This afternoon Notre Dame Priory celebrated the clothing ceremony of its first four novices, Brother Bede Mary (Tomas Cannavo), Brother Gregory Mary (Alec Hobbs), Brother Joseph Mary (David McMahon) and Brother Bernard Mary (Graham Leach). The community was blessed with the presence of Archbishop Porteous who officiated pontifical Vespers, immediately before the ceremony during which Father Prior imposed the Holy Habit and admitted the new novices. We were joined by around 50 friends who then shared refreshments with us at the house of David and Elisabeth Daintree. Father Prior's exhortation to the new novices will be found under the "from the Prior" button.

Also, for a very interesting write up by photographer Mishka Gora, see https://mishkagora.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/the-benedictine-option/

After the ceremony, Archbishop Porteous, Fr Prior and, from left to right: Brother Joseph Mary, Brother Gregory Mary, Brother Bernard Mary and Brother Bede Mary.

After the ceremony, Archbishop Porteous, Fr Prior and, from left to right: Brother Joseph Mary, Brother Gregory Mary, Brother Bernard Mary and Brother Bede Mary.

Father Prior with the new novices and their parents.

Father Prior with the new novices and their parents.

Father Prior chants an oration over the newly clothed novices.

Father Prior chants an oration over the newly clothed novices.

Father Prior washes the feet of the to be clothed postulants.

Father Prior washes the feet of the to be clothed postulants.

Giving the kiss of peace to Brother Bede Mary.

Giving the kiss of peace to Brother Bede Mary.

Chanting the Memorare before the Lady Altar.

Chanting the Memorare before the Lady Altar.

The white habits laid before Our Lady before the ceremony.

The white habits laid before Our Lady before the ceremony.

Preparing to clothe Brother Gregory.

Preparing to clothe Brother Gregory.