On the feast of St Augustine last month, Brother Gregory made his simple vows. This means that he has made his vows of poverty, consecrated celibacy and obedience in this community for a period of at least three years, after which he may make his solemn vows.
The Mass itself was rather beautiful. We were very pleased to welcome, of course, our parishioners, and Brother Gregory’s family and friends, and, in choir, were guests from his former Diocese of East Anglia (for which Brother Gregory was a student for three years before joining the community), the Rector and clergy of the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge, and the Dean and clergy of Norwich Cathedral, and guests from the Oxford Oratory, where he will be living during term time while he continues his studies for the priesthood in Oxford, and from the Dioceses of Birmingham, Brentwood, Northampton and Salford, and also from the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. We thank everybody for traveling for the occasion.
Also, having received one or two requests to hear again some of the music from the Mass – beautifully organised and conducted by our director of music, Edward Allen – below are a few links for your amusement.