum like the last two auctions. I am still looking for
offers of items. This is a good way to find homes for things that you
have loved but no longer want to keep and to contribute to CR’s funds
at the same time.
House is beginning to buzz again as Brethren return from holidays and
work. Fr George is still enjoying a well earned holiday in
. Nicolas is in
and though not on holiday he is loving it. It is easy when one sees how
he looks forward to such visits, to forget how hard he works for the
people of that country. He has been bringing material support to the
orphanages which he founded and educational projects which provide a
future for teenage boys and girls. He has also been working hard for the
– giving retreats, preaching and generally encouraging a people
ravaged and persecuted during the time of Kununga’s control. Term will
soon begin and Fr Peter will have the added responsibility of an
enlarged body of students. Of course, his responsibilities don’t end
when the summer holiday begins – a lot of his summer has been taken up
with meetings of the College Council, University examination boards and
the various Church of England bodies responsible for vocation to the
Priesthood. He has all this on top of encouraging the Community to sing
well and visiting Sisterhoods to help with advice and direction. At
times (like August) when many Brethren are away, quite a lot falls on
those who are in the House. We are very grateful to our Brethren who
kept the infirmary, the singing and the kitchen working well and the
house and church clean and tidy when numbers were few at home. It has
been a surprisingly good year for fruit and Thomas has done a great job
of collecting it and increasing his output of wonderful jams. I recently
advertised the offer of choir stalls. All the two seaters are sold or
spoken for and some of the three seaters have gone but there are still
some available at £150 each unit. As I said before, this is for
collection only so make sure that you have transport available and that
you have the space for them. Now, as autumn and Advent draw near we turn
our hearts and minds to the glorious mystery of a God who loves us so
much that he empties himself of power in order to share our lives and
sympathises with us in the difficulties and sorrows which life entails.
May that God bless you and keep you firm in the hope of the
Resurrection. John CR".
* UPDATED * Photographs
from the recent Companions Study Weekend are here.
for Jack Cawthorne 1922-2013.
Details of Retreats at Mirfield to be held in 2014
can be found here.
Community of the Resurrection and
Mirfield Liturgical Institute present: "Re-Opening the Storehouse
to Choose Gifts Anew", the Second Annual Walter Tapper Lecture
(followed by optional Midday Office and Eucharist).
Guest Lecturer will be Rick Fabian, former Rector, St Gregory of Nyssa,
lecture will take place in the Church of the Resurrection, Mirfield.
This is a FREE event (refreshments available, donations welcome) To book
a place please contact 01924 481920 or email@example.com.
Two forthcoming regional events: CR
Companions, East Anglia Autumn Meeting: Saturday 12 October, 2013 at St
Mary, Diss, to include cooked lunch - details here.
CR St Albans Companions Study Day at Cheddington, Bedfordshire. Subject:
Revd Canon Mike Butterworth. Cost: £6. Book now by e-mail
Fr John CR: "Dear Friends and Companions, the Festival Day seems
ages ago now. I thought that it was a great day and I enjoyed myself
very much. I was encouraged by the number of people who turned up for
the Companions meeting. I was very busy and so there were several things
that I forgot to announce.
most important of these was that we are offering our old choir stalls to
Companions and friends of CR.
y are very fine items of furniture and would make nice garden seats or
they would also look quite elegant as dining seats at a kitchen table.
y come in two sizes i.e. two seater and three seater. Our suggested
donation is Two seater £100.oo Three seater £150.00. This would be on
the understanding that the purchaser would collect. If you are
unfamiliar with the old seats please come and inspect them before paying
to make sure that they are suited to your needs.
y are a lovely reminder of the church before the renovations. Yours in
Christ, John CR".
