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The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Steven Croft, visited us on the Third Sunday of Advent to celebrate the Eucharist and preach. He and his Chaplain, the Revd Paul Cowan, joined us for coffee afterwards and toured the convent with Sister Clare-Louise.
Our Christmas celebrations ended with a joyful Carol Service for which we were joined by a group of gifted musicians and many friends and neighbours.
We again were hosts for Inter-Novitiate Study days which combine a rolling programme of study with opportunities for novices from several communities to meet. The friendships formed and strengthened at these gatherings often continue well after the participants have made Profession and Life Vows.
Bill Kirkpatrick—Father Bill—one of our first Priest associates died on 4th January. He had an extraordinary ministry based in Earl’s Court which can be summed up as ‘Being There’ and ‘Reaching Out’. The latter was the name of an organisation he described as “a small cell of contemplative action within the Earls Court area … allowing for a ministry of sharing from within the sacredness of each other’s vulnerabilities and strengths where there is no ‘them’ and ‘us’.” His work with young homeless people, with young male sex workers and among people living with HIV and AIDS was supported by the counsel of Mother Mary Clare SLG, and by the prayer of the community. Sister Avis Mary attended his funeral at St Cuthbert Philbeach Gardens.
Sister Judith and Sister Catherine returned at the beginning of March from a fortnight’s visit to the Holy Land. They were guests of David and Sara Longe and of Archbishop Suheil whose visit to Fairacres in July 2016 we recorded on the website. David is coming to the end of his three-year appointment as Chaplain to the Archbishop which SLG Charitable Trust has supported through the Church Mission Society. It was good to have a glimpse of David’s work and that of the diocese, and Sara’s sharing music with disabled children in which Sister Judith joined briefly.
“We have come back full of gratitude for all we experienced: wonderful and generous hospitality, the opportunity to visit many holy places, and some extraordinary encounters. We hope to be able to give a fuller account in the Fairacres Chronicle later in the year”.