Members of the novitiate with the superior of Hyning

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 at Brownshill, and at Hyning, a junior and a novice.

In the Bernardine Order we now have 12 juniors, 7 novices and 6 postulants (at the last count but it keeps changing!). There also people interested in joining in England, France, Africa and elsewhere! Annabelle joined the French community in December 2016.  Audrey will join the novitiate in England in December or thereabouts! 

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


Julia joined us in August 2015, watch the video interview with her as she tells us about her Bernardine journey in the first few weeks.  She became a novice in April   2017.   Come back soon for part 2 as a novice!

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.

The slideshow shows images of the international novitiate meeting at La Plaine in August 2017. 



Part of novitiate life is exploring one's gift from God. This involves exploring different aspects of community work.   Irene joined us 3 years ago and is now Sr Reina. She took her vows of religious profession on the 8th October 2016. Her story can be found here.  Please click to follow her story .  


This year the novitiate in Europe met up at Hyning.  These are the current members with the two Novice Mistresses in the middle!


The slideshow below contains images of Sr Reina's profession.