Posts Tagged ‘Friary’
The Romanian Orthodox cogregation which shares the chapel at Te Ara Hou is dedicated to St George.
This year they held their festival on Sunday 25th April with visitors from the Auckland and Wellington churches. After the service in the chapel they all moved to the friary lawn for the feast in a joyful atmosphere. The weather stayed fine for the more than 50 guests.
About 25 people came to the friary for a Quiet Day during Easter Week conducted by Br Clark Berge (our Minister General).
The photo shows;
Brenda Trim TSSF, Rose Christie-French TSSF, Br Simone ssf, Alison Molloy TSSF, Rosemary Blackwell, Br Clark Berge ssf, and Fr Terry Molloy TSSF.
Missy, the friary cat also got into the picture.
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 10th April 2010
10:00 am – 4:00pm
Led by Br Clark Berge SSF
Minister General of the First Order Brothers
Friary of the Divine Compassion
Te Ara Hou Village
100 Morrinsville Road
Bring your own lunch
Hot and cold drinks provided
The day will conclude with Evening Prayer at 3:30pm
followed by an Afternoon Tea to which people are
Sunday 14th February 2010
This week began with Brian preaching at both the 8:00 am and 9:45am Eucharists at St Peter’s Cathedral Church. We had lunch together as a community at a restaurant in town for a couple of small friary celebrations. In the afternoon and evening Brian, Simone and Joseph travelled to Auckland and back, for the Requiem for Archbishop Jabez.
Monday 15th February 2010
In the morning the Village Forum held a regular meeting in the friary. Simone was on duty at Manaaki Mai overnight.
Tuesday 16th February 2010 (Shrove Tuesday)
Damian Kenneth participated in the Anglican Action Council meeting. Brian Simone and Joseph attended the annual barbecue which Bishop Denis Browne (Catholic Bishop of Hamilton) hosts for Religious in the Diocese.
Wednesday 17th February 2010 (Ash Wednesday)
The brothers attended the combined Anglican/Roman Catholic Ash Wednesday service, held this year in St Peter’s Cathedral Church. Bishop Denis was the preacher.
Thursday 18th February 2010
Joseph returned to Stroud after his stay here.
For several months the brothers of the Province have been seriously reviewing our presence in New Zealand. A variety of reasons has reduced our numbers here to the point where we are now two; Brian and Damian Kenneth.
The Provincial Chapter meeting at Brisbane, 16th – 18th April 2007 reports that “both Brian and Damian Kenneth are happy to continue living in the friary as a praying presence, and in fact are already doing so. Chapter affirms them in this and assures them of the support of this Province and that their presence in Hamilton is greatly valued”.
One of the factors in this decision of the Chapter was the impressive volume of support from many facets of the Church in Aotearoa New Zealand for the ministry of the friary. For this support we are truly grateful.
We will be supported in community by our two Companion Brothers, Matua David and Doug Pratt together with the community of Te Ara Hou Village and the visit of other brothers from the Province from time to time. There will obviously need to be some variation to our ministries with the reduction in our numbers and a need to be prudent in the assignments we accept.
It is our fervent prayer that by maintaining our presence in New Zealand that we can provide the opportunity for young men called by God to the Franciscan religious life. The prayers and support of all our followers is essential and we ask you for a special effort in this regard as we move into a new phase of our being here.
Please celebrate with us the affirmation and support of our presence in Hamilton.