Study and Prayer Week at Alnmouth 28th September – 2 October 2015

TSSF Study and Prayer Enabling Group

The Study and Prayer Week at St. Francis Friary, Alnmouth takes place from Monday 28 September 2015 from 4.00pm and leaving after breakfast on Friday 2 October 2015 (approx. 10am)

This year we are taking a closer look at St. Clare and contributions of presentations in any form (papers/art & craft/poetry/pictorial etc.) are most welcome.

Please contact: Helen Hood at

putting TSSF S & P in the subject line

Study and Prayer requests a payment of £160 per person for the week and this will donated to the Friary. Payment can be made at the event and gift aid forms will also be available. PLEASE NOTE Chapter does not want anyone to be excluded so if there are financial constraints people should let Helen know, no one should be prevented from coming because of cost.

We will be sharing in the life and worship of the First Order Brothers at the Friary. We work closely together, and as many of the brothers as are able join in the sessions. This enables a deepening of vocations and companionship between us and encourages on-going formation. Prayer is an integral part, encouraging and focussing thinking and discussion.

Study and Prayer Weekend at Freeland, April 2015

During the Study and Prayer Weekend at Freeland the group looked for images to photograph to illustrate The Canticle of the Creatures. This helped us see how inclusive the Canticle is and how God may speak to us through all of creation. A selection of photos, sometimes touching, sometimes quite eccentric, was edited to a simple setting of the canticle. Here it is:


New Link Tertiaries

Peter Thompson has been elected to the role of Link Tertiary for the Central and South England and Channel Islands cluster of Areas, in succession to Roger Healey.
He polled 55 votes, against 51 votes for Robert Dimmick, which represented a vote of 54% of those Tertiaries who were eligible to vote.
Wendy Scott was the only nomination for the role of Link Tertiary for the Yorkshire and East Midlands cluster of Areas in succession to Jan Davies.
Wendy and Peter will be commissioned as Members of Provincial Chapter and Trustees of TSSF European Province at the meeting on 12-13 June 2015.
Please pray for them and for our new Provincial Treasurer, John Lovatt, to be commissioned at the same time.

Link Tertiary Election, April-May 2015

An election for the Link Tertiary for the Central South England Cluster has started. Closing date 23 May 2015. All Professed tertiaries in the Sussex, Guildford, Channel Islands, Solent, Berkshire and Winchester Areas should vote. Information has been sent to these Areas and is on the web at

Recent updates (Revised 26th March)

Calls for nominations for two Link Tertiaries have been issued. See the Chapter page or

Chapter has agreed that TON may be made available on the TSSF website and issues TON 50 to TON 53 have been uploaded. The Spring 2015 Intercessions leaflet is also on the website.

The announcements of deaths of a number of Tertiaries have been added to the website – see the deaths & obituaries page which has links to obituaries sent by Tertiaries.

Study and Prayer Weekend 24th – 26th April 2015

The S & P Weekend will be held at:

St. Mary’s Convent, The Community of St. Clare, Wroslyn Road,
Freeland, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 8AJ

From Friday 24 April 2015 to Sunday 26 April 2015 from 3.30pm on the
Friday until after lunch on the Sunday.

The theme for the weekend is “The Canticle of the Creatures” and we will be taking
photographs and putting a selection to a musical setting. Please bring a digital camera or phone from which we can copy photos onto a laptop.

Please contact:
for more information or to book a place.

Election result

Election of the Provincial Treasurer and Trustee of TSSF European Province

In the election for which voting closed earlier this week, 358 votes were cast, being 19% of professed Tertiaries (at the start of voting).

  • 201 votes were cast for John Lovatt
  • 157 votes were cast for John Wotherspoon

so that JOHN LOVATT is elected to serve from the end of the June 2015 meeting of Provincial Chapter.

Chris Petrie, returning officer, on behalf of Provincial Chapter.

Informal comments

The Order owes a considerable debt to the candidates who were led to offer themselves for this demanding role and heartfelt thanks are offered to John and to John. A number of those who voted, commented on the difficulty of choosing between two candidates whose talents and experience fitted them so well for the office. If that is a reason why you did not vote, you may be forgiven this once, but please vote next time. Better than that, consider whether you are called to offer yourself to serve the Order at Area or Provincial level.

The idea of making the election addresses of Chapter members available during their time of service on Chapter has met with agreement of those who have been asked so far. John Lovatt’s election address has been on the web during voting and will continue to be available. Those of other officers will appear, with their permission. We hope this will help to make Chapter seem more human and approachable – none of us bite (as far as I know).

Chris Petrie, Communications Coordinator, European Province