From Fr Nicolas CR: “
Community is now in retreat for seven days, which we are all enjoying as
it was preceded by a week of quite intensive discussions. Now we are
praying about the discussions before we vote on some crucial issues. Our
retreat is being taken by Mother Nikola Porsche, the Superior of Minster
. She is a most delightful person with a warm bubbling personality. She
is also a very good scholar. She is talking to us about the Rule of St
Benedict. We are not formally Benedictines but we use the rule of
Benedict for inspiration and guidance about our life. It needs to be
interpreted by someone who has really lived and studied it and that is
what she is doing to our great benefit.
re’s not much more to report. Our fruit bushes are producing well this
year and Fr Thomas has made jars and jars of rhubarb and gooseberry jam
(usually separately) and some very good strawberry and blackcurrant jam.
This saves us a lot of money as we never now buy jam or marmalade.
Please keep us in your prayers – on Thursday, our Foundation Day when
we all renew our commitment to the life we have been called to live and
then next week when we must make final decisions on a whole range of
important issues. As a little plug for our Tariro charity, have you
looked at the new website – www.tarirouk.com?
Please do and then think about whether your church can support us at
harvest time. Our finances for this work in
are very tight at the moment so we would be most grateful for some
Photographs are here
from the Companions Day and Festival Day held on 13 July. Fr George's
sermon from the day is here.
July was the First Evensong of the Dedication of the
Brethren gathered in the Chapel of the Resurrection where the Foundation
Stone was censed, followed by the procession in the nave and choir. On
Saturday 6th the Brethren celebrated the Dedication of the
, it being the 75th Anniversary of when the Archbishop of York dedicated
its completion on 6th July 1938. During Tea in the Refectory, a special
75 cake was made by the Community's excellent cook Catherine, complete
with sparklers! To round off the festivities an exhibition of
photographs and news cuttings were on display to commemorate 75 years in
the completed church in memory of the founder Charles Gore.
Fr John Gribben CR: "Greetings dear Companions and friends. In
my last letter I reported on Fr Dominic and Fr Vincent. Little did I
know that within such a short time Dominic would no longer be with us.
At the time I was simply relating how our two most senior brethren were
continuing in their vocation in infirmity and old age. Just a few days
after I had sent out the letter Dominic began to decline rapidly. He
died peacefully and with the comfort of the sacraments. With Dominic a
whole chapter of the history of CR comes to an end. He came as a
postulant in 1944 which means he had been all my life in the Community.
Fr Vincent is quite robust but finds it hard to get about unaided but he
rarely misses offices, has a good sense of humour and is always very
gracious in his relationship with his brothers. At the other end
of the age range we are indeed fortunate. Jacob and Dennis in first
profession have been working very hard – Dennis as Guest Brother and
Jacob as House Steward as well as each of them bearing a major part of
the burden when brethren are sick. Brethren in first profession are
still making a discernment about their future vocation so please keep
them in your prayers as they seek the Lord’s will. We have one
aspirant, several enquirers and a number of young people who want to
live alongside of us either to discern their vocation to religious life
or to study some aspect of monasticism.
y are always willing to share in the toil of our domestic life.
last few days have been very busy for the Community and will continue
so. Dominic was borne into church at Evensong to the singing of ‘May
holy angels bear you away to paradise and there at the threshold may
saints and angels welcome you’. An all night vigil was kept by his
coffin and then on Monday was a solemn requiem followed by his burial in
the Community cemetery.
re was a large gathering. On Saturday is the feast of the Dedication of
foundation stone was laid in 1911 and the church was completed in 1938
last wee,k being the 75th anniversary. On the day following (7 July) we
will hold our annual Fun Day when in addition to the usual stalls,
raffles and games there will be a rally of vintage and classic cars and
bikes on the cricket field. On the following Saturday (13 July) we will
have the CR Festival Day which begins with Companions in the morning. I
will give a talk on the Auctioneer’s
. At Mass there will be a renewal of Companions’ commitment when cards
will be placed on the altar and some probationers will become full
Companions. By then our annual Chapter will already be under way. This
lasts until 2 August during which we discuss our life and take all the
important decisions which affect it. On the 3 August we go on pilgrimage
to Monkwearmouth and on 4th I go on holiday! My next
Companion’s letter will probably be in October by which time I will
have returned from
and been the enabler on the Study Weekend 6-8 September. I am really
looking forward to exploring Dante’s world. If you want to come please
book soon and don’t be disappointed. That only leaves me to mention
next year’s Walsingham Pilgrimage and next year’s auction. Dates for
both these events have been booked: Walsingham 30 May – 2 June and the
Auction 29 March so put them in your diary. I am, as usual, hoping for
donations towards the auction – if you have anything let me know.
