Br Nathan-James was ordained to the office and work of a priest in the church of God by the Most Reverend Doctor Philip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane, on Saturday the 1st of December 2012. Nathan will continue as assistant priest at St Clements-on-the-hill at Stafford until the end of December. In January 2013 Nathan will move to the North Queensland Diocese where he will take up the position as Chaplain at All Souls St Gabriels School Charters Towers.
New Deacons and Priests with Archbishop Aspinall at the high altar at St Johns Cathedral Brisbane.
Br Nathan-James presiding at his first Eucharist at St Philips Anglican Church Brisbane
Br Nathan-James offering first blessings to Br Robin BSB Chaplain Emeritus ASSG
I have created a very simple online shopping cart which can be used to purchase items made by the brothers. So far it has a few Anglican Rosaries for purchase as well as Holding Crosses. Visit http://www.anglicanrosary.net/shop-online/ to see what is available. At present it is only set up to take $AUD cheques. More payment facilities will come soon, along with some more products – watch the space.
St Philip’s Annerley, the parish church of the brothers of the Society of St Francis in Brisbane Australia
Are we one step closer to Geroge Orwell’s “Big Brother”. Google Maps now allows us to type in most addresses and see a photo of the place. Perhaps handy if you are going somewhere you have never been before and want to see what the place is you are looking for, or you might have a friend you’ve never actually met and want to see what their place looks like, or perhaps you want to see what the house you once lived in looks like. I Google Mapped the address of our Friary and Church, we can even see who was at Church on the day the picture was taken. Who knows who is out there taking our pictures. I wonder how many Google Map snaps caught people in places they should not have been.
I have uploaded my first attempt at doing a video to give people a brief overview of our community onto Youtube. Please visist YouTube and comment, rate, the video. Also if you use social networking site such as MySpace, Facebook etc, or have a website or blog, please consider either embedding the video in your site or linking to the site at YouTube. If you’re not sure how to link or embed the video to your website, blog, MySpace, Facebook etc, or to link to it at YouTube please email me and I’ll try and help.
Please feel free to send comments, thoughts suggestions to me also if you don’t want to post to this site, or YouTube. Email Br Nathan-James.
Over 60 people from various Franciscan communities came together to celebrate the Transitus of St Clare at St Philips Anglican Church, the parish community of the Society of St Francis. The service, lead by fmic and fmm sisters, was a great tribute to the life of Clare of Assisi.
The service celebrated the life of Clare through interweaving readings about her life, with songs based on Clare’s letters and the bringing forward of symbols of Clare’s religious life.
It was wonderful to see so many members, Catholic and Anglican come together to honour the woman has been an inspiration to many.
Recently, on the feast of St John the Baptist, Br Joseph ssf made his first profession in vows at the Monastery, Stroud NSW. The brothers will be celebrating another first profession in vows in September. Br James Andrew ssf will make his first profession in vows on the feast of St Michael and All Angels at 7pm on Monday the 29th September, 2008 at St Philips Anglican Church. Please pray for both Joseph and James Andrew as they continue to discern their vocation in religious life in the Society of St Francis.
Bringing a Franciscan Presence to Justice and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: After 13 years in the Australian and New Zealand Province Br Lionel will return home to bring a Franciscan presence to justice and reconciliation work in Sri Lanka. Br Lionel leaves for his mission in Sri Lanka on the 1st August. Please keep him in your prayers as he begins this vital work.
Honest to God: 45 years after the controversial book Br William revisits Bishop John Robinson’s work Honest to God. Br William discusses Robinson’s work in a contemporary context.
A Sermon Preached at the Profession of Br Joseph: Br Joseph made his first profession in vows on the feast of St John the Baptist 2008. Br Nathan-James shares his reflection on Br Joseph’s call to Franciscan life and the challenge faced by all called to live out their baptismal vows.
SSF and other Religious offer Chaplaincy at Lambeth Conference: Br Daniel and Br Brian have been in Lambeth for this year’s conference. They, along with religious from all over the world went to offer a ministry of chaplaincy to participants of the conference. Pictures from their time at the conference are in this issue.
Online now. That’s right, you don’t have to wait for the mail. The latest edition of Franciscan Angles is now online for your reading pleasure. Don’t forget you can also now comment on articles you read on this site.
In this issue:
Franciscan Schools Australia: Inaugural Conference. Sr Pauline Robinson mfic writes; the aim of the Conference was to bring together Franciscan Educators to be exposed to the rich heritage of things Franciscan.
Reflecting on Clare of Assisi. Sr Pat Cullen fmm writes; in her first letter to Agnes, Clare is already established as an outstanding contributor to the Gospel spirituality of Saint Francis.
Franciscan Vocation. Br William ssf writes; few can follow Francis in his unique path of life. It was too hard, too heroic for most of us. But we do sense that simplicity of life is a blessing, that small is beautiful and voluntary poverty is liberating.
Br Ghislain of Taizé visits Cannon Hill Anglican College. Fr Tom Sullivan, CHAC chaplain writes; the Brother’s message for our senior students was very simple, that regardless of life’s experiences we can always find hope.
The Society of St Francis, together with Queensland Churches together, will be hosting a visit by Br Ghislain from the Taize Community in France. There will be an eccumenical prayer service at the Cathedral of St Stephen (249 Elizabeth St Brisbane), on Thursday the 26th July, led by Br Ghislain. For further information contact Br James Andrew or call (07) 3391 3915.