Saturday, 7 December 2019

Brussels Anniversary

The Grand Priory of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Duchy of Luxemburg recently celebrated five years of its official re-establishment. Pictured here HE Damien van Bellinghen, Grand Prior of Belgium, Dom Cyrile, one of the French Chaplains, the Abbot of Maredsous, Rev Fr Simon Henry, Chaplain to the Grand Magistry and Chev. Pierre Piccinin da Prata.

 Mass and an Investiture was celebrated in the 
Church of the Carmelite Fathers in Brussels.

 Dom. Bernard Lorent, the Abbot of Maredsous, was celebrant and preacher at the Mass.

The Grand Master invests Dom Bernard Lorent with the Order of Merit.

Chevaliers kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament. 

The excellent music was provided by Les Petits Chanteurs de Belgique
(in a rather precarious looking choir loft!)

The Grand Master, HE Jan Count Dobrzensky z Dobrzenicz 
and HE Prince Charles-Philippe de Orleáns 
were both present at the weekend of events. 
These included an informal dinner the night before and a Concert by "Gospel for Life" 
raising funds for the Order's charitable activities.
Mass was followed by a splendid Charity Dinner and Dance at the Hotel Brussels 
opposite the Church on the Boulevard de Waterloo.

Chaplain to our own Grand Priory, 
representing the our Grand Prior, HE Anthony Dickinson, 
with Abbot Lorent and Dom Cyrile.

Photo Credit: David Nivière.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

All Souls Mass 2019

Mass was offered on All Souls Day for the deceased members and friends of the Order,
as well as for deceased members of the parish
at St Catherine Labouré Church in Farington, Lancashire.

Some of the members processing in.

Introibo ad altare Dei.

The MC for the Mass was one of the Esquires of the Grand Priory (currently studying history at Reading University), brought into the Order last year under the initiative of our Grand Prior, Chev. Anthony Dickinson.

Fr Mark Lawler preaches the Homily.

Detail of the vestment,
dating from the 1950's.

Thanks to the singers.
Few in number but creating a beautiful sound unto God.
They sang Claudio Casciolini's Missa pro Defunctis.

The Absolutions at the catefalque.

A few of the folk afterwards enjoying a cup of tea.

Thanks to John Robinson for the photographs.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Charity Gin Tasting Evening

The Grand Priory hosted a Charity Gin Tasting evening in Lancashire last week.
Such events have become very popular in recent years 
with the resurgence of new gin distilleries 
and renewed interest in creative new flavours.

It proved a popular event with us as well.

We raised £280 for the Orders Charities.
These include:
tackling leprosy in Sri Lanka with our partners SUROL
British Army Veterans Benevolent Fund, 
St Catherine’s Hospice, 
         St Joseph’s Hospice.          
 There was much discussion as to the relative merits of each of the six bottles we tasted.

 Obviously a discerning palate here.

It looks like Father may have tasted something a little bitter?

It proved a very enjoyable evening.
Our thanks to those who donated the various bottles of gin.

It had to be explained to some that it was not a whole bottle for each person!
Something fitting for the end of the evening!

Thursday, 10 October 2019

All Souls Day Mass

Our annual Solemn Requiem Mass 
for deceased members and friends will take place on 
Saturday 2nd November - All Souls Day
at 11am
at St Catherine's Church in Farington, Leyland

Followed by tea and coffee served in the Pope John Paul Room.

All are welcome.

Mass will be sung in the Traditional Form.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Charity Dinner with the Army Benevolent Fund

Grand Prior of  Great Britain, H E Anthony Dickinson with Dame Margaret Lawler.

They were among a number of members who attended a charity dinner run by the Centurions of Merseyside for the Army Benevolent Fund which took place on Friday in the Athenaeum Club, founded in 1799, in Liverpool city centre.

The Grand Priory has supported our veteran service men and women through the Centurions and their work for the Army Benevolent Fund.

     Dame Lorna Muirhead DCVO DBE DL is the President of the Centurions and is pictured here with her husband  (right) and Major General Michael Scott CB CBE DSO.

Major General Michael Scott gave an excellent after dinner speech. He was Military Secretary to the British Army and also took part in the Falklands War; it was with his reminiscences of this that he both entertained and moved us.

 Dame Lorna shares a Quaich with the piper!
We was certainly in need of some refreshment after his exertions. 

Also present were some Army Cadets from Altcar Camp, 
who welcomed the guests and formed a guard of honour.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Gin Tasting Evening

Friday 25th October at 7.30pm

         This is a ticketed event & you must obtain a ticket beforehand from 
St Catherine's or from our Grand Prior, Anthony Dickinson.

For our members and friends, raising funds for the Order's charities. 
The cost of the evening is £10 per person 
including tasting six different gins and light snacks to accompany them. 

Held in the Pope John Paul Room at St Catherine's in Farington, Leyland.

Gin has had a resurgence of interest a in recent years and it’s hoped that we might have an enjoyable evening whilst raising money for good causes: 

these include...

tackling leprosy in Sri Lanka, 
British Army Veterans Benevolent Fund, 
St Catherine’s Hospice, 
         St Joseph’s Hospice.