Chapter of the bishopric of Selsey

October 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Metropolitan Jerome preaches during Solemn Mass on the Octave Day of St Wilfrid, founder and heavenly patron of the bishopric of Selsey

Lynmouth, UK: Between Sunday 18th October to Thursday 22nd October, clergy of the bishopric of Selsey joined their Ordinary, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV in Chapter. Accommodation was provided courtesy of Canon Emilio Tundidor-Suarez OSJV at The Rock House hotel and by gracious permission of the Anglican Bishop of Exeter, the daily round of liturgical Offices, private Masses and Conventual Solemn Mass took place in the parish church of St John the Baptist, Lynmouth. During the week, the clergy enjoyed addresses and facilitated discussions concerning the pastoral application of the priestly life by Fr Christopher Buckley CMP.

The Chapter enabled clergy from all over England to come together in prayer and in fellowship and provided the opportunity for both personal interviews with the Metropolitan as well as the more formal consultative process of a Chapter with His Grace. Resulting from the discussions of the formal Chapter itself, the Metropolitan acceded to a petition seeking permission to offer liturgically the Sarum Use for Mass and the development of closer working relationships in mission with other Christian denominations sympathetic to the faith and ethos of the Old Roman Catholic Church. A report was also received from the Chicago Synod courtesy of Metropolitan William and shared with the Chapter.

All who attended very much appreciated the opportunity to gather in such a beautiful location as the small seaside harbour village of Lynmouth and the comfortable surroundings of The Rock House hotel and the very great privilege of worshiping in St John’s church. A vote of thanks was made by Chapter for the facilitation and company of Fr Buckley, the hospitality of Canon Tundidor-Suarez and the generosity of the Bishop of Exeter and the people and parish of Lynmouth in the use of their church.

capelyffinReturning to the north of England, Frs Charlesworth and Buckley with Metropolitan Jerome visited the shrine of Our Lady of Capel y Ffin courtesy of Fr Richard Williams of Haye-on-Wye and prayers of thanksgiving were offered there for the success of the Chapter and the safe journeying home of all Chapter attendants.

Metropolitan to attend new Chemin Neuf community inauguration

October 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Chemin Neuf logoBrighton, UK: His Grace, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV will attend the launch of a new Chemin Neuf community in Brighton & Hove. The invitation from the Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops of Chichester and Arundel & Brighton respectively and founder, Fr Laurent Fabre, Leader of the Chemin Neuf Community, announces the inauguration of a new Mission based in St Patrick’s church, Hove welcoming the Revd Tim Watson, his wife and family and other members of the Chemin Neuf Community to Brighton.

The Chemin Neuf Community is an ecumenical organisation founded by Roman Catholics in Lyon, France in 1973 with a membership now of some 2000 members in over thirty countries. The Chemin Neuf Community has been active in the UK since 1993, with a presence in Liverpool, Storrington (Sussex) and Lambeth Palace in addition to the new community in Brighton & Hove.

The community focuses its action on the principle of unity: unity of Christians, unity of men, unity of couples and families. It regularly organises retreats for couples, families and / or engaged couples (“Cana”), for divorcees (“Cana Espérance”), for divorcees who have remarried (“Cana Samarie”), an international evangelization (Net for God / Fraternité Œcuménique Internationale (FOI)), as well as an evangelization in the neighbourhood (evangelization in the street, the Alpha course), sessions for young people, theological, philosophical and artistic training, and retreats following the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola.

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New oratory blessed

October 20, 2015 Leave a comment

9725163_origKentucky, USA: The Oratory of Our Lady of Victory in Goshen, KY was solemnly blessed by Archbishop Douglas Lewins on October 18th. A Mass celebrating St. Luke, whose feast was commemorated, followed the blessing.

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Archbishop Carfora memory honoured

October 19, 2015 Leave a comment

905167_origChicago, USA: On October 11th, 2015 the grave of Archbishop Carmel Henry Carfora was solemnly blessed with a new headstone. This was secured through the efforts of Canon Kelly, to whom the Church is truly grateful. Following the blessing the clergy and faithful gathered at St. Anne’s Mission for a Pontifical Low Mass celebrated by Archbishop Lewins, during which Br. Jamie Alaniz OSF received the minor order of Porter. Afterwards a reception was held in the parish hall.4303729_orig

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Chicago Synod 2015

October 19, 2015 Leave a comment

9678087_origChicago, USA: A regional Synod of the Old Roman Catholic Church in America was held in Chicago on October 10th hosted by  the St. Anne Mission. Archbishop Douglas Lewins from the United Kingdom joined Archbishop Myers and his clergy as they identified opportunities for growth. A Votive Mass of the Holy Ghost was celebrated and further discussion was held about the growth of the Church and its relationship to the world around us.

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Metropolitan speaks at House of Lords

October 14, 2015 Leave a comment

HOL meeting roomLondon, UK: His grace, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV of Europe was a keynote speaker and member of the “expert panel” at the House of Lords in a debate entitled “Refugees and Migrants – morals and dilemmas” hosted by Baron John, the Lord Laird of Artigarvan. The other keynote speakers were Councillor Christopher Precious, the Mayor of Dover and Jeremy Savill, retired Commander of the Metropolitan Police. Approximately seventy people attended the debate including MP’s, academics and Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts and members of the Foundation for International Collaboration, as well as members of the general public including some of the faithful from the Brighton mission. His grace visited Westminster Abbey and the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor prior to arriving at the Houses of Parliament and was honoured to share in the Shrine Prayers on the Confessor’s feast day in the Abbey.

The Shrine of St Edward, with the tomb of Henry III in the background.

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor

Metropolitan Jerome spoke about the plight particularly of Syrian refugees, providing the debate with much background information concerning the religious and political dimensions to the Syrian crisis. His grace particularly criticised the UK Government’s lack of coordinated and comprehensive provision in response to the crisis and highlighted the considerable effort that will be required of charities and other institutions in making up the discrepancy in the Government’s provision. His grace mentioned that “Cherubs Kitchen” his own charitable apostolate in Brighton would be participating in the city’s “Sanctuary by the Sea” initiative and called on others to do similarly in the “City of Sanctuary” movement. Lord Laird thanked his grace’s contribution to the discussion at the end of the evening and gave an impromptu tour of the House for the Brighton contingent, whilst accompanying his grace to St Stephen’s Door.

9/11 Memorial Service

September 14, 2015 Leave a comment

3356310_origChicago, USA: Canon Kelly led a 9/11 Memorial Service at Irving Park Cemetery where he serves as chaplain. The moving event was attended by a variety of first responders as well as those wishing to honor the memories of people who perished.

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