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    Mass for the Feast of the Most Precious Blood
    On the 1st July, the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord, Fr Simon Henry, Chaplain General in Great Britain, celebrated Mass for those suffering from leprosy, at his church in Lancashire. many chaplains of the Order all...

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  • CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES


    Raising a glass for charity
    HE Anthony Dickinson, Grand Prior of Great Britain, presented a hamper at the annual St Joseph's Hospice Garden Party recently to assist in raising funds for their work. Thank you to members of the Order who donated various bottles to make a...

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    POPE FRANCIS - ANGELUS
    This Sunday’s Gospel reading (Mk 3:20-35) shows us two types of misunderstanding that Jesus had to face: that of the scribes and that of his own brethren. The first misunderstanding. The scribes were men educated in the Sacred Scriptures and charged...

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    Foreign debt in Africa: a sword of Damocles on millions of poor
    The foreign debt that Sub-Saharan African Countries have accumulated over the past few years is an unresolved issue. After the great abolitionist campaign, promoted on the occasion of the Great Jubilee of 2000,...

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LIFE OF THE ORDER
Mass for the Feast of the Most Precious Blood
On the 1st July, the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord, Fr Simon Henry, Chaplain General in Great Britain, celebrated Mass for those suffering from leprosy, at his church in Lancash...
read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
Raising a glass for charity
HE Anthony Dickinson, Grand Prior of Great Britain, presented a hamper at the annual St Joseph's Hospice Garden Party recently to assist in raising funds for their work.

Thank you to members of the...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
POPE FRANCIS - ANGELUS
This Sunday’s Gospel reading (Mk 3:20-35) shows us two types of misunderstanding that Jesus had to face: that of the scribes and that of his own brethren.

The first misunderstanding. The scribes were ...
read more

WORLDWIDE ALERT
Foreign debt in Africa: a sword of Damocles on millions of poor
The foreign debt that Sub-Saharan African Countries have accumulated over the past few years is an unresolved issue. After the great abolitionist campaign, promoted on the oc...
read more


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RAISING A GLASS FOR CHARITY

HE Anthony Dickinson, Grand Prior of Great Britain, presented a hamper at the annual St Joseph's Hospice Garden Party recently to assist in raising funds for their work.

Thank you to members of the Order who donated various bottles to make a welcome addition to any drinks cabinet!

St Joseph's Hospice is one of the charities supported by the Order in Great Britain, working with Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool. The hospice was founded by in the Archdiocese by Fr Francis O'Leary, caring for those with terminal illness. This first small project is the first of many as we work with this local charity, engaging in supporting the life of the Church in local dioceses.

DONATION FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN

A charity fashion show of the Korunka Luhačovice Foundation took place in Luhačovice (Czech republic). The Commandery Moravia of the Grand Priory of Bohemia donated CZK 23,900 (ca 930 €) to the Foundation. The Korunka Luhačovice has long been helping the sick and handicapped children.

(Photo by Rostislav Pijáček)

GRAND PRIORY OF GREAT BRITAIN SPONSORS SUMMER CONFERENCE

Europe and the Faith :
an inter-disciplinary Catholic conference
30th July to 3rd August 2018
The Grand Priory of Great Britain is sponsoring the Summer Conference in Chavagnes International College and Studium this year, where Order Chaplain Fr Mark Lawler is the Chaplain and also one of the speakers (G K Chesterton as his subject).
Although set in the beautiful and historic Vendée in the west of France, the College classes are taught in English (for boys of secondary age and now also at degree level at the Studium there). The Conference is also in English.
The Grand Priory is sponsoring the College Conference because it is a place of truly Christian education, where the Faith is an integral part of daily life and the boys are taught to embrace the Faith with both joy and courage. It is also hoped that those attending the Conference might be a good audience among which to promote the work of the Order - approaching people already interested in their Faith. The Order will have an active presence at the Conference, with our Grand Prior, Chaplain General and at several other members - and prospective members - hoping to be present.
Joseph Pearce will be the Keynote Speaker - “The Catholic vision of JRR Tolkien” - at the Summer Conference in Chavagnes, France, this year. Now in its third year, the Conference has proved to be a lively and interesting event in a convivial atmosphere, with daily Mass and visits to local places of Catholic interest.
Although in France (Nantes is the nearest airport) the Conference talks take place in English (which is also the language in which the College and Studium teach their secondary and tertiary students.)
JOSEPH PEARCE is a senior fellow at The Cardinal Newman Society and editor of its journal. He is a senior contributor at The Imaginative Conservative and senior editor at the Augustine Institute. Up until recently, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee he was previously on the staff of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan and at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. His books include biographical works on C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Chesterton, Wilde, Solzhenitsyn and Belloc. He is a visiting professor for the Studium’s new Liberal Arts degree being launched in September 2018.
"A man’s view of himself is not an “aspect:” it is a comprehension. Now then, so it is with us who are of the Faith and the great story of Europe. A Catholic as he reads that story does not grope at it from without, he understands it from within. He cannot understand it altogether because he is a finite being; but he is also that which he has to understand. The Faith is Europe and Europe is the Faith.” Hilare Belloc
You can find out more about the Conference (which is very reasonably priced and will also provide transport to and from Nantes Airport) - as well as an online booking form at:
http://chavagnes.org/conferences/

