“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



Lt Col Brian Forsyth, retiring Director of Ceremonies,
receiving the award of Officer of Merit with Swords
in the Order Pro Merito Melitense
The Annual Order Mass was celebrated at the Brompton Oratory yesterday morning, a pontifical votive High Mass of Saint John the Baptist, the celebrant was Archbishop Mario Conti, assisted by our chaplains, Father David Irwin and Paul Chavasse of the Birmingham Oratory, in the presence of the Grand Prior, Fra' Ian Scott of Ardross, who was attended by the Chaplain of the Grand Priory, Monsignor Antony Conlon.  The homily was preached by Father Ronald Creighton-Jobe of the London Oratory (a copy of the text will be posted when it becomes available). 

The church was well attended by members of the Order, their relatives and friends, who welcomed and seven new members, and the recipients of the Order "pro Merito Melitense".  Please pray for our new knights and dames. 

At the start of the day, His Excellency the Grand Prior received the renewal of vows of Fraters Julian Chadwick and Paul Sutherland. Your earnest prayers are asked also for them. Photographs will be available early next week, and a selection will be posted here.

Photographs may be ordered by applying to the Chancellery, basmom@btconnect.com

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.