The Canons of Ss Ambrose & Charles

On Saturday 15th February 2014 the Right Reverend Michael Gregory Campbell OSA, Bishop of Lancaster, merged the parishes of Our Lady & St Joseph’s, Carlisle and Our Lady & St Wilfrid’s, Warwick Bridge (including the chapel of St Ninian at Brampton) to form the new parish of Our Lady of Eden. A large congregation gathered from all three churches to join the Bishop for Mass, commending the care of the new parish into the hands of Our Blessed Lady. As these parish communities join together they will hopefully form a stronger community of Christian Faith to bear effective witness to the Gospel.

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On the same day Bishop Campbell constituted by decree Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church as a collegiate church, to be served by a new chapter of canons under the title of the Canons of SS Ambrose and Charles. The Second Vatican Council strongly encouraged diocesan priests to live in community (Presbyterorum Ordinis, 8) so that they might support each other by prayer and a common life. There is a long history of secular priests living in community. St Charles Borromeo founded a community of priests in the Diocese of Milan in the 16 th century, which was later brought to Westminster Diocese in the 19th Century. Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI counselled that, in a time when priests are increasingly isolated, a form of community life recommends itself.

Bishop Campbell has asked the priests at Our Lady’s to form such a community under the patronage of St Charles, whose relic was exposed during the Mass on Saturday. This community of canons will celebrate the Divine Office together daily, as well as a time of meditation, and will share a common table.

Hopefully this house will also become a place of support and fellowship for other priests of the Diocese.
For more details contact: Fr John Millar, The Rectory, Warwick Square, Carlisle, UK, ourladyofeden@gmail.com