Community’s B & B accommodation in the Annexe will be
closed over the Christmas and New Year period, from
23 December 2014 to 7 January 2015. This will allow staff to spend some
time off with their families. The Retreat House will also be closed to
guests on Christmas Eve (24 December) until 7 January 2015. This is the
time between Christmas and Epiphany when the brethren are meeting in
General Chapter and spending time together in retreat.
The latest monthly Newsletter about CR
(December) can be read
Resume of Fr Thomas CR's
addresses to last week's General Synod are here.
The first relates to the recent Anglo-Methodist report; the second to a
debate about revised guidelines for clergy conduct..
From Fr John CR "Dear
Companion’s and Friends, I hope that you are all well. I am writing
this on the first evensong of the Feast of Christ the King. This, at the
end of the Christian year, looks forward to our total participation in
the gift of salvation won for us by Christ – the day when ‘every
knee shall bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord’. In
this year when really horrible things have happened throughout the world
and when we think of all the anguish of past wars, it is good to join
with Christians in acknowledging a power and a love beyond the kingdoms
of this world. Next week the Christian New Year begins with the first
Sunday in Advent, when we begin to reflect on the birth of our saviour
and look forward with hope to his second coming. I have just conducted
the pre-Advent Retreat for Priests. It was great to have a full retreat
and a great pleasure to be with people who wanted to open their souls to
the gifts of God in order that they might better serve God’s flock. It
reminded me that as well as praying for more clergy we should also pray
for our clergy. I experimented with the retreat this year – using the
space and majesty of our church to present the Gospel in a variety of
ways. So we used the morning for the traditional retreat address but in
the evening we had a procession meditating on the Mysteries of Light;
there was a Holy Hour; on the last evening we had a thanksgiving service
for our baptismal and priestly vocations and Laying on of Hands and
Anointing. My retreat theme was the Prodigal Son and because of someone
dropping out the Principal asked me if I could use the same material to
guide the College students during their retreat. So after a busy
fortnight I had a very relaxing Saturday. After Mattins I went to
and took part in the weekly Parkrun with 514 other people. It was great
fun, the company was delightful and the bacon and egg in the Café in
the Park was the best I have ever tasted! A trip to the Market on the
way home turned up a real treasure – a Dandy Annual 1959 for the
princely sum of 50p (perhaps I should say ten shillings). I returned in
time for a shower before Mass and Lunch. As the YMC were here for the
weekend we had the joy of a large crowd at the Eucharist.
cook pulled out all the stops and produced a magnificent lunch. So what
else was there to do except settled down by the fire with a book and
gently dose until tea time. Evening prayer for the first evensong of
Christ the King was lovely and the day was crowned with the news that
Man. U had beaten Arsenal. On the same day the
and Thomas were attending the first meeting of the synod for the new
College is on a short break, Fr Peter is lecturing in
, Brother Steven is preaching in
and Fr Nicolas is preaching in Guernsey and trying to raise money for
his work among orphans in
and Fr Eric is preparing to go to give help and advice to other
communities. I had intended to use this letter to write about what the
Companions were doing during World War I but the Prior liked it and we
thought that it would make an article for CRQ, so look out for it in the
next issue. Do you have a bustle that you no longer use? How about a
stomacher or a woggle? Is your house cluttered with stuffed animals,
busts of Garibaldi, what-nots, tall-boys, bric-a-brac and sundry curios?
Need I say more? Every Blessing for Advent and if I fail to get another
one out in time have a Happy Christmass. Love and prayers, John
Habits of the Religious Life? - Article from the Church Times
Thief at the
Community church - article
from the Mirfield Reporter
The latest monthly Newsletter about CR
(November) can be read
From Fr Thomas CR: "A
beautiful autumn week; how deep the colours are this year!
apples are now in and are going in what used to be the apple store in
the cellar; the one we have used in recent years in the grounds is just
too damp to be suitable. I have not gathered the medlars – a huge crop
– apart from some which came in yesterday assisted by the five year
old daughter of an ordinand and her mother. She gave herself to things
in the orchard with enthusiasm and now knows how to break off a medlar
rather than pull it off! Our local mycophiles came to see the front lawn
on Saturday and admired the pink waxcap (in abundance this year); this
is a very rare fungus and because it looks like a pink ballet tutu
raised in the air is called a ‘ballerina’; they are beautiful. It
was lovely to seem them enjoying something which most people never
leaders of the religious communities gathered here for their annual
conference, which makes for a busy refectory.
y seem to want to return next year also. Fr George has not been too
well- he had an operation last Friday and has taken longer to get back
into the swim of things than was expected. Nicolas is in the
. Aidan has gone to the sisters at Chiswick and will be back on Friday.
This Saturday we have a concert in church led by the lady who looks
after our singing; it is a chamber choir concert and should be
enjoyable. I hope the acoustic is friendly to them; it has been a bit of
a problem in the past, however kind it is to our voices"..
