It's the warden's birthday, there's one big card we've all signed. Two poems are performed written by residents; some sincere affection with a sharp edge joking about his height and something about his age. The poems are rubbish but we all laugh, the warden most of all. The smiles are genuine; there's something warm and springy in the room encouraging us all to join in. Give us any excuse and we'll be in stitches all over again. I refer of course to a birthday celebration at my home away from home: Greygarth.
Greygarth is a student residence in the Victoria park campus run by members of Opus dei. Opus dei (Work of God) is a movement within the Catholic church that focuses on bringing Christs universal call to holiness, and his message of sanctification to the most ordinary aspects of our lives; with particular importance associated with professional work and study. They run a number of student residences in Britain open to people of all faiths with the idea of helping them to grow closer to Christ.
I've been at Greygarth since September of last year and have benefited enormously from what it has to offer. I have the opportunity to attend daily mass in our own Oratory, join in with daily communal prayers, receive formation from the resident priest and even engage in weekly one to one spiritual direction.
The residence is catered and all 24 of us enjoy a formal dinner each evening followed by a get together. This structure allows for a large amount of contact time between residents and as a result we have all got to know each other very well. This helps to create a strong community dimension to living at Greygarth. Greygarth houses a large library and 3 spacious study areas giving its residence the best possible environment in which to study.
Now i'd like to use this platform to mention two things: Firstly there are talks in the chaplaincy about organizing a trip to Greygarth, so keep your eyes peeled it will happen soon. Secondly i'd like to ask for you all to pray for Pedro, not a member of Greygarth accommodation but a member of the Greygarth boys club since he was ten. Pedro has a very aggressive cancer and it seems only a miracle will save him at the moment so please keep him in your prayers. Pedro is carrying his cross with great cheerfulness and heroic bravery, an inspiration to all of us.
- Richard Tully,
MUSCC Greygarth representitive.