“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola



At the Grand Priory Day of Recollection which was held to day at Saint Birinus Dorchester-on-Thames courtesy of our chaplain Fr John Osman, the Chapter elected Ian Scott of Ardross as the 57th Grand Prior of England. His election will now be submitted to Sovereign Council for confirmation.

The Recollection was attended by some 20 members of the Order and Companions (who provide sterling domestic service at lunch far beyond the call of duty), and was preached by Monsignor Antony Conlon, Chaplain to the Grand Priory.  Mass of Saint Appolinaris was sung in the morning, and the day concluded after Vespers with a 'Te Deum' coram sanctissimo for the election of the new Grand Prior, and Benediction. Monsignor Conlon's two most inspiring talks will be given in the immediately following posts.

This was the third annual visit to Dorchester and we are immensely grateful to Fr Osman for his hospitality,  unmeasured hospitality and kindness.

Please pray for Ian Scott as he begins his service as Grand Prior.

Beata Maria de Phileremo, ora pro eo,
Beate Joanne Baptista, ora pro eo.
Beate Hadriane Fortescue, ora pro eo.

This post will be updated with photographs when they are received.