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 FATHER FRANK JOHNSON

We are delighted to welcome Father Frank Johnson to our team of contributors. Fr Frank writes some Gospel Reflections and contributes other spiritual material for the newsletters we provide for parishes. We thought you might like to know something of Frank’s background and hope you will find the following of interest.

Frank was born in St Helens, Lancashire, and, he says, “grew up on a healthy diet of Catholicism and Rugby League – both of which I follow religiously to this day!” He trained as a teacher in the 1960s, his first school being a Secondary Modern in Huyton, near Liverpool. It was there that he first encountered the Focolare Movement* through a colleague who was living her faith in a very simple, but practical way. His involvement in the Focolare Movement grew and in 1981 he went to Loppiano in Italy, to do the two year school of formation for focolarini. After Loppiano he returned to England where he became head of a primary school in London.

 

During that time Frank started to write for and edit the Focolare’s New City magazine and when, in 1988, he moved to the Focolare community house in Liverpool, he left teaching and started to work full-time for New City. Frank was asked by the Movement to accept ordination to the Priesthood and in 2005 he was ordained by Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP, then Bishop of Nottingham and now Archbishop of Liverpool, at St Mary’s Priory in Leyland.  Frank became the joint director (there is also a female director) of the Focolare Movement in the UK and 2009 he was appointed delegate of the Focolare Movement for Great Britain and moved to London and later, in 2012, to Welwyn Garden City. His new responsibilities meant that he had to resign as editor of New City after thirty years but he still regularly contribute to the magazine.

We feel very privileged to have Frank write for the Catholic Printing Company and trust that our association will be a long and fruitful one.

*You can learn more about the Focolare Movement in Britain here: http://www.focolare.org/gb/

 

Sr Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ

Sr Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ made her Perpetual Profession during Mass at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London, on 3 January 2015. These photographs show the Superior General praying the prayer of Solemn Consecration following Anouska’s profession of vows, and members of the community making her welcome.

       

Order of Service Cards printed for the installation of Bishop John Arnold as the new Bishop of Salford

"I would like to thank you for doing an excellent job on printing the order of service for our new Bishop.  Many people were commenting yesterday on how well it had been produced and how good it looked.  It was a great accompaniment to a wonderful celebration.  Here is a link to some photos of the day in case you haven’t already seen them: https://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism"

December 2014

Introducing Monsignor Bruce Harbert

We are delighted that Mgr Harbert has agreed to write a series of articles for the Catholic Printing Company. Drawing on his extensive research, lectures and writings on English, theology and liturgy, he will write a series of articles for our publication Our Faith On Sunday entitled “Monsignor Bruce Harbert – Thoughts on today’s Mass”. In this series he will share his thoughts on the prayers of the Mass – such as the Collect and the Prayer over the Offerings –prayers heard at every Mass but often receiving little attention. Mgr Harbert will focus on the role these prayers play in the liturgy of the day, their links to one another, to the readings and to the liturgical season. The new series will begin on the first Sunday of Advent, 2013.

I’m sure that Mgr Harbert needs little introduction to those familiar with his extensive writings over the last thirty-eight years. For those who have yet to encounter him, let me say a little about his background. A graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge and Merton College, Oxford, he went on to lecture in Medieval English, Latin and French at Mansfield, Merton and Worcester Colleges, Oxford. After theology studies at the English College, Rome, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. Following a period of parish work and time as a university chaplain, he went on to lecture in theology at St. Mary’s College, Oscott, as part of the formation team for those studying for the priesthood. A further period of lecturing in Liturgy and Sacramental Theology in the USA saw his appointment as Executive Director of the Secretariat of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. The Right Reverend Bruce Edward Harbert, M.A., M.Phil., S.T.L. was created Chaplain to His Holiness in 2004 and a Prelate of Honour in 2007. He is currently parish priest of St. Mary’s, Wednesbury.

CELEBRATING VOCATIONS:

During the Year of Faith we decided to offer to print services of ordination and solem profession along with commemorative cards at our expense.  This was so popular that we decided to extend it for another year.  So far we have printed in the region of 20,000 ordination booklets and 150,000 cards for 109 Ordinands !

Please remember them in your prayers and those who may be considering their vocation to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life.  We have also printed cards for silver and golden jubilarians - ad multos annos !

All good things, however, must come to an end and this offer will have to conclude on the Feast of Christ the King, 23rd November 2014.  We will be happy to continue to support our future priests and deacons by offering to print their services of ordination and commemorative cards at a discounted rate.

