Spring is here – the delicate bright green leaves on the maple tree herald its coming, as do the birds, busy with their nest building. The Friary is alive once more with people, while the painters, builders and electricians finish their work which began 4 months ago. Its a busy place and gradually the transformation is taking place. The promised lift is a bit behind schedule and should be fully installed by the end of November and operational sometime after that.
We are grateful for all those who have been part of our ‘build’ and earthquake strengthening – many have worked long hours to get it done. Its been a big job, which has thrown up a few curved balls with unexpected problems, as is so often the case in buildings of this size and age.
Yesterday we celebrated St Francis’s feast day – a day to remember and to give thanks for the founder of the Franciscan Order, Francesco Bernardone (later known to the world as Francis of Assisi), a young 27 year old who received approval from Pope Innocent 111 in 1209, to establish the Order of Friars Minor, 808 years ago.
Today, we move forward in the knowledge that the same God who called Francis to build his church, is calling us today to continue God’s mission to be true followers of Christ. We will do our best.
We value your prayers and continued support. If we can help you in anyway please feel free to contact us by phoning 09 625 6651 or emailing email@example.com Thanks
Blessings from our Franciscan team – on their behalf,
P. S. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of all the building changes please contact Fr Anthoni Selvaraj or Br Philip Jeffares at: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of them will respond to you. Thanks