Tuesday, June 02, 2009


About sixty priests from all over the diocese have come together to spend a week with the Archbishop here in Merville. Most of us travelled by Eurostar from St Pancras and a few drove, catching the ferry to Calais. The prize for the most original means of transport, however, goes to Fr Peter Geldard who borrowed a friend's plane and flew here. Merville airfield is about five kilometres from where we are staying and the plan was to cycle the last bit of the trip. Unfortunately he got a puncture and ended up having to walk - on a beautiful sunny day I should add.
By last night we were all gathered and dully welcomed by the Ongoing Formation Team of the diocese who sought to anticipate all our various needs. The Archbishop gave us an introduction to the week before supper and in the evening we had a period of Adoration together followed by Compline and Benediction. 
Today has been a day of recollection with three talks given by Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP who drew on his experience, particularly as a former Master General of the Dominicans, to speak to us about our work 'between a rock and a hard place' as secular priests and the qualities of good leadership. In the photograph we see Fr Richard Whinder and Fr Marcus Holden shortly after their arrival at the former seminary.

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