Christmas began with Midnight Mass and blessing of the Crib, which was prepared by Jude nCR. The brothers appreciated three days of Retreat during Christmas week with the fire blazing merrily, and were enormously grateful to our friends who kept us supplied with chocolates during this period. Life together took a different turn on New Year’s Eve when four brothers tested positive for covid, thankfully it was a mild form and they were able to re-join us for the celebration of the Epiphany, where the Community welcomed College staff members to dinner.
General Chapter began that evening and concluded on Friday 13th January, during which brother Eucharius OSB, the prior of St Matthias Trier and a good friend of the Community came to preside at the election of a Superior. The brothers re-elected Oswin to serve for the next five years. Chapter also completed reading Living in Love and Faith together. The brothers also had the chance to look at the first proposal from our architects for renovating the House of Resurrection, it’s expected that this work will begin next year. The brothers were also delighted to welcome Fr Ben and Mrs Lynne Gordon-Taylor to dinner on the Feast of the Baptism.
College term has now begun with one further new student.