From Fr John CR: “My dear
Companions in Christ. Today I begin to see light after a year when I
have never been able to get on top of my work.
mountain of e-mails has been reduced to my usual manageable size. A
couple of days ago I delivered an updated version of the paper that I
gave to the Companions on Festival Day ‘What did you do in the War,
Father?’ As I think I told those of you who were present I intend to
go on working on this project until the 100th anniversary of WWI. It is
very moving to read letters of CR Fathers from military locations
throughout the world. Until I began they were just names on an obituary
list but now they appear vibrant, young and exciting they make me want
to sing Gaudiamus Igitur – ‘Let us now praise famous men and our
Fathers…’ Before I forget here are some dates for your diary
Walsingham Pilgrimage 29 May to 1 June 2015. If you intend to go, book
soon as several reservations have already been made - contact Michael
Stocks firstname.lastname@example.org. If you hadn’t thought of
going it is really worth considering. The
Companions pilgrimage has always been a great experience and to go in
pilgrimage to try to experience the gift of the Incarnation can only be
good for your heart and your soul.
date of the Companions' Day is not yet settled but it also promises to
be an enjoyable and exciting event.
Study Days 8 to 10 September 2015 are something not to be missed. It will
be held in the comfort and beauty of the College, the subject will be on
the Eucharist with our Companion from USA, Bill Ryon, as principle speaker. Be sure to book early. Details may be
obtained from Kevin or Vanessa. For some time my approach to
Companions’ requests for prayers has been well-intentioned but
disorganised. I would carry the request in my heart and mind from my
office to church and pray for the subject. I would try to remember to
light a candle before Compline and I would mention it at the next Mass
that I would be present at. I would also put the request on the
intercession board. In calm times this works quite well but I can hardly
remember the last calm time and so often only bits of the program have
been carried through. Today I made a very simple adjustment to my
routine. I have put a special notebook by the computer. When I receive
requests they will go into the notebook and I will pray immediately in
my office and use the book to help me remember the other stages. Be sure
that I will pray for you in my office and at Compline. So please let me
know of Companions and your friends in sickness need or distress. I and
the Companion’s Council are very aware that my letter only reaches
those of you who are on e-mail (or who see this on-line). At the moment
I can’t see a solution which doesn’t involve a great deal of
expense. I would appeal to those who receive my letter – please share
it with any Companion known to you who doesn’t have a computer. I
enrolled four people as probationers over the weekend and tomorrow I
will admit Fr Kirtley Yearman, a priest from
, as a Companion.
past year has seen modest growth for which we say Deo Gratias. Can we
look forward to a time when there will be many regional activities once
more? Last week I ran in
. This was my fiftieth Parkrun which means that I qualify for a red
running shirt – my first ever sports award. By the way, I came first!
(not as good as it sounds as I was first among the over seventies). I
mention this not just to show off but to give notice that I hope to
organise a sponsored run next year to raise money for Tariro – the
trust run by Fr Nicolas CR for to provide a good life and education for
orphans and young people in Zimbabwe. It may be the last time that I will be fit enough to say thanks to God
for the wonderful experience of life that he has given me. So watch this
space. Compline bell has just rung so I’ll say good night. Yours in
Christ, John CR”
From Fr Oswin CR: “We
are spending the week-end with Bishop Graham of
, our Visitor, who is conducting his five-yearly (quinquennial)
Visitation. We received him formally at Evensong last night and he
preached at Mass today. We are each seeing him in turn - it must give a
kaleidoscopic insight into the life of a monastery.
n on Sunday he will Preside at the solemn Eucharist and talk with us
altogether in Chapter. A report does come out of all this but first
we’ll need to wait until next Spring when Bishop Graham will return
for Part Two. We are also delighted to have our brother Simon home from
hospital, after treatment for an infection. Our fire alarms work!
Usually it is an over-enthusiastic smoke detector in the attic sending
us out into the night ai but this week - and in daylight - the detector
quite correctly registered some smoke - this time from our own ironing
room but no harm was done. Philip CR has spent the week at High Leigh at
the conference for Bursars of Religious communities - over 200 of them,
some Irish sisters in their 80s and in good form. Thomas CR spoke to
young clergy at Lambeth yesterday on the Religious Life and its
influence on the celebration of the liturgy. It feels good that we’re
are all at home this weekend after two months of comings and goings -
and Bishop Graham is a warm and generous presence among us”.
Quam Gloriosum" Chamber Choir Concert 7.30pm on Saturday 1 November
in the Community church. Details here
The latest (Michaelmass)
Quarterly and Intercessions
list are now on the site.
The latest monthly Newsletter about CR
(October) can be read
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 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 which you
have loved but no longer want to keep and to contribute to CR’s funds
at the same time.
