Bro Duncan PBGV and St Cyril of Jerusalem

We make a great team: Bro Duncan PBGV and DIgitalnun check their Twitterstream

Photo by Keith Waldegrave, Copyright © Trustees of Holy Trinity Monastery

Unless you have foresworn Social Media for Lent, you are probably aware (2015) that the monastery dog, Bro Duncan PBGV, is at the vet’s hospital for sick animals, where he has been diagnosed with pancreatitis — a painful and sometimes life-threatening condition. He may be only a little fellow as hounds go, but he has left a big hole.

Using a combination of telepathy and soulful staring, he communicates important spiritual truths simply and directly. He is a valuable member of the blogging team, although I am not sure he really understands that not every word with ‘cat’ in it refers to felines. For example, when I told him that the Mystagogic Catecheses of St Cyril of Jerusalem (whose feast is today) are an excellent read, he looked sceptical. Even when I passed him a link to one of the many online translations (, he seemed unimpressed. There was a certain quickening of interest when I mentioned the section On Meats, but the big yawn that followed my reference to Baptism (Bro Duncan hates getting wet) told me I had lost my audience. May I hope that you will find St Cyril more interesting that Bro Duncan does? It’s a good text to read in Lent/Easter.

Note 2021
Bro Duncan PBGV is now in Beyond, whence he tweets and blogs occasionally, often in conjunction with his successor Bro Dyfrig BFdeB.


9 thoughts on “Bro Duncan PBGV and St Cyril of Jerusalem”

  1. Perhaps Bro. Duncan would be interested in joining Hereford Catenians when he’s better! We need some Catholic males and we are hot on welfare for all our members.

  2. Sending get well wishes to Bro Duncan from myself and my faithful dog Hector. Bro Duncan is obviously a well educated and wise hound. I am keeping Hector informed of Duncan’s situation and he expresses his concern by placing his paw on my foot and looking at me with such soulful eyes. I think Hector regrets he didn’t make more effort in the education field. On our walks he isn’t interested in philosophical exchanges he is more concerned in checking his emails at every tree. But I guess we are who we are and as long as we are loved all is well. You and Bro Duncan are in our hearts xx

  3. Brother Duncan, please ask your lovely Sisters to make you some Jewish style chicken soup to aid your recovery. Get well soon little man xxxxxx

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