The month of October is always a busy one in the community. Not only does the apostolate of our two parishes continue, as well as our wider commitments, but our students also return to their studies either at home or abroad and Fr. Cadoc begins a new term of teaching at the University of Bilkent. It is however also a time of ordinations, profession and so forth. This October confrères were especially happy to attend a number of joyful events.
On October 1st, the Feast of St. Therese ‘The Little Flower’, Fr. Hugh, Br. Rupert, Br. Stephen and Br. Pius were delighted to attend the ordination to the sacred priesthood of Fr. Nicholas Edmonds-Smith of the Oxford Oratory. Br. Rupert was especially privileged to have been asked to deacon the Mass of Ordination of Fr. Nicholas – with whom he had studied in the Dominican Studium at Oxford. It was also a good opportunity to catch up with many friends from Oxford and beyond. Fr. Nicholas was ordained by Bishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham. The Oxford Oratory was recently the subject of an article on the ‘New Liturgical Movement’ web-site which readers may be interested to read and is currently raising funds to restore, renew and expand the church and oratory house. Details of the campaign can be found here. The Oxford Oratory was established in 1990 in fulfilment of Blessed John Henry Newman’s desire to found an oratory in Oxford.
On October 22nd Fr. Hugh, Br. Stephen and Br. Pius were able to attend the ordination to the sacred priesthood of Fr. Edward van den Bergh of the London Oratory. Fr. Hugh, Fr. John and Fr. Edward were contemporaries at Oxford. Br. Stephen was able to minister as second-assistant / sub-deacon to Archbishop Nicholas of Westminster for the ordination itself. The ordination was also the subject of an article on the ‘reform of the reform’ in the liturgical life of the Catholic Church in England – with our priory and Br. Stephen also featuring – do read it here (French language).
On Tuesday the 25th October the Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph were featured in a BBC documentary ‘Young Nuns’ charting the experiences of young women entering the religious life. Our own Fr. Richard is chaplain to the sisters.
On October 27th Br. Rupert, together with confrères from Park and Averbode, was present at the opening of the Huis van de Polyfonie at the Abbey of Park, attended by Her Majesty Queen Fabiola of Belgium, relict of His Late Majesty King Baudouin of the Belgians. The Queen expressed her love for the Order and spoke of her delight in sacred music, as well as assuring us of her prayers for all priests and religious. There remains great devotion to King Baudouin in Belgium and readers may be interested to read the article here on the King’s life and spirituality.
Please keep these two new priests in your prayers.