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 although 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 vacation 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
sympathise 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
Details of CRs 2015 retreats are here.
Community of the Resurrection - a Brief History
- just published.
happened to the Religious Life?
- article by Nicolas Stebbing CR in the September edition of New
the five thousand
- article by Crispin Harrison CR in the September edition of New
the seed - article by Aidan Mayoss CR in
the September edition of New Directions
the Catholic way - article by Nicolas
Stebbing CT in the September edition of New Directions
The latest monthly Newsletter about CR
(September) can be read
From Fr Thomas CR: "Many brethren have been away,
including Nicolas in Zimbabwe, Aidan at St Mary, Kenton and John, Philip
and Jacob on the visit to Trier. Oswin, Eric and Simon have just got
back so we feel a little less small in choir.
three who are in Trier will be sharing with our German brothers
reflections on the anniversary of the First War, something which will
include a visit to the site of the terrible battle at Verdun. On the
visit last year we asked the
contingent how Germans regarded the First war and they commented that
because the Second War and Nazism had had a far greater impact on German
experience and reality, that it was ‘history’. Yet the recent year
has seen a recovery of memory with respect to the First war – arguably
a wider perspective than the one common here: there have been some good
pieces in their community journal. I look forward eagerly to hearing how
the visit has gone when the brothers return. It will be Jacob’s first
and indeed to
. Back at CR the August Bank holiday retreat went well, although the
numbers who come on this wonderful retreat are small.
re was a time when it was full and we were turning people away - a
puzzling change. Fruit gathering goes on; two fruits are bearing for the
first time in quantity: greengages (a great hit) and damsons, which will
be picked in the next two weeks. It is a good year for fruit although
the wet weather has brought much rot to apples and plums and the cool
weather means that the figs and mulberries are not as good as they might
be. Plums are good and the brethren love plums gently stewed
without sweetener for breakfast. However, it is a real bounty for which
we are very thankful".
NEW * From Fr
gardening week was a great success.
small group of gardeners worked very hard and made a real impact on the
y seemed to enjoy it too. We could do with a lot more of this sort of
help and, for a really keen gardener, I think we could offer a reduced
rate or even perhaps a free stay! It would be well worth it as the
grounds do need a lot of work doing to them. Yesterday 20 visitors from
Eau Claire Cathedral in
arrived with their Dean, Mike Greene. Fr Greene was a student at the
College ten years ago, is very dynamic, came to Zimbabwe with me three
years ago and I have been to Eau Claire to see him. Now we hope we can
build a link with his Cathedral. Everybody seems to be enjoying it, so
this could be the beginning of strong links with
. We have
a relatively quiet week ahead and then the Bank Holiday weekend retreat.
That is much smaller than formerly: it used to have about 25 people
booked a year in advance. Now it is only 10. I wonder if preached
retreats of this nature are a thing of the past: all retreat houses seem
to have the same problem. People will come for a big name but otherwise
numbers are small. Is it a change of culture? Fear of silence?
Diminishment of the Anglo-Catholic constituency? Lack of time? Or what,
that causes this?"
From Fr Thomas CR: "Things
are nice and quiet after Chapter; John, Peter, Jacob and (today) Oswin
have gone away for their holidays. Eric has visited Fairacres and
Wantage and the week has seen Oswin and Nicolas conducting individually
guided retreats. This summer retreat was started a few years ago and
seems to be increasingly popular. It has been good to have a series of
quiet meals; it did mean that one supper aroused some amusement as bags
of crisps were popped open one after the other! Steven has gone to
preach at St Nicholas, Plumstead.
re have been weddings
here; they seemed to go well and do not impinge to any serious degree on
weather has no doubt helped; it has been a good summer and we have been
picking blackberries since the end of July, two to three weeks earlier
than is usual here.
first ripe Discovery apple was eaten on 7th August, 13 days earlier than
re is a group of five coming to help in the garden tomorrow, the first
gardening holiday which we have had here. Philip and I will be seeing
this through; although it is not the time of year when assistance in the
garden can be most usefully or interestingly employed (that would be in
the spring or autumn I think), there is plenty to do and there will be a
trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture park on Wednesday. I was relieved to
hear that the unseasonable weather called Bertha is going south; we have
assumed that if there is rain it will not be of the monsoon kind. A nice
variety of guests is arriving and August will be quite busy. Our long
term Romanian guest, Bishop Ignatie, has been travelling much and we
will see him hardly at all before the end of the month; I help him with
his English and rather enjoy the hours talk we have. Sadly, returning to
a Romanian environment does not always mean that he returns with his
English in best condition".
