Sunday 21 December 2014

The Spirit of Christmas 2014


A packed church last night at St Catherine Labouré in Leyland witnessed a wonderful Carol Concert, organised by Chev. Anthony Dickinson KLJ, raising funds for the Grand Priory of Great Britain's charity, SUROL - Cardinal Ranjith's organisation working for the relief of those suffering from leprosy in Sri Lanka.

Members of the Octavius Chamber Choir gave of their time and talents to uplift and entertain members of the Order, parishioners and others form the local community.  The choir's organist and Musical Director is David Scott Thomas (who is also the Musical Director and Organist at Preston Minster.)

They chose a great selection of music, from traditional favourites such as the Sussex Carol to Santa Claus is coming to Town! As well as traditional carols for everyone to join in with.  All interspersed with readings both sacred and secular.  

From the collection and donations for the evening the event raised close to £5,000 for the Order, which is absolutely fantastic. Our thanks to the wonderful singers of Octavius Chamber Choir, to David Scott Thomas, to Chev. Anthony Dickinson, to the parishioners assisting with serving the mulled wine and mince pies afterwards and to everyone who came along and donated such a generous amount of money to such a good cause.  The oft talked about spirit of Christmas is well and truly alive in the Order and here in St Catherine's.

Friday 19 December 2014

More pictures from Belgium

The new flag of the Priory is brought in to be blest.

As the previous post revealed, the Order of St Lazarus now has a fully fledged Grand Priory in the Kingdom of Belgium. It was a well organised weekend and a great credit to the new Grand Prior and the other members of the Order there.  

The splendid church of St Michael was full for the occasion.

The Grand Master presents the flag to the new Prior.

Chaplains from the Grand Priory of Great Britain in attendance.

New members preparing to be received.

The Grand Prior of France and the Grand Master await the ceremonies.

Atavis et Armis!

Jean-Claude Babin is promoted to the rank of Brother Servant.

Pierre Piccinin da Prata is received into the Order.
A journalist and author, in April 2013, Pierre was on his eighth trip to Syria, when he was abducted in the city of al-Qousseyr.  You can read of his horrific experiences in his own account here "Syria - A Journey to Hell."  (Although be warned, the video footage is not for the faint-hearted.) A testimony to the calibre of the members of the Belgium Priory

Nicolas Borderioux is promoted to Brother Servant.

Glimpse of an early Christmas tree - even before the fourth Sunday of Advent!

Holy Mass - to pray for blessings upon the new Grand Priory.

The boys of the excellent choir - the Little Singers of Belgium.


 Chateau Sainte-Anne was the impressive setting for the Reception and Dinner.





The Grand Master, HE Jan Count Dobrzensky z Dobrzenicz, proposes the Toast.

Atavis et Armis!

THe new Grand Prior of Belgium, HE Damien van Bellingham with the wife of the Grand Prior of France,  Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo, 11th Duchess of Cadaval, and H.E. Thierry Pauquet de Villejust, Grand Bailiff of the USA, where the Order is flourishing under his guidance.


Wednesday 17 December 2014

Carol Concert this week

Carol Concert
With Mince pies & mulled wine
Free Entry
     St Catherine’s Church
Stanifield Lane      Farington 
Saturday 20th December  
With singers from the Octavius Chamber Choir 
with organist Mr David Scott­ Thomas

A collection will take place for SUROL, 
which works for those 
suffering from leprosy in Sri Lanka. 
surol is our partner charity 
under the patronage of 
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.        

Tuesday 16 December 2014

New Grand Priory for the Kingdom of Belgium

St Michaels's College and the church of St John Berchmans in Brussels

This past weekend saw a gathering of members of the Order from all over the world as the Commandery in Belgium was raised to the status of a Grand Priory. Members gathered in the church of St John for the celebration of Mass celebrated by chaplain General of the Order in France, Rev Fr Claude Girault, Rector of the Cathedral of Orléans. Mass was greatly enhanced by the singers of the Petits Chanteurs de Belgique, who sang the Missa Brevis de Léo Delibes (you can here the Kyrie from it here.) During the Mass the Grand Master, Jan Count Dobrzensky z Dobrzenicz, erected the new Grand Priory of the Kingdom of Belgium under the leadership of its new Grand Prior, Damien Van Bellinghen.

The interior of the church.

 Château Sainte-Anne on the edge of the Forest of Soignes.

A glittering Reception and Charity Dinner followed at the Château Sainte-Anne. A few informal photos below capture some of the evening but we hope that more will follow.

Verbeeck Isabelle, new Grand Prior, Damien Van Bellinghen with Yasmin El Senussi and Björn de Decker.

HRH Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, Isabelle Raulier and Björn de Decker.

 Grand Prior, Damien Van Bellinghen with Princess Léa of Belgium.

 Isabelle Raulier and Comte Eric Charles Foucque de Villeneuve du Bédiesse.

 Members and guests, including Jacques Berthaud, Björn de Decker,  Isabelle Raulier, Verbeeck Isabelle and Florent Zuber

 Awaiting dinner!

Grand Secretary, HE Chevalier Matthew Jackson with  Rev. Fr. Mark Lawler, Chancellor of Great Britain.

 Members from Spain enjoying the dinner!