His Grace, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV has issued a Pastoral Letter for Advent to the faithful of the Province of Europe. The letter is a spiritual reflection on the holy season and the observance of it, focusing particularly on the anticipatory and preparatory nature of the season with a view not just to the commemoration of the Nativity but of our own expectation of heaven and the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Brighton, 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.