St George's celebrates Bicentenary of the Josephites 1817-2017

On Monday 1 May, St George's celebrated the Bicentenary of the Josephites (1817-2017), the Catholic order that founded St George’s Weybridge.

Founded by Constant van Crombrugghe 200 years ago, the Josephites were founded for 'the Christian instruction and education of young people'.

A major celebration was held at St George’s College, with a Mass and a special celebratory lunch. Both the Chapel and the Orchard Hall were full for the Mass and the lunch and the Josephites were joined by members of their sister congregation, the Daughters of Mary and Joseph, members of other congregations with houses in the local area, and diocesan priests from the local parishes. 

Fr Robert Hamilton CJ, former Superior General, presided at Mass and the current Superior General, Fr Jacob Beya Kadumbu CJ, made the journey from Belgium to be with his fellow Josephites.

Many past pupils and both past and present colleagues also made the trip to the College, with parishioners from local parishes also present. With the School being on holiday, the choir of Addlestone Parish led the congregation in the liturgical music.

During the Mass, the icon of St Joseph written by Sr Annette Lawrence DMJ was blessed by Fr Jacob.

On Tuesday 2 May, the students of St George’s Weybridge then held their own celebrations of this milestone event, as they celebrated Mass with College Chaplain and Josephite Fr Martin Ashcroft CJ. The students listened intently as Fr Martin explained the history of the Josephites and the importance of their work.

The students then enjoyed some tasty Belgian dishes for lunch to mark the occasion with the Belgian waffles proving to be a very popular pudding choice.

3 May 2017

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