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Francistide
October 4, 2017, 10:30 am
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From my journal for October 3rd, 2009 – in the midst of walking the Camino de Levante:

Zamora is a romanesque gem.  Sitting at a restaurant in the Plaza Mayor, eating a slightly unexpected but very tasty fish kebab.

Where to go for Mass?  Followed people into the Clarisses Church.  Exposition, Rosary, then Mass.  The old priest moved to tears in the sermon.  About 15 sisters, several in their twenties or thirties.  After the sermon, the Transitus, to mark the death of Francis.  The Third Order laid candles around a habit on the floor during a litany.

Walked back towards my hostal with the priest.  He had a detailed knowledge of the beggars and which I should give money to.

Need to reflect about the Incarnation and what the pilgrimage teaches about it.  All being material for prayer, stripped back.

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Anglican Led Ecumenical Chaplaincy in Santiago

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The Camino Chaplaincy has announced the development of a new, inclusive Anglican led ministry for pilgrims arriving in Santiago as the third and final part of its strategic plan.

The Chaplaincy piloted the first organised Welcome Service for pilgrims in Santiago which is now funded permanently by the Pilgrims’ Office. The Chaplaincy then went on to provide daily RC Mass in English in the Cathedral for three years. This is now permanently provided by a priest on the staff of the Cathedral who improved his language skills sufficiently in English through participating in the three year pilot.
The Anglican Led Ecumenical Chaplaincy will run for a 12 week pilot period in 2018 and will provide support, prayer and Mass for people of all faiths and everyone searching for deeper spiritual meaning in their lives.

This new initiative is supported by the Anglican Diocese in Europe and has been approved by Bishop David Hamid.

The ministry will be developed and directed by a Steering Committee chaired by the Rev Alasdair Kay. Other members include:
Rev Karen Spray
Rev Andy Delmege
Rev Liska Lasko
Rev Paul Smith

Sybille Yates who lives in Santiago and runs Egaria House will coordinate the ministry.

This is a new service for pilgrims and visitors to Santiago. It is expected that ordained priests of churches in the Anglican Communion will serve for a minimum of two weeks, although longer placements are welcome. The Chaplaincy will provide accommodation in Santiago. Volunteer priests must meet all other expenses.

For further information see:www.caminochaplaincy.blogspot.com.

To apply please email: caminochaplaincy@gmail.com.



anniversary
September 30, 2017, 9:21 pm
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A late post due to a very full week.

Wednesday was the twentieth anniversary of my Ordination to the Diaconate.  Where has the time gone?  A good journey and a road ahead.

Dinner with most of the people I was ordained with.  A week that has included the usual round of services and pastoral work at St Bede’s, national estates work, a day with urban clergy in Southwark.  Praying, reading, reflecting.  A day off walk. A pilgrimage talk.  Many blessings to count.

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pilgrimage
September 27, 2017, 7:35 pm
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The Birmingham Forum for Spiritual Directors and Companions are holding this meeting:

Pilgrimage
Open meeting: Wednesday 25th October, 7.00 for 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church Parish Centre, Vivian Road, Harbone B17 0DN

Christian pilgrimage is growing in popularity, with many pilgrim routes new established in the UK as well as in Europe.

Why do we want to go on pilgrimage? How do they grow our spirituality? And why have they become popular with people who say they have not faith? Andy Delmage will share his experience of pilgrimages in different parts of the UK and abroad. Mark and Jane Morton will talk about the Camino – the pilgrimage to Santiago.

All are welcome, but to provide an idea of numbers please email Sister Anna O’Connor if you wish to attend: ocnnorannam@gmail.com. The evening is free, but a donation is welcome.

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tracing the way
September 23, 2017, 6:40 pm
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“Always remember this: life is a journey. It is a path, a journey to meet Jesus.” Pope Francis

I am looking forward to walking these paths tomorrow.  #Cistercian Way Talk at Penrhys tomorrow at 5.30

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looking back : looking forward

A year ago I was on Caldey Island, staying in the monastery for a couple of days as part of a pilgrimage walking the Cistercian Way around Wales.  That deep, strange pilgrimage where I began in torrential rain and almost no visibility in Penrhys above the Valleys, and walked west.  Where, when I turned north, I strained my knee and was sent home for a dark and inward journey.

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Caldey Island, September 2016

Where, after four weeks rest, I tentatively started again and, with a light pack, managed to walk for Abergavenny round to Penrhys.

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Our Lady of Penrhys

A time for looking back, asking what lessons – at this stage – have been learned, what gifts given, what the next steps on the journey might be.

I’m returning, briefly, to Penrhys on Sunday 24th September to give a talk about the pilgrimage.  I’d love to see you there if you are able.

Here is a video of the wonderful Llanfair Uniting Church

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cistercian way talk

On Being a Broken Pilgrim: Walking the Cistercian Way

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Thoughts on a Pilgrimage

Talk by the Revd Andy Delmege

Sunday 24th September 5.30pm

Llanfair Uniting Church

Penrhys, CF43 3RH

All Welcome!

Collection for the work of Llanfair Uniting Church