We have been praying a lot recently for our friend and former Assistant Curate, Fr Colin Dickson. Fr Colin (or Joseph Emmanuel, as he is known to his brethren) is a member of the Society of St Francis, and is based at their Friary in Alnmouth, Northumberland. There he shares in a daily round of prayer and work with his brethren, and also has a special care for welcoming guests and retreatants to the Friary.
On Friday 28 July Fr Colin will make his life vows as a Franciscan. This is wonderful news, and we rejoice that someone from our parish has devoted his life to serve the Lord in this particular way. We continue to pray for Fr Colin and for all Religious communities, that the Lord will raise up more men and women to serve him in the Religious life.