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Pentecost & London 2017

June 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey during his broadcast homily for Pentecost Sunday referred to the news of the terrorist attacks in London on Saturday 3/6/17, resulting in the tragic deaths of seven people and seriously injuring another forty-eight, including Emergency Service personnel and Police.

His Grace began with a reflection concerning the fulfilment of the promise of the Holy Spirit to the Church and its enabling power upon the Apostles. He made reference to an allegory of the Tower of Babel and the event of Pentecost in Jerusalem, where once God had confounded humanity by the curse of language, how He then enabled the Apostles to preach the Gospel through the “gift of tongues” i.e. in the languages then spoken in Jerusalem as referred to in today’s Epistle from Acts, resulting in the conversion by St Peter’s preaching of 3’000 people!

Revisiting a favourite Johannine theme, heavenly citizenship, Metropolitan Jerome reminded the faithful that,

“…our eternal life, remember, has already begun from the moment of our baptism, so that whatever happens in this life, we are assured by the promises of Christ and our own fidelity, that salvation which will ensure that we receive, light, joy and peace for evermore in love and in union with God.”

Having established that confidence which the faithful should have by virtue of their heavenly citizenship, he then went on to admonish them to be receptive to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, particularly for our own time…

“But the time is now for us ourselves too, to be inspired by the Holy spirit to spread the Gospel and enable others to know the peace, love and light of Christ, particularly as our world becomes ever darker by this false religiosity of hatred that is threatening our communities, threatening our way of life, threatening our very being. We should not be afraid my brothers and sisters either, to speak the truth again, to allow the Holy Spirit to enable us to have the strength and the confidence to name that false religiosity which is Islamism.”

Metropolitan Jerome continued urging the faithful to be empowered and enabled by the Holy Spirit to respond to the present crises affecting families and communities globally, i.e. Islamism*, by preaching and living the Gospel.

How many more of our brothers and sisters in the faith must be persecuted and martyred before the Church speaks with one voice? Not just to bemoan and bewail the atrocities, but to speak for the Truth and give the solution, which is the Gospel, which is the good news of redemption, of repentance and forgiveness and of being embraced by the love of God and embracing each other with that true love, with that self-sacrificial love, of that love in service, of that love that seeks the good truly of the other, without thought for oneself. Its time my brothers and sisters, for the Church, particularly in the West, and particularly in this country, to wake up! To be truly prophetic, rather than pathetic. To speak the Gospel, to speak the Gospel Truth, and with confidence.

The homily recorded at The Brighton Oratory, June 4th, 2017 is available to view in full here beginning at 12:39.

*N.B. it should be appreciated that “Islamism” should not be confused with “Islam” according to the peaceful practice of the majority of religious adherents. Islamism is a concept whose meaning has been debated in both public and academic contexts. The term can refer to diverse forms of social and political activism advocating that public and political life should be guided by Islamic principles, or more specifically to movements which call for full implementation of sharia. It is commonly used interchangeably with the terms political Islam or Islamic fundamentalism.

Manchester Arena 2017

May 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey’s statement concerning the awful tragedy of the suicide bomber at the Manchester Arena, UK, yesterday evening:

After the confusion of last evening, the nation has awoken this morning to the awful clarification of an horrific event, a suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena, as young adults and children were exiting the venue after a pop concert. The thoughts and prayers of our faithful should of course be for those families and friends affected by the tragedy of such a needless loss of young life and potential at the hands of a tortured individual clearly motivated by intolerance, hatred and bitter sadness. 

“If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Corinthians 12:26) as local churches and congregations respond to the suffering and grief of those affected, and as the nation grieves and offers consolation, let us Christians, wherever we may be, strive together to bear witness to the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and Light of the world (John 8:12), Our Lord Jesus Christ. May we in the sharing of suffering and compassion, testify to the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15), demonstrate and share that hope with others, that hearts might yet be comforted and brought to share in the knowledge of that only true love which conquers hate, the love of God.

