Last weekend we celebrated St. Bridget's Day, an occasion for us to recall the Foundation of the Bridgettine Abbey at Syon Abbey in 1415 and the Celebration of the 600th anniversary of the Foundation around this time last year.
Alas we had no website at that time and the newsletter was about to cease publication for a month so events following the Celebration were not reported.
A warm and appreciative "Thank You" for the occasion came in an email a day after the event from Prof. Vincent Gillespie, J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English at Oxford University. He thanked our community i.e. everyone who took part with the words:
"Many thanks for your help yesterday. It was a terrific occasion, and a great tribute to your community and to the enduring spell of Syon Abbey. I was very impressed by the whole thing, and often moved by it. Best wishes, Vincent Gillespie".
Prof. Gillespie appeared recently on BBC4 in a programme "The Search for the Lost Manuscipt: Julian of Norwich". Julian was a visionary contemporary of St. Bridget and another very exceptional woman, the first ever to write a book in English called "The story of Revelations of Divine Love". It's still available!
"Syon Abbey 600": A Summer Celebration
Last year marked the 600th Anniversary of the foundation of the Bridgettine monastery at Syon Abbey in 1415. It was fitting we should commemorate this very special occasion for the Order which gives our church its name.
In celebration, an open air ecumenical service was held at the site of Syon Abbey behind Syon House on Sunday 19th July 2015 at 3pm. Some 700 people attended, mostly standing, many sitting on the grass or on bales of hay marking the boundaries of the Abbey.
It was a collaboration between Syon House, St. Bridgets and All Saints, Isleworth and was led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. We are most grateful to the Duke of Northumberland for offering to host this occasion, in recognition of its undoubted historical importance. It was a wonderful opportunity for all the churches of Isleworth and Brentford to come together in unity as they were in 1415.
The service took the form of Evening Prayer of the Church with hymns plus music and liturgy both modern and of the period. All were welcome to come.
To view a collection of some 200 photographs of the event, and to purchase relevant books or programme please click on the following link:
Syon Abbey 600 website
“The Catholic Community in Isleworth” available now
Stuart Bagnall's history of the Catholics in Isleworth was republished in an attractive, updated new edition in time for the Syon Abbey 600 celebration. Price £5.00 at the Repository Gift Shop. All profits go to parish funds
Also in celebration of this Foundation in 1415, we published a new 2015 calendar. A few are still available from the Repository Gift Shop. Price £7.00. Orders can also be placed by email to
. This very attractive calendar includes a variety of photographs and some outstanding "Thoughts for the Week" from Father Stewart. Very few copies left............don't miss it!