Bishop Richard ordains priest for Carthusian Monastery
Bishop Richard Moth of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton on Friday 1st April in the Octave of Easter and the Feast of St Hugh of Grenoble ordained Dom Hesychios O.Cart to the sacred priesthood. He had been a monk in the Carthusian Monastery of Parkminster, Cowfold, West Sussex for 11 years.
St Hugh of Grenoble gave land for the first Carthusian monastery of Chartreuse near Grenoble in France which is today known for the manufacture of its famous liqueur of the same name.
The ordination took place in the local parish to the Monastery, Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead, West Sussex so that some 80 friends and family could participate in the Mass of Ordination.
Bishop Richard gave thanks for this new priest who would exercise his ministry within the monastery to be Christ to his fellow monks and brothers living a life of penance and prayer for the sake of the world. He said the Monastery (or the Charterhouse as they are known in UK) at Parkminster, the only one in UK, and the prayers of the monks there was a great blessing for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.
Dom Hesychios who is originally from Ireland and had trained as a nurse in Germany explained that he took the name Hesychios which means peace because that was exactly what he found in the monastic life and exactly what he had been searching for until he joined the monastery.
It was a joyful day reflecting the joy of Easter which ended with a celebration for friends of the family with a buffet in the monastery grounds.
Dom Hesychios has now returned as a priest to life in the Monastery which has monks and brothers of some 19 nationalities, living out the demanding life of the Carthusian Monk as the Statues of the Carthusian order state: “By penance, we have our part in the saving work of Christ, who redeemed the human race from the oppressive bondage of sin, above all by pouring forth prayer to the Father, and by offering himself to him in sacrifice. Thus it comes about that we, too, even though we abstain from exterior activity, exercise nevertheless an apostolate of a very high order, since we strive to follow Christ in this, the inmost heart of his saving task.” (Statutes, 34.4) This is the essential priesthood of the Carthusian.
You can see all the pictures from the ordination on the Diocesan Flickr site.