This is the second ordination to the priesthood this summer of a son of this diocese following the ordination of Aaron Spinelli in Eastbourne on 30th August. The Vocations Director, Fr Paul Turner was telling me today that we have 4 students beginning their training for the priesthood at St John's Seminary, Wonersh. We also have 4 men beginning their training for the diaconate as well so we are doubly blessed this year.
Carrying on the Arundel theme I happened yesterday to meet the Dean of Arundel Cathedral, Canon Tim Madeley in the Christian Education Centre Bookshop in Crawley. We were discussing a query I had had from an Orthodox priest about the whereabouts of the relics of St Edmund, King and Martyr. It turns out they are neither in Bury St Edmunds or Arundel Cathedral but, though originally destined for Westminster Cathedral, are actually in the Norfolk family vault in Arundel Castle. The most important relics in Arundel Cathedral are, of course, those of St Philip Howard, Duke of Norfolk who was martyred during the reign of Elizabeth I, and who is one of the patron saints of the diocese. His feast day is celebrated on 19th October.
This brings me neatly back to the Tuesday deacons' meeting as among our company was Gary Bevans, who will hopefully be ordained deacon next year. Gary's daughters run a film company which has just produced a new video on the life of St Philip Howard (see left). I have not seen the video yet but I am sure it will be good. They have also produced a further video on the work of their father, Gary on his reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in his parish church, English Martyrs in Goring. They have a website from which you sample the videos and also buy them - http://www.marysdowryproductions.org/
Jesus said to his disciples: 'I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.' Lk 6:27