We have just received the following article concerning the Halte Spirituelle on 23 July, which appeared recently in the local newspaper of Aix-les-Bains:
Time for spiritual refection at the Church of Saint Swithun
Every summer the pastoral ministry for tourism and leisure organises times for spiritual relection in the various corners of Savoie. The goal is to help local people and those from elsewhere to meet, to discover the towns and villages by stressing the local heritage and local activities and to provide people with an opportunity to recharge their spiritual batteries.
On Wednesday 23 July a time of spiritual reflection was offered at Saint Swithun’s ecumenical and cultural centre, a former Anglican church. The Association of Friends of the Organ at Saint Swithun’s received those taking part and explained the origins of this church connected with the English presence in Aix-les-Bains at the time of Queen Victoria. There followed a walk through the streets of the town guided by Claire Delorme-Pégaz and following in the footsteps of Queen Victoria who made three visits to Aix-les-Bains. After discovering this prestigious page of local history and a fraternal picnic at the old mill, the group returned to Saint Swithun’s Church where David Murphy gave an introduction to the Anglican tradition. This offered those taking part an opportunity to reflect on the place of the Holy Spirit in their lives and enabled them to discover various aspects of Anglican prayer and piety.
Some years ago Pope Benedict XVI set up a structure to receive those Anglicans wishing to join the Catholic Church: the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
The day was completed with an enthusiastic celebration of the Eucharist permeated with the beautiful Anglican tradition.