|San Ignazio, Rome|
I wish all the clergy and faithful of the Diocese in Europe and all readers of this blog a joyful and blessed Christmas!
"Over the past twelve months international students from the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice, and similar establishments have attended worship at St George’s, Venice. Mrs Gilly Wiscarson, a member of the Chaplaincy Council, took the initiative to invite these students to a meeting accompanied by a plate of food which she herself prepared. As a result a monthly gathering has emerged and numbers have increased to twenty seven. These gatherings are not limited to students but are open to any adult within the same age range. Nor are any conditions imposed such as attendance at Church or being Christian.
On the evening of Friday 13th December a Christmas party was held at St George’s for these students. It was truly international and inter-faith. Young adults from Nigeria, Kenya, Mongolia, Ethiopia, Romania, the United States, India and elsewhere shared the occasion. Some were from different Christian denominations; others were from non-Christian traditions. Members of the Chaplaincy Council helped with hosting this occasion. It was truly a time of fun, lively conversation and an ease of relationships. Towards the end of the evening the students presented Gilly with a bunch of yellow roses and a gift expressing their thanks for the monthly meetings - for the laughter they enjoy, the sharing of difficulties whilst abroad and the taste of some home cooking."
|Archdeacon Leslie presents the ordinand|
|Reader Iris reads one of the lessons|
|The ordinand prostrates (an ancient biblical sign of humility) as the Veni Creator and Litany are sung|
|Deacon Kirk Weisz, 4th from left)|
|Canon Paul Wignall, Director of Reader Ministry|
|Registrar Aiden Hargreaves-Smith illustrates the governance of the Church of England|
|Deacon Frances on Anglican music|