Tabor will be closed on Monday 7th for the May Day Bank Holiday. Monday Meditation will resume on the 14th.
During the week of the 23-27 of April, the Xaverians in the UK met at the Coatbridge Centre for their XIII Regional Chapter. The Xaverians hold their Chapter every four years with the purpose of:
- Promoting fidelity to the spirit of the Congregation.
- Examining the state of the Region and, if necessary, update its statutes.
- Studying and applying the norms of the XVII General Chapter.
- Electing the Regional direction.
- Programming the activities of the Region.
The new Regional Council is comprised of Jim Clarke (the Regional Superior). John Convery (the Vice Regional Superior) and the 3 Councillors Paddy Duffy, Ian Bathgate and Bideri Niagasaza.
The spirit of the Chapter was very positive and serene and we focussed on priorities for the next 4 years.
We committed ourselves to our three presences of St, Bartholomew’s Parish, Glasgow, the Conforti Mission Spirituality Centre, Coatbridge and the Xaverian Mission Spirituality Centre, Preston.
- Community and Regional Project of Life.
- Structures and Personnel.
- Mission Spirituality.
- Mission on the margins.
- Lay Participation and formation.
- Social Media.
Within each of these topics we set ourselves targets and guidelines, which will be published later.
Please keep our efforts in your prayers and join us in this 4 year plan as we try to contextualise Conforti’s dream to “make the world a single family” in the UK.
On the 13th July 18 Anne Harrison is offering a taster day for a new activity at Tabor, Capacitar Wellbeing.
Wellbeing Practices have been developed by Dr Pat Cane, founder of the organisation Capacitar (see www.capacitar.org for more information). They are simple but effective practices for healing and self-care. They cover gentle body and energy work, and mindful and meditative practices, adapted from different traditions across the globe. The practices can transform stress and pain which can come from illness, bereavement, and trauma of various kinds including general stresses of modern life, and evoke the strength, wisdom and healing potential of our own bodies, which in turn can also be used to help others.
The sessions will integrate a variety of beneficial spiritual practices drawn from different traditions including:
- Simple Tai chi and visualisation
- Energy and gentle body work
- Meditation and the power of intention
Anne Harrison is a RC laywoman, offering spiritual accompaniment and retreats, and offers Capacitar Wellness practices in North Yorkshire and in ecumenical/pastoral centres in the north-east and York. She also works as a therapist and incorporates energy work into her practice. She finds these practices personally beneficial to her own prayer and general wellness.
The Labyrinth evenings have returned to Tabor. The first session is on the 2nd May 7pm to 9pm. The sessions will be every first Wednesday evening of the month following.
Come and try this gentle form of body prayer which enables us to go inward and become centred – and then return to our outer life refreshed.
Suggested offering £3
There is a new event on the calendar, a series of Saturday Retreats on the theme of “The Spirituality of Unconditional Love”
This is something NEW in the City of Preston. Every newness produces excitement. Do you want to explore how life, unconditional love and God are the same reality and be healed of negative emotions? So, “come and see”.
St. Guido Maria Conforti, the Founder of the Xaverian Missionaries, wanted us to possess “a spirit of living faith which enables us to see God, seek God, love God in all things and intensify our desire to spread his kingdom (of unconditional love) everywhere.”
The retreat series is about promoting a life lived from the HEART, a living faith in Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit to live more united with one self, with ALL people (especially those we push away), with nature and with God using a method called C.C.A.I. (Conversion, Connection, Acceptance and Integration).
The series has two levels and every level runs for four Saturdays of theory retreat-courses and two Saturdays of actions.
The dates for the first level are: May 12th and 19th; June 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th.
Suggested offering is £20 per day.
The course begins at 10:30am with coffee from 10:00 and finishes at 4pm.
Please bring a packed lunch. Booking is not essential.
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Fifty friends of Tabor and the Xaverians sat down together to enjoy a Holy Week reflection on Wednesday night as one of the first events at Tabor since the Xaverians purchased the site in late 2017. The event was a mixture of quiet reflection, good humour, singing and exploration of the way in which the Jewish traditions of the Passover have influenced Catholic tradition.
The music was excellent, and once we had had the first practice run through the hymns and psalms we imagined we were in tune. Volume and a big smile helps…
These events are not without a lot of effort on the part of those who prepare and serve the food, clean up afterwards, provide music and the format for the event.
Work has begun on the creation of a new website for the Xaverians in the UK. This will link to their existing UK websites and also host the content for Tabor in Preston which the order took over in September 2017. There will be lots more to say about this in due course but work has begun and we hope to go live soon. As they say “Stay tuned!”