The Third Order Society of St. Francis in the Blackmore Vale – News

New TSSF Officers:

The election process for the new Provincial Treasurer and Trustee within the European Province concluded at midnight on 20th September 2012. The votes were independently verified, and the Bishop Protector ratified the nominees.

John Reynolds was the successful candidate and has accepted the invitation to take up the post. He is therefore duly elected. Contact details will be updated in due course.

Additionally, Rachel Cornish of the East Anglia Area has generously stepped forward to take over from Anne Spalding as the new Knox-Dick Retreat Fund Administrator. This appointment has been approved by Chapter; Rachel took over at the end of September.

Our Area Minister Els’ Lent Newsletter is available for download here.

TSSFau News: TSSF Australia, Papua New Guinea and East Asia latest newsletter available here

Pilsdon Community, with whom we have so many historical and prayer links, has just appointed a new Warden. Please click here for further details.

Link Tertiary’s Report:

Our South West Cluster Link Tertiary Hazel Sharp has written a report on the TSSF Provincial Chapter of 16th March 2012. You can download a copy in PDF format by clicking here.

There is a new Blackmore Vale Study & Prayer Area, linked from the main Prayer page. Do take some time to explore, and to read the documents available for download.

Richard Rohr Conference: Linda Chambers (Poole Group) has written an excellent report on the conference, which can be viewed or downloaded here. I do encourage you to read this carefully, as it has a great deal to say to us as Franciscans.

The Community of St. Francis (CSF) have now moved into their new house, San Damiano, at Metheringham, in the Diocese of Lincoln. The Bishop, John Saxbee, is looking forward to CSF ‘forming a hub of prayer for us and our mission in the Diocese of Lincoln.’ Three sisters, Liz, Maureen, and Judith Ann are the first household at Metheringham, and the intention is to offer hospitality to groups and individuals, largely as day visitors, as well as exploring possibilities for ministry more widely within the local community and the diocese.. Do read the moving tributes to the CSF Sisters’ life at Compton Durville, and an illustrated account of the farewell Eucharist on Saturday 22nd May 2010, on the new Compton Durville Memories and Reflections page of the C/SSF website.

The Community of St. Clare at Freeland have a beautiful new website. Just visiting the website is like a drink of clear water on a hot day...

Hilfield: Hilfield Friary has a new website, with information and pictures on the new Community life there. Do click over and have a look!