» Autumn is here and the community is quietly busy. Several of the brethren are having flu jabs for what is predicted to be a bad season for flu.
» School visits continue, most recently last Thursday when 40 pupils from the Oratory Preparatory school came for the day, looked after by Fr Benjamin. Fr Benjamin will go to Thorngrove School on Monday to answer questions about Catholic and monastic life from the senior pupils.
» Another of our ducks ash been mauled to death by a dog. We still see people bring their dogs to walk in our private grounds, letting them off the leash. We would remind people that our grounds are not open for dog-walking without prior and explicit permission from the Bursar, and dogs should never be off their leash, for the safety not only of our poultry but also of monks and their guests.
» Today Fr Alban is travelling to Ormskirk where Joan McLarnon, a long-time friend of community and the parish at Ormskirk, is in hospital, gravely ill. The community is praying for her actively, and for others who have been brought to our attention.
» Today four Friars of the Immaculate leave us after making a long retreat in our Cottages.
» Yesterday we celebrated the 75th birthday of Fr Finbar, and the Golden Jubilee of Abbot Geoffrey's monastic profession. Ad multos annos!
» Last Monday we took delivery of a dalmatic to match the chasuble and cope we acquired late last year, made in an Italian silk fabric, "Musical Anegls", by Mary Collings of Norwich. It was partly funded by gifts to our vestment fund. The dalmatic and its accessories are the kind benefaction of Rev Christopher Walters and family of Jersey, to whom we offer thanks and remembrance in prayer and Masses, as for all our benefactors. This new gold set will be used for major solemnities like Christmas and Easter.