“It’s like church, but for everyone.”: Schools, Messy Hospitality and the Eglise Naissant | Father Richard Peers

Friday is the best day of the week in my job. Not because the weekend is close, but because Friday is my day for school visits. I try and fit three schools in. Collective worship, tour, conversation with the Head and Chair of Governors.

I never cease to be moved at the sacrificial way in which colleagues work for the children in our schools and give of themselves for them. I am also overwhelmed with the quality of the Christian experience children receive in schools and the engagement of parish churches and clergy.

Two weeks ago I was at Wargrave Primary in Newton-le-Willows. After a…

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“It’s like church, but for everyone.”: Schools, Messy Hospitality and the Eglise Naissant | Father Richard Peers

Friday is the best day of the week in my job. Not because the weekend is close, but because Friday is my day for school visits. I try and fit three schools in. Collective worship, tour, conversation with the Head and Chair of Governors.

I never cease to be moved at the sacrificial way in which colleagues work for the children in our schools and give of themselves for them. I am also overwhelmed with the quality of the Christian experience children receive in schools and the engagement of parish churches and clergy.

Two weeks ago I was at Wargrave Primary in Newton-le-Willows. After a…

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The Sodality at a year old: first Superior’s report to General Chapter | Father Richard Peers

Superior’s Report

Aylesford Priory

May 17th, 2017

Thank you, first of all, to Sr Gemma, for a truly amazing, renewing and inspiring three days. Last year, after Fr Martin gave us such a good start I thought we would never be able to follow that, but wow, Sr Gemma you certainly have. You are a true daughter of St Ignatius, a true daughter of that strong woman, Mary Ward. You have led us with imagination, insight and good humour. This will go down in my life and for us as a community as one of the most significant retreats.

(Presentation)

We are as, Fr Olier would say, “priests of…

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The Sodality at a year old: first Superior’s report to General Chapter | Father Richard Peers

Superior’s Report

Aylesford Priory

May 17th, 2017

Thank you, first of all, to Sr Gemma, for a truly amazing, renewing and inspiring three days. Last year, after Fr Martin gave us such a good start I thought we would never be able to follow that, but wow, Sr Gemma you certainly have. You are a true daughter of St Ignatius, a true daughter of that strong woman, Mary Ward. You have led us with imagination, insight and good humour. This will go down in my life and for us as a community as one of the most significant retreats.

(Presentation)

We are as, Fr Olier would say, “priests of…

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This is magic fruit: Of Pomegranates and Crooked Spires | Father Richard Peers

Trying to find a reference in Gregory of Nyssa (in the Danielou anthology) I came across a section I had never noticed before ‘The Pomegranate’. For Gregory the pomegranate “offers us the combined pleasure of every kind of fruit”.

Pomegranates are important to me. Some years ago I was staying with a Jewish friend and she asked about my prayers. As is my custom I celebrated Mass in the morning, but didn’t have any candles,  she brought in the little travelling Shabbat candle holder in the picture below of my travelling Mass kit, in the shape of a pomegranate and which opens up to hold two…

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