On 20th August, a garden party was held in the grounds of St. Anne’s Care Home. A group of Sisters from St. Joseph’s community as well as from St. Anne’s community attended. The day was enjoyed by all and provided an opportunity for residents of the Care Home to socialise with their families and friends. We thank and congratulate the Management, staff, Sisters and all who helped to plan, prepare and run the event which raised £600.00 for the Home.
On 20th May, Sister Clare Bernadette took part in a sponsored skydive in aid of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects at Netheravon airfield near Salisbury. Sisters Elizabeth Varghese, Clare Bowers and Rose with Fr. Anthony McNeil, plus fundraising supporter Alex Mason went along to observe. After a successful jump and landing, the sponsorship funds totalled more than £2,000. Thanks to all who contributed and supported this venture.
The Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury sadly closed its doors at the end of June 2017. The resident communities of Franciscan Friars OFM and OFM Conventual will now withdraw their presence from Canterbury. This marks the end of an era of FMSL involvement with the FISC since its opening in 1974. Our Sisters based in Monte Bre Convent, Canterbury have participated in the Franciscan life of the FISC variously as students, staff and volunteers over the years. A number of FMSL Sisters attended the closing Mass at the FISC on 25th June. We give thanks to God for the blessings our Sisters have shared through our co-operation with the wider Franciscan family at the FISC. We also pray with trust that the legacy of the FISC in promoting Franciscan holiness and learning will continue in other places and times.