Another photo from IPTOC – Tertiaries from all Provinces

IPTOC 2017

Thanks to Ken Norian, retiring Minister General, who posted this on Facebook. [He knows I have “borrowed” it!]

PFG elect

As a result of the election for a Provincial Formation Guardian, we are pleased to welcome Sarah Cawdell (Area Formation Guardian, Wyvern Area) to be our Provincial Formation Guardian Elect (subject to ratification by the Bishop Protector).

Posted on behalf of Martin Allen, Provincial Secretary.


The Interprovincial Chapter of the Third Order (IPTOC) along the Joint First Order Chapter (JFOC) are meeting at High Leigh, Hertfordshire, from 6th to 15th September. The Bishop Protector, Minister Provincial, Provincial Formation Guardian and Provincial Novice Guardian (Bishop Stephen, Jamie, Paul and Peter) will all be attending (as will John Lovatt, our Provincial Treasurer, as an observer) and among the business will be the election of a new Minister General of TSSF, in succession to Ken Norian, and the ratification of a new Constitution.

There will also be talks from Sam Wells, the Vicar of St Martin in the Fields, Markus Heinze of Franciscans International, Tibor Kauser (Minister General of OFS) and Paula Pierce (National Minister of OFS GB), Richenda Milton-Daws from Franciscan Aid and Paul Alexander, on the Francis Film.

Please pray for us.

Jamie Hacker Hughes (posted by the webmaster)

IPTOC 2017

IPTOC 2017

IPTOC 2017

IPTOC 2017

Convocation, final presentations

TSSF Convocation – the final session

Text of Nicholas Henshall’s summary (this is based on his informal notes)

Videos of the Final Presentations from the 6 groups:

  1. Making an impact –
  2. Going Deeper in Prayer –
  3. Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation –
    (that is an ‘underscore’ between Nv and So)
  4. Energy –
    ( O4 is an O not a zero)
  5. Growing the Third Order –
    (Oy is again an O not zero and the last 4 characters are yuqgY)
  6. Structure –

New items on the website

Two completely different new items have been added to the website:

  1. A new version of the Area Team Handbook.
  2. An article from Paul Alexander on the Province of the Americas Centennial Convocation (original DOCX file).
    The same article as a PDF file (with some odd layout problems which we may manage to sort).
    A shortened version of this is in Little Portion Issue 11.

Click on the text above to find these.

Chris Petrie, 6th July 2017, revised 25th August 2017

Funeral of Bishop Michael Perham

The following information about the funeral of our former Bishop Protector has been supplied by the PA to +Rachel, Bishop of Gloucester who wanted SSF to be informed.

The Funeral Eucharist of the Right Reverend Michael Perham will be held at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday 6 May at 2.00 pm.

All are welcome.  Please note that there will not be a memorial service at a future date.

Robing: Bishops and deans are invited to robe plus the Cathedral Chapters of Gloucester and Wells. All other clergy are requested not to robe.

Parking: Due to major building works there is no parking available outside the cathedral. Parking advice can be found here.  Please be aware that there is a rugby match in Gloucester in the afternoon.

Flowers: The family have requested no flowers.

There will be a retiring collection for Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. GARAS’ purpose is to provide support to asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants.
Gift Aid envelopes will be available.
For those wishing to make a donation direct to GARAS:
Cheques can be paid payable to GARAS Ltd and posted to 111 Barton Street, Gloucester. GL1 4HR
HSBC Bank  sort code 40-22-09  Account number 0177671

Refreshments: Unfortunately due to the number of people we are unable to provide refreshments for everyone after the service.  However, there are a number of cafes, pubs and restaurants in walking distance of the cathedral.

We would be grateful for your assistance in sharing this information with anyone you know who might like to attend.

With our thanks and good wishes.

The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek                        The Very Revd Stephen Lake