Monday, 29 September 2008

And back to Arundel

Friday evening and the newly ordained Fr Bruno Clifton OP offered a Mass of Thanksgiving at Arundel Cathedral for his family and the parishioners of the Cathedral Parish in which he grew up. Fr Bruno who is a member of the Dominican Order was ordained as a priest the weekend before in Edinburgh. Next to him on the sanctuary was his father, David Clifton (both pictured right) who is a deacon of Arundel & Brighton Diocese based at the Cathedral. Fr Bruno in his homily reflected on how the words and actions of St Maximilian Klobe inspired him in his last few weeks before ordination. The saint on being asked by his guards at Auschwitz concentration camp as to why he had offered himself in place of the young family man said "I am a Catholic priest and I give my life to save others." We see in St Maximilian that loving to the end is the consequence of living our life in Christ. Fr Bruno wished to live his priesthood in the friendship of Christ so that he too would be prepared to say with St Maximilian: "I am a Catholic priest and I give my life to save others."

After the celebration of Mass in the Cathedral Fr Bruno moved to the baronial hall of Arundel Castle for a reception with friends, family, parishioners and local clergy. It was an opportunity for him to meet and chat with so many well wishers (picture left shows Fr Bruno chatting to Deacon Seamus Mahon). He then returned the next day to Edinburgh to continue his work at the University Catholic Chaplaincy. We wish him well in his priestly ministry in the years ahead.

Earlier in the week Bishop Kieran and Vocations Director, Paul Turner met with the seminarians of the diocese to support and encourage them in their vocations as they start a new academic year. Four new students begin their studies at St John's Seminary, Wonersh. They are John Watts, Peter Andrews, Alex Hill and Kevin O'Donnell. They join the 5 other men training for Arundel & Brighton at St John's. Another seminarian Andrew Moss (pictured right) is now beginning his studies for Canon Law in Ontario. We wish them all well and pray that men will continue to offer themselves for the priesthood in this diocese.
'For the least among you all, that is the one who is great' (Luke 9:48)

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