The latest monthly Newsletter about CR (August) can be read
2015 Companions’ Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
will take place from 29 May to 1 June inclusive. Would those Companions
and friends who are interested in going please contact Michael Stocks,
who is arranging the bookings, so that Michael knows who to get in touch
with when booking forms are issued later in the year. His phone number
is 01524-807192 and his email address is email@example.com
Fr Nicolas Stebbing CR: “This
week as we are all in retreat. We don’t have a conductor this year so
we are free to follow our own bents, which is quite nice. Unfortunately,
the builders - who have kept us waiting for two years to replace damaged
floor tiles in the church - chose this week to do it! So for a couple of
days at least we shall be using the Retreat house common room for
good thing is that the weather is excellent; good weather always makes
people feel better on retreat. Please remember us on St James Day (25th)
which was the day the first six Brethren of CR made their professions in
in 1892. We will renew our own commitment to this life on that day as we
do every year. We come out of retreat on St James’ Day and then have
another week of Chapter meetings before we can close up shop for the
summer; if only! In fact we have a very busy August ahead of us: the
Individually Guided Retreat in the first week is completely full; two
weekends later we have a group of 20 coming from the Cathedral of Eau
Claire in Wisconsin led by our former student Fr Michael Greene. We hope
this will set a pattern for other groups of Americans to visit us and
discover what a wealth of monastic history there is in striking distance
of CR. We ourselves have a pilgrimage day during Chapter when we shall
go to Hartlepool where St Hilda began her monastic life before moving to
main purpose of the day will be to pray for vocations to the Religious
Life. Now back into silence!”
of Fr Thomas' contributions to the debate at General Synod, as reported
in The Church Times (plus photograph)
A few photographs from the Companions and Festival Day
held on 12 July can be found here
"Sir Patrick Stewart would return to Mirfield to
perform at Monastery" - article
from the Dewbury Reporter
The latest version
of the CR leaflet is here
The latest annual accounts of CR (to 31 August
2013) are here
The latest monthly Newsletter about CR (July) can be read here
for details of a special World War One Retreat 9 to 12 September.
latest Appeal Newsletter is here.
From Fr Nicolas Stebbing CR: “
past two weeks have been very busy, although in the sort of way that
makes us glad. It started with 18 people coming up from London to take
part in a Benedictine retreat.
y were with us for three days and shared our life. Fr Richard Carter
from St Martin in the Fields and I gave them several talks on the
subject of St Benedict and deepening our commitment to Christ. This was
followed almost at once by an Individually Guided Retreat, led by Maggie
Jackson and me. We had six people on this. For some reason we have a lot
of people coming to daily mass – retreatants, day guests, people from
College and YMC. We’ve been between 20 and 30 every day for the last
few weeks! No sooner had the IGR people gone than eight people came from
a parish in Bury for a pilgrimage weekend. This is a new way of doing a
weekend which Br Jacob is developing. It involves more teaching but also
aims to foster long term relationships with parishes. This first one
seemed to go well. Today some five monks and nuns from parts of Europe
will be arriving to plan an ecumenical conference here in August next
year. I will take them to Lastingham on Tuesday for mass in that
beautiful 11th Century chapel and then they will go on to Stanbrook to
visit the Benedictine sisters there”.
Full list of Mirfield
from the Companions Pilgrimage to Walsingham
spotted at Walsingham featuring a picture of Fr Dennis CR!
The dates for the 2015 CR Companions Pilgrimage to
Walsingham have been reserved with the Shrine. They are 29 May to 1 June
2015. 18 places have been reserved. If you are interested in coming on
this pilgrimage, please e-mail Michael
Stocks as soon as possible.
New CR leaflet here
The latest monthly Newsletter about CR (June) can be read here
NEW * From Fr John Gribben CR "As
I sit down to write this Fr Thomas CR should be arriving in Walsingham
to join those Companion’s and friends who will be on pilgrimage over
the next couple of days. I have spent the day trying to catch up on mail
which has been growing over the past few weeks as I have been engaged in
a number of events at HR and elsewhere and since my last chaplain’s
letter there has been a phenomenal amount of mail relating to
Companions. Well, as you know by now the auction was a great success. We
made £26,000+ on the day and in the course of the year I made about £1,200.
When we have calculated gift aid the total may well reach £30,000. We
are still short of doing the final touches in the church but I’m
taking a short rest. After the auction I went with the students for
their Passiontide retreat to Walsingham. We are so fortunate to have
such devoted and good ordinands. After that I went to St Mary’s
to conduct Holy Week. In that beautiful church I think that I received
much more than I gave. At this time, as you will know, many of the
Fathers and Brothers travel in order to help parishes to celebrate the
crucified and risen Christ. It is for us a privilege and honour. Father
Peter travelled a little farther than the rest of us (put together) –
he preached Holy Week in
! To be fair in my reporting he did this while he was having a
well-earned sabbatical. While I was in
I did manage to do a Parkrun and take a couple of day’s holiday. Since
then I have done some preaching, been to CSC Costock, had many spiritual
direction sessions and been for a visit to hospital (nothing serious –
I have a clean bill of health). This week at HR I have been helping the
Bishops of the
to keep a retreat. As there were twelve of them I thought that it might
be a good idea to consider Jesus’ appearances to the Twelve at Easter.