Yours in the Risen Lord". John CR [Photographs (i) train
Please see this Ember
List for College of the Resurrection students being Ordained this
Petertide. Also now on the site is the latest CR
Quarterly and Intercessions
Mention in the Church Times here
of CR Companion Donna Fletcher Crow's latest book "An Unholy
Newsletter can be viewed here
courtesy of Jeremy Plummer
Fr Dominic Whitnall CR
died at 2.15pm on Wednesday 12 June in the 99th year of his age and the
66th year of his Profession. Fr George, Superior CR, anointed him the
night before with Br Jacob CR and Fr John CR laying hands on him.
Community asks you to join with them in giving thanks for his life and
in praying for the repose of his soul. His funeral will be at Mirfield
on Monday 1 July at 11.30am
notice which appeared in the Church Times is here.
From Fr John Gribben CR "Dear Companions and
friends, It does seem a long time since I wrote my last letter. Several
of the things that I wrote about then have happened making it a busy
time for the Community and for myself. Life around Mirfield has been
lively since Easter. At the CCR Council on 20 May and at the Northern
Council we discussed the forthcoming Companion’s Day and Study Weekend
Companion’s Pilgrimage to Walsingham was a very happy affair but sadly
three of those who had booked couldn’t come. Geoff Dignum, to whom we
are grateful for his organisation of this and many previous pilgrimages,
had to go into hospital the week before. Get well soon Geoff! Thanks for
all that you have done for us. Thanks too to Kevin for standing in and
working with the coolness and efficiency characteristic of him. Our
prayers and sympathy go to Vanessa and Malcolm. Vanessa’s father died
in the week before the retreat so they had to withdraw. We have already
booked for the same week next year (30 May to 2 June 2014) and I suggest
that if you’ve been before you know that it is worth booking in and if
you haven’t it is certainly worth giving it a try. Walsingham was
beautiful both for the National Pilgrimage and for the Companion’s
pilgrimage. A bumper lot from Mirfield went on the National Pilgrimage
– 11 students and three members of the Community.
preached a very good sermon. I think that numbers were up and the sun
shone on us all day. After a week of atrocious weather the Companion’s
Pilgrimage began in sunshine and apart from some teeth chattering during
outdoor Stations of the Cross, the weather was kind to us. We were well
served by the shrine and given a warm welcome both there and in the
Companions were all very happy whether at devotions or in the lanes of
or relaxing in the Bull. Everyone was ready to help and to assist at
various liturgical tasks and so the CCR Chaplain had an easy time!
Pilgrimage is a very special way of making the Gospel story our own and
so a visit to Walsingham is a special way of welcoming the Son of God
into our hearts and our lives (photographs here).
But there is more to come! On 13 July we will have the combine
Companion’s Day and CR Festival Day. This will be a mixture of
friendship as we all renew old acquaintances, relaxation as you enjoy
the church and its environs and devotion as we meet our Lord in the
sacraments. At Mass there will be an act of recommitment by the
Companions and some new Companions will be admitted. During the morning
session there will be an update of Community news and I will try to give
a talk on ‘Who wants to be an Auctioneer’. In the afternoon there
will be workshops ‘On being a Companion of CR’ these will be enabled
by some of the Companions. I look forward to meeting with a lot of you!
here) And if that’s not enough there is the Study Weekend 6-8
September. This is called ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ and
is a look at the Divine Comedy by the medieval poet Dante.
re is so much to see and enjoy in this of knowledge of the God of love,
of art, of poetry, of fantasy and imagination. Places will be limited to
20 so book early (details
here). Several brethren are on holiday at the moment and with quite
a lot of guests and a couple of infirm Brethren we are kept pretty busy
with housework. Fr Vincent and Fr Dominic are both very brave and
patient men. Vincent is a perfect gentleman and requests very little but
his mobility has become limited and so he needs to be assisted getting
to church, the refectory and his room. He has a great sense of humour
and he sometimes surprises us with a sharp and witty comment on things.
