Monasticism and Vocation: Christ our Call

Newcastle Cathedral

Saturday 23 March 2019, 10.30am – 4.00pm

Christ is calling you!

From our place in Monastic life, we offer to the Church ‘Stations of Vocation’ that help us to respond to Christ and live our primary vocation together as Church: the praise and worship of God.

Join brothers of the Community of the Resurrection and their friends for this day of reflection, praying together and pondering the One whom we are to love and serve – Christ our Call.

To book for the day, please follow this link…

The outline timetable for the day is:

10.00am       Arrival & Coffee

10.30am       Introduction

10.45am       ‘Stations of Vocation’

11.45am        Regroup

12.00pm       Mid Day Office

12.15pm        Lunch

1.00pm         Pointers on Silence

1.15pm          Period of Silence

1.45pm         Discussion & Questions

3.00pm        Tea

3.20pm        Gather around the font

4.00pm        Close

For more information, please contact 01924 494318 or email using this link.

A new chapter for A Theological College like no other…

Fr Peter Allan CR has announced his retirement as Principal of the College of the Resurrection at the end of the academic year. Fr Peter has been in post since 2011, having previously taught in the College alongside monks of the Community and other academic staff.

Fr Oswin Gartside CR, Superior of the Community and Chair of the College’s Trustees, said: ‘We are enormously grateful to our brother Peter for all that he has given to the College over the years. Formation and training of outstanding men and women as priests in God’s church is a central part of the Community’s work. The College of the Resurrection is the only Anglican theological college founded by – and still living and praying alongside – a religious community, and we look forward to building on Peter’s work in developing and growing A Theological College like no other.’.

Fr Oswin is working with the Chair of the College Council, Bishop David Walker, on an extensive consultation and recruitment process, with interviews expected to take place by early spring.

College of the Resurrection is Recruiting… in Admin!

The College of the Resurrection are recruiting a College Secretary / Executive Assistant to the Principal

They are looking for an experienced and skilled person to join the team in this unique institute of higher education within the environs of the monastic Community of the Resurrection. The Secretary is a pivotal person in the College, whose purpose is to prepare women and men for ordination in the Church of England.

Applications by 12 January 2018

Interviews in week beginning 22 January 2018


Please do contact the College if you would like to know more – and pass this opportunity on to anyone you think might be interested.

Details are available on the Fish4Jobs website or via email to


Br Roy France CR

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Br Roy France CR, who died yesterday (Monday 11 December) in the 66th year of his profession.

Alleluia – Christ is Risen.

We are recruiting!

The Community are recruiting for a Part Time Cook/Chef

This is a unique opportunity to be involved in the kitchen at the heart of our well-established site.  You will be expected to look after the smooth running of the kitchen, in charge of a team of catering assistants, cooking food for the brethren, college students, retreatants and other external customers. You will also be expected to ensure that the refectories are professionally presented, clean and tidy.

The hours are annualised including day, evening and weekend shifts, with a working pattern:

Term Time:

Minimum of 30 hours per week for 39 weeks (5 days over 7).
Shifts are usually 7am to 2.30pm or 2pm to 8pm.

Non Term Time:

Minimum of 21 hours per week for 13 weeks (3 or 4 days over 7).
Shifts are usually 7am to 2.30pm or 3pm to 8pm.

The post holder is entitled to 4 weeks holiday per year pro rata, plus bank holidays.

For further information and an application pack, please e-mail Ben Simmons.
Closing date for applications: Thursday 8th of June 2017

Unity Service

unityOn Sunday afternoon, 22nd January, the Community of the Resurrection hosted the Churches Together in Mirfield and District and their annual Unity Service.  This year’s liturgy was written by the churches of Germany, and its theme entitled “Crossing Barriers” reflected their experiences of life in a country that was divided by the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.

Nearly fifty people gathered in the Community Church for a service that involved participation from members who are Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Moravian, Roman Catholic and Salvation Army.  During the course of the liturgy a wall of stones was erected, representing the barriers that humanity creates to separate ourselves one from another.  Later within the service that wall was torn down and rebuilt in the shape of a cross.

It was an inspiring occasion of ecumenical cooperation and the hospitality of CR continued after the service with refreshments in the New Refectory.

Vocations Conference

jp-vocationsOn 25 – 26 January I travelled with Fr Thomas, and my Parish Priest to a ‘Growing Vocations Conference’ organised by Ministry Division, held at King’s Park Conference Centre. The opportunity came through Dr Peta Dunstan talking with Ministry Division, and I was asked to speak about the Religious Life on a discussion panel ably chaired by Bishop Libby Lane. Also joining in the discussion were representatives of Readers and the Church Missionary Society (CMS).

As you will know, many people in the church know little about the Religious Life and other vocations – like CMS – and it was very good to be able to meet with DDOs and other vocations advisers to talk with them about discerning a vocation. You can see what I said on the Twitter using the hashtag #CofECalling*.

