The beautiful setting of the Francisan Friary at Pantasaph provided the venue for an inspiring day of recollection for KSC members from Wirral this autumn. The day, organised in September by council chaplain Father Bernard Forshaw for Wirral council members along with their families and friends, was based on the theme of the papal encyclical Laudato Si'.
Father Francis Maple OFM opened the programme by outlining the main points of Laudato Si' – On Care for Our Common Home. Father Francis said it was appropriate that St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order, was an early advocate of protecting our wonderful world. Pope Francis, he added, has addressed every living person and called us to an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet, saying everyone should start in their own home by conserving energy and avoiding waste.
There was time for quiet reflection, together with confessions and a Mass celebrated by Father Bernard, before the day concluded with Benediction and veneration of the relic of St Pio of Pietrelcina – aka Padre Pio. The photo shows members of the group during the visit.
• KSC council 9 undertook the annual Steve Dooley memorial fundraising walk on 27 September. This year it was in support of Zoe's Place baby hospice and we wish to thank all who took part, not least the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress – Tony Concepcion and his wife Ann – who saw us on our way. We also thank the parish priests of the south Liverpool churches who allowed us to distribute sponsorship envelopes and most of all the parishioners who so generously sponsored the walkers. There will be further reports on this venture in future editions.
• Finally, details of the Embrace Liverpool Youth Conference at the Metropolitan Cathedral on 21 November are available at www.embrace-liverpool.org.uk.