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Br Colin Wilfred RIP

Brother Colin Wilfred SSF died August 2nd, in Canterbury, England. He had been suffering for some time of pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive lung disease. Brother Colin was in his early 70s.

Brother Colin was a member of the Society of St Francis, the Anglican Franciscans. [UK site; NZ site]

Br Colin will be well known to those with liturgical interest for his work on the Daily Office SSF. The original influenced Celebrating Common Prayer, which influenced the Daily Office in Common Worship (CofE).

The Archbishops of our church here write,

This is indeed sad news for the church because Brother Colin served amongst us here when the friars were living in Auckland.

During his time in Aotearoa New Zealand, Brother Colin conducted many retreats, gave many bible studies and talks and contributed widely from his considerable theological and spiritual resources.

Brother Colin was instrumental in creating the Anglican Religious Life Advisory Group of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia for the Anglican Church of these islands.

Although Brother Colin left for England some years ago he will be remembered with much aroha, for his passion for justice and peace as well as his intelligent and creative witness to contemporary Christian spirituality, not forgetting his wonderful wit.

This record of service by a friar amongst us underscores again the incalculable value of Franciscan witness and Franciscan vocation for us and with us.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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2 Responses to Br Colin Wilfred RIP

  1. Thanks for this tribute. He was certainly a passionate brother, and although his time in NZ was short because of that fantastic franciscan hospitality we saw of lot of him. The early days of Vaughan Park retreat centre was one area he was involved in. Readers of this blog will approve of one time we joined the brothers for midday office, CW had just rung the bell as was about to begin when workmen knocked on the door, “I’m very sorry we have begun the office we heard him say, would you wait?” Then we proceeded with prayers, readings, reflections … with no haste at all. and yes the electricians did get his attention after that.

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