Saturday 31 October 2015

Confraternity of Catholic Clergy

I attended the annual Colloquium for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy last week at St Edmund's College in Ware (a continuation on English soil of the English College that was founded by Cardinal William Allen at Douay in Flanders, France in 1568). As ever, it was a great opportunity to meet up with brother priests who really do feel like brothers and so a great boost to feeling part of the wider Church. My only complaint is that there are so few priests from 'oop North' who are members of the Confraternity - wonderful as it was to meet all you fellows from London and the South East! Can I encourage my brothers from more northern climes to join the Confraternity and come along to their events. 

Fr Tim Finigan also has a report on the Colloquium.

 Bishop Robert Byrne celebrated Mass with us.

 You can't really tell. but this is me celebrating Benediction in the beautiful Pugin Chapel.

 The school holds the original copy of "Adeste fideles" 
- originally written as a Benediction hymn.

 The chapel containing the relics of St Edmund.

 Beautiful ceiling of the chapel.

 You can't miss the chapel, adjacent to the front of the college's main reception.

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