Monday, June 17, 2013

End of year events at Blackfriars

The end of the academic year is always greeted with a panoply of parties at Blackfriars. Here are some of the highlights.

The Summer Fair was held in our garden on Sunday 9 June, with the enthusiastic participation of the 9.30 Family Mass congregation. As usual there was a BBQ, many games, a bouncy castle and the 'stocks' to punish the friars! The event was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It also raised an impressive sum of money for the Blackfriars Fabric Fund (i.e., upkeep of the buildings).

The subprior found some barbecue grills in a suitably joyful colour
Lots of games to try your luck
Fortunately, the rain held off...
...but some friars still got drenched!
'Poop, poop!'
The end of the academic year is a time of mixed emotions for those students of Blackfriars Hall or Studium who are graduating. The garden party, held this year on Friday 14 June, is a way for all of us, whether staying or moving on, to relax together, to laugh about the good times we've had and look forward to future adventures.

And in the evening, the ball gowns and dinner jackets appeared for the Blackfriars Ball, which took the theme of Alice in Wonderland. Students of Blackfriars Hall had drinks and dinner at the priory (together with the brethren), followed by further festivities elsewhere.

Photos: courtesy of Renée Caraviello, Shaun Bailham, and fr. Laurent Mathelot OP

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