Feast Day Celebration with the Franciscan Friars

How wonderful to be able to celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron Saint, St Theresa of Lisieux with the Franciscan Friars, Father Gabriel, Father Giles and Brother Angelo, who visited us from their home in Bradford. The pupils’ display of handmade roses, each with prayers on the leaves for the Friars, formed an archway at the door to the Chapel. The children were all absolutely enthralled by the Friars who celebrated Mass with the prep school, before spending time with each year group, teaching them songs, praying with them, and answering all manner of questions, from ‘If you’ve got nothing, what do you give up for Lent?’ to  ‘What do you miss most?’. 

The friars were televised for the BBC documentary, Bronx to Bradford, which followed these holy men at their Franciscan friary on their mission to support the poor, both spiritually and mentally. The Farleigh children have been shown the film in assemblies, and both the film and the friars made a huge impression on the pupils and staff. At the end of the day, they were given a terrific send-off as their car, laden down with all the generous food donations, made its way down the drive and the long trip home to the north of England. Thank you, Farleigh families, for your generosity and support.

All the children enjoyed a special treat of chocolate at biscuit break and the day ended with a delicious boarders’ supper; the archway of handmade roses displayed in the dining hall as a reminder of St Theresa. A starter of melon, mozzarella and parma ham was followed by slow roasted shoulder of lamb with roast potatoes with honey and mustard glazed carrots and peas. Chocolate ganache tart with strawberry ice cream and raspberry coulis provided a sumptuous end to a special day of celebrations.

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