Parish Changes

The following appointments, to take effect on 1st January 2015, were recently announced:

Dom Matthew Carney will move from St Begh's, Whitehaven, and, following an eight-month sabbatical studying at the University of Santa Clara, Berkeley, California, will become Parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Hereford, from 1st September 2015. During his sabbatical, the parish will be administered from Belmont.

Dom James Norris will move from the Merthyr Tydfil Group of Parishes to become Parish Priest of Our Lady and St Michael, Abergavenny, with St Mary and St Michael, Llanarth, both in Monmouthshire.

Dom Cenydd Marrison will move from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Hereford, to become Parish Priest of St Begh's, Whitehaven, Cumbria. He will retire as Dean of Herefordshire. Dom Richard Simons will move from Abergavenny and Llanarth to become Administrator of the Parish of St Begh's, Whitehaven, in the Diocese of Lancaster.

We thank the brethren for the magnificent work done in the parishes they leave behind, thank them for so willingly taking up these new appointments and pray that their new ministries will be both happy and fruitful.

Priestly Ordination of Dom Alex Echeandia Loro
On Saturday, 18th October, in his native city of Chiclayo, in the Province of Lambayeque, Peru, Dom Alex Echeandía Loro was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by Bishop Jesús Moliné Labarta, Bishop of Chiclayo. Fr Alex is 35 years old and has been a member of the Community since 1998.

The Ordination took place in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peace, attached to the Monastery of Carmelite Nuns. About 300 people were present including the Abbot President, Dom Richard Yeo, Fr Abbot and Fr Simon from Belmont, Fr Eduardo Monzón Aguirre representing the Abbey of Guatapé in Colombia, Sr Cristina Merella representing the Dominican sisters of San Sixto, four of the Benedictine sisters of Morropón, Fr David and the community from Pachacamac, priests and seminarians of the diocese, Br Alex's family and friends from Tambogrande, San Lorenzo, Sechura and Chiclayo.
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Photographs of Dom Alex's Ordination

Ordination to the Diaconate of Dom Jonathan Rollinson

On 15th July in the Abbey Church, the Archbishop of Cardiff, the Most Reverend George Stack, ordained Dom Jonathan Rolllinson to the Diaconate. Br Jonathan has just concluded his theological studies in Rome and has returned to Belmont. We pray for Br. Jonathan as he begins his ministry and for more vocations to the diaconate, priesthood and religious life.

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Archbishop George's homily

The Blessing of the Icon of Pantocrator of Belmont
On Saturday 26th July, in a ceremony attended by parishoners and retreatants, Fr Brendan blessed the icon of Christ Pantocrator of Belmont. The icon, which was completed by Br Alex, depicts Christ as Pantocrator, a common image in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and shows Our Saviour seated in majesty as the 'All Powerful Ruler and Sustainer of the World.' The icon will have a place of honour in the Kemble Room, where Belmont retreats take place.
The Blessing and Hallowing of Icons
Photos of the Blessing Ceremony
Information on Christ Pantocrator
Talk given by Dom Alex at the Blessing ceremony