Reception of two novices in India

On 6th July 2020, postulants Sathya and Sujatha were received into Novitiate in St. Anthony’s Convent, Belwadi, witnessed by the whole community and by Rev. Fr. Jinto of the Missionaries of Compassion.

They join novices Suman, Manju and Fatima, who are beginning their second year of Novitiate.

The first year of novitiate will be Sathya and Sujatha’s spiritual year.

Under the guidance of their formator, Sister Promodini, they will study the meaning of our way of life, the vows of poverty chastity and obedience that shape it, the Gospel that inspires it and the Rule and Constitutions of our Franciscan Congregation

which direct it.  Most importantly, they will have the opportunity to deepen their relationship with God in prayer through Jesus Christ.

Please pray for Sathya and Sujatha and for the community in Belwadi in this important work.

The Friendship Singers

The summer concert performed by The Friendship Singers planned for 29th June 2020 has had to be postponed due to coronavirus restrictions on gathering and travel.  The next concert will be held when this again becomes possible.  Please check here for updates.

The Friendship Singers Christmas concert in St. Joseph’s Convent Chapel on 9th December 2019 was well attended. A retiring collection in aid of the Thejomaya De-Addiction Centre in Mysore, India, together with later donations, raised a total of £500.00. We are grateful to the choir for giving their time and talents and to all who contributed to the event.

Sponsored Wing Walk!

Sister Clare Bernadette plans to attempt a Wing Walk at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Essex.  Due to coronavirus prevention measures it was postponed from the planned date of Saturday 6th June 2020, and will now go ahead on the reserve date of Saturday 5th June 2021.  Sister Clare is raising sponsorship for this challenge in aid of Crisis, a national homelessness charity.  To find out more, go to:

Thank you!