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OXFORD MEETING OF THE PROFESSED

Professed members of the Order of Malta (those who have taken religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience) met for an international conference last weekend, Low Sunday, at Merton College Oxford, in the presence of His Most Eminent Highness the Prince and Grand Master.  The Prelate of the Order, Archbishop Acerbi, and members of Sovereign Council were also present.

The liturgy and music were provided by the resources of our Conventual Church, and celebrated by the Prelate and Chaplains of the Order from various countries.

On the final day, Sunday Mass was celebrated by Bishop Kenney, auxiliary of Birmingham.

The new icon of Our Lady of Philermo (photographed above on the College's 14th Century lectern), a full-size copy of the original icon, the work of a icon-painter in Bulgaria, and an anonymous gift to the Grand Priory for the Conventual Church in London, was blessed before Mass on Friday by Monsignor Acerbi.

Photographs of the weekend may be found at the links below, courtesy of James Bradley and Serge de Radzitzky, to whom we are extremely grateful.

1) Friday's Pontifical Mass in the Ordinary Form.
2) Saturday's High Mass in the presence of the Greater Prelates.
3) General photographs of the College, the participants and activities.

Please continue to pray for Fra' Fredrik Crichton-Stuart, Grand Prior, who had arranged this event, and whose health prevented his attending.