A couple of months ago, I reported on the arrival in Preston of three nuns of the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus. This is the female order of nuns associated with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.
Today, I received a newsletter reporting on their progress. It seems that they have settled well into their new home, which is the former presbytery of the church of St Augustine. The building, which had been unoccupied for years, is now equipped with furniture and a chapel. In recent weeks, the sisters have spent much of their time at the Shrine Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, much of it cleaning the church and polishing the benches. They attend daily Mass there and on Sundays lead the singing, which I am told they do very beautifully.
The newsletter concludes with an announcement. On 29th January, Rt. Rev. Michael Campbell, Bishop of Lancaster will be in Florence, when five postulants will receive the religious habit of the order. Of the five, two are from the USA, one from France, one from Ireland and one from England. The one from England is Bianca Brajuha, who was a student at York University and used to attend the Latin Masses in York when they were in the English Martyrs Church. Bianca, whose father is Croatian, was a student of Music. I am sure that her talents will be much appreciated in the Order.
Bishop Campbell has forged some strong links with the Institute of Christ the King. Besides entrusting the care of two churches in Preston to them, he has provided the nuns with a former presbytery for their convent, and is a regular visitor to the Institute's motherhouse at Gricigliano.