To help us think I used the works of Duccio of Sienna. It was a lovely
occasion for me as I have many associations with the Irish bishops.
Tomorrow I go to
to preach at the 40th anniversary of the ordination of an old friend
from my college days. When I get back I will be in
to preach at Pusey House for their festival on 15 June. By Companion’s
day there should be above ten new Companions there are also several
probationers so we have a lot to be rejoicing over. Last night was the
end of term and many of our ordinands said farewell to us as they set
off to prepare for ordination to the diaconate. On Monday last years
deacons will return as part of their preparation for the priesthood.
Please pray for them and give thanks that so many want to offer
themselves to the service of Christ. Please pray also for Fr Peter and
the College staff and all who are engaged in the work of formation for
the Ministry. I look forward to seeing many of you on 12th July. Yours
in Christ, John CR"
Artist in residence Ian McKillop has arrived at the
Community for a six week stay. Among other things, he plans to capture
some of the emotion of the psalms.
From Fr Thomas CR "This
week we have on retreat the Company of the Resurrection with us.
ir origins are a bit obscure but they have had a retreat each year,
formerly at Hemingford Grey but in recent years, since the sad closure
of that lovely place, here. Fr Aidan always gives the retreat and it is
a particular pleasure to have them with us. A longish period of trouble
with the computers seems to have come to an end but I say ‘seem’, as
the experts on these things seem to make as much heavy weather as
amateurs do. Peter has got back from a much enjoyed sabbatical and has
got back into the stream of things quickly; Nicolas has been away in
giving a lecture, Phillip is away on a conference of religious at
Swanwick and on Friday we are here for a chapter, which will be quite a
local rector of Dewsbury will be telling us about how they run their
foodbank there. It would be good to do something like that here but, as
anyone who knows where we live will appreciated, we are not best sited
blossom seems to be setting so there is a hope for a good
apple crop; the gooseberries will be less abundant than last year but we
may get our first damsons and greengages from trees planted two years
ago and blackcurrants from the bushes planted last year. All the apple
grafts seem to have taken, although how well only the summer will show
(one looks a little sickly with only one leaf showing so far but the
variety is one that comes out late).
weather is spring like, so OK for gardening but not for putting washing
out. I am told by Mr Clough that the bees are in good shape and friendly
insects such as ladybirds seem plentiful".
Brother Steven CR: “Brethren, Companions and Oblates might be
interested to know that Paul Shaw, Central Archivist for the Poor
Servants of the Mother of God, will be giving a Talk entitled “A
Permanently Troubled Conscience---the life and work of Charles Gore”,
first Anglican Bishop of Birmingham on Tuesday 13 May at 1pm on Level 4
of the Central Library of Birmingham in the Heritage Learning Space.
Talk is free but booking is recommended which people can do by phoning
0121 245 4455 (or on-line)".
The latest monthly Newsletter about CR (May) can be read here
From Fr Nicolas Stebbing CR: "As
we approach Low Sunday the house is filling up with brethren returning
from Holy Week commitments and me from
. People often find it strange that as a Community dedicated to the
Resurrection we don’t celebrate Easter together. We, however, value
the fact that we can celebrate this wonderful feast in parishes with the
church at large, whom we try to serve. We then always celebrate the
octave Sunday with a festal Eucharist and a bit of a party. Only Peter
Alan will be away as he is still on sabbatical and is at this moment
with a cousin in
. My time in
was good, sometimes stressful, sometimes very moving.
best part was meeting some of the new children we have recently taken on
who are without exception, delightful.
stress was partly from some teenagers who are misbehaving - which is
understandable - but when they have no families to care for them can be
disastrous. Anyone who would like to know more can look up our page on Facebook
which I updated almost every day.
country itself is politically quiet, athough economically
very depressed with businesses closing down and unemployment very high.
Anglican church is no longer persecuted yet some of the scars of
division are still with us and will take a long time to work through".
CR Companion Vanessa Dixon suddenly found herself in
the national press! She found out about it here,
the original article being here.
Once reason had regained her seat, Vanessa composed a short article
about how it happened and her subsequent reflections. This can be found here
and is well worth reading.
Introduction to some of the principal texts of the Daily Office -
written by Fr George Guiver, Superior CR, a recently re-discovered
Guide to the CR grounds has now been published, written by Bruce
Carlin. The booklet provides a map of specific locations with specific
prayers linked to each. Available from the CR bookshop.
Mass for Geoff Dignum. Geoff organised for many years the CR
Companions Pilgrimages to Walsingham
You can now follow
CR on Twitter
From Fr John Gribben CR "My dear Friends, By now
most of you will know that the auction was a great success. We raised
over £26,000 on the day and with pre- and post-auction sales and gift
aid I think we will have reached the magic total of £30,000 and a grand
total from the three auctions of £150,000. I am very happy with this.
