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On the evening of Saturday 4th January 2020, members of the Commandery of Wales joined the parishioners of the Russian Orthodox parish of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, at the University Church at Nazareth House/Newman Hall.  The Commandery of Wales and the Russian Orthodox parish share the facilities at Nazareth House generously provided by the Sisters of Nazareth and the Cardiff Oratorian community.

The evening began with the Moleben in Honour of the Walsingham Icon of the Mother of God being offered by Revd Hieromonk Mark Underwood, Rector of the parish, and his Deacon,...

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Members of the Commandery of Wales took part in the Cardiff University Carol Service in the University Church, Nazareth House, on Monday 9th December 2019.  Fr Sebastian Jones SChLJ presided, Chevalier Dr David Woolf KCLJ (Commander) and Chevalier Anthony Jeremy KCLJ (Chancellor) read two of the lessons.  Half of the retiring collection was given to the Commandery to help support its annual medical student elective bursary programme.

A report of this event was published in ‘Catholic People’, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Cardiff, and may be viewed here.

King Offa Commandery attended the ‘Strictly Come Ballroom Gala 2019’, arranged by Lepra, which we work with and support. It took place on Saturday 21st December 2019 at The Regency Dance Centre in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. A fun evening during which the Order of St Lazarus presented a significant cheque to Lepra. Chevalier Peter Whalley KLJ, was one of the Judges. A lovely collaborative evening in the ongoing fight against the Leprosy.

Our day began with a friendly and relaxed sherry reception for everyone in the Church Hall.

St Wilfrid’s Church in Kirkby in Ashfield looked impressive with emblems of the Order of St Lazarus, as the Commandery of King Offa entered with the processional carol, ‘Once in Royal David’s city’. Our Organist, Confrere John Bullock was accompanied by Trumpeter, Mr Tony Wade, throughout the playing of the hymns and traditional carols.

Over seventy people, including representatives from the Leprosy Mission, Lepra and Nepal Leprosy Trust attended the Advent Service, led by our Senior...

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On Advent Sunday, 1st December 2019, over 300 pairs of warm winter socks were donated for the Homeless Shelter at Emmanuel House in Nottingham during the Order of St Lazarus Advent Carol Service and the preceding Parish Eucharist at St Wilfrid’s Church in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Emmanuel House supports the most vulnerable citizens, and the socks will indeed help to make a real difference to homeless people.

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It is with great sadness that the death is announced of Mr Cat, de facto Master of Newman Hall, Catholic Chaplaincy, Cardiff University.  Mr Cat was famous amongst the numerous visitors to the Chaplaincy for his rigorous teaching of the Catechism of the Church.  He was an honorary member of the Commandery of Wales of the Military & Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem and the Venerable Pelican Club, whose dinners he frequently attended to ensure that decency and good table manners were correctly exercised.  His last appearance was at the recent Aid to the Church in Need...

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At a fundraising lecture and dinner on Saturday 19th October 2019 for 50 members of the Commandery of Wales and their guests £5,000 was raised for the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Syrian Christian refugee appeal.  This second annual ACN event was again co-hosted by Chevalier Dr David A. Woolf KCLJ, Commander of Wales, and the Very Revd Dr Sebastian Jones Cong Orat, SChLJ, Moderator of the Cardiff Oratory-in-Formation.  ACN have published a press release detailing this event https://acnuk.org/news/uk-50-sit-down-to-dinner-and-raise-5000/

‘They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.  At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them”.  Those few words used on Remembrance Sunday, 10th November 2019, at services up and down the land are so familiar, yet always said with reverence and solemnity, as Britain and the Commonwealth pay their respects to the fallen of two World Wars and other armed conflicts since.

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The Autumn National Investiture of the Grand Priory of England and Wales was held at The Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Nottingham on Saturday 26th October 2019.  Undaunted by the wet weather, members and guests travelled from far and wide to join the celebrations.

The Grand Prior of England and Wales, The Most Honourable the Marquess of Lothian PC GCLJ QC DL was the Investing Officer, assisted by the Bailiff, H.E. The Chevalier Charles Holloway GCLJ, KMLJ.  With members, visitors and guests in attendance, the Grand Prior, the Bailiff, clergy, Members of Grand Priory and...

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During Pontifical Mass earlier this morning in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Pope Francis canonised Cardinal John Henry Newman.  Many Oratorian fathers and brothers from Oratories around the world witnessed St John Henry Newman, founder of the Oratorian movement in the UK, being raised to the altars.  Two members of the Commandery of Wales, Bro Ambrose MMLJ and Fr Alexander MMLJ, were present to represent both the Cardiff Oratory and our Commandery.

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