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.
To raise public awareness of the Order of St Lazarus,a display by the Commandery of King Offa formed part of an open day at St Wilfrid’s Church in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire by kind invitation of the Revd Kevin Charles, ChLJ who is Commandery Chaplain. This explained the Order of St Lazarus, its history and work around the world today. The many visitors enjoyed learning about the Order and members were present to chat and answer questions
This event was part of the oneLIFE mission which aims to reach out into all areas of the community to engage with people who do not...more
Inspired by a pre-pilgrimage message written by our Joint Commandery Chaplain, Canon Brendan Clover SChLJ, on Friday 9th August thirteen members of the Commandery of Wales travelled 250 miles across the country to north Norfolk for a weekend pilgrimage at the ancient Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Three of the group were Walsingham neophytes. A pilgrimage station was made at the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in King’s Lynn. Established in 1897 by Pope Leo XII, in a replica of the Holy House of Loreta, this is the first shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham that was...more
Mrs Anita Barker, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, was just one of the guests who attended our Annual Service of Celebration & Renewal of Knightly Vows on a beautiful summer’s day in July in the new venue for King Offa of St Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham, which has been a place of praise and worship for over 175 years.
The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham and was designed and built under renowned architect, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, who also designed the interior of the Houses of Parliament in London. The foundation stone was...more
Chelsea Pensioner Roy Palmer presented the Bailiff with a splendid certificate recording the Grand Priory’s status as the Royal Hospital’s latest...more
The wonderful sunshine certainly enhanced the King Offa Commemoration Walk in the beautiful surroundings of Locko Park in Derbyshire, to the site of the former medieval Leprosarium and Preceptory, established there in the 13th Century by the Order of St Lazarus.
The site was moated and came with associated outbuildings, fishponds, and a spring, known as St Ann’s Well. Members and friends who joined in the walk were able to view a stone under which there are still signs of a well, by the side of the field, which has never been mowed, and is only visited by ruminating cows, and very...more
Chevalier Dr. David Woolf KCLJ writes:
Yesterday we closed the Commandery of Wales appeal for the St Lazarus Charitable Trust, funded by the 300 kilometre sponsored Camino pilgrimage hike undertaken by my parents, Peter and Diane Woolf. The appeal raised an amazing £3000 for the Trust, to be equally split between the Leprosy Mission and Help for Heroes, acknowledging both the hospitaller and military character of our Order.
On Wednesday 15th May 2019 members and guests of the Order were present at the Cavalry & Guards Club, Piccadilly, for the Military & Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem Charitable Trust fundraising dinner in aid of the Leprosy Mission and Combat Stress.
The annual Chaplain’s and Fellows’ Dinner, to mark the end of the academic year, was held on Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Cardiff University Chaplaincy at Newman Hall. The Commandery of Wales is based at Newman Hall. The members of the Commandery who are Fellows of the Hall were invited to the dinner. These included the Senior Fellows, Chevalier Dr David Woolf KCLJ (Commander) and Chevalier Anthony Jeremey KCLJ (Chancellor); and the Fellows, Confrères Haydn Rees CLJ (Marshal), Neil Buffin CLJ (Secretary), Craig Williams CLJ (Hospitaller), Jeffrey Morgan CLJ, Rhys Jenkins OLJ (Deputy-...more