Sadly this tragedy speaks to a darkness many are frightened to recognise but which is yet consuming our world unabated, despite its horrendous crimes against humanity. Islamism. Our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East and Africa have already borne brave witness and great suffering to this threat which yet would destroy the peace and stability we currently enjoy in the West. Let us not be afraid to call out that false religious fervour that destroys faith in God and in neighbour and by our witness to Jesus Christ, show to all “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6) that will bring true peace to all. Oremus pro invicem.

Given at The Brighton Oratory, May 23, 2017.

A message for Christmas 2016

December 23, 2016 Leave a comment

abplloydselseya1The Metropolitan of Europe’s Christmas message for 2016 is published ahead of the celebration of the commemoration of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ this coming Sunday. In his message, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV, Archbishop of Selsey, reflected on the meaning of the Incarnation as a practical reality in the lives of those seeking to realise the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. His Grace referred to the many hundreds of volunteers who will be hosting and serving Christmas Day lunches “to the poor, the disadvantaged and the unwanted of society” expressing the significance of the Incarnation i.e. “the manifestation of God’s love in Christ Jesus” by their service “giving of their time and energy”.

Referring to a “host of cherubic volunteers” – a nod to the Cherubs Kitchen apostolate he founded in 2013 – Metropolitan Jerome made mention of his own efforts to provide hospitality to one hundred of the homeless of the city of Brighton & Hove on Christmas Day in conjunction with the Brighton Corps of the Salvation Army; His Grace will be the chef! Inspired by “The Hub” homeless drop-in with which he partnered The Brighton Oratory with the Salvation Army for over six years, the Cherubs Kitchen apostolate operates commercial franchise kitchens“not for profit” fundraising to support local homeless projects and provide NVQ catering apprenticeships and work experience/rehabilitation placements.

The central message of the broadcast however, emphasised the possible universal application of the meaning of Christmas, i.e. the Incarnation of God’s love in Christ, through following the command of Our Lord “to love one another” cf John 13:34-35. His Grace suggested that was the simplest way to interpret the meaning of Christmas and to “receive faith, be inspired by hope and by experience in the sharing of both, God’s love toward us and toward each other”. His Grace concluded the broadcast by imparting his apostolic blessing to all viewers.

The film was recorded in the main kitchen of the Cherub’s apostolate and the music composed by Kevin Macleod is titled “Everlasting Hope”.

Metropolitan’s response to the murder of Abbé Jacques Hamel

July 27, 2016 Leave a comment

HE Metropolitan Jerome OSJV of Selsey issues a Pastoral Letter on the feast of St Pantaleon, Martyr in response to the murder by ISIS terrorists of Abbé Jacques Hamel, an 84 year old priest during Mass…

Categories: Churchwide, Metropolitan

Archbishop Boniface Grosvold, Memory eternal!

July 21, 2016 Leave a comment

bonifaceWith great sadness we convey the news that His Grace, Archbishop Boniface Grosvold, fortified by the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, peacefully passed away in his sleep at 1:00 AM (6am BST) today July 21, 2016 in the ICU of University Hospital, London, Ontario. His Grace was attended by Monsignor George Hamilton-Roberts who administered to him the comfort and consolation of the sacrament of holy Unction and remained praying at the side of the archbishop as he continued his pilgrimage home to God Who is One. Archbishop Boniface was one of the few remaining third generation Old Roman Catholic bishops following those who had known the pioneers of our movement after Archbishop Mathew (memory eternal).

