On 22nd July, the feast of St. Mary Magdalen, the community celebrated it’s first solemn profession as Br. Rupert made his final vows. It was the first solemn profession of a Norbertine in England for ten years (our superior Fr. Hugh was the last!) and the first in this region since the dissolution of Beeleigh Abbey in 1536.
The community was joined by many friends and parishioners as well as the Abbot of Farnborough, the Provost of the Birmingham Oratory and the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham together with Benedictines, Oratorians, Salvatorians, Knights of Malta and priests from the diocese and beyond. It was a particular joy also to welcome other Norbertines. The choir sang Franz Schubert’s Mass no. 2 in G Major, as well as the propers for the feast from the Premonstratensian Graduale.
It was a joyous occasion for us all and we thank all our friends and benefactors for their prayers. Br. Rupert will now continue his studies in theology and canon law at Louvain as he continues toward ordination. Please keep him and all the community, especially our students, in your prayers.
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