Fr John was our well beloved chaplain from 2001 – 2015, when following a fall with severe injuries and complications, he returned to his community Mount St Bernard Abbey in Leicestershire ......
A few weeks ago Fr John seemed not so well and stayed in bed. On Tuesday 7th April the community gathered for the prayers of the dying and at 6am Wednesday 8th April he died in his sleep. May he rest in peace, join the heavenly throng and the Lord he loved and served.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, a Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales says that we must not gather for public acts of worship in churches from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.
There is no celebration of Mass.
May God bless us all.
On 9th October we celebrated Sr Elizabeth's 90th Birthday, it was a beautiful day. Mass for Sr Elizabeth was followed by birthday greetings and gifts in the Chapter Room. Sr Elizabeth's good friend Barbara from Germany came especially. The lunch menu was requested by Elizabeth and enjoyed by all.
On the Solemnity of St Peter & Paul Sr Elsie made her Temporary Profession. It was a grace-filled ceremony and a lovely day of celebration. Sr Elsie had initially emailed us from Hong Kong thus beginning a nine months dialogue. Then in 2014 Elsie came for a two month live-in and finally entered on 15th May 2015. A huge journey from a busy life in Hong Kong to a Cistercian community in Wales for which we give thanks. Sr Elsie now joins Sr Usia in the Juniorate.