I write to you in this Advent season of hopeful expectation as we look forward to the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas. For you, your family and your loved ones, I hope and pray this will be a time of peace and joy. I want to thank you for your generous support of the Clergy Support Fund. Your gifts enable our Archdiocese to provide dignified care and support to our retired clergy after they have dedicated a lifetime of service to Christ and His people. On behalf of all our clergy, I would like you to know we are sincerely thankful for your generosity of heart. During this forthcoming Christmas season we join Christians across the world to give thanks for the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ. In his Christmas message last year, Pope Francis said: “my wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity. Fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture”. How true and eternal this message is, especially as I write to you today. In a very significant way you are part of that fraternity – a fraternity of people who chose to support the Clergy Support Fund. Your kindness has raised over £3.7 million to provide for the needs of the retired and infirm priests of our Archdiocese. For this I cannot thank you enough.
Archbishop John Wilson
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