Newly clothed Br Tom and Br James Martin in Wantage

Our New Novice, Br Aidan OC

Br Aidan, OC

During our recent Candlemas Chapter at the Convent of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage (Oxfordshire), one of our postulants, Fr Michael was clothed as a novice in our Order. He took the name Brother Aidan.

Br Gilbert, OC

Our Prior, Br Gilbert had hoped to make his solemn life profession before Bishop Tony, our Episcopal Visitor, who would have acted on behalf of our Order. Unfortunately, Br Gilbert was tested ‘positive’ a few days prior to our Chapter and was therefore unable to attend Chapter. Brother is steadily improving, but we ask for your continuing prayers for him and for all are tested ‘positive’ at this time and suffer during this pandemic.

Of your charity, please remember Br Gilbert and Br Aidan, and our community in your prayers.

Please pray also for our postulant Fr Robert, as he discerns a vocation with us.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit lead me on a level patch. [Psalm 143:10]

Are you hastening toward your heavenly home? Then, with Christ’s help, keep this little rule that we have written for beginners. After that, you can set out for loftier summits of the teaching and virtues we mentioned above, and under God’s protection you will reach them. [Rule of St Benedict, Chapter 73:8-9]

We pray for all those who are in those early months and years of Religious Life, especially Brs James Martin, Tom, and Aidan as they continue to learn about the way that they are following. May they be upheld in their prayer life, in their study, and in the life of our community. May God sustain them in the ups and downs, the joys and the struggles that they will face. Pray too for all those who are charged with the guidance and support of our novices who are following this way of life, especially Br Gilbert our Prior and Novice Master. Amen.

We pray that the novitiate may be for them an opportunity of meeting with Christ, your Son our Lord. May this encounter with Christ be source of life, of living their vocation with dedication, of deeper knowledge of their heart, of growth, of loyalty and, if it is your will, of true desire of consecration of their life to the only Lord. Amen.

We pray for men and women whom you have called to live the Religious Life and who are being formed as novices. We put into your hands their lives, their hopes, and their vocation. Amen.

In Other News

Our Prior, Br Gilbert, was invited to preach in the parish of East Ham (London). The following photograph was taken after the Service, showing the Team Vicar the Revd Quintin Peppiatt, Br Gilbert, and the Curate the Revd John King.

This event was duly reported in the Church Times the following week (right-click on picture to enlarge or visit our FaceBook page where the picture is larger):