Posts Tagged ‘Brian’
Life is fairly busy this week.
Brother Clark Berge, our Minister General, arrived last Thursday to spend a couple of weeks with us. He has just come from Papua New Guinea, where he spent time living with the brothers and also participating in the Ministers’ Meeting. This week he and Br Simone are taking part in the Holy Week devotions in Cambridge parish and also at St Peter’s School. Next week Br Clark will have some speaking engagements and will conduct a Quiet Day at the Friary.
Brother Brian is assisting with the Good Friday services at Melville during an interregnum.
Brother Clark and Brother Brian will then go to our Provincial Chapter meeting at Stroud, NSW, Australia.
Friary guests at the moment include a family recently arrived from the United Kingdom to settle in New Zealand. So we are a full house!
Saturday 3rd December 2005
The culmination of a slow and ponderous journey is near. The process of Brian’s move from Alverna at St Isaac’s Retreat, Opononi to the Friary of the Divine Compassion in Hamilton into an alteration of part of the friary to accommodate a hermitage was completed with a simple service of blessing and naming on Saturday 3rd November with a small group of friends and the friars including Brothers Daniel (Minister General) and Alfred Boonkong (Minister Provincial).
During the ceremony people moved about the hermitage and prayed and blessed objects and spaces. Br Brian named the hermitage ‘The Little Portion’ and tribute to his many years in Papua New Guinea ‘Lik Lik Hap’.
A barbecue dinner followed with many happy reminiscences and some lively discussion.
A service of dedication of the continuation of Brian’s ministry of prayer and contemplation in the eremitical style was held in the chapel at Te Ara Hou later in the week.