Jean Dunning RIP

It is with sadness that we have received the news that Jean Dunning died yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 27th January). We offer our condolences to Ralph and to Ralph and Jean’s family. Just yesterday the Ladies group, which Jean led, met at the Shrine to pray the rosary for Jean and the family. Many will remember that Jean had invited family and friends to the Shrine just before Christmas to join in the Mass and share in lunch together. It was Jean’s chance to meet up with and say farewell to her friends. Jean also managed to attend the Blessing of the Mosaic in September. We pray for Ralph and the family in their grief. Jean may you rest in peace and rise in glory.


A Different Kind of Prayer

Heavenly Father, help us remember that the idiot who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children. Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can’t give change correctly in the shop is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester. Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking tramp, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares. Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the supermarket aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savouring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together. Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love. Amen.


The Unlit Candle

A man had a little daughter – an only and much beloved child.  He lived only for her, she was his life.  So when she became ill and her illness resisted the efforts of the best obtainable doctors, he became like a man possessed, moving heaven and earth to bring about her restoration to health. His best efforts proved fruitless, however, and the child died. The father was totally irreconcilable.  He became a bitter recluse, shutting himself away from his many friends, refusing every activity that might restore his sense of purpose and bring him back to his normal self. Then one night he had a dream. He was in heaven and witnessing a grand pageant of all the little child angels. They were marching in an apparently endless line past the Great White Throne.  Every white-robed, angelic child carried a beautiful candle.  He noticed, however, that one child’s candle was not lit.  Then he saw that the child with the unlit candle was his own little girl.  Rushing towards her, while the pageant faltered, he seized her in his arms, caressed her tenderly, and asked, “How is that your candle is the only one not lit?”  “Daddy, they often relight it, but your tears always put it out again,” she said. Just then he awoke from from his dream.  The lesson was crystal clear, and it’s effects were immediate.  From that hour on he was no longer a recluse, but mingled freely and cheerfully with his former friends and associates.  No longer would his little daughter’s candle in heaven be extingushed by his unnecessary tears.


God is love.

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (1 John 4, 16)

In memory of

Father Franz Johannes Brügger
Schoenstatt Father

Born 25th January, 1942
Ordained July 8, 1967
Deceased January 8, 2015

Totally unexpected Father Franz Brügger died suddenly in the early afternoon of the 8th January 2015. He was surrounded by confreres of Schoenstatt Fathers of the Province House on Mount Sion, Vallendar, Germany.

He was a member of the Caritas patris familia Sion course and a co-founding member of the Secular Institute of Fathers.

Even as a young man Father Brügger came to completely identify himself with Schoenstatt founder’s Father Joseph Kentenich and the Movement’s spirituality.

Following his ordination to the priesthood in the summer of 1967 after serving time a curate he was Assistant for ten years to the Schoenstatt boys and young men movement in Germany.

Together with the Brothers of Mary and the youth he came to build the Youth Centre on the Marienberg in Vallendar. He was also a vital promoter of the students’ movement at tertiary level, gave conferences and organized national students’ pilgrimage to Schoenstatt. Continue reading “God is love.”


Covenant Mass January 2015

You are invited to our Covenant Mass on the Sunday 18th January 2015 at 7.30pm at the Shrine. In this Covenant Mass we want to remember in a special way Father Franz Bruegger who has died. For many years Father Franz worked with the Family Groups in the  UK and worked with the families in defining our Mission as a New Nazareth for the Church in the UK. We pray for the repose of his soul and that Father Franz, who shared in the Priesthood of our Saviour serving the Church in  48 years of priestly service in many parts of the world, will now be given his heavenly reward.

We find ourselves in the time of preparation for the Synod on family and our theme for the year is: “Our Misssion is Love Family fully Alive”. Living our Covenant of Love in the family we want to create space for family life and concerns. We ask the God of our life to “Stay with us on our Journey”. The Mass is prepared by the Cenacle Group one of the first two groups started by Fr Franz. We will be accompanied by the St Edmund’s Music Group. We invite ou to bring along non-perishable food stuffs which we will pass on to the Brothers of Charity for their work in feeding the homeless and destitute. We look forward to welcoming you to our Celebration.


Father Franz Bruegger RIP

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the very sudden und unexpected death of Father Franz Bruegger today about 1.00pm in Schoenstatt. Father Bruegger is well known in the Schoenstatt Family in England and Wales and in Scotland.

He started with Fr Rawson and Fr Tansey with the first groups in Oldham and in Droylsden. For decades he accompanied and help build up the Schoenstatt Movement in the UK. Many will be deeply shocked to here of his sudden passing. Father Franz was last here for the Blessing of the Mosaic in September 2014 and had contact with most of “the old Brueggers” and more. Some saw him at the Jubilee Celebrations in October 2014 in Schoenstatt. Father Bruegger will be sorely missed, fondly remembered and held in gratitude for all that he did in the service of the Movement in the UK. Father Franz may you rest in peace and rise in glory.