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franciscan - May 1997

© The Society of Saint Francis, 1997

Sixty Years On . . .

by Kathleen George, Companion of SSF

It is now fifty years since I became a Companion of the Society of Saint Francis. During that time, friendships with members of the First Order and with other Companions have increased the significance of St Francis for me.

Throughout the years, what memories! We camped at Hilfield and held gardening weeks at Compton Durville. These occasions were a source of inspiration and fellowship to us all. A request from Brother Reginald at a Companions’ Meeting led to the planning of a visit by a youth group to Assisi in 1966, accompanied by Brother Vincent. Brother Hubert came with us to Oberammergau in 1970 and Brother Silyn to the Holy Land in 1974. When I was living in Dover, letters used to come from strangers saying, “Brother Vincent says you might have a bed for us on our way to and from Bec.” Lasting friends were made on those visits. Brother Kevin led a group of Companions from Belfast to Sussex, and our Sussex Companions and friends helped to make the visit a success.
Retreats, conferences and quiet days have always formed an important part of our programme – so, for today and every day, ‘Awake in us, O God, the vision of thy kingdom, that we may seek this day the things which belong to our peace. Amen.’ §


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