Special interfaith legacy remembered

A remarkable life was remembered last week at a special event in West London. It was the 10th anniversary of the death of Brother Daniel Faivre SG who did so much to promote interfaith relationships in a very diverse part of the city.  People gathered together at St Anselm’s parish, Southall for an interfaith celebration day, reflecting on the Care of Creation and remembering how Brother Daniel dedicated 28 years of his life to encouraging harmony and understanding between different faith groups. It was described as a  study-day/pilgrimage and culminated with a wonderful ceremony reflecting Br Daniel's passion for gardening by planting grape vines and a Bodhi-tree.

Speaking on his legacy, Jan Janoszska, social outreach coordinator said: “Daniel built up good relationships with a variety of communities and opened the eyes of many parishioners”. For Jan and many others, Br Daniel was “not just a man of dialogue but a friend” too. Reflections from various spiritual traditions and friends of Br. Daniel were read out and some notable guests included: Mrs Charanjit and Mr Ajit Singh OBE, Reverend Gyoro Nagase from the London Peace Pagoda/Buddist Temple, Battersea and Dr Shreekant Borkar from the Buddha Vihara/Dr. Ambedkar Centre.

Michael Barnes SJ  described Br Daniel as a man who was very engaging on a human level. He spoke fondly of his love for wine, grapes and his garden. He used these passions to gather people around for meals. Every year in September, the interfaith group comes together to celebrate Care of Creation day as well as to remember the loving and lasting impact of Br Daniel Faivre SG. St Anselm’s parish strives to show personal care to each and every member of its diverse community and continues to explore the life of St Ignatius of Loyola.