|Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
|Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 is the 266th Pope and head of a Catholic Church of 1.2 billion people, following his election on Wednesday 13th March 2013. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal.
Bergoglio chose “Francis” as his name, which is the first time in papal history that this name has been used. Along with Pope John Paul I, it is one of only two times since Pope Lando‘s brief reign in 913, that a serving pope held a name unused by a predecessor. He is both the first Jesuit priest and the first native of the Americas to be elected Pope. He is also the first non-European pope since the 8th century.
With the name Francis comes a signal of another new departure. No pope has ever before taken the name of the great saint of the poor, Francis of Assisi. Bergoglio is known for his commitment to social justice and his championing of the poor of his native Argentina in the midst of a global economic crisis whose cost fell mostly upon the shoulders of the most vulnerable and poor.Pope Francis I, is a humble man who moved out of his bishop’s palace and into a simple apartment. He gave up his chauffeur-driven car and takes the bus to work as well as cooking his own meals.
|As you may be aware last year we ran a school pilgrimage to the Taizé community in France for the first time. We took part in The Taizé ‘UK schools week’ with 200 other UK school pupils and around 3000 young people from all over the world who were present in Taizé that week. The pilgrimage was extremely successful, our pupils had an amazing time and we were extremely proud of the way they took a full enthusiastic part in the programme and gave their all.|
|In 2013 we re going to run:- A “Taste of Taizé weekend held in Dorking over the 27th/28th April 2013 – open to all year 9,10,11 students
- A week’s pilgrimage to Taizé open to year 10 students from the 13th to the 22nd July 2013.
To find out more – please follow the links below or contact Mr Emerson.
|Taize Letter to Parents|