Sunday 29 April 2018

New Grand Prior for Great Britain

The annual Chapter meeting of the Grand Priory took place in Lancashire yesterday. Members of the Grand Priory were delighted to give our wholehearted assent to the Grand Master's appointment of H.E. Chev. Anthony Dickinson KLJ CMLJ as our new Grand Prior.  

H.E. The Grand Master, Jan Count Dobrzensky z Dobrzenicz, writes:
"He will enjoy my full confidence, protection and respect. Success within the Order has been based upon unity, fraternal respect and Christian love. As members in Great Britain it is my wish that you embrace and support the leadership of your new Grand Prior and assist him in this challenging vocation. I commend this mission to you."

The Grand Prior outlined a strategic plan for us to move forward with some bold new initiatives and some welcome encouragement for our existing and prospective new members - already petitioning to become our brothers and sisters at our Investiture later this year on 28th and 29th September.

Thanks to Chaplain of the Order, Fr Michael Thompson for his hospitality and welcome.
It has been our tradition to hold the Chapter Meeting in the parish of one of our Chaplains; this year we were hosted by St Richard's Church in Skelmersdale.

 The church was designed by Edward Welby Pugin in 1864, 
and was opened on the 18th June 1865 by the Right Reverend Alexander Goss, 
the second Bishop of Liverpool.

H.E. Chev. Matthew Jackson, Secretary to the Grand Magistry, represented the Grand Master.

From the new Grand Prior's address to Chapter:
"Drawing from our Charter, our Tradition and our individual life experiences we must move forward together. Over recent years we have tended to be cautious about our momentum but if we look at our record of giving and compare it with our small number of members and, with respect, our even smaller number of ‘active’ members it is time to cast caution aside and move ahead, t a k i n g pride in our achievements and using that as a selling point to try and attract new members."
“Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” [Mt. 13:52]

 A few members orienting themselves in in the Order of Service.

Final prayers.