Until a short time ago Dominic maintained a good deal of independent
action but in the last couple of weeks he has become much more dependent
on others and is now very frail. Please keep them in your prayers. While
I am speaking of infirmity and sickness I am always ready to pray for
Companions who are ill or incapacitated. Please let me know if you would
like the Community to pray for you and please let me know if there are
Companions who would appreciate our prayers. Each night I light a candle
after Compline and mention the names of the sick in the confidence that
Christ will love them and hold them in his Heart. Brethren continue to
play a part in the Huddersfield (Methodist)
which is both an ecumenical venture and part of our attempt at outreach
to the local community. I continue, when other duties don’t prevent
me, to take part in the local Parkrun in
. I don’t cover myself with glory (this week 271st out of 476) but it
is great fun and a lovely way to encounter local people. Auction – in
case I haven’t mentioned it before I am organising another one.
Activity has been slow this month but we have received one stunning item
– an Indian Army cavalry sabre in mint condition – and we have
promise of a lot of other good things. This is a good way to raise
money for the Community and it is a way in which we can all take part.
First of all pray for me and for the auction so that any outcome may be
for the glory of God and for the extension of his kingdom.
n I will need helpers – to collect things, to pass on the news
especially to dealers and on the day of the auction. Of course I am
still looking for items of interest and some of them may be hidden in
the depths of your cellar or at the back of your desk drawer or even
awaiting the dustbin collection! If you think you have something please
let me know. If you know of someone downsizing or clearing a house tell
them about me (well – not all about me). Love and prayers". John
CR. Photos: (i) Sword
Kiss - Rodin inspired by Divine Comedy (iii) Dante
Photographs from the recent CR Companions Pilgrimage
to Walsingham can now be seen here.
date for next year's CR Companions Pilgrimage to Walsingham is 30 May to
2 June 2104.
Further information (and booking form for groups)
for the Companions Day can be found here
Further information and booking form for the
Companions Study Weekend can be found here
Dates for your Diary: Companions Day 13 July
(further details are now available here).
Companions Study Weekend 6-8 September (further details are now
Companions Day 2014: 12 July.
Novice Daniel has now left the Community to pursue a
possible route to Ordination. He is currently on a parish placement in
Companion Keith Battarbee is
planning to undertake a 100km Trans Pennine Challenge in aid of the CR
Trans Pennine Challenge is tipped to be the toughest in the ‘Walk it,
Run it Series’, journeying across the Pennines from the urban
landscape of Manchester alongside winding riverside paths, on through
the Peak District to Penistone at the 50km midpoint; then to Sheffield
and the Don Valley Stadium 100km finish line. Keith
has now set up a JustGiving page for his Trans Pennine challenge –
please go to https://www.justgiving.com/Mirfield-Appeal
to sponsor him. Thank you.
from Fr John CR, April 2013. A photograph of the desk
mentioned therein can be seen here
- a report on the recent visit to the
by Fr Nicolas CR.
Extract from an article in the Church Times from 19
April regarding an article by Dr Charlotte Methuen entitled
"Marriage: one man and one woman", regarded by some as a
minority report to the FAOC's report "Men and Women in
Marriage": On Monday, the Revd Thomas Seville CR, a member of the Commission, said that the report was “as clear
as it could be” on the question of what it refers to as
“accommodations” for same-sex couples. “
issue of producing a report in soundbites, which has its temptations, is
that you end by giving people something superficial. ‘Well-designed
accommodation’ is a good one, it leaves things open which we should
not really have been speculating on.”
Commission had been “mindful” of the fact that the Pilling Review,
which is looking at the Church’s approach to sexuality, is due to
report: “We did not want to be messing up their patch,” he said.
