Michael Barrett was ordained a priest in St Mary’s Leyland, an Ampleforth Trustee parish in Lancashire on 15 July 2017. St Mary’s is manned by three Ampleforth monks; Fr Jonathan Cotton, Fr Stephen Wright, and Fr Paul Browne. He is a priest for the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Michael Barrett had been the head teacher of…

26 October 15 Bear witness to God with our life Dear all This visit to Guinea Bissau is one in which it is possible really to be close to the ordinary people. I am staying with missionaries in their parish, and they have come here to give their lives for the people. They are doing…

The sun is very hot, and it is humid and I have never perspired so much for years. Thanks for all and many greetings, it is great fun being here. I met the auxiliarly Bishop of the diocese today; he is a fine young man. There is great hope for the future of the Church…

Come Holy Spirit Renew the Face of the Earth Hope is one of the three theological virtues – the others being faith and love.  A theological virtue is so named because its object is God Himself.  Hope is so important because throughout history it has helped people overcome their difficulties – sometimes seemingly insuperable ones…

Over the last year or two my mother-in- law, who is 86, has become increasingly frail and she is now cared for with great kindness in a residential home. Her mental health in particular is deteriorating and this is manifested by rapid mood swings, outbursts of anger, depression and, perhaps most distressingly, the seeming loss…

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