Monday, 27 May 2019

Margaret Mary Dickinson, RIP

Our prayers for our Grand Prior, H.E. Anthony Dickinson - and his family - whose mother died peacefully at home yesterday. We offer our prayers for the repose of her soul.

This from his Facebook page:

Some of you may be aware, but for those who aren't, yesterday I lost my beautiful mum, Margaret Mary Dickinson (nee Halstead) aged 84 years. She died peacefully, following a relatively short battle with cancer, which she absolutely and resolutely refused to allow to get the better of her.
As a result we have been able to keep her at home and care for her in the house that she has lived in with my dad for the past 50 years.
In Thanksgiving that:
She died pain-free, at home and in the daylight, surrounded by a family that truly loved her.
She died on a Sunday, one hour after a Mass which was offered for the intentions of a 'Happy Death'; and which as church organist of St Mary's Euxton for 50 years (1961-2011), we considered providential.
Over the past few weeks she has received dozens of visitors in her home and the outpouring of love that my Dad and I have already received has been absolutely immense.
It was a truly happy death, one, which of course breaks my heart; as her only child she was my mum and my pal. She was truly bonkers but then that's why I'm bonkers!
She was an outgoing, happy, lively, talkative, musical shopaholic, who liked nothing better than to reminisce about days gone by. One kind person said that she was a 'legend' - although I think my dad has referred to her on more than one occasion as a 'leg-end', that was when she was berating him for something that he had done or not done. As the old joke goes, they had been married for nearly 54 years; 4 of them nearly happily😉😂!!
Just to say that no amount of wealth can replace the love that dwells within a family, and the love that our family has shown to my Mum, my Dad and me has overflowed.
Her Requiem Mass will take place this Saturday, 1st June 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St Mary's Catholic Church, Wigan Road, Euxton. Followed by burial in the adjacent church yard Refreshments in the Parish Centre following the interment.
Those of you with faith, please pray for the happy repose of her soul and for the strength for my dad, me and my family at this difficult time. Those who do not have a faith, of your charity, please remember us at this sad and difficult time.
My thanks and prayers to you all.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Association of the Faithful and Chapter Meeting 2019 in Lancashire

Thanks to our all our members who came to the annual Chapter Meeting on Saturday at St Catherine's in Lancashire. 
It was great to welcome our new members from last years splendid Investiture

We have much good news to celebrate under our Grand Prior, HE Anthony Dickinson: most especially that we have now been recognised as an Association of the Faithful by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon. This enables us to have a firm footing among the other Green Cross associations and we join with our brethren in many other countries where this has already happened, either in individual dioceses or by Bishop's Conferences. We continue to support the Archbishop of Liverpool - our next event with him is in December, when he will preside at a Carol Concert arranged for the Archdiocese to support St Joseph's Hospice, founded in Liverpool by Fr Francis O'Leary.

We are looking forward to our Investiture on 13th and 14th July in Burscough, near Southport, where our guest of honour will be Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, the well known sculptor, Mr Charles Hadcock and his wife, Camilla.

Members agreed to putting forward two more charities to support this coming year:

St Catherine's Hospice in Leyland
The Army Benevolent Fund, through the Merseyside support group "The Centurions".

We remembered most especially in our prayers Malcolm Cardinal Ranith, the Archbishop of Colombo, in whose diocese two are two of the churches so appallingly bombed on Easter Sunday.
We have a long association with the Cardinal though our support of his leprosy charity, SUROL. The Grand Priory of Great Britain has sent a total of £134,000 to him for this great work in the last several years.

Cardinal Ranjith being presented with the Order of Merit.

The Chaplain General with the Cardinal at the original meeting in Rome with the Cardinal which initiated our association with him and the Archdiocese of Colombo.


Sunday, 21 April 2019

Prayers for our Christian brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka

Our prayers on this Easter Sunday for Sri Lanka and for Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith and all our other friends there at SUROL.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Chapter Meeting 2019

A reminder that all members are summoned to the Chapter Meeting for the Grand Priory of Great Britain

Saturday 27th April


St Catherine's Church

Any member who has not yet responded,
please contact the Grand Prior.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Congratulations to Bishop Robert Byrne

The Grand Priory of Great Britain offers its warmest congratulations to our friend Bishop Robert Byrne,
installed as the 14th Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on the Feast of the Annunciation this week at 
St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Ad multos annos!
We offer our prayers for his ministry.

Bishop Byrne reverencing the Book of the Gospels
with another friend to the Order, the Most Rev'd. Malcolm McMahon, the Archbishop of Liverpool.
Hexham is one of the Suffragan See of the Archdiocese.

Bishop Byrne with the Grand Master and our Hospitaller at our Investiture in 2015.