Vocation first and foremost is the call of Christ to a relationship of love with God and neighbour; this is lived in prayer, and prayer is the primary vocation of the Church. The heart will always want to respond to that call with good works: ‘Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.’ (1John 3:18) – but we have to careful that we don’t end up doing good deeds simply because it is good to do good. Through our relationships we are the ones being done to: we are the ones called to be more compassionate, generous, caring, charitable – it is God at work in us!

The Christian life is the way of life that brings joy and hope to our hurting world. Much more of the conference was given over to thinking about vocation to the priesthood – those who are set apart amongst the whole of the baptised, who are equipped with the spiritual toolbox of the sacraments. Remember to encourage vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life, CMS, Readers……. But all of us are called to that relationship of prayer, so be encouraged, and don’t give up!

*you might like to search for this on the Google

YMC Merges with St Barnabas

st-hildJanuary 14th 2017 saw the launch of St Hild College, formed by the merger of St Barnabas Theological Centre and the Yorkshire Ministry Course, which has been based at Mirfield since 2007. St Hild will train Anglican ordinands, Baptist ministers in training and independent students through teaching centres in Mirfield, Sheffield and York. The partnership with Mirfield will continue, with the St Hild College office continuing to be based at the site.

In the coming years, the new college will continue to develop full time contextual ordination training. This route combines residential, academic and contextual formation. Ordinands are based at a local parish for 2-3 years where they live and serve in context. Academic tuition is delivered via undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at at Sheffield, Mirfield or York. Six times each year they gather with other St Hild ordinands for residential weekends on the Mirfield site following the pattern established by YMC.

Fr George, delivering the address during the Service of Commissioning at Dewsbury Minster, spoke of the need for this new initiative to connect with divine energy. ‘This energy came from the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and that never dries up’. He concluded, ‘we pray for the prospering of St Hild College in all its diversity, bringing together people from many traditions, many localities, churchmanships, denominations and backgrounds…because there is a message to be proclaimed and a light to be shone’.

For more details, see

Internovitiate Conference


The community was glad to welcome a group of novices for a conference on the theme of ‘Office and Eucharist,’ expertly led by Fr. George CR. The gathering was part of a two-year rolling programme organised and facilitated jointly by the novice guardians of our various Anglican religious communities. It was extremely good that we were able to host this session, and to share something of CR’s life.

We enjoyed a varied programme, with a good balance of teaching, learning and recreation. Mornings involved a daily singing practice to get to grips with the plainchant, before a lecture-style session on a particular aspect of our topic. This enabled insightful discussion on life in our respective communities. We also enjoyed a walk, a social evening (not entirely teetotal!), and a wonderful excursion to Dewsbury Minster at the end of the week where we saw the beautiful chapel of St. Paulinus and were photographed in front of the fine wooden reredos in the narthex.

A good time of fellowship and learning had by all – we are now looking forward to being together for the next conference!

St Anselm Visit

st-anselmThe community has been fortunate of late to enjoy visits from other communities. The latest of these has been by the Archbishop’s Community of St. Anselm based at Lambeth Palace. Last week we hosted Miranda and Michael, Methodist North American citizens from Florida and Mississippi.

The Community was set up in September 2015, when the Archbishop  invited Christians aged twenty to thirty-five to join a religious order dedicated to prayer and service of the poor. The community follows a regular Benedictine rhythm of prayer, work and study which shapes its charism. Altogether, there are thirty-six members of St. Anselm comprising resident and non-resident members Applications are invited from across the world, giving an international feel to the group as a whole. The setup of this community speaks strongly of Archbishop Justin’s belief that the religious life continues to speak resoundingly to the church in our day.

The Prior was able to put together a varied programme for our visitors, who took part in everything from a site tour (with yours truly,) to gardening with the noviciate and church cleaning! We also heard their contributions to discussions on ‘The Life’ and ‘Following Christ today.’ At the end of the week, the novices were able to host a social for Miranda and Michael, during which we participated in a fun game of heads-up! (Don’t ask.)

This second visit of St. Anselm’s members was again mutually fruitful in terms both of our learning about the look of 21st century monastic life and sharing fellowship. It is my second experience of these visits, and I think it’s definitely something we brothers of CR are coming to value.

Anglican Social Theology

social-thougt-picThe Mirfield Centre hosted a fully-booked residential conference on Anglican Social Theology from 20th to 21st January. Participants came from across the country including Truro, London, Gloucester and Durham. The speakers told the story of this movement from its Nineteenth century roots in the thought and action of F.D Maurice and the Christian Socialists, through Brooke Foss Westcott and Mirfield’s own Charles Gore, to William Temple and his successors.

Jeremy Morris, Alison Milbank, Paul Avis, Fr Thomas Sevile and Stephen Spencer told this story and responded to each other’s papers, building up a sense of ongoing conversation through the conference. Malcolm Brown, Susan Lucas and Matthew Bullimore brought us into the present, paying attention to our neo-liberal context and drawing out the contribution of the movement’s ‘coalition communitarianism’ (Brown) to our increasingly atomistic society at local as well as national level.

