Fr Abbot and Brother Michael went to Belgium for the day to attend the ordination to the priesthood of Father Anselm Gribbin. Fr Anselm has been a friend of Fr Abbot since their student days, and has spent many happy visits at Farnborough across the years. The Abbey of Tongerlo has a very long and interesting history. It belongs to the Premonstratensian Order, and we found the community to be extremely warm and welcoming. We were pleased to meet Father Anselm’s family for the first time, and to meet Brother Ninian, another member of the Tongerlo community, whom Fr Abbot has known for some years. In recent years, the novice master of Tongerlo brought the young brethren to stay with us as part of their annual tour of ancient Premonstratensian sites.
We pray that Fr Anselm will be richly blessed in his priestly life and ministry and that it will not be too long before we see him at Farnborough again.