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Posted: 03.06.14

Distinguished Visitors Set To Enrich, Enlighten And Inspire Members Of The Christ College Community

On Wednesday 21st May, The Lord Bishop of Gloucester who has been a member of the House of Lords since 2009, and is one of the Churches most gifted liturgists, spoke to pupils and staff about how we can all continue to discover our vocation in life and so fulfil our true purpose in life.

The Bishop delivered an address based on a text from 1 Samuel, encouraging pupils to ask the question ‘What should I be doing with my life?’, and to listen for an answer. Head of Christ College, Mrs Emma Taylor, said: “The Bishop’s message was beautifully timed for Upper Sixth leavers as they prepare for life after Christ College.”

After the service in chapel the Bishop Michael Perham had lunch with members of the upper sixth form to explore further their future careers and choices. Please click here for more images of his visit.

On Wednesday 4th June the Assistant Archbishop of Llandaff, the Right Reverend David Wilbourne will build on the work of Bishop Michael, and also spend the day with the lower sixth pupils and staff so that they too can reflect on their future choices.

On 25th June, which is very near to the first anniversary of the deaths of two members of the Christ College community, Alexander Mcllroy and Michael Marmion, the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon the Rt Reverend John Davies will again bring pupils and staff together in order to assist us all with understanding where Alex and Michael are now. Considering our futures and what all this can mean within the context of eternity is clearly something that humans have always tried to understand, and we hope that with such eminent and gifted members of the Anglican Communion we will all make some progress with these fundamental questions.

Another important part of the young people’s education is, how do we respond to the most vulnerable in society. To assist us we have asked Brother Vaughan who is a Franciscan Friar to be with us again, on Wednesday 11th June. He is well known within the community as he has been here to speak; share his life with us and last time he brought a refugee family with him for a short vacation. His understanding of ‘Pax et bonum’, peace and the good, will no doubt help a number of young people to think about the world that we live in and what should our response be.

At the end of the term, on Saturday 5th July, we will once again have the huge privilege of listening to our retiring Chairman of the Governors, The Revd Professor DP Davies. His love and affection for the school where he was a pupil will also help this community to understand a little more about why life is given.

Report by Rev Stephen Baker, Chaplain of Christ College Brecon

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