Many thanks to all of those who came to Celia's funeral and sent messages, prayers and donations, it has been hugely appreciated.

For those who were not present at the funeral, Father David Harold Barry was luckily in the UK and took a wonderful funeral mass. Father David is not only a friend of the family but worked closely with Father John Dove and John Bradburne when he was in Zimbabwe.

Professor David Crystal also read a poem from John Bradburne's On Love poetry book, which Celia loved.

Finally JBMS will continue running as normal and as some of you may have seen in the summer newsletter, Kate Macpherson, Celia's eldest daughter will now be taking over her role. Contact details and telephone numbers will remain the same.

Please do continue to support both Mutemwa Leprosy Centre and John Bradburne's Cause.

Celia Brigstocke

Mutemwa seen from Chigona Mountain

John Bradburne

John with blind Peter Katsandanga

The John Bradburne Memorial Society has been accepted by Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of Harare to act as Petitioner for the Cause for Beatification of John Bradburne, with all that will entail.

JBMS have appointed a Postulator, Enrico Graziano Giovanni Solinas who works as a lay judge at the Umbrian Interdiocesan Ecclesiastical Court of Perugia, Italy. His contact details:

JBMS has also appointed as administrator Amilcare Conti as requested by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, who will be helping and guiding the cause of John Bradburne’s Beatification and Canonisation.

We ask for prayers for the process to go smoothly in the coming months ahead. JBMS has collated much material over the last twenty three years, which is ongoing. We shall work with our partners to try to ensure that the process gives honour to John Bradburne’s sanctity, which is a gift for the Universal Church.

We thank all those who have supported our charity over the years and find ourselves on a new and exciting journey!

For anyone who wishes to donate for the Cause process which is part of JBMS’s work, please mark any donation ‘for the Cause’, so we are clear that this is what the funds are to be used for. This can be done online via our 'Donations' page.

John Bradburne’s life was a remarkable spiritual odyssey. After wartime service on the Indian sub-continent he became a perennial pilgrim, never at home in the world, not even in his native England. Restless wanderings led him through Europe, to a succession of religious communities, until he was eventually introduced to a colony of 90 leprosy sufferers in Zimbabwe in Africa. It was here at ‘Mutemwa’, that he spent his last ten years with total dedication until he met a violent death at the end of the war for independence on September 5th 1979.

Since that time there has been an ever growing following to his memory, and many believe him to be a saint.

The JBMS charity is set up to help continue the work by raising funds and spreading the word about John Bradburne’s inspirational life and writings

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