July 1998

Lambeth Conference

The Director and Fr Geoffrey Kirk are setting up shop in Canterbury for the duration of the Lambeth Conference, along with representatives of the Episcopal Synod of America and Forward in Faith Australia. As well as servicing the International Bishops’ Conference on Faith and Order, which is meeting during Lambeth under the Presidency of Bishop Noel Jones, we will be working to support all faithful bishops from around the Communion, as they take part in what is bound to be a difficult and stressful meeting. Holding the fort at Faith House will be Tom Montgomery, who will be known to many readers as a former staff member of the Church Union.

The John Bishop Charitable Trust

New Directions readers should have received with this issue a flyer giving details of a book soon to be published: “Ultimate Mystery” – a collection of the writings of the late Fr John Bishop, sometime Tutor and Librarian at Chichester Theological College and Rector of Dartington. The Trustees regret that a misprint has crept into their flyer and wish to make it clear that the book has 256 pages; details can be had from 01243 784832.

London Forward in Faith Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Forward in Faith London will going on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham on Saturday, 22nd August. The day will commence at 12.00 noon with a Service of Penance in the Parish Church, followed by a Procession to the Shrine. After lunch, there will be Sprinkling and Mass in the Shrine Grounds at 2.30 pm, when the preacher will be Fr Bryan Parry. Priests wishing to concelebrate and anyone requiring further information should contact Regional Dean Fr Malcolm Gray on 0181 360 2947.

15 Bishops at Glastonbury

For the first time, the Glastonbury Pilgrimage took place during the month of July, having since its inception in the 1920s always taken place on the last Saturday of June; having thus avoided the bulk of the Petertide Ordinations, more pilgrims than ever descended on the town, including no less than fifteen bishops, some of whom so timed their arrival from foreign parts for the Lambeth Conference later this month that they could join the happy throng. Spotted amongst the crowds were Bishops John Broadhurst, Edwin Barnes, John Richards, David Thomas, Geoffrey Rowell and Brian Masters; from abroad we saw Bishop Graham Walden from The Murray, Australia, Bishop William Wantland from Eau Claire in the USA and Bishop Julius Kalu from Mombasa, Kenya; to say nothing of the Pilgrimage Association’s President, the Bishop of Bath & Wells, former Bishop of Winchester, Colin James, and Bishops Hadyn Jones and Christopher Luxmoore. Preaching and presiding at the Solemn Eucharist was the Bishop of London – whom we look forward to welcoming as our preacher at the Christ our Future Celebration on the eve of Pentecost, 2000 – and, at Solemn Evensong, the preacher was our old friend Bishop David Silk of Ballarat, Australia.

Vocations Conferences

Two Vocations Conferences for men interested in exploring the possibility of ordination to the Sacred Ministry:

First, a Conference in Oxford on 4th – 6th September, under the auspices of a number of the Catholic Societies, including Forward in Faith, the Society of the Holy Cross (SSC) and the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament. Details from Faith House.

Second, a Conference at Ascot Priory for 18 – 24 year olds, organised by the London Region of Forward in Faith – from Friday 12th until Sunday 14th February, 1999. Details from Fr Malcolm Gray on 0181 360 2947.

Fatima, Compostella or Oberammergau?

Bishop Edwin Barnes will be leading a Priests’ Pilgrimage from Monday, 10th until Sunday, 16th May 1999, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Limited places available – early booking essential! The cost will be approximately œ450 and will include full board, wine with meals, local tours and a “Portugese night out”

A week’s pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella is being organised by Fr Malcolm Gray, to include S. James’ Day, 25th July 1999. Santiago de Compostella in July is an experience not to be missed! (We understand that Fr Gray does not intend that he and his fellow pilgrims set out on foot from Le Puy!)

Finally, Fr Malcolm Gray will be taking a group to the Passion Play at Oberammergau, plus a week’s holiday somewhere in that part of the world, from Tuesday 13th until Thursday 22nd June, 2000. No cost available until seat allocation is made at Oberammergau, but early booking will be essential.

Details on all three of these opportunities from Fr Gray on 0181 360 2947.

701 Days

Have you booked yet? Some 200 priests have already booked to concelebrate the mass and the choir has reached an encouraging 75. Still a long way to go, of course, and no doubt you’re thinking that there is plenty of time! There isn’t! Credit Card bookings for Priests who wish to concelebrate, please, to Forward in Faith on 0171 976 0727; for lay people (and priests who do not wish to concelebrate) to the London Arena on 0171 538 1212. Names of Singers, please, to Tom Montgomery on 0171 976 0727, along with requests for additional copies of the Christ our Future Poster.

To Remind you all to Rejoice in The Lord . . .

No apologies for repeating an item from last month: Forward in Faith and Credo Cymru are celebrating a Festival Eucharist at 12.00 noon on Saturday, October 10th, in Bristol Cathedral. This joint Festival is a manifestation of the close co-operation and mutual support to which our two organisations are committed. The Principal Celebrant will be Bishop John Richards and this event will provide a marvellous opportunity for our constituency to wish him a long, happy and very active retirement. The preacher will be Bishop Paul Richardson, now an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Newcastle, but lately Bishop of Wangaratta, Australia. We particularly look forward to welcoming Bishop Paul to what will be his first major Forward in Faith event since his return to this country. Also present will be Bishop David Thomas, the Provincial Assistant Bishop of the Church in Wales – Credo Cymru s Flying Bishop – as well as Bishops Edwin Barnes, John Gaisford, Wallace Benn, Geoffrey Rowell and Lindsay Urwin. It is intended to present Bishop John and his wife with a suitable retirement present and an account has been opened for this purpose; the Editorial Board of New Directions is very happy indeed to commend this appeal to all our readers. After the Eucharist, the congregation will be able to picnic on the College Green outside the Cathedral – a most attractive setting! Be sure to arrive early: for, as usual, when we descend upon our cathedral churches, it will be standing room only!