Members of the novitiate

So what is a vocation?

Literally a calling from the Lord. Could religious life be for you? Maybe you would be interested to hear from some of our sisters, young and old, who have been called to the Bernardine way of life.  In England we have two junior sisters who are both living at Brownshill, and at Hyning, a novice and a postulant.

In the Bernardine Order we now have 7 juniors, 7 novices and 9 postulants.  There also people interested in joining in England, France, Africa and elsewhere!  Annabelle will join the French community in December 2016.

The gallery below will show you some of the recent profession pictures in Goma. 


Julia joined us in August 2015, watch the video interview with her as she tells us about her Bernardine journey so far.  She become a novice in April 2017. 

The video gives you a brief introduction of our our life and prayer as Bernardines.  It contains clips from our sung Offices and images from our monasteries around the world. 

Come and see...

When Jesus' first disciples wanted to know how he lived, Jesus invited them to 'come and see'. It is the same today. The first disciples were not perfect, neither are we!

All that is needed is a willingness to grow in faith and respond to the grace God gives you. The best way to understand monastic life is to spend time sharing the life, prayer and work.

If you feel God is calling you to the religious life and need some help discerning God's will, contact Sr. Maria at Hyning.



Irene has also done her story in 4 parts.  Click here to read part 1 of her vocation story.

Part of novitiate life is exploring one's gift from God. This involves exploring different aspects of community work.  The image shows Irene with the icon she wrote last year.  Irene is now Sr Reina.  She took her vows of religious profession on the 8th October.  

The slideshow contains images of Sr Reina's profession.