franciscan - January 2001
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Kairos is the prison version of Cursillo, a weekend of talks, meditation, worship, creative activity and loving
care, designed to share God’s love with those in prison.
Jennie CSF recently took part in a Kairos
weekend at Highpoint North prison for women. A team of twenty women spent four days with eighteen residents who
had chosen to live in a Kairos wing of the prison – committing themselves to looking at their way of life with
the possibility of a new beginning. Some prison officers gave up their weekend off to make the Kairos weekend possible,
and the course was supported by people all over the country, who prayed for the event, and wrote personally to
each resident taking part. Training days beforehand had helped to unite the team for their work, and a support
group outside the prison ensured that a meal was ready for the team and relaxation possible after the pressures
of a day inside. Jennie values the opportunity to let people in prison know that there are people who care for
them, and the excitement of seeing them begin to open up and change, and she hopes to take part in other Kairos
weekends in the future.
In September Reginald and Sue were
privileged to be the chaplains for ‘Exciting Mission’, the Canterbury Diocesan
Conference at the University of Sussex, SSF having been approached for an ordained sister
or brother. The 400 participants enjoyed varied worship and excellent input: Bishop John Taylor’s bible studies,
Yale’s Professor Lamin Sanneh on ‘Mission and the Birth of World Christianity’, as well as contributions from Revd
Alison White of Springboard, and diocesan staff.
In January 2001, I will be moving to Barrowfield, Glasgow, for a year, to share the life and ministry of Brothers
Amos and Robert Coombes, who are currently living there. The brothers will be in one flat, and I will be next door,
but we’ll be sharing common facilities between the two flats. I’m not going with any great plans for what I will
be doing there, but rather am waiting to see what I could best be involved in when I get there. I am very much
looking forward to this new and exciting project. As to what happens after this year, watch this space!
Anselm left Cambridge on 1st November, as he retired from eight years of full-time parish ministry at
Saint Bene’t’s, and is spending six weeks at Saint Deiniol’s Library, Hawarden on a Franciscan bursary – taking
advantage of Bishop John Moorman’s collection of Franciscan books. After that, he is looking forward to being with
the brothers at Glasshampton for Christmas, and then to a spell at Freeland with the sisters – before moving to
Birmingham at the end of March.
The Year of the Millennium has been celebrated by Franciscans around the world through prayer and witness, and through a re-appraisal of our life as followers of Francis, the man of the Millennium.
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