Four of the lectures comprised the Scott Holland lectures, a triannual set of lectures going back to 1922 and founded in memory of Henry Scott Holland. Bill Jacob, the chair of the Scott Holland Trust, described how the lectures had been thoroughly engaging and fascinating. Stephen Spencer, vice principal of St Hild College based at Mirfield and conference convenor, will be turning the papers into a book to be published by SCM Press in the autumn.

Brethren visit Trier

trierAs part of a regular cycle of exchanges, George, Simon, Nicolas and Marc travelled to Trier, Germany in December, for a four-day visit to the monastery of St Matthias. Our communities have a very close relationship, and this visit was an especially good and happy one. We shared in their life, had discussions about the future of our relationship, and about Brexit and monastic life in the modern world. There was an outing to a former monastery which after Napoleon became the porcelain factory of the firm Villeroy & Boch. In the church nearby we saw an ancient altar going back to Roman times.

We always have simultaneous translation at our meetings, but the CR brothers thought afterwards that we need to make learning German a priority for all our new recruits, as it is the relating outside formal meetings that can be especially good for building friendships. In July, a group from Trier will be coming to the re-hallowing of our church on. The relationship with St Matthias began in 1968, so next year we will be marking 50 years of growing unity between us.

Welcome Fabian nCR

fabianPost All Saints’ Day is an apposite time to reflect on this latest important event in the life of CR, and of our newest brother Fabian (né Shaun-Michael) Trevithick. It is not insignificant that his clothing into the novitiate should have taken place during the first evensong for St Luke’s day (17th October). Luke, as a physician, was acutely aware of humanity’s need for wellness and restoration – for newness. He evangelised a Christ whose coming would make all things new – a Christ, who would re-envision and reshape God’s world. Surely, this is what the Kingdom of heaven is like. We hear it throughout the Gospels. To be clothed with Christ as allegorised in the grey scapular, is equally to be made new; to offer up oneself to holiness, to a dedicated separation for the things of God according to his loving purposes embodied in Jesus.

It is this ‘clothing’ that the brothers CR each freely decide to put on when we begin formal training in the life and work of the Community and in the religious life at large. So the brethren CR are pleased to welcome Fabian amongst us. How will the next two years of this formation pan out for him and for ‘we band of brothers’, as we get older, maybe crosser – possibly even wiser – as the time passes and God works out his plans for us individually and in life together? We do not and cannot know. But in choosing God by this way, so we may trust Him and the promised future hope He stores for us.

The Solemn Evensong which welcomed Br. Fabian as a novice was redolent with God’s joy, and shared in by Community, College and guests alike. This joy cannot be made or destroyed; it is a perfect mystery, and it is a mystery to which Fabian nCR has chosen by the help of God to commit himself with us for roughly the next two years. We all pray with him that he may find – and be found – blessing as he does so – asking that the commitment witnessed in Fabian’s decision may bring to birth the newness of Jesus’ risen life in us all. Welcome indeed, Fabian!

Marc nCR

College of the Resurrection Celebrates its Foundation

refectory-for-foundation-dayEvery year the College celebrates the anniversary of its foundation (going for over 100 years!) on the feast of SS Simon and Jude.  Foundation day is one of those occasions which isn’t meant to interrupt a normal study day, consisting of an evening Mass presided over by the principal and followed by a formal dinner, but which ends up becoming one of those great mucking-in days of moving tables, creating weird and wonderful flower arrangements, and transforming the College into something completely magical.


It’s also a great moment of transition, after the flurry of the first couple of months; a day when new students get a chance to take on their new roles (from the flower officers, college-mealto entertainment officers, to official after party DJ), marking the moment of really being settled in, and acting as a great equaliser between those who have been here two months and those who have been here two years.

I was talking with a couple of the new students about Simon and Jude being our patrons – two saints we know almost nothing about, other than their decision to give up their lives and follow Jesus – and we all agreed there was something wonderful about following in the footsteps of two ‘unsung heroes’ (and something very Mirfield about not being the most important or most praised but plodding along and getting things done!); but the great act of celebration – of beautiful liturgy and of feasting together – gives us all a brief foretaste of things to come, and a moment to pause and give thanks for the life of this marvellous College and Community.

Steffan Mathias (Senior Student)

Advent Devotion – Sunday 4 December

advent-candlesSince 1991 we have invited Christians in West Yorkshire to join us in an Advent preparation for Christmas. The service, originally taken from ‘The Promise of His Glory’, is based on the ‘Great Os’. These are ancient antiphons sung at the beginning and end of the Magnificat from 17th until 23rd December and are best known to us from the hymn ‘O come, O come Emmanuel’.

All are welcome to join the Community in the church from 4pm.