A message from Fr Roger

Published on 30 Mar 2021
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As most of you know, the Provincial has decided to move me from being Director of St Beuno’s to a new ‘mission’ this summer.  Unfortunately I cannot tell you where that will be yet, but I will as soon as I can.  I have been here for seven years now, which is the longest I have ever lived anywhere (my father was in the Royal Air Force, so we moved every two or three years), and I will be really sad to leave St Beuno’s.  Ever since I came here for my 30 Day retreat as a novice it has had a special place in my heart, and I never imagined when my first spiritual director when I was an undergraduate talked of St Beuno’s (which I assumed was spelt ‘binos’ as in ‘binoculars’) that I would one day be Director here. 

Since the announcement I have had many kind emails and cards from many of you for which I am really grateful.  The Friends of St Beuno’s have been a real joy to me, and to the Community here.  I knew that St Beuno’s was loved and meant a lot to many people, but it is the Friends that have revealed how deep that love and significance goes.  Every so often I get a message from someone who says something like, ‘and I pray for St Beuno’s every day’.  I started as Director wondering if I could do it, and thinking that the Provincial may need to pull me out and find someone else within two years.  I know that it is these prayers and the support of the Friends that have sustained me and the team over my time here, and I know they will continue to do so as we seek to appoint the next Director. 

I hope that you and your family and friends are safe and well at this difficult time.  We are planning to open again for retreats in early to mid-May and really look forward to having retreatants in the house again.  I hope that you can get here again soon too.  As we start Holy Week after this dreadful year we await and pray not just for the resurrection at the end of our lives, but the resurrection that the world needs so badly now. 

Father Roger Dawson SJ