But . . .  As Pope Francis has announced that 2015 will be dedicated to the promotion of the Consecrated Life we would like to extend this offer to those Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests who follow their calling to the Consecrated Life for yet another year.   Please Contact Us to see how we may be of service.

ORDINATION PHOTO GALLERY

In our Photo Gallery below you will see some pictures of some of these wonderful occasions.  We would ask that you keep these people in your prayers as they take up their new ministries in the church and pray for new vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life.

You will find some prayers at the end of this page.

Andrew Harding's Ordination:

Fr Michael O'Donoghue VF, the Bishop of Nottingham the Rt Rev Malcolm Mahon OP, Andrew Harding, The Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham the Rev Mgr Keith Newton.  The Ordination took place on the 15th September at Our Lady of Victories, Southwell.  Fr Andrew has been appointed Assistant Priest in the Parish of the Holy Trinity, Newark and to the Parish of Our Lady of Victories, Southwell with St Anthony, Calverton.

 

Three New Priests:

The above picture shows Fr Colin Mason, Fr Dominic Findlay-Wilson and Fr Frank Wainwright who were ordained on the 26th July at Clifon Cathedral by Bishop Declan Lang.

Three Ordained in Rome:

This photo shows Rev. Matthew O'Gorman, Archbishop Arthur Roche, Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Leeds, Rev. Sean Crawley and Rev. Anthony Rosso.  The Ordination took place on the 13th July at Our lady of the Snows, Palazzola, Rome.

 

Michael Carrie's Ordination:

Fr Michael Carrie was Ordained on the 9th June 2014 by The Right Rev Stephen Robson, Bishop of Dunkeld at St Andrew's Cathedral Dundee.

Six Deacons

The Venerable English College in Rome celebrated the ordination of these six deacons on 14th July 2013.

(left to right) Tony McGrath, Shrewsbury; Colin Mason, Clifton; Marc Homsey, Leeds; John Poland, Liverpool; John Carlisle, Leeds and Stefan Kaminski, Westminster.

Deacon Stephen Sharp

On 31st May 2013 Stephen Sharp was ordained Deacon by Bishop Kieran Conry for the diocese of Arundel and Brighton.

Fr Sean Finnegan, Stephen, Bishop Kieran Conry and Deacon Richard Edwards

Deacon Stephen Sharp

 

Fr Liam Bradley

Bishop Thomas Burns SM ordained Fr Liam in the Cathedral of St Joseph in Swansea on 6th April for the Diocese of Menevia. In attendance were many of his friends from the Venerable English College in Rome, the seminary where Liam was a student.

Fr Liam at the end of Mass dressed in his priestly vestments.

 

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth

    

 

Fr. Wayne M.T.V. Coughlin & Fr. Christopher R.D. Perry

On 5th January 2013, The Right Reverend Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton, ordained deacons Wayne Michael Timothy Vianney Coughlin and Christopher Richard Dominic Perry to the Sacred Priesthood in the church of St. Joseph the Worker, Luton. Below are some photos of the occasion with Fr. Wayne in the foreground of the first picture.

The candidates prostrate themselves as a sign of total dependence on God

The investiture with stole and chasuble

Fr. Wayne and Fr. Christopher concelebrate Mass with the Bishop and fellow Priests

Five Deacons

On 15th December 2012, The Rt. Rev. Kieran Conroy, Bishop of Arundel & Brighton, ordained five Deacons at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh. Pictured below, left to right, they are: Samuel Davey (Southwark), Simon Dray (Arundel & Brighton), Thomas Lynch (Southwark), Bishop Conry, Paul Keys (Plymouth) and Harmanus Heijveld (Plymouth).

 

Prayer for Priests

Lord Jesus,
the ministry of priests is a sign of your unfailing care.
Call from among us the priests needed for the Church of today and tomorrow.
Bless all students for the priesthood.
Grant them joy, wisdom, courage and a generous spirit.
Sustain priests with a real sense of your love and the support of those they are called to serve.
Keep them faithful to their calling.
Amen.

Prayer of St Francis

All Highest and Glorious God.
Cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Grant me right faith, firm hope, perfect charity, profound humility,
with wisdom and perception, O Lord,
so that I may always and everywhere seek to know and do what is truly your holy will,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

A Memo to Myself

I have a vocation from God.
If I already know what it is, I pray to be faithful.
If I am still searching,
I pray to hear God’s voice and to respond generously.
Amen.

These have been taken from the National Office for Vocations website where you will find more prayers and information on vocations.