SPONSORING THE COLLEGE'S SUMMER CONFERENCE

Meeting at Liverpool Cathedral with Archbishop Malcolm McMahon with staff and students from Chavagnes International College and members of the Order of St Lazarus, http://www.oslj.org.uk/ - who are sponsoring the College's Summer Conference. http://chavagnes.org/conferences/

BURNS' NIGHT SUPPER 2018

A very well attended Burns' Night Supper took place (a little after the poet's birthday - we take it as a moveable feast) at Leyland in Lancashire (not quite Scotland but far enough North to be well on the way). A very enjoyable evening, raising £600 for the charitable causes of the Grand Priory of Great Britain. Attended by members and friends of the Order, as well as some prospective postulants. Thank you to everyone who came along.

CAMINO ON WHEELS - EXHIBITION

The exhibition of photos from "Camino on wheels" in the crossing hall of Prague Karolinum was opened by a festive opening on Monday 5 February. "Camino on wheels" was a pilgrimage of wheelchair-bound Honza Dušek and his friends to Santiago de Compostela. The Grand Priory of Bohemia was the main patron of the pilgrimage. The attendant was first welcomed by the organizer "Camino on wheels" and exhibitor Petr Hirsch. After the vernissage, the discussion with Honza Dušek and Petr Hirsch followed with short films and photographs exhibition that consisted of 29 photographic panels documenting the story, joy and sorrow, each day of "Camino on wheels". Honza Dušek and Petr Hirsch are from May 2017 companion members of the Order (CompLJ).

READING FOR CHILD PATIENTS WITH IRENA FUCHS

Reading for child patients from the Children Mental Hospital in Opařany (south Bohemia), with writer Irena Fuchs. “Reading in Opařany” is a permanent charity activity of the Grandy Priory of Bohemia – famous actors and other artists read short stories to patients of Children Mental Hospital in Opařany.

GRAND PRIORY OF GREAT BRITAIN: BURNS' NIGHT 2018

We are planning to celebrate Burns’ Night again this coming year - for practical reasons, a little after the actual date -
ours will take place on Friday 2nd March
starting at 7.30pm.

This has been an excellent evening over past years with all the traditional Scottish ceremony and traditions associated with the evening - though you don’t need to be Scots to come along!
Tickets are just £25 per head
which is terrific value considering all you get.

The event is to raise Charitable Funds, so come along and support it whilst having a great evening’s fun.


WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE…

Traditional Piping in o’ the Haggis.
A Tartan sash for each of the Ladies.
A cocktail on arrival.
Three-course traditional Burns’ Night Fare consisting of:
Scotch Broth
Haggis wi’ Bashit Neeps & Champit Tatties
Pudding of Clootie Dumpling.
Wine with the meal.

Whisky for the various toasts
The address to the Haggis
The Toast to the Lassies
The Reply from the Lassies
“Entertainments” in song & verse in keeping with the evening.
Tickets available from Fr Simon Henry at St Catherine's
or via the Secretary, Chev. Anthony Dickinson.

Everyone welcome.

Dress: - Black Tie and Dinner Jacket - or suit and tie.

Equivalent for Ladies.

ADVENT CONCERT FOR CHILDREN'S PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

On Tuesday December 19th , a traditional Advent concert took place at the Children's Psychiatric Hospital in Oparany. Musica da Chiesa, a pair of top musicians, P. Jaroslav Konečný and Tomas Najbrt, who have dominated a wide range of different historical musical instruments, came out. Their music was a pleasant pre-Christmas experience for the hospital patients and other guests.
The concert was organized by the Grand Priory of Bohemia of the Military and Hospital Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. The Grand Priory of Bohemia cooperated with the Oparany Hospital for 11 years and among other things it helped with organizing concerts, reading for children and a Christmas bazaar to support the hospital. This year's concert was already the thirteenth in a row.

GIFTS FOR ABANDONED SENIORS

Lazarian Help, an organization established by the Grand Priory of Bohemia for charity activities, collected gifts for abandoned seniors at the time of Advent. More than 200 packages were earned. The gifts will be distributed through the civic association Korunka Luhačovice.


