De La Mennais Brothers: Weaving A Tapestry Of Relationships Like Jesus

De La Mennais Brothers: Weaving A Tapestry Of Relationships Like Jesus

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche wins award

The Catholic Herald reports

"This year the Templeton Prize, an annual $1.5 million award given to someone who has made “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension”, has been awarded to Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche. Previous recipients include Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Billy Graham…" The article goes on to look at the origins of L’Arche.

If you have never heard of L'Arche, look them up. It is a remarkable organisation with a network of houses/communities around the world. Their founder, Jean Vanier, is someone quite special and a true inspiration.

L’Arche founder, Jean Vanier.

The following is from the L'Arche UK website:

"Before I had no life. It was just sitting all day in a chair in one room. We weren’t allowed to go out or do anything. I was bored. When I came to L’Arche I was just so pleased to be there!" - Philippe Seux, a man with learning disabilities, who left an institution in Northern France in 1964 to become a founding member of L’Arche.

L’Arche was founded by philosopher Jean Vanier, the son of a former Governor General of Canada. Now aged 84, he served during World War II with the Royal Navy and then with the Royal Canadian Navy. He resigned in 1950 to study philosophy and theology and went on to teach, encouraged by his friend Pere Thomas Phillipe a dominican priest. In 1964, he became aware of the plight of thousands of people institutionalised with learning disabilities and, in that year, took the radical step of inviting Raphael Simi and Philippe Seux to leave the institution where they lived to share their lives with him. Together they began L’Arche in small house in Trosly-Breuil, France.

L'Arche is a worldwide federation of people with and without learning disabilities working together for a world where all belong."

Rest in peace, David.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of David, a Yr. 11 pupil of ours died from sudden illness on Tues. night and for his family. His friends and year mates are understandably in shock. We had a Mass for him Weds. morning with the whole year group at which 2 of his friends movingly offered to share the reading the 1st reading - “It’s the least we can do for him, sir."

We (our staff band) sung the below Matt Redman song, "Benediction" during communion. Providentially, I had already decided to use it for the Yr. 8 Mass we had been due to have that day with Bishop Tom. It couldn’t have been more appropriate: 

“May the Lord bless you
and keep you.
May the Lord smile on you,
shine his light upon you.
May the Lord lift you,
turn his face towards you,
give you His peace,
give you His peace,"

"10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" - Rend Collective

A beautiful acoustic version of Matt Redman's massively popular "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" by Northern Ireland's Rend Collective, the original now being sung in churches and Christian events throughout the world.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Life to the Full

This video talks about “inspiration” from a Christian point of view in a powerful way through linking sport and Jesus' words in John 10:10 that are at the heart of our school Mission Statement: 'I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Living Joyfully" festival of consecrated life - feedback from some participants

Here’s an article written for our termly school newsletter/magazine about the first of the 2 "Living Joyfully" days:

This day was organised by a group of female and male religious made up of Sisters, Brothers and religious order priests, and including Bro. James (SFX) as part of a weekend of events at the Cathedral celebrating the Catholic Church’s “Year Of Consecrated Life”.

The organising team.

On the Friday nearly 300 school children from Yrs. 9 - 13 took part in a series of workshops and other activities involving over 100 religious/consecrated lay people from different congregations and lay associations... Here are some reactions to the day from 3 of the SFX participants:

"The “Living Joyfully” day at the Cathedral was very insightful and gave us the opportunity to ask members of different religious congregations questions about their vocations. It was also great fun especially the identity parade. The whole day made us think about these people and their lives before becoming nuns/Sisters, Brothers or priests. It was a chance to find out why certain people devote their lives to God and how much fulfilment they gain from their lives." (Jonathan Berry, Alex Monkhouse + Bradley Arnold, Yr. 11).

The religious involved in “Living Joyfully”.