St Frideswide Mission Projects

Agreed announcement of the appointment of The Revd Kate Seagrave As Mission Priest for the parish of St. Frideswide within the Osney Benefice and the St Frideswide Mission Community (13 July 2017)

We are very pleased to announce that the Revd Kate Seagrave has been appointed to serve as mission priest to set up and lead the Bishop of Oxford’s new St Frideswide Mission Community which will operate across the City of Oxford. The church of St. Frideswide will be the centre of the new community’s life of prayer. The Revd. Kate Seagrave is currently part of the clergy team at St Aldate’s Oxford, Associate Chaplain for the Oxford Pastorate and a Programme Coordinator for the Oxford Character Project.

The St Frideswide Mission Community will be a new monastic community for young adults taking its name from the patron saint of the City of Oxford. The Diocese of Oxford is seeking to become a more Christ-like church: contemplative, compassionate and courageous in all we are and do. The new community will help take forward this vision across the city.

The new Community will be formed initially in two parts: a non-residential community of people who agree to live by a common rule of life combined with a gathered community of young adults who agree to spend a year in formation in the monastic disciplines and are resident in houses across the city. The community will be particularly linked with and support the Bishop of Oxford’s ministry across the city and will serve in parishes and other contexts with a particular vocation to serve children, young people and the very poor.

The new community will develop in active partnership with existing Anglican religious orders within the city and Diocese of Oxford and seek to draw on their wisdom. It will develop in close partnership with the two deaneries of Cowley and Oxford, with the Osney benefice, the parishes of St. Mary Magdalen and St. Aldate’s and the chaplaincies in the city.

The parish of Oxford St. Frideswide will be the home base of the community and Kate will work alongside the existing team and our partners to develop the outreach of service and witness to the local community as well as developing the church as a centre of prayer across the Anglican traditions. This vision has developed after months of prayer and discernment and will, we pray, be a strong support for the existing life and ministry of the parishes of the Oxford Archdeaconary and beyond to the wider diocese. Funding for the post has been secured from a range of local churches and partners. It is anticipated that Kate will start early to mid-September 2017.