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Don't forget the Annual Pilgrimage to Llanthony and Capel-y-ffin this Saturday, 19 August. Eucharist at St David's Church, Llanthony 11.30am with address by Canon Philip Wyn Davies, Vicar of Tregaron, followed by Bring & Share picnic lunch. Optional Pilgrimage Walk to Capel-y-ffin (motorised alternative permissible), where the preacher at 3.30pm Evensong in St Mary's Church will be Bishop Dominic Walker OGS. After this service Procession to the ruins of Fr Ignatius's abbey church with prayers at the statue of Our Lady, followed by refreshments ... See MoreSee Less

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11.30am Sung Eucharist at Llanthony
3.30pm Evensong at Capel-y-ffin, followed by procession to the ruins of Fr Ignatius's Abbey Church with stations at the Wayside Calvary and Statue of Our Lady of Llanthony
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Pilgrimage to Llanthony and Capel-y-ffin

August 19, 2017, 9:00am - August 19, 2017, 12:00pm

11.30am Sung Eucharist at Llanthony 3.30pm Evensong at Capel-y-ffin, followed by procession to the ruins of Fr Ignatius's Abbey Church with stations at the Wayside Calvary and Statue of Our Lady of Ll...

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The latest issue of the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust Newsletter is now available. It includes reminiscences of the early days of the Trust, founded 50 years ago this July, together with information about the annual pilgrimage (Sat 19 August), an obituary of former Trustee Fr Roger Shambrook and much else. Copies from our Secretary, Dr Peter Davies, whose contact details are on the main website. ... See MoreSee Less

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Another complimentary review of Hugh Allen's book 'New Llanthony Abbey' can be found in the latest issue of the Kilvert Society Journal: ... See MoreSee Less

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The 2017 Father Ignatius Memorial Trust Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday 19th August:

11.30 am  Sung Eucharist at St David’s Church, Llanthony. Preacher: Fr Philip Wyn Davies, Vicar of Tregaron. Followed by ‘bring & share’ lunch in the picnic area next to the car park at Llanthony.

1.30pm Those walking assemble outside St David’s Church for Pilgrimage Walk. Stout footwear is essential for the walk and weather-proof clothing is recommended, as is taking a bottle of water. See the Pilgrimage page for further details, including a map of the route.

3.30pm Evensong at St Mary’s Church, Capel-y-ffin. Preacher: Rt Revd Dominic Walker, former Bishop of Monmouth. Followed by procession to the ruins of Fr Ignatius’ Abbey Church, with a station at the Wayside Calvary and prayers at the Statue of Our Lady of Llanthony. Afterwards, tea and cake on the Monastery lawn at a modest charge, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Knill.

Car parking is available in the official car park at Llanthony Priory for the Eucharist at St David’s Church, and in the afternoon at Chapel Farm, Capel-y-ffin by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Watkins.

 

The entrance to the Wayside Calvary at the side of the lane leading up to the Monastery at Capel-y-ffin has been repaired by stonemason John Barber of Llanigon. Mr Barber was able to conserve the original inscription on one of the entrance pillars, which reads: ‘The Burning Bush Opposite’, a reference to the site of the apparitions of Our Lady reported in 1880 in the meadow below the Monastery. A photograph of John Barber and his assistant at work on the Calvary steps is included in the 2017 edition of the Trust Newsletter, and our thanks go to Jessica Griffiths for taking the photo. Jessica helps her mother Mary run the Grange pony trekking centre near the Monastery.

 

Further reviews of Hugh Allen’s book ‘New Llanthony Abbey’ can be found in New Directions magazine (Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017 issue) – see here, in the latest issue of the Kilvert Society’s Journal (see link to our Facebook page opposite) and here in an extract from the Anglo-Catholic History Society Autumn 2016 Newsletter. 

 

‘New Llanthony Abbey’ by Hugh Allen

Hugh Allen’s book ‘New Llanthony Abbey: Father Ignatius’s Monastery at Capel-y-ffin’ has now been published, and is available direct from the author (see contact details below). A review of the book published in the Church Times may be viewed here, and a review posted on the Society of the Faith website is available here. In addition, a review by Fr Martin Williams is included in the latest edition of the Trust Newsletter.

