Thursday, 28 February 2013

Thank you, Holy Father

His Holiness Benedict XVI, Roman Pontiff Emeritus

From the balcony at Castel Gandolfo:

"Thank you from the heart, dear friends! I am glad to be with you, surrounded by the beauty of Creation. From 8pm this evening, I will no longer be Pontiff. I am simply a pilgrim that begins the final stage of his pilgrimage on this earth, but I still wish to, with my heart, with my love, with my prayer, with my reflection, work for the good of the Church and for the common good of mankind. Buona notte!"

Almighty and ever-living God,
who has given your faithful servant Benedict
grace to maintain his faith and hope in you
amid the labours of his apostolic ministry;
graciously bestow upon him, we pray,
the consolations of your Holy Spirit
and uphold him in serenity of life.
Through Christ Our Lord.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Mgr Pierre Boz - Requiescat in pace

Count Dobrzensky z Dobrzenicz, 50th Grand Master; Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, duc d’Anjou, President of the Governing Council; His Eminence Cardinal Duka, Chaplain General; The Grand Officers of the Grand Magistry announce with great sadness the death of Mgr Pierre Boz, Grand Prior Spiritual, Ecclesiastical Grand Cross, Patriarcal Exarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church,  Officer of the légion d'Honneur, who died on February 15th in Paris at the age of 87.

Mgr Boz's family came from Trieste. This city lies on the Adriatic Sea between East and West and sums his whole life up. As a young White Father, he arrived in Algeria where he quickly became the assistant of Mgr Lacaste, Bishop of Oran. During the Second World War he volunteered, becoming Chaplain of the 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment. In 1962 he became the representative of Cardinal Feltin.

In 1965. Influenced by his family's Byzantine culture he put himself under the authority of the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Maximos IV for whom he became the Patriarchal Exarch for France. The same year he was received as Chaplain of the Order of Saint Lazarus, the Patriarch being Protector of the Order.

 Mgr Boz was an academic deeply rooted in this North African culture and recognised by his peers for the global vision of his work. He was an  Arabic and Islamic scholar, very much attached to the Berber community.  Mgr Boz was attached to the diocese of Paris in the framework of the "pastorale des migrants" (An association giving spiritual  help to migrant people).

Chaplain of Saint Lazarus since 1965 he produced for several years a journal of the Order dedicated to ecumenism. He continuously accompanied the Members of the Grand Priory of France in their life of faith. Grand Prior Spiritual of the Order since 2010 he maintained the link with the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate, thus preserving the memory of the protectorate of the Patriarchs, who carried out this task in the interim from 1841 to 2004.

Steeped in the spirituality of Saint Lazarus, Mgr Boz was untiring as Grand Prior Spiritual in his role of maintaining and teaching the spiritual life of the Order, especially through his "letters of Unity", the last issue of which has just been published. He always sought to pass his legacy down to us.

Mgr Boz and Lt Col Jourdain at the 2011 Investiture

Mrg Boz was present at the 20011 Investiture of the Grand Priory of Great Britain in Lancashire, and will be greatly missed. May the Lord grant him eternal rest in His heavenly Kingdom.

The Grand Prior and Grand Priory Council will be present at:

Solemn Requiem Mass
for the repose of the soul of
the late Mgr Pierre Boz
Protonotary Apostolic
Grand Prior Spiritual of the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem 
Patriarchal Exarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church 

11am Saturday March 9th

St Catherine's Church,
Farington, Leyland.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Burns Night Supper

The Grand Prior, the much honoured Baron of Fetternear, hosted a Burns Night Supper in Farrington, Lancashire - a long way from from his baronial seat in Aberdeenshire. The baron's piper, Confrere William Hackett, SBLJ, MMLJ, piped in both the baron and the haggis!

The evening began with a cocktail reception to welcome guests. When they had been piped in Fr Simon Henry, the Chaplain General, delivered Burns's 'Selkirk Grace'. The traditional 'Bill o' Fare' - Scotch Broth, Haggis wi' Bashit Neeps and Champit Tatties, followed by Clootie Dumpling with Cream, ending with Tea or Coffee with Shortbread - was followed by songs and poems. All washed down with wine and whisky.  Toasts were drunk to 'The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns', to 'The King o'er the Water' (King James III ), and 'To the Lassies'. The night ended with a raucous  rendition of Auld Lang Syne - all five verses - accompanied by the skirl o' the pipes. A great time was had by all and the evening raised £1,000 for SUROL, our partner charity in Sri Lanka which cares for those suffering from leprosy.

Mrs Jean Spencer, the Baron of Fetternear,
and Fr Simon Henry

Cons. Elizabeth Douglas, SLJ,
addressing the haggis
Confrere William Douglas, BLJ, who gave the
"Toast to the Lassies"
Chev. Anthony Dickinson, KLJ, singing 
"My love is like a red, red rose"
Confrere William Hackett, SBLJ, MMLJ
Special thanks go to the organisers of the evening, Daniel and Margaret Lawler, who were ably assisted by Scott and Jean.

The cooks, servers, and skivvies!