Commission had been “very concerned not to make judgements or
condemnation about other forms of relating but we were stating
positively what the Church of England actually taught.”
re was much discussion of the FAOC paper
but it was agreed that it should be sent on to the House of Bishops
Standing Committee and then to the House of Bishops". Fr Seville
said he hoped that the Commission would look at the issues raised in Dr
Methuen’s paper in the future.
Companions should have received their Commitment
Cards for completion and returning to Mirfield. If you have not received
yours, please make
Quarterly Review and updated Intercessions
leaflet are now on this site.
Newsletter is here
CR's detailed annual accounts to 31 August 2012 can
now be seen here
Thomas CR was in the procession at Canterbury
Cathedral for the enthronement of the new Archbishop. He was
representing Anglican Religious Communities.
Details of the concert on 20 April "Sacred and
Secular" can be found here
From Fr John: "Dear Companions and Friends,
I am trying to catch up on this letter which I should have written last
week. We are all getting ready for Holy Week – some of us going to
parishes and some sharing the Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies with the
College here at Mirfield. I shall be going to Lytham to Fr David Lyon,
an old student of the College from the days when I was a tutor. Fr
Crispin is going to
and Brother Stephen will be at Wellingborough and you can find where the
other brethren will be on the intercession
leaflet. Please pray for us all as I will be praying for the
Companions wherever they may be at this holy season. After Easter we
will have a Spring Concert of sacred and secular music on 20 April and I
am preparing to conduct a retreat here from 19 to 21 April.
Quarterly is almost ready for publication and we hope to send out
the Companion’s commitment cards so the time to reflect on our mutual
relationship to the Risen Lord has come round again. That in turn
reminds us that the CR Festival Day will be on 13 July when, after the
Companion’s meeting in the morning, the cards will be placed on the
A number of Companions have asked if I have any news of an auction.
Well, I have gathered quite a number of items and I have promises from
about four people so I think at the moment there is enough to justify
having another go. While there are several very good items, I have
nothing yet that would give promise of the kind of figures that we
raised in the two previous auctions but you never know what may turn up.
We will not have an auction this year but I have booked the refectory
for 29 March next year and when Easter is over I will make a gentle
beginning and not rush at it. However, please do keep your eyes open for
anything from a broken watch to a diamond tiara or from an old postcard
to an autographed Picasso. With every blessing for Easter, John CR"
Church Times from the Revd Timothy Evans, Director of Pastoral Studies,
Yorkshire Ministry Course.
- latest report from Fr Nicolas CR
A reminder of two events taking place on 2 March for
first is a Lent meeting of the CR East Anglian Branch at St Mary, Diss:
second is a joint CSMV Oblates/CR Companions Quiet Day at Southwark
Cathedral: details here.
Companions Pilgrimage to Walsingham (31 May to 3
June) - there are only half a dozen places left. Book now to avoid
disappointment - please e-mail
sermon preached by Fr
George Guiver, Superior CR, at the Funeral Requiem of Timothy Stanton CR
is now available on the sermons
by Fr Peter CR in Church Music Quarterly, the periodical of the Royal
School of Church Music
From Br Daniel NovCR: “Last weekend I had lead
my first retreat with Fr Dennis. It was a good experience with a nice
group of participants. It was very good to see new faces, who had not
been in CR before.
weather was freezing and the house was cold but they seemed to be
enjoying their time. One thing is to have been on retreats as
participant, another thing is to lead it. I was glad that Dennis did
good preliminary work and I could join in.
re was a good support from the other brethren too. A retreat in CR is
not just about the brothers involved in it. We all contribute with our
involvements in choir and during meals and I think the retreatants
benefit from that too.”
Geoff Dignum advises that the total cost of this
year's Companions' Pilgrimage to Walsingham (31 May to 3 June) will be
£167.70 per person. A deposit of £30 per person should be sent to
Geoff by the end of February. Please e-mail
if you require further details.
