When we all met at Central Hall, Westminster for the first Forward in Faith National Assembly way back in September 1994, our detractors were all quite certain that Forward in Faith was but a very temporary organisation. How delighted they will all be, then, to know that we will gather at the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, SW1 on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October for the fourteenth National Assembly!
Forward in Faith Branches and parishes should by now have let us know the names of all their delegates. Needless to say, not all of them have! Please give this your attention immediately, so as to ease the burden on our hard-pressed staff.
We look forward as usual to welcoming distinguished visitors from overseas: from Forward in Faith Australia, we are expecting its Chairman, Bishop David Robarts, and from Forward in Faith North America we look forward to welcoming our old friend the Bishop of Fort Worth, the Right Revd Jack L Iker, ssc. From the Continuum, we look forward to seeing Bishop Paul Hewett of the Diocese of the Holy Cross, and from Scandinavia we are expecting Bishop Goran Beijer from Sweden and Bishop-elect Roald Flemestad from Norway.
In this the sesquicentennial year of the Community of the Holy Cross, we are delighted that the Devotional Address on the Friday evening will be given by Mother Mary Luke CHC. The preacher at the National Assembly Mass will be Forward in Faith Council member Fr David Waller ssc, Vicar of S.Saviour, Walthamstow, in East London.
For reasons beyond our control, it is not possible for the National Assembly
Mass to take place at Christ the King, Gordon Square this year. It will instead take place in the historic church of S.Alban the Martyr, Holborn and the Council is immensely grateful to the Vicar of S.Albans, Fr Howard Levett ssc, for his generous hospitality. We hope to be able to return to Gordon Square for the National Assembly of 2008.
The Forward in Faith National Assembly remains the key date in our annual calendar, even though we at present appear to be in the midst of what one
commentator has called ‘a phoney war’. It is essential that the General Synod and the House of Bishops understand just how very focussed we are on the task which faces us, as the Church of England prepares for women bishops. And the best way for us to get that message across is by ensuring that this National Assembly is the best-attended ever. Over to you!
The FiF College of Deans
Anglia Fr Alan Cross SSC: 02085044687
Chichester Fr Beau Brandie SSC: 01273 604687
Derby Fr William Butt: 01246472270
East Wessex Fr Barry Fry SSC: 0238022 3107
Kent Fr David Herbert SSC: 02084673809
London Fr Malcolm Gray SSC: 020950 7860
Mercia Fr Ronald Crane SSC: 0121373 8348
Northern Yorkshire Fr Gareth Jones: 01765 601745
Northumbria Fr Beresford Skelton SSC: 0191565 6318
Norwich Fr Peter Keeling SSC: 01328820310
North Wales Fr Robert Rowland SSC: 01745 570750
Oxford Fr Ross Northing SSC: 01908562148
Scotland Fr Len Black SSC: 01463233797
South Wales Fr Hadyn England-Simon SSC: 01443 433651
South Yorkshire & Notts Fr Tony Delves SSC: 01709898426
Southwark Fr Andrew Stevens SSC: 02088540461
Tamar FrSamPhilpottSSC: 01752 222007
The Marches Fr John Pitchford SSC: 01684575893
The North West Fr Alan Cooke: 0161 6242005
The Ouse Fr Geoffrey Neal: 01234 720938
Trent Fr Reginald Stretton: 01509412935
Sub Dean Fr Paul Noble SSC: 01205 362734
West Wales Fr Philip WynDavies SSC: 01974299010
West Wessex Fr Peter Clarke SSC: 01935 850408