Friday, April 15, 2016

Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel and the Priesthood

Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel - The Joy of Priesthood

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wellspring Community Brighton receives official recognition from Bishop Richard Moth

Bishop Richard and Abbot Luke front with members of the Wellspring Community
and local clergy in support.
On Monday 4th April, the feast of the Annunciation in the parish church of St Joseph's in Brighton Bishop Richard Moth gave official recognition to the Wellspring Community as a Private Lay Association of the Faithful within the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. This took place in the presence of Abbot Luke Jolly OSB of Worth Abbey and Canon Kieron O'Brien, parish priest and Episcopal Vicar for Sussex.

The Community sprang out of the Worth Abbey Lay community and it is, as their website states "a Catholic community seeking to live the Gospel of Christ, with the Rule of St Benedict as our guide. Living a common life of prayer and service, we seek to witness to the Kingdom of God in the city of Brighton, welcoming others into encounter with Christ, and reaching out to share the presence of Christ in the wider community."

There website goes on to say "At the heart of our life is the call to continual conversion – to be conformed to Christ, following his path of obedience and humility. We seek to “prefer nothing whatever to Christ” (Rule of St Benedict Ch72) by rooting our daily lives in prayer, Scripture, and the Sacraments. The ancient wisdom of the Benedictine tradition offers a practical path for bold Christian living."

The members of the Community are involved in wider service and ministry including teaching and preaching the faith, youth work, school chaplaincy, retreat work, and prison befriending/letter writing. They run Deep Waters, a weekly prayer group for students and young adults which meets every Thursday evening, and offer hospitality to all young adults in the parish every Sunday by hosting Sunday lunch.

There is a House of Mission and Formation in the parish of St Joseph's which offers an important opportunity for members, enquirers, and others, to come for a year or more to discern their vocation, while being formed in prayer, community living, and service.

For more information on the Wellspring Community and to contact them visit their website.

You can find more photos of the event on the Diocesan Flickr site.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bishop Richard ordains priest for Carthusian Monastery

Bishop Richard lays his hands on Dom Hesychios
Bishop Richard Moth of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton on Friday 1st April in the Octave of Easter and the Feast of St Hugh of Grenoble ordained Dom Hesychios O.Cart to the sacred priesthood. He had been a monk in the Carthusian Monastery of Parkminster, Cowfold, West Sussex for 11 years.

St Hugh of Grenoble gave land for the first Carthusian monastery of Chartreuse near Grenoble in France which is today known for the manufacture of its famous liqueur of the same name.
The ordination took place in the local parish to the Monastery, Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead, West Sussex so that some 80 friends and family could participate in the Mass of Ordination.

Bishop Richard gave thanks for this new priest who would exercise his ministry within the monastery to be Christ to his fellow monks and brothers living a life of penance and prayer for the sake of the world. He said the Monastery (or the Charterhouse as they are known in UK) at Parkminster, the only one in UK, and the prayers of the monks there was a great blessing for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

Dom Hesychios who is originally from Ireland and had trained as a nurse in Germany explained that he took the name Hesychios which means peace because that was exactly what he found in the monastic life and exactly what he had been searching for until he joined the monastery.
It was a joyful day reflecting the joy of Easter which ended with a celebration for friends of the family with a buffet in the monastery grounds.

Dom Hesychios has now returned as a priest to life in the Monastery which has monks and brothers of some 19 nationalities, living out the demanding life of the Carthusian Monk as the Statues of the Carthusian order state: “By penance, we have our part in the saving work of Christ, who redeemed the human race from the oppressive bondage of sin, above all by pouring forth prayer to the Father, and by offering himself to him in sacrifice. Thus it comes about that we, too, even though we abstain from exterior activity, exercise nevertheless an apostolate of a very high order, since we strive to follow Christ in this, the inmost heart of his saving task.” (Statutes, 34.4) This is the essential priesthood of the Carthusian.

You can see all the pictures from the ordination on the Diocesan Flickr site.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bishop Richard Moth's message for Easter

The Easter Vigil has seen Baptisms and Receptions in the parishes across the Diocese. These celebrations have been the high point of long periods of prayer and preparation for all those who are new to our Diocesan Family. Welcome!

I would also like to thank all those who have accompanied them on the journey – Godparents and sponsors, catechists and clergy, family members and friends. Such support has been so important and the example that has been shown is a gift to our parish communities too.

During Holy Week – the “Great Week” as it has been called – we have, as it were, walked with Christ down the Mount of Olives on Palm Sunday. We have been with Him in the Upper Room and watched with Him in the Garden. We have followed Him on the road to Calvary and waited outside the tomb with Mary Magdalene. The following of that journey is not always easy for us, as we contemplate the suffering and death of the Lamb of God, the Word made Flesh.

Now, with Mary and the Apostles, we rejoice at the Resurrection. Our lives make sense only in the light of the Resurrection of Christ. It is our task – and the newly-baptised join us in this vocation – to proclaim the Risen Christ to the World. May the joy that we find in the Risen Lord inform and enlighten every moment of our lives. May our witness call others to the joy and wonder of Life in Christ.

With every Blessing for this Easter Day.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Graduation for A&B Men in Formation as Deacons

Bishop Richard Moth with Duncan Brown (left) and Liam McIlveney (right)
On 4 March 2016, candidates for the Permanent Diaconate attended the Graduation Ceremony at St Mary’s University Twickenham to be presented with degrees in Pastoral Ministry. This academic qualification is a requirement for all candidates who are undergoing formation in their journey to being ordained a deacon.

Pictured either side of Bishop Richard are Duncan Brown (left) from the Parish of St Mary Star of the Sea – Hastings and Liam McIlvenny (right) from the Parish of St Edward the Confessor and St. Luke – Keymer with Hurstpierpoint. Both Duncan and Liam are third year students and looking towards ordination in the summer. Bishop Richard is Chair of Governors at St Mary’s University. As well as leading the Service of Thanksgiving, Bishop Richard was present to offer his congratulations to all the graduates and join with them in the celebrations on the day.

You can also some additonal photographs from Bishop Richard's visit to the Southern Programme Diaconate Formation Day on 19 March at St John's Seminary to celebrate Mass, share lunch and meet his own students on the Diocesan Flickr site.