Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Talk and Retreat with the FSSP in Warrington

FSSP Superior General Fr John Berg will give a talk to any clergy interested at St Mary's, Warrington on Wednesday 25th January, 2:30pm. All welcome. Ends with coffee.

Arrive earlier for 1pm Lunch (booking now at or even at 12noon for Holy Mass celebrated by Fr Berg.

I've only met Fr Berg once, whist I was visiting the FSSP seminary in Wigratzbad a few years ago and found him very welcoming and charming. He is an an American, originally from Minnesota, so language won't be (too much) of a problem!

Unfortunately, I can't make it next Wednesday, which is a pity, as you always receive a warm welcome from the Fathers at St Mary's.


The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter are also organising a retreat for clergy at Prior Park College, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH.

The Latin Mass Society is handling the bookings for the Retreat, (click here. )which will be held in the splendid setting of Prior Park, Bath, Somerset. The Retreat will run from the afternoon of Monday 27th March until after lunch on Friday 31st March. It will end before Passiontide, and will be a timely opportunity for priests to pray and meditate in preparation for Holy Week (Easter falls on 16th April). 

Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP will give the silent retreat on the theme: “I have come to bring fire to the earth - Ignem veni mittere in terram” (Luke 12:49).

Fr de Malleray writes: “This is the motto of the English College in Rome. According to tradition, students gathered to sing a Te Deum whenever news reached Rome of a martyrdom of a former student. 

“Admittedly, we clergy in Great Britain do not actually plan to die heroically. Our priestly journey might unfold on a more gentle pace, led by Christ’s “kindly light”, to quote Blessed John-Henry Newman. So did probably Fr Jacques Hamel think, at the age of 85, when vesting before Mass at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray on 26th July last. Like him however, we want to be faithful until the end, whatever the circumstances, if our end is to be a blissful beginning... This means fidelity in small things for an ever deeper union with Christ through Mary, and a deepening of our priestly identity in the light of Christ’s sacrifice of love.”

Cost: £333 per person, single room, full board. 
Bookings: a non-refundable deposit of £33 is required at the time of booking.
Final payment is required by Tuesday, 7th March 2017.

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