“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola



We were, for much of our history, a seafaring Order.  We carried the image of Our Lady of Philermo on all our galleys into battle, and offered Mass to our blessed Virgin Mother before every battle or military engagement. 

This is a seafaring nation, the first to be dedicated to Our Lady, the only one to bear the glorious title of Her Dowry.  The land where so many Marian devotions grew and were nurtured.  A land that has known and withstood persecution of its Religion, as we do, and must, again today.

Now we, as members of the Order and as subjects of these Islands, are called upon again to invoke the name of our Beloved Mother on Sunday 29th April at 3pm in the "Rosary on the Coast".

You have doubtless all read of the Polish initiative last year, which has since been taken up also in Ireland, of a chain of Holy Rosaries recited around the nation's borders.  Well, this is the same.  A Rosary for the conversion of our society in this Nation, to build a culture of Life, and for true and Christian Peace to reign.

Having witnessed the Polish initiative, a number of the lay faithful in the British Isles - England, Scotland, Wales and their isles - have felt the same inspiration and urge to respond.

They are hoping for us to have our own national Rosary on the Coast for Faith, Life and Peace in the British Isles and are calling their brothers and sisters to such a day of Prayer and Pilgrimage on Sunday 29th April at 3pm, 2018, the fifth Sunday of Easter.

This is video explaining the event by His Excellency Bishop John Keenan of the Diocese of Paisley in Scotland.
To find out more, see the Facebook page HERE

It is hoped that member of the Order and Companions will organise themselves into groups, however small, to take themselves to somewhere on the coast that day to join in the great act of Witness. Very few people live far from the coast. One is not aware of many members of the Order being unkeen on a jolly lunch by the sea, so here is chance to turn it into something truly useful!
Our Lady of Philermo, pray for Great Britain.