Parish Summer Fair - Sunday 30th June 2024 - After 11:00am Mass

SAINT ROBERT OF NEWMINSTER PARISH

Incorporating the former Parishes of:

St. Mary of the Angels & St. Clare Church, Elbow St, Levenshulme, M19 3PY

St. Richard Church, Sutcliffe Avenue, Longsight, M12 5TN

Parochial Administrator: Fr. Kris Louis Aneke, MSP

resident at St. Mary’s Presbytery

Tel: 0161 843 6907

Email: info@stmaryslevenshulme.co.uk

Hospital Chaplain: Fr. Martin Dowd

resident at St Mary’s Presbytery

St Robert of Newminster

St. Robert was born at Gargrave, Yorkshire, at the beginning of the 12th century. From an early age, he loved prayer, reading, and useful employments. He studied at the University of Paris, was ordained a priest, and served as a parish priest in his native town. Later, he became a Benedictine and joined a band of monks in establishing a Cistercian monastery in which the strict Benedictine rule would be revived. In the winter of 1132, they founded Fountains Abbey on land given to them by Archbishop Thurston. In 1138, Robert went on to found the Cistercian Abbey of Newminster at Morpeth, Northumberland, which became a place of pilgrimage. As abbot, Robert provided a fine example leading his monks to sanctity: he recited the entire Psalter of 150 psalms daily and he ate sparingly to maintain his self-denial. He is said to have had supernatural gifts, particularly with special power over evil spirits, and he cured many people possessed by demons. Robert was a close friend of the hermit Saint Godric and often visited him in his hermitage at Finchale, where they would discuss the things of heaven. The night Robert died, June 7, 1159, Godric is said to have seen his soul ascending to heaven like a ball of fire. St. Robert’s relics were translated to the church at Newminster. Miracles were reported at his tomb, and it became a centre of pilgrimage.