Friday, 15 April 2016

Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel and the Priesthood

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

Video on Priesthood from Diocese of Arundel & Brighton - View this Vocations Sunday

Please pray for more priests in the Diocese

Thursday, 7 April 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, 6 April 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.