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Franciscans celebrate, Norwich dinner, Catholic history

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes Franciscan Christmas events, a Catenian dinner and an East Anglian Catholic History Society newsletter.

The highlight of the January meeting of the Norwich Circle of the Catenian Association held in the Refectory of the Great Hospital was a fascinating talk by Jacinta Goode, East Anglia Diocesan representative of the Medaille Trust, a Catholic charity which supports victims of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK.

The presentation was greeted enthusiastically by the 60-strong audience of brothers and wives led by the Circle’s President Tony Baker who later arranged for a donation to be made to the charity from Circle funds.

Pictured above are, left to right, Jacinta Goode and Tony Baker at the Catenian dinner in Norwich.

The Norwich Secular Franciscans, ‘Pax et Bonum’ community, celebrated Christmastide with three major events reports Anne Murrin. 

In addition to the regular feeding of the needy and homeless on Wednesday evenings on the Haymarket in Norwich, the Wednesday prior to Christmas saw, in addition, the handing out of gifts to those who were around.  These gift-wrapped parcels consisted of warm socks for the men and cosmetics for the women plus other goodies. As well as the usual sandwiches and coffee, the hungry were treated to mince pies and some home-made Christmas biscuits.

On January 3, the annual event of Carols round the Crib (pictured right) was celebrated at St George’s, Norwich, to which parishioners and fellow Anglican Tertiaries were invited.  This was followed by mulled wine and mince pies and a chance for a social get-together.

Our regular monthly meeting for January happened to fall on the feast of the Epiphany, and for our third event we began with a little celebration with each member bringing one small gift. These were distributed randomly among the fraternity members with expressions of good wishes and blessings for the coming year. 

Our meetings are open to anyone who wishes to explore the Secular Franciscan way of life.  We meet on the first Sunday of every month at 4pm at St George’s Church, Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HZ.  Please contact:  Debbie Bool OFS on 07737 909366.

The latest edition of the newsletter of the East Anglian Catholic History Society, Orientale Lumen has just been published and contains stories about recent discoveries relating to the history of Catholicism in East Anglia.

Download a copy here.