It could not have been achieved without a great deal of help from
Companions, Students, Brethren, friends and neighbours. Many companions
answered the call to search their attics, many people from
gave donations (this is a moving tribute to a new relationship between
the Community and the neighbourhood). I have been given expert help in
valuation, advertising and the general business of the auction. In the
week of the auction itself volunteers helped in the mammoth task of
setting up and monitoring the showroom and all with willingness and
humour. If I mention three names it is not because they are more
cherished or valued than other helpers but because they have been beside
me through all three auctions. Kevin arrived with the content of his
garage thus providing the foundation for the first auction, he relayed
to you my, sometimes frantic, Auction News (for which Lady Smith
expressed her relief) and he became an expert holder upper of objects.
Jacob has been my right hand man since he was a novice and he has a
great instinct for what might be valuable even when it looks like a
candidate for the bin. Adele with her professional touch changed the
nature of the auction from the bumblings of an amateur into a solid
business and saved me from breakdown several times. I should also
mention the star of the show. My brother George is well known in
where he is an auctioneer and where he has conducted many charity
auctions. He says that we are his favourite and he has genuinely grown
to love his expeditions to Mirfield and he asked me to thank everybody.
He has been very generous with his advice and time and refuses to take
anything for his expenses.
only trouble is - he wants another one! He emailed next day to say
‘never say never’.
same message has come from the many dealers who turned up and spent
thousands of pounds on the day. On viewing day someone offered me the
contents of his attic ‘for the next one’. I don’t think that I can
have another auction in the near future, but neither can I ignore the
goodwill that the events have brought to CR nor can I ignore the fact
that we still have a long way to go to complete the refurbishment of the
church. So what I propose to do is to keep on receiving donations of
items, some of which I would sell through George’s and other auctions
but I would aim to have an antique and bric-a-brac sale in the summer of
2015 and if enough stuff comes in maybe an auction in 2016. So keep
alert I still need your help. But at the moment I’m taking a holiday
from it all. I shall be going with the students to Walsingham next week
and conducting Holy Week in Bourne St, London followed by a couple of
days holiday while I’m down there. Keep me in your prayers as you are
in mine and have a blessed Passiontide and Easter. Yours in Christ, John
The latest monthly Newsletter about CR (April) can be read here
The third Grand
Auction raised over £26,000 on the day! The latest Fundraising
Newsletter can be read here
From Fr John Gribben CR: "Dear
Companions and friends, I was sad to learn of Geoff Dignum’s death
last week. He was a good and faithful Companion and gave a lot of energy
and time to the organising of the annual Companion’s pilgrimage to
Walsingham. Indeed he had rung me up to consult just two or three days
before he died. He has been ill for many years but the end came suddenly
and was a surprise. I shall miss his cheerful voice over the telephone.
He has gone to the Lord that he loved and served. May he rest in peace.
Within a few days now I will be caught up in the auction. It is all very
exciting and I believe that we will have a good result. To all of you
who have helped or donated things - I give my gratitude. You can still
help by spreading the word – especially to your local dealers
(especially antiques and books) and please pray for us. My brother has
just sold his house and has a very busy work schedule. He will come to
us on Friday conduct the auction on Saturday, return to
on Sunday for viewing day in his own auction rooms on Monday. He loves
auctions at Mirfield nevertheless we owe him a great deal of thanks for
his generosity. I would like to correct one of several errors in a
report on Mirfield in the current ‘Church Times’. It was suggested
that the money raised at the auction would go to the reconstruction of
the Quarry Theatre. This is not true. The theatre will not be funded
from the Appeal and it is intended that the results of the auction will
be directed towards those things still to be completed in Church
especially the screens for the Chapel of Reconciliation. I will try to
get out a short note after the auction but if I fail to do so may the
blessings of the Passion and Eastertide enrich you all and bring you
joy. John CR"
From Fr George Guiver, Superior CR, to the Editor of The
Church Times: "Thank
you for publishing the article about the restoration of our open-air
Theatre on page five of this week's edition of the Church Times.
Unfortunately it isn’t accurate - I haven’t said the slightly odd
things in the quotation and, more seriously, the auction this coming
Saturday is not in aid of the theatre. I am writing just to let you know
that we will need to post a correction on our website. I am also writing
to the Huddersfield Examiner, which you have quoted. We’re
still grateful for the publicity!
Geoff Dignum, known to many Companions through the annual
CR Companions pilgrimage to Walsham, has died. May he rest in peace and
rise in glory. His funeral service will be held at St Alban's Cathedral
on Friday 4 April at 10.00am with a reception afterwards in the Deanery,
to which all are welcome.