From the Old Roman Catholic Clerical Directory: Most Rev. Dr. Boniface Grosvold was born on 4 June 1942 in Chester, Nova Scotia. As a young man he moved to Ontario where he was employed as a church musician and where he discovered Old Roman Catholicism.
On 28 October 1969 (Feast of SS Simeon & Jude) he was tonsured and admitted to the minor order of cleric by Archbishop Nelson Dudley Hillyer of the Ontario Old Roman Catholic Church. He at that time took the religious name of “Boniface” and has been known by that name since. During successive Sundays in January of 1970 Bro. Boniface was admitted by +Hillyer to the minor orders of door keeper, reader, exorcist, and acolyte. On Easter Sunday (29 March) 1970, +Hillyer admitted Bro. Boniface to the sub-diaconate.
Feeling that his future was in another jurisdiction, Brother Boniface resigned in the summer of 1970 from the Ontario Old Roman Catholic Church and joined Holy Saviour Old Roman Catholic Parish of Niagara Falls, New York, and its bishop-elect Fr. William Mark Plested.
On 30 and 31 August 1970 respectively, Boniface was ordained a deacon and a priest by the retired Old Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto, the Most Rev’d Earl Anglin Lawrence James (1901 to 1978). On 28 September 1970 Fr. Plested was consecrated bishop for the Old Roman Catholic community in Niagara Falls, NY by +James, and both he and the now Father Boniface based their work there.
On 19 January 1972 the work was legally organized by the incorporation in the Province of Ontario of the Old Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Ontario, which took in also the American Parish of Holy Saviour, which then served as the Pro-Cathedral.
On 20 July 1974, Fr. Boniface was consecrated the auxiliary bishop for the Old Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Ontario in Holy Saviour Old Roman Catholic Pro-Cathedral by the Old Roman Catholic Archbishop of New England, the Most Rev’d Edward Carleton Payne, assisted by Archbishop William Mark Plested of the ORCC Diocese of Ontario.
On 30 November 1974 Bishop Grosvold was enthroned as the second Bishop of the ORC Diocese of Niagara Falls, New York, and Ontario, in succession to Archbishop Plested. On September 11th. – 12th., 1976, he was elected Metropolitan-Archbishop and Primate.
Since October of 1997, the See of the Diocese, also known as the “Old Roman Catholic Church In Canada”, has been in London, ON Canada.

Archbishop Boniface’s legacy includes great strides ecumenically in Canada between the Old Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church in Canada and the Roman Catholic Church, the respective bishops of which locally in Ontario he had continually counted as both friends and colleagues. Successive Anglican bishops of London (ONT) had continually extended gracious hospitality to +Boniface both by inclusion at their important diocesan events and in the lending of churches for great ORC occasions, most notably Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church and the Collegiate Chapel of the University of Huron. Episcopal consecrations, often of an international character, celebrated by +Boniface were always supported by Anglican colleagues and usually accompanied musically by the choir of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, London (ONT). The Roman Catholic diocese too had been gracious in the lending of churches for ORC missions and liturgies, most notably the chapel of St Joseph’s hospital for many years, providing a home for the local ORC congregation until the Lady Chapel of Bishop Cronyn was generously provided by the Anglican diocese. With his guidance and interest, the Old Roman Catholic Church solidified its presence in Africa, South America, India, Europe as well as in North America and many of today’s ORC bishops are “Apostolic sons” of +Boniface.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Archbishop Boniface, for the bishops he fostered and the faithful they serve. Memory eternal. Requiescat in pace.

Categories: Ad Clerum, Churchwide

Incardinations

May 19, 2016 Leave a comment

Please pray for the following priests as they continue their ministries in the Old Roman Catholic Church…

georgevonarbleThe Reverend Father George von ABEL (Brighton, UK), received and incardinated by Metropolitan Jerome (Lloyd) OSJV of the Province of Europe into the Metropolitanate of Selsey. Appointed and licensed as an assistant priest of the Brighton Oratory (South East Mission).

paul-fordThe Reverend Father Paul FORD (London, UK), received and incardinated by Metropolitan Jerome (Lloyd) OSJV of the Province of Europe into the Metropolitanate of Selsey. Appointed and licensed as an assistant priest of the Brighton Oratory (South East Mission) and Chaplain to Hertforshire Police Constabulary.

frterry3The Reverend Father Terrence MERRIFIELD (Southampton, UK), received and incardinated by Metropolitan Jerome (Lloyd) OSJV of the Province of Europe into the Metropolitanate of Selsey. Appointed and licensed as an assistant priest of the Brighton Oratory (South East Mission) and a Chantry Priest.

russoThe Reverend Father Richard RUSSO (Ballston Spa, NY) received and incardinated by Metropolitan William (Myers) OSF of the Old Roman Catholic Church in America, as Pastor of St. Helen of the Cross.

Advent Pastoral Letter 2015

November 30, 2015 Leave a comment

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.

Categories: Metropolitan
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