Members of our Wednesday Morning over-60s group ventured north this week to stay at the Bar Convent, the oldest convent in the British Isles. We were well looked after by the Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus and learnt a lot about Mary Ward, the pioneering foundress of the Bar Convent. There is an excellent exhibition inside the Convent, and we were also able to have Mass in the beautiful chapel, with its fine dome hidden from view by a pitched roof from the street.
Other excitements in York were St Wilfrid's, the Minster and the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow. Here is the group sitting in the Chapter House of York Minster:
And here in the chapel of the Bar Convent, one picture with Fr Richard, and another with Br Henry, who was a most assiduous tour-guide:
The light drizzle on Saturday made it the perfect English weather for a barbecue, and we invited all the different religious communities of our city to join us. We were pleased to welcome members of the De la Salle Brothers, Holy Child Sisters, Dominican friars, Dominican sisters, the Conventual Franciscans, the Capuchin Franciscans, the Sisters of the Spiritual Family of the Work, the Carmelite friars, the Ordinariate of the Chair of Peter and a Passionist bishop.
11th July, the feast of St Benedict, was the Silver Jubilee of Fr Richard Duffield's priesthood. Fr Richard was ordained in our church twenty-five years ago by Bishop Terence Brain.
Fr Richard celebrated the six o'clock Mass on the day of his anniversary.
After Mass, there was a celebration in the Parish Centre, when many of our parishioners congratulated Fr Richard:
Fr RIchard made a speech:
Earlier this week we were happy to welcome Fr Felix Selden of the Vienna Oratory, who is the Delegate of the Holy See to the Confederation of the Oratory. Fr Felix was here to conduct our Canonical Visitation, which happens once every five years.