Kirklees Council has given planning permission for the
refurbishment of the Quarry
permission now gives CR the right to complete the work and to hold 14
performances per annum at the theatre. The
schedule for the next 12 months is already fairly well
established. Work is being started on the access road and theatre this
coming September with the likelihood of completion in early 2015. A
public meeting is being organised for Saturday 5th April at 10am in
the New Refectory. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in
learning more about the re-development of the theatre and the plans for
its use in the future.
Article from the Yorkshire Post: Church
to restore open-air quarry theatre
From Fr Nicolas CR: "Fr George
and I were in
for a few days last week with a CIR group – the ecumenical congress of
religious. We had a fascinating time. I had managed to set up
conversations with various people in the
and at the central Benedictine House, Sant Anselmo’s, where we stayed.
re are some very clever and interesting people in
and the ones we met all spoke several languages. Our main purpose for
being there was to try and push forward ecumenism through the CIR and to
find new ways of doing it. We got a lot of ideas on that: one is to
organise a symposium (a sort of conference) in
to talk with some of the very clever people about the problems of
ecumenism. Another from the Abbot Primate was to set up an ongoing
theological reflection group. One which I am especially interested in
came from the Anglican Centre. Anglicans and Roman Catholics have
decided it’s not enough to talk about unity; they must do something as
churches together. So they have decided to take up the massive problem
of human trafficking. It’s reckoned there are around 29 million slaves
in the world – enslaved either for sex or for labour. I want to see if
the many communities involved in CIR could take this up as well. We’d
hoped to see the Pope privately but that wasn’t possible. However, we
went to the general audience in St Peter’s Square and that was fun. We
were on the edge but that was OK as he drives around in a small open
car, laughing, cracking jokes, kissing babies etc. If you want to get
really close you need a baby. Next time I’ll borrow one!
n he gives a short talk and it is translated rather pompously into other
languages. You watch that on big screens.
really amusing part was the music they played before and after the
audience – Spanish American dance music! I’m told the Pope does the
Tango well. Anyway he’s a lovely man and he is having a really good
. People we met were relaxed and looking forward to the changes that are
clearly coming. Fr George was fun to be with. He speaks Italian fluently
which is a help and enjoys working out bus routes and things like that.
He also likes shopping so on two days we had picnics in
, once in the Villa Borghese gardens and once near the Castle de Angeli,
. George bought a huge amount of food and cheap wine so it was very
adequate. Worship at the Benedictine house was mostly in Latin
plainsong, quite well sung although I think Fr Peter would have liked to
improve it (!). With a hundred monks from 40 different countries it
makes sense to use Latin. We had one general mass in French, with
Senegalese music and one of our number said a private mass in French so
that we could communicate.
is demonstrations in the streets. However, I don’t mind them if they
don’t disrupt my life and we enjoyed watching one in central
while we were waiting for a bus (which came). Next day I came back
straight after our talks at the
but others stayed sight seeing and there was a major demo in town which
caused all the buses to stop running!
y were hours late getting back on foot".
The latest version of
the Auction Catalogue can now be viewed here
From Fr Thomas Seville
requiem and funeral of Fr Vincent CR took place on Friday
last and, although his brother and sister in law could not get here on
account of their own infirmities, his nephew came and shared some
photographs and memories with us.
rite was good and fitted a Brother who had had a lot of suffering in his
life, to which the
made reference in his appreciative homily. What I think is called a good
send off. We
have three Romanians with us at the moment, with various degrees of
English and which I am making efforts to assist.
youngest, who is training for the priesthood in
Romania, has discovered C.S. Lewis and is reading the Narnia books with
enthusiasm. There are quite a few other guests, either for retreat or
for study. Jacob is on holiday, in Portugal; Eric is visiting Fairacres
and the Superior and Nicolas are in Rome on an ecumenical conference of
religious with the hope of getting the Pope to do a plug for the
religious life, which sounds a long shot but they are having interviews
and meetings with the various bodies to see if this can be promoted.
wet weather seems to be having a break at the moment, not a
moment too soon. I have a clutch of apple maidens to be planted, which I
would do at this time normally but the soil is too wet for the roots at
this time of year, so I am hoping that the dry spell will last for a
bit. Rhubarb is showing amid its chicken muck and promises well. We are
still eating Gascoyne’s Scarlet apples and the Bramleys have kept
The third monthly
update on what is happening at CR and in the life of the Community can
be found here.
of the 2014 Companions Day in the south (4 October) and a booking form
can be found here. Celebrant: the Rt
Revd Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham.
