Thursday, 26 February 2009

A Kingdom of Justice, Peace and Joy - From Guildford to Crawley

Tuesday 24th February, Shrove Tuesday, saw Seminary staff, Seminarians and Justice and Peace activists together with Bishop Kieran gathered for Mass at St John's Seminary, Wonersh near Guildford to celebrate 18 years of presence of the Arundel & Brighton Justice and Peace Office in the Seminary. Kevin Burr who had worked from there for those 18 years was now retiring and his successor David Thomson is now to work from the Christian Education Centre in Crawley with the rest of the Diocesan Pastoral Team.
It was a sad goodbye to the Seminary but also a celebration of thanksgiving for 18 years of support from St John's and its numerous students and staff. Mgr Jeremy Garratt, the Rector of St John's thanked the Bishop and everybody for attending, and emphasised the importance for the Seminary in supporting Justice and Peace over these 18 years.
In his homily Bishop Kieran reminded us that the mysteries we celebrate in Mass have to be enfleshed in the world and the work of Justice and Peace in the Diocese was one way in which this was made visible.
David Thomson, the new Justice and Peace Adviser for the Diocese is slowly finding his feet and looks forward to take the mission of the Church forward in this area over the coming months and years. He can be contacted on 01293 651155 or david.thomson@dabnet.org and would love to hear from people in the diocese about Justice and Peace issues.
(The picture shows from left to right - David Thomson, Mgr Jeremy Garratt, Bishop Kieran Conry and Kevin Burr)

Jesus said "If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me." (Luke 9:23)

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