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VIEW OF CANDELARA PARISH CHURCH
AND/OR GROUP PHOTO OF BISHOP ANGELO
WITH REDBOURN ANGLICAN DELEGATION
IN CANDELARA IN THE YEAR 2003

  1. THE TWINNING BETWEEN THE ST. STEFANO (CANDELARA) AND S.MARIA DELL’ARZILLA CATHOLIC CHURCHES ( ARCHDIOCESE OF PESARO - ITALY) AND ST. MARY ANGLICAN PARISH IN REDBOURN (DIOCESE OF ST. ALBANS – UK) BEGAN IN JUNE 2001; REVEREND DUNCAN SWAN, VICAR OF REDBOURN COMMUNITY, CAME FOR A FEW DAYS TO VISIT OUR PARISH COMMUNITIES. HE WAS ENTHUSIASTIC AND VERY IMPRESSED BY OUR ECCLESIASTICAL REALITY.
  2. SINCE THEN, SINCERELY AND DEEPLY CONVINCED THAT THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN OUR DENOMINATIONS OUTNUMBERED THE DIFFERENCES, IN THE SPIRIT OF CHARTA OECUMENICA, WE INTENSIFIED OUR RELATIONSHIP IN KKNOWLEDGE AND FRIENDSHIP THANKS TO REGULAR DIALOGUE, MOMENTS OF PRAYER, SHARED SONGS AND LITURGICAL GESTURES AND, ABOVE ALL, TO MUTUAL VISITS:
    1. 25TH OF APRIL – 1ST OF MAY 2002: A GROUP OF PARISHIONERS FROM CANDELARA AND S.MARIA DELL’ARZILLA, LED BY THE PRIEST MARCO DI GIORGIO, VISITS REDBOURN;
    2. 17TH OF JUNE – 24TH OF JUNE 2003: AN ANGLICAN DELEGATION FROM REDBOURN PARISH, LED BY THE VICAR DUNCAN SWAN, VISITS CANDELARA;
    3. 20TH OF JANUARY – 25TH OF JANUARY 2005: REDBOURN ANGLICAN PARISH DELEGATION, TOGETHER WITH (ST. ALBAN’S?) DISTINGUISHED BISHOP, MONSIGNOR ROBIN ________, PARTICIPATES IN THE WORLD WEEK OF PRAYER FOR THE UNITY OF CHRISTIANS, CHARACTERISED BY ECUMENICAL VIGILS IN THE METROPOLIS’ CATHEDRALS;
    4. 23RD OF JUNE – 27TH OF JUNE 2005: 13 PARISHIONERS FROM CANDELARA AND S.MARIA, MAINLY YOUNG PEOPLE, VISIT REDBOURN WITH THE PRIEST MARCELLO SIGNORETTI. INSIDE ST.ALBANS CATHEDRAL THEY PARTICIPATE IN THE SOLEMN CELEBRATION TO COMMEMORATE THE MARTYRDOM OF ST.ALBAN, FOUNDER OF REDBOURN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY. LATER THEY MEET THE BISHOP, MONSIGNOR CHRISTOPHER HERBERT;
    5. 7TH OF JUNE – 20TH OF JUNE 2006: RECEPTION OF REDBOURN ANGLICAN DELEGATION, GATHERED IN OCCASION OF THE PILGRIMAGE TO ASSISI (12TH/18TH OF JULY) FROM ST.ALBANS’ DIOCESE LED BY MONSIGNOR CHRISTOPHER HERBERT. PARTICIPATION OF SOME PARISHIONERS (16TH AND 17TH) IN THE PRAYER VIGIL AND IN THE ITINERARY TO THE FRANCISCAN PLACES.

WE SUBMITTED TO OUR ANGLICAN FRIENDS A DRAFT FOR AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT ABOUT THE TWINNING, AIMED AT RATIFYING IN A MORE FORMAL WAY OUR FRATERNITY. THE PROPOSAL HAS NOT YET BEEN APPROVED BECAUSE THE VICAR OF REDBOURN, DUNCAN SWAN, LEFT THE PARISH IN THE AUTUMN OF 2005, BUT HE WAS SUBSTITUTED ONLY IN SEPTEMBER 2006 BY WILL GIBBS. IN OCTOBER MARCO DI GIORGIO, PRIEST OF CANDELARA AND S.MARIA DELL’ARZILLA, PAID HOMAGE TO THE NEW VICAR.

 

 

 

 

 

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