by Crispin Harrison CR on
Jesus' lament over Jerusalem
which appears in the February edition of "New Directions"
by Aidan Mayoss CR on the Venetian statue of the Madonna dell'Orto
and the motherhood of Mary
which appears in the February edition of "New Directions"
Fr Vincent CR died on Valentine's Day morning. Evensong and the reception of his body will be at Mirfield on
Thursday 20 February at 6pm. His funeral requiem will be on Friday 21 February at 11.30am.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
From Fr Nicolas CR: "At
the weekend we had a new venture: St Michaels’ Chorale, a choir from
came to stay for the weekend in order to do some intensive practice. It
was their first experience of a monastery - except for the lady who
brought them - and they seemed to enjoy it, so we hope we will see them
again. It’s good when this space is used for other things by people
who also like to be in a monastic ethos. We
now have two Romanians staying with us for three months to learn English
and generally get to know the Church of England. Like all the Romanians
we have had in recent years, they sing beautifully and usually sing
during communion at our daily mass. Visitors simply love their unusual
but hauntingly beautiful chants. Yesterday
we had a visit from
choir, a local secondary school. Mostly Br Jacob talked with them about
the Community and our way of life but they asked to sing before mass and
sang a piece of proper music in several parts, absolutely beautifully. I
don’t think I’ve ever heard youngsters outside a Cathedral choir
sing that well. It gives one hope for the future that there are still
ordinary young people who enjoy music enough to work hard at the real
thing. Today, to our delight, two new young priests made their
first oblations, as Oblates of the Community. One is Tom Hiney, a former
journalist who worked for some time in
and is at the moment finishing a curacy in Dewsbury before going to
become an army chaplain. The
other is Ben Bradshaw who is well known to CR friends for his visits to
and his amazing fund raising efforts for the Refugees at Tongogara camp.
They will be a wonderful addition to our Oblates group and bring down
the average age considerably.
Fr Peter goes off on three months sabbatical –
Honolulu will take up most of it but he has promised to do some writing,
too, about aspects of music no one else knows much about.
Here is a request - I’ve just been invited to a conference in
in May and the only way to get there is to take a flight from
at 6.30 in the morning. Do any of our CR friends live close enough to
for me to spend a night with them and get to the airport at about 5.00
There are still a few
places left on the CR Companions Pilgrimage to Walsingham. Dates: Friday 30 May 2014 (first meal - supper) to Monday
2 June 2014 (last meal - breakfast).
Deposit: £30 per head, required as soon as possible please
- deadline 28 February 2014. Please send cheques (payable to the
Community of the Resurrection) to Geoff Dignum at
11 Copper Beeches,
Milton Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 5LW. Do e-mail
if you require further details. (Incidentally, should you not manage
to obtain a place you are still most welcome to join our group but you
will have had to have made your own accommodation arrangements directly
with the Shrine)
and programme here
of the spring concert on 2 March
The second monthly
update on what is happening at CR and in the life of the Community can
be found here.
by Nicolas Stebbing CR on Nelson Madela's legacy and why we should
follow his example of forgiveness which appears in the January edition
of "New Directions"
by Aidan Mayoss CR on the war dead and our hope for life after death
which appears in the January edition of "New Directions"
If you have not yet
seen it, do please have a look at this lovely video
found on You Tube from Ottmar B. Morett:
"A walk around the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield"
latest Appeal Newsletter is here.
Epiphany intercessions are now on this site: here.
These intercessions are updated every quarter so do please return at
periodic intervals for the latest list.
re is a short video here
in which CR site manager, Guy Laurie, explains how the re-opened quarry
theatre will operate. See also a recent article here
from the Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Companion Geoff Dignum now has details of this year's pilgrimage to
Walsingham, as follows:
Dates: Friday 30 May 2014 (first meal - supper) to Monday
2 June 2014 (last meal - breakfast). Meals: Full Board. Total cost: £172.10
per head. Deposit: £30 per head, required as soon as possible please
- deadline 28 February 2014. First come, first served as there are
only a limited number of placed booked. However, should you not manage
to obtain a place you are still most welcome to join our group but you
will have had to have made your own accommodation arrangements directly
with the Shrine. Initially, please send cheques (payable to the
Community of the Resurrection) to Geoff Dignum at
11 Copper Beeches, Milton Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 5LW. Please e-mail
if you require further details.
those who may not have seen
the new initiative from the Community, aimed at producing a monthly
update as to what is happening at CR and in the life of the Community,
the first one can be found here.
is still room on the Epiphany Retreat which Br Steven Haws will be
leading from 10 to 13 January. In addition to the pre-Christmas retreat,
traditionally this first retreat of the New Year has been one for
Companions. What better way to commence 2014 than with a retreat at CR?
cost is £150 for the full weekend retreat. If you are interested please
contact the Guest Brother at: firstname.lastname@example.org
List has now been fully updated, courtesy of Linda Blenkinship. Please click
here for the latest version.
Following in the footsteps
of CR Companions Donna Fletcher Crow, Alan Wilkinson and Fred Fault,
another CR Companion has now published a book! Details can be found here.
Some UK Anglican Religious Communities are mentioned in the book