TV INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER OF SAVE HAVEN FOR NEWBORNS

TV Interview of Sir Nick Silverio, Knight of Saint Lazarus & founder of "Save Haven for Newborns" on EWTN, Catholic Network.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ4hgIzIV7c

About: A Save Haven for Newborns is charitable activity of the Grand Priory of the USA. A Safe Haven for Newborns is dedicated to reaching pregnant girls and mothers before they reach the crisis stage.

We are the safety net, possibly the last resort for a pregnant girl or mother with her newborn at her moment of crisis, very often-facing life and death issues, two lives saved, the precious newborn and their mother. So many times, once assistance is provided a mother chooses to keep her child and we were there for her.

The lifeline of our organization is our 24/7 multilingual statewide referral helpline to assist pregnant girls/women in crisis. We provide quick, confidential one on one assistance accessing our extensive statewide referral database. We assist them as they make their decision in the best interest of their baby and themselves, whether with counseling, parenting, health related issues, adoption or confidentially placing their newborn with a "Safe Haven"...

The Safe Haven program is saving lives, as supported by the number of newborns saved from abandonment and the many pregnant girls and women assisted during their most desperate time.

Baby abandonment is a tragedy that is happening in the United States - It does not have to happen:
A Safe Haven for Newborns began in response to the tragedy of infant abandonment in Florida. We see and read about abandoned babies all too often – it is heart breaking.The Safe haven law is a safety net for both the mother and the newborn infant.

Instead of abandoning a newborn to an almost sure death, it allows mothers, fathers or whoever is in possession of an unharmed newborn, approximately seven days old or less, to leave them at a Safe Haven facility: Any Hospital, Staffed 24/7 Fire Rescue Station, or Staffed 24/7 Emergency Medical Service Station, with no questions asked, totally anonymous, free from fear of prosecution...... A compassionate approach which is saving lives.

THE EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS AND SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN´S PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

The exhibition of paintings and porcelain paintings by Academic painter Helena Schmaus Shooner, was officially opened at the Municipal Museum in Bechyně (Czech Republic) on Saturday 10 June. The exhibition is called "Fairy tales and Children". The exhibition also includes ceramics and paintings of children from arteterapeutical studios of Children´s Psychiatric Hospital in Opařany.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of products will support this hospital. The exhibition is held under the auspices of the Canadian Embassy in the Czech Republic and with the support of a number of sponsors, including the Grand Priory of Bohemia of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem.


Photo Jolana Siblíková, Táborský deník

AID TO THE POPULATION OF CENTRAL ITALY HIT BY THE EARTHQUAKE ON AUGUST 24TH 2016

Seven years after the earthquake that hit L’Aquila on April 6 th 2009, Italy cries again. This time for the victims caused by the tremor occurred on August 24 th 2016, which stroke the Centre of the country. 283 people lost their lives and 2500 lost their home, with towns like Amatrice partially destroyed and Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto completely razed to the ground. Castelluccio, Norcia, Montereale, Pescara del Tronto and Rieti are only ones among the many that were seriously damaged.

The Grand Priory of Italy, as it had already done in similar circumstances in the past, activated itself in order to gather funds and humanitarian aid. To the call, with great solidarity, answered: the Municipal Administration and the Citizens of Cis (a town in Trentino), the Parish and Pastoral Committee of Cis, the Fire Departments of Cis and Coredo, the Alpinos Group of Cis, the Voluntary Bodies of the Non Valley, the 118 Voluntary Body of Cles, the Citizens of Pergine, Trento, Non Valley, Sole Valley, Vicolo Vattaro, Stringo and Scurelle.

We managed to gather any kind of aid, together with an initial sum of about 18,000.00 Euros.

On January 27 th , a first shipping, coordinated by our Hospitaller Dr. Massimiliano Ungaro and by the Fire Department of Cis Commander Oscar Betta, was delivered to some of Amatrice’s and Campotosto’s inhabitants. A second shipping was accomplished on February 5 th.

During the celebrations for Saint George, the saint patron of Cis, on April 23 rd , His Excellence Giovanni Ferrara, Grand Prior of Italy, publicly thanked the Municipal Administration of the town, as well as all the Voluntary Bodies and the Associations that made this remarkable act of solidarity possible, delivering them a certificate of merit and Grand Priory of Italy Medals of the Saint Lazarus Order.

BURNS NIGHT SUPPER

A highly succesful belated Burns Night Supper was held by the Grand Priory of Great Britain on Friday night.
The venue was the conventual church of the Grand Priory, St.Catherine Labouré in Farrington in Lancashire.
The event was held to raise emergency funds for our International Charity SUROL, who care for leprosy sufferers and their families in Sri Lanka,after more, hitherto unknown leprous patients, were discovered in the north of Sri Lanka.
We raised over £1000 to help them.
We continue to help those most in need.
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