franciscan - May 2002
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Joyce has been elected as Minister General of CSF and took up office on 8 February, succeeding Teresa who had served in this rôle for the last six years. Joyce has been Minister Provincial for the last five and a half years, and before that had been Novice Guardian (twice!) and Provincial Secretary. Helen Julian has been elected to succeed Joyce as Minister Provincial, and also took up office on 8 February. She has appointed Beverley to her former rôle as Novice Guardian, and Sue to be Sister in charge of Compton Durville, where Helen had been Guardian. Maureen and Christine James will continue as Provincial Secretary and Provincial Bursar respectively, and Hilary as Assistant Minister Provincial.
& America too
Derek has been elected as Minister Provincial of the SSF First Order Brothers in the American Province, and assumes office on Trinity Sunday, in time to preside at their Provincial Chapter that week. He succeeds Justus, who has completed his maximum terms of service.
Training for mission
Sister Maureen writes:
‘Learning by doing’ tends to be our model for many things in our community life, from cooking to preaching. However, at times it is useful to step back and share resources on a particular topic, and make known things that generally work well, that might work well in some circumstances, and a few things that are not recommended at all. Twenty-eight Franciscans, a mixture of First Order and Third Order and one invited guest who has worked with us on mission teams, spent three days at St Andrew’s, Plaistow, in mid-January. We renewed our focus on Jesus and took a look at skills and methods that are useful on missions, whether in parishes, schools or other institutions.
It was a ‘do it yourself’ conference, with participants leading sessions in which they had some particular pointers to offer, and allowing opportunities for others to share their experiences on the topic, or to be involved in an activity which illustrated it.
Hopefully, the conference will have clarified the processes involved with setting up a mission, allayed fears that most of us have had about some aspects of mission programmes, and enthused us to continue to be involved on mission teams when the invitation is offered, as one way of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Hilfield Youth Camp 2002
The Hilfield Youth camp is now in its twenty-sixth year. Every August, young people come together at Hilfield Friary to reflect on their faith, to build community through working, praying and relaxing together with the help and support of a team of brothers and sisters, and to experience an environment in which all are encouraged to reflect, to take responsibility, to feel accepted and listened to. The friendships which begin at camp are nurtured throughout the year, and beyond, by a network of prayerful and practical support – so it is much more than ‘just’ a holiday.
This is an age group absent from many churches, but who need somewhere to bring their particular concerns. Many who come to the camp are committed Christians – others are not sure, or are questioning how faith might fit in with their everyday lives. The atmosphere of the camp has always been open to those who are still exploring, as well as to those who know where they belong. We’re often told that the Franciscan environment offers a unique opportunity for that vital step in self-discovery.
This year there is a new structure. For the first time, to reflect the different needs of the age groups we cover, there will be two camps. HYC, for 14-18 year olds, will run from 11-18 August 2002. It offers a mixture of workshops, outings, discussion, games, prayer and worship in the context of life alongside the resident friary community – an experience which many have found profoundly changes their attitude to life and faith. Our newest venture is HYC18+, running from 6-10 August 2002. This has been set up in response to the needs of young people aged nineteen to twenty-six who want a slightly more reflective environment in which to explore more deeply.
Booking forms for both camps are available now. There is also a video for schools, universities and youth groups to get a flavour of our unique product! Further details are available from the current Franciscan team leader, Rowan Clare, at Brixton.
The annual Day of Prayer for vocations to the religious life will take place this year on Sunday 30 June (Fifth Sunday after Trinity). This year brothers and sisters will be keeping a particular week of prayer up to the date itself, and will be responding to opportunities to preach in various places on the day.
Korean Franciscan Sisters
Two sisters, who had formerly been professed members of the Society of the Holy Cross in Korea and had withdrawn in 1999, founded a new community called the Korean Franciscan Sisterhood, when they made their profession on November 24, 2001. They have been living for just over two years in Kumi at the ‘Bishop John Daly Centre’, in the Anglican diocese of Pusan, playing a central rôle in the prayer life of the Centre, and developing personal ministry.
Sister Pamela Clare CSF was able to be present for their profession in vows and it is hoped that a covenant between the Korean Franciscan Sisterhood and the Community of Saint Francis will be agreed at the First Order Sisters’ Chapter in September 2002.
Please pray for Sister Frances and Sister Jemma in their ministry as they try to discern God’s will for their future together.
Nicholas Alan has been elected to life profession and expects to make the ceremony to be on 25 May at Glasshampton;
Sue has been elected to Life Profession and expects to make her profession on 16 April at Compton Durville.
Augustine Thomas made his profession in first vows at St Francis of Assisi Church, Gladstone Park, on 18 March.
Alison Mary has moved into residential care, just a few streets away from the sisters’ in Birmingham. f
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