Hugh Allen tells the story of Ignatius’s community from its origins in early 1860s East Anglia to its migration to Wales in 1870, its history through the following four decades (including the reported Apparitions in 1880), and its demise after the founder’s death in 1908. He also describes the later history of the former monastery, home in the 1920s to the sculptor and typographer Eric Gill, and for many years to the family of his eldest daughter, and brings the story up to date with information about the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust and the continuing appeal of New Llanthony as a place of pilgrimage.

The author is a former clergyman of the Church in Wales, and now an Orthodox layman. He is a longstanding member of the Father Ignatius Memorial Trust. To obtain a copy of the book, please telephone him on 01884 258031 for BACS transfer details, or send a cheque for £20 (payable to R.W.H. Allen) to Hugh Allen, 3 St Peter’s Court, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6NZ (price includes postage and packing).

2016 Trust Newsletter

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Last year’s Newsletter remains available. It includes sculptor Philip Chatfield’s account of his commission to carve a statue of St Aeldred for the Caldey Island community, a gift from the Benedictines of Pluscarden and Prinknash to mark the 1913 conversion. The cover photograph shows Ignatius preaching at the National Eisteddfod held in Newport in 1897.

To obtain a copy of this newsletter, please contact the Trust Secretary – see the Contact page.

Fr Roger Shambrook

It is with great regret that we announce the death of Fr Roger Shambrook on May 6th, 2016. Fr Shambrook had been a long-standing Trustee, with many years of faithful service to the Trust. An appreciation will be included in the next edition of the Trust Newsletter.

Trustee retirement

Following the recent retirement of Debbie Lyne as a Trustee, we are delighted that Debbie has agreed to become an Emeritus Trustee, and so will continue her long association with the Trust.

2016 Pilgrimage

Last year’s Pilgrimage took place on Saturday 20th August, with a sung Eucharist service at St David’s Church, Llanthony at which Fr Martin Williams officiated. The preacher was Fr Mark Soady of St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny. Pilgrims then made their way, some on foot, to St Mary’s Church, Capel-y-ffin for Evensong, conducted by Fr Roderick Hingley, with an address given by Fr Julian Gray, Vicar of Llantilio Pertholey. This was followed by a procession to the Monastery with stations at the Wayside Calvary and the newly refurbished statue of Our Lady on the monastery forecourt. Tea and cakes were served on the monastery lawn courtesy of Mr and Mrs Andrew Knill. See our Facebook page (link above) for photographs taken on the day.

2016 National Eisteddfod

The National Eisteddfod of Wales took place in Abergavenny from 29th July to 6th August 2016, and the Trust was represented on the Maes within the Lle Hanes (Local History Pavilion). The Eisteddfod was returning to Abergavenny for the first time since 1913, and was held on the Castle Meadows not far from Abergavenny Castle and Museum. Those familiar with the story of Ignatius will know that that he held the Welsh language dear, and that he was created a Bard at the National Eisteddfod held at Brecon in 1889, taking the bardic name ‘Dewi Honddu’. A photograph of Ignatius preaching at a later National Eisteddfod in Newport is held in the Trust Archive at Abergavenny Museum, and is reproduced on the front page of the 2016 Trust newsletter (see above).

2015 Pilgrimage

See our Facebook page (link opposite) for Michael Woodward’s photographs from the 2015 pilgrimage, as well as a short video.

2015 Newsletter

2015 Newsletter cover

A few copies of the 2015 Newsletter remain available. As well as details of the Pilgrimage and other news, the 2015 Trust Newsletter includes an article by Hugh Allen entitled ‘Two Diaries’, kept respectively by Fr Ignatius in the early months of 1908 and by Fr Joseph Woodford of Caldey when he lived at Capel-y-ffin between 1923 and 1928.  The photo on the cover of the newsletter (above) shows the Abbot with his adopted son ‘Brother David’ and family at Maes-y-ffin in 1907, the year before he died. An extract from the newsletter is available on the Documents page and gives Ignatius’ description of the final Apparition of Our Lady of Llanthony on 15 September 1880, the only one of the four reported apparitions which he witnessed himself.

To obtain a copy of this newsletter, please contact the Trust Secretary – see the Contact page.

 

Links to other websites of interest:

www.saintmaryshay.com

www.ourladyofpenrhys.co.uk

www.ourladyoftintern.co.uk

www.llangasty.com

www.walsingham.org.uk

www.pluscardenabbey.org

www.thekilvertsociety.org.uk