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Possibly the most life-changing words I ever heard: Sandra Beck

“After hearing the woman’s remark, I started worshipping with one of the largely black congregations, which was closer to the university, along with a few white academics and students. My new parish was then administered by some Brothers from the Society of St Francis. I loved the parish’s atmosphere from the get-go,” says Sandra Beck from the Third Order of The Society of St Francis

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Anglican Aid Abroad: witnessing the love of Jesus for 50 years

“In 2008, my spiritual life was radically and indelibly changed by a 14-week visit to the Sisters of St Mary in Tanzania on behalf of Anglican Aid Abroad. There I witnessed the profound faith and love of Jesus shown in schools, health clinics, support for the vulnerable, care for people who were maimed and outcast, and through the teaching of sewing and agriculture to improve livelihoods,” says Marilyn Wright from St Bart’s, Mt Gravatt

Oratorians and Companions of The Oratory of the Good Shepherd at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Norfolk, England during the 2019 General Chapter (Image courtesy of

The Oratory of the Good Shepherd: history, origins and special relevance today

“The charism of the Oratory is the renewal of prayer in the life of the Church, and members are often engaged in spiritual direction and the leading of retreats,” says The Ven. Keith Dean-Jones OGS


The saint and the sultan

With St Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day approaching on 4 October, Franciscan Brother Alfred BoonKong reflects on the great saint’s bond with the Sultan of Egypt, Palestine and Syria during the 13th century: “Francis’ friendship with the Sultan challenges us today to seek ways to listen to and dialogue with Muslims and people of other faiths in a spirit of openness and collaboration”