New Bell Recruits

by Faithful Friar

The tower bell-ringers here at the Church of the Transfiguration are expecting good things at our summer ringing camp being held this coming week! This has become an annual event thanks to friends from Boston and Washington areas: a group of very accomplished change-ringing teachers who have taken us under their wing. As was the case a year ago we have recently welcomed some new recruits who wish to learn and participate. This is both a joy and a responsibility since there is a safety component to handling a long rope attached to a heavy swinging object. So it will be perfect to have our friends here to give a proper initiation to our new ringers. As for the rest of our “band”, each of us is continuing to learn. There are always new challenges with change-ringing: different methods to learn, different bell positions within each method, how to conduct a band, how to follow a conductor (how to think like they do). So it’s a challenge for each one individually, yet it remains a group activity where we must depend on and pay attention to one another. Both invigorating and humbling…. Hmmm, sounds a lot like trying to live together in community!
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About Faithful Friar

I am a 20+ year member of the Community of Jesus Brotherhood, so I live in the Friary with the other vowed brothers along with any novices or combination of guest/ resident men – young or old – who may be with us at any given time. Our vows are the same as any simple or solemnly professed Community member, with the addition of consecrated celibacy and poverty. I moved here shortly out of high school to study music for a summer. At the end of that summer I chose to stay here as a CJ member. Shortly thereafter I knew another change was needed, and asked to be accepted into the brotherhood first as a postulant, later as a novice. My life in the Brotherhood involves a variety of occupations, but they are centered on the continual service of prayer and praise in our church and on the outreach ministries springing from that service. This means manual labor as well as ongoing study and training: theological, musical, technical/ scientific, artistic, historical, philosophical, etc. Sometimes this involves teaching others, so that is part of our life too. It’s a life of poverty and yet full of hidden riches.

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