and are happy to share some of our important moments with you.
1. The Oblates of the Assumption celebrated Eid with Faizel e Islam.
The celebration took place while our Brother Bienvenu and two Oblates Sisters (Othilia and Lenuta) were spending a few weeks with us. They were happy to have an opportunity to meet with a Muslim community.
2. Sr. Armelle.
We have been joined by Sr. Armelle (a French Novice) for 6 months. She is currently working with the Centre for Theology and Community in East London where she is part of a Chaplaincy team with Shermara and Emma where they participated recently in a Gospel Choir for a Carol Service in Lambeth Palace.
Recently she was invited to light a candle at the Town Hall during the Inter-Faith Meeting.
Apart from all this she has been busy active in our community!!
Tree cutting, repairs, etc. etc. Is there any limit to her skills we wondered!
3. Waltham Forest Inter-Faith Gathering.
Sr. Michaela joined with others from varying faith backgrounds to celebrate our good relations within Faith Bodies in the Borough.
4. More News ….
Sister Laurence Levisse has recently been appointed as Provincial Superior for the Province of Europe.
5. Our Lay Oblate Associates are growing in wisdom and numbers.
Recently they travelled to Nimes in Southern France to walk in the footsteps of our Founder the Venerable Emmanuel d’Alzon.
Sr. Michaela has returned to Vietnam where she is responsible for some young women who have joined our community recently.
We wish her well in her new mission.
Pilgrims on a journey to Nimes.
We arrived at the convent in Higham Station Avenue, Chingford, early morning on the 9th June for quiet reflection while we awaited the taxi to start our journey. We arrived in Nimes to a very warm welcome from Sr Claire and colleague. We were taken to D’Alzon school where we were joined by another group from Paris for a lovely lunch. After lunch we were taken to our accommodation at the Maison Diocessan. We attended a conference led by an inspiring speaker, Jean Michel Brochec after which we had a guided tour of the college site and Chapel. We attended a Mass concelebrated by the four Priests in the Church where Venerable Emmanuel d’Alzon is buried alongside Emmanuel Marie Correnson.
We travelled to Le Vigan, Gard, a beautiful town where Emmanuel d’Alzon was born and we celebrated Mass in the church of Saint Pierre where he was baptised.En route to La Prairie restaurant, where we all had a wonderful lunch together, we passed Rochebelle where the first community of Assumptionist Sisters lived for nine years, lead by mother Correnson. That afternoon we travelled to Montagnac and the Chateau Lavagnac where we were taken on a guided tour of the home of Fr D’Alzon before he joined the Ministry. The chateau, although in a poor state of repair, had a little church in the grounds, which appeared to be untouched by time.
We travelled to the Church of St Perpetua Rochefort in the Gard where we celebrated Mass and were afterwards given a tour of the church and a very interesting room with an audio system where the Priests would have heard confession from Lepers from a corner of the room, truly ingenious. This was followed by Lunch and a visit to Le Pont du Gard. We said our goodbyes to the Paris friends and on our return journey we visited Ecole Primaire Beaucaire, Institute Emmanuel d’Alzon ,where we were warmly welcomed, and after climbing 64 steps to their apartment we were given drinks and freshly made cakes. Later that day we visited the Museum in Nimes where we were able to see a vast collection of relics from Fr D’Alzon’s life. The next morning we said our goodbyes to Sr Claire and her colleague, our very kind chauffeur, who both gave so generously of their time during our stay.
We were privileged to have had the opportunity to experience this trip and our thanks to all and especially Fr Tom for all the translations, he did a marvellous job, which contributed greatly to our trip. Thanks also to Sr Julienne for all the organisation, the whole journey was a credit to her, Fr Tom and Sr Claire in Nimes.
David and Teresa Kirsopp