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Priestly Brook articles

Priestly Brook articles
The making of a man

Careers advice In the summer of 1959 careers advice consisted of a two minute meeting in our teacher’s broom cupboard sized office. The conversation lacked enthusiasm on either part but we pushed on regardless. “Have you got a job?” asked the teacher. “No,” came my reply. “Well are you looking for work?” he barked. “Yes,” […]

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Taking a pew – a guide to retirement

Pros and cons In his book, Rules for Reverends, Jeremy Fletcher suggests that before retiring, priests should consider their future by looking carefully at retired clergy around them. “Find a happy one, and ask them how they did it. Start planning the same, for you could be retired a long time!” Those retirees I met […]

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Summer suns are glowing

It is around Ascension day that I usually start to feel the warmth and glow of summer in both mind and body.  Shaking off the dust of Lent and the darkness of Good Friday, the sunshine gives us a marvellous lift. But summer brings with it more than this healthy glow. For the church, it […]

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My faith was born in the class of ’53

Educating Skipton A young teacher from Belfast, whose wedding I attended, had accepted a teaching post at a primary school near the market town of Skipton, Yorkshire. She had a lovely Irish accent and on her first day she asked the pupils to guess where she came from. Hands went up and several different origins […]

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I walked today where Jesus walked

A second pilgrimage Christine and I stood in the roof garden of the Golden Walls Hotel, close to the Damascus Gate overlooking Jerusalem. We heard from within the walls the sound of the call to prayers and of the market traders shouting their wares, whilst the bright sunlight reflected off the sea of white buildings […]

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The joys and challenges of priesthood

Baptism of fire A frustrated priest, having taken up his very first parish as incumbent, returns from his opening Church Council with every one of his suggestions for church growth rejected. Kneeling at his bedside that night he pleads, “Lord, why do you persecute me so?” And the good Lord answers, “Persecution, my son? Wait […]

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