A Start of Term Reflection by Josh Pollard


Josh Pollard

I can say with a beaming smile that three weeks into college, I have settled into the rhythm of life at Mirfield. The timetable and structure of the day appeared somewhat daunting when I first arrived. After the events of this year including leaving my job and the pandemic, I lost any sense of good structure. Thanks to the bells of Upper Church for keeping me on track and only on the odd occasion forcing me to sprint. 

The welcome and support from both staff and returning students has been incredible. Clearly there has been a lot of hard work and perseverance to even have an operational and safe college at this unsettling time. Those efforts cannot be praised enough. I know I echo all students, both returning and new by saying a heartfelt thanks to all those involved in getting the college ready.

I have been gently rooted into the common life. It holds us in a life of prayer, learning from one another and serving one another. Let me be as Christ to you. I already recognise how central the common life is in sustaining me for God willing, ordained ministry. Every aspect of the day is formational, whether we are at the daily office, Mass, lectures, coffee breaks, mealtimes or choir practice. 

As the weeks continue and invariably the assignment deadlines grow, I know that I am not alone. I am supported and enriched daily in prayer by the brothers of The Community, my fellow students and academic tutors. I am held by our loving God, who is always present and will always lead the way.

“Be O Lord,
a guiding star above me,
a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me
and a bright flame before me;
today, tonight and forever. Amen.”
St Columba