Fr Timothy Stanton CR died on 16 January in his 96th
year and the 61st year of his profession. Announcement and funeral
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
From Fr John Gribben, Chaplain to the CR Companions:
"Dear Companion’s and Friends, A Happy 2013 - I hope
that everyone has had a good Christmas. Christmas at HR was the usual
mixture of the religious celebration of the Incarnation and a jovial and
expansive enjoyment of mince pies, turkey and chocolate. I received the
Annual 1930 and so my bedtime reading has been greatly enhanced. On St
Stephen’s Day I cooked dinner for the Community and guests (19 and 2
vegetarians). I’m not very skilled but nobody was sick. Sadly this
year Andrew is no longer with us but I can imagine him joining heartily
with the angels in ‘Glory to God in the Highest'. A lot has happened
since I sat down to write this letter. Andrew was buried on the Feast of
the Epiphany. It was a lovely service and a happy one – the conclusion
of a mortal life devoted to the service of Christ. On the same day
George took up again his ministry of leadership having been re-elected
to serve as Superior. Also on the same day Jan - a young German student who has been staying
here - was baptised before setting off with Nicolas for a month’s work
in Zimbabwe. This all took place in the same General Chapter in which Jacob was
elected to first profession. Sadly last night we had another death in
the Community. Fr Timothy Stanton took a serious turn and the ambulance
service was called but by the time they arrived Timothy had already gone
to his Lord. He was a very holy man of great courage and admirable
humility. We shall all miss him very much. Brother Daniel and I went out
to see ‘
Hobbit’ a couple of nights ago and both of us enjoyed it very much. If
you are a Tolkien fan it is well worth a visit. One of the underlying
themes is the sense of call – of how the small person can play his
part in the salvation of others. This is true supremely of the baby born
but it is true of each of us as we put ourselves into the hands of God.
On Sunday evening 3 February we will have a Candlemas
Concert of religious and secular music and poetry which will include
items performed by pupils from
Grammar School. The
school recently held their carol service in our church. It was excellent
and it was another opportunity for local people to come and share
something of the joy that our place of worship brings to us. I shall be
conducting Holy Week in
’s where Fr David Lyon, an old student of the College, is vicar. After
Easter I will give attention to the question of the auction. We have
provisionally booked the College refectory for 29 March 2014 but that
can be cancelled if we don’t think that it is feasible. Some people
expressed anxiety in case it would interfere with my post as Chaplain to
the Companions but I think that that is extremely unlikely. I was
appointed at the end of July just before my three weeks in Belfast which
meant that trying to learn the ropes with just about six weeks before
the 2012 auction was impossible – although I carried on dealing with
day-to-day mail and other business relating to Companions.
feasibility of another auction would depend on my being able to collect
enough items to feel that I could raise at least £5,000. Many of you
have been helpful and generous and I would not want to press anyone to
go beyond what they feel is their limit. It is worth remembering however
that a lot of money was raised on things which the donors felt was no
longer any use to them – old and sometimes broken watches, postcards
and things that had taken up room. You may have neighbours who are
moving or downsizing and who might like to donate something to us.
Recently I found an old shoe last in the cellar and I thought what a
good idea for the first lot. It inspires all sorts of adages such as
‘the last shall be first,’ Gribben’s last stand’ and ‘
Last Auction’. Anyway keep us in mind and in your prayers. John CR"
Newsletter is here.
A young man called Dean is coming to the
Community as a postulant on 1 March to test his vocation and he needs to
find a home for his dog Millie. Might somebody looking for a dog who
would also be happy to help someone exploring membership of Community?
Photograph and details here.
If you can help, please make contact. Thank you.
Please click here
to see photographs of the baptism at the Community church of
Jan Oliva, from
, who has been “living alongside” the Community. He was baptised on
6 January, the Epiphany.
Andrew CR, who died on 9 December 2012 were interred in the CR cemetery
on 6 January. Andrew had opted for cremation.
Community has re-elected
Fr George Guiver to be Superior for another five years (his third term
of office) and are encouraging Br Jacob to make his first temporary
profession, which will take place early in February
re is a new feature on
the CR website: the Brethren of the Community now provide a reflection
on the reading for the daily mass through the year.
y are to be found on the Finding
Fr Thomas has put together the text of a
jam recipe book which may be published in due course
List has now been fully updated, courtesy of Linda Blenkinship. Please click
here for the latest version.