USA Investiture in New Orleans

The Grand Priory of the USA recently held its annual Investiture in New Orleans in the splendid church of St Mary, the Chapel of the Old Ursuline Convent built in 1845.
Cadetes formed an honour guard for the procession as new members were admitted and promotions awarded.

Some of the Chaplains of the USA with Prince Charles-Philippe de Orléans and Princess Clotilde.
Also pictured, British Chaplain General and Chaplain to the Governing Council, Fr Henry.

A side chapel in the church is dedicated to St Lazarus and provides a spiritual home for the Grand Priory.

H.E. Thierry Pauquet of Villejust, Grand Prior of the USA.

A celebratory Dinner was held afterwards in the Ballroom of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in the heart of the historic French Quarter. It was once a convent for the Sisters of the Holy Family.

A newly invested Chaplain of Eastern Rite.

Picturesque and historic New Orleans

 The Cathedral of St Louis, 
where members of the Order were welcomed to Mass on Sunday morning by the Archbishop, 
the Most Rev'd. Gregory Aymond.

The Grand Priory of the USA currently supports five major charitable endeavors throughout the country.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Fr Milan Badal. Requiescat in pace.

Sad news that Fr Milan Norbert Badal died yesterday aged just 62. A  Chaplain to the Order, he was also personal secretary to our Chaplain General, the Cardinal Archbishop of Prague, Dominika Duka, assisting particularly with media related issues.

Between 2003 and 2009, Milan Badal served as vice-president of the Czech television Council. Between 2015 and 2016 he was deputy chairman Of the Czech Radio Council.
From 1996 to 2003 he served as editor-In-chief of the Catholic weekly newspaper.

He was Born in the town of Opočno in eastern Bohemia, 15. August 1956. He graduated from the philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague.

He was parish priest to a parish on the outskirts of Prague at Hostivice.

He was a writer, publishing mainly with Sursum Publishing and was a contributor to the Christian Internet magazine He also published a recipe book of traditional Czech dishes.

Fr Milan last visited the UK on holiday in 2016, where the Chaplin Fr Simon Henry got him to try a pint of good northern bitter. The photo above shows that this was not a successful experiment.

Fr Badal in procession in Prague at the Navalis Festival.

He was a most kind and gentle priest.
May God give him the reward of his labours.

Requiescat in pace.

In paradisum deducant angeli
In tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres
Et perducant te
In civitatem sanctam Jerusalem
Chorus angelorum te suscipiat
Et cum Lazaro, quondam paupere

Aeternam habeas requiem


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Investiture for 2019

The Grand Prior of Great Britain, His Excellency Anthony Dickinson, cordially invites all members of the noble Order, Companions, their families and guests to meet in the County of Lancashire on 12th and 13th July 2019 for the Annual Investiture of new members and the granting of promotions.

On the Friday we will gather for prayer in the Church of St John the Evangelist, Burscough. Following the Vigil the Grand Prior will host a Charity Dinner in the Orangery at Briar’s Hall. 

On Saturday we gather once again at the Church of St John the Evangelist for Solemn High Mass celebrated by the Chaplain General and for the Investiture. 

Mass is followed by a Reception  on the lawns of Burscough House.

Guests are most welcome to attend any and all events. Members should receive the official details very shortly. Non-members are most welcome to attend. Please contact any member of the Order.

The Church was built in 1793 and partly disguised with false windows making it look like a grand Manor House. Hence the presbytery’s designation as “Burscough Hall”. This was to keep a low profile at a time when Catholicism was still censured by law. It was extended with a bell tower and porch in the early twentieth century. Much of the land as you drive up the private Road of Chapel Lane once belonged to the church, which still includes a school, cemetery and fields stretching down to Abbey Brook.

There has been a house on the site since the 16th century but the present building dates mainly from a rebuilding of 1745 for the Ashton family.  It consists of a three storey three bay house with lower and later wings to either side; the larger right-hand wing and the porch and bay window on the end elevation to the left represent the extensions made for John Ainscough after he bought the estate in 1902.  The house has been a hotel since 1970. Beautifully located in 5 acres of mature gardens and woodland. It offers olden charm with modern comfort and service.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Charity Burns' Night Supper

Once again this year the Grand Priory kept a Scottish themed evening, raising funds for SUROL
our charity in Sri Lanka (under the patronage of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith)
which assists those affected by leprosy.

Pictured above are three of our newest members who eschewed the usual type of dressing up aprons to soldier away in the kitchen, serving up the traditional fare of Haggis with Neeps and Tatties.
Active members prepared to role their sleeves up are a great asset to the Grand Priory and its work.

The evening was hosted by our Grand Prior, Chev. Anthony Dickinson (centre)
here sharing a joke with the Much Honoured Baron of Horsbrugh, Michael Chenery

The evening has so far raised about £400 for SUROL.

Chancellor HE Matthew Jackson raises a toast with a whisky filled quaich.