Photo shoot........

Last month we welcomed a young student for the day. Amy Griffin is in her first year of studies for a Photojournalism degree at Falmouth. She spent the day with us for her project entitled 'Touched'.........

Having taken literally hundreds of photos, she needs to select five to submit for her project.

Good luck, Amy......we look forward to seeing the final selection........

Posted on May 2, 2015 .

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

It's an important week........Jesus prayed 'that they might all be one' and our disunity causes much pain.


We welcomed several members of the Mucknell Community yesterday for Unity Vespers. It was good to see them again and to pray together.

On Thursday we will celebrate a Votive Mass for Christian Unity and each day we pray for unity at Midday Office.........

Posted on January 19, 2015 .

Talks.......January and February

Come and join the Sisters for

talks by




(Professor of Catholic Theology at Bristol University)



Tues 13th January    Vatican II on Ecumenism

Tues 20th January         Vatican II on Jews

Tues 17th February       Vatican II on Muslims


3 p.m. talk

followed by questions then tea/coffee

(4.45 p.m. Vespers)



Exploring the future of interreligious relations in the modern world …..based on the doctrinal foundations that will serve Catholicism in the 21st century.



Posted on January 4, 2015 .

Midnight Mass intercessions

Please join us in are our intercessions at Midnight Mass:

Let us pray for the Church. We pray for Pope Francis, Bishop Declan and all bishops and priests as they lead their people in the celebration of Christ’s birth. May they always model their ministry on that of the Servant King, born this night in a stable.

Let us pray for all Christians throughout the world. May we all witness in our lives to the simplicity and humility of Christ’s birth and may the love of God, that Christ came to reveal, break down the barriers that keep us apart.

Let us pray for our world. We pray in thanksgiving for all those who will spend this season spreading joy and peace, and we ask that those who are embittered and can think only of violence and hatred will be touched by the spirit of peace that only Christ can bring….we pray especially for the conflicts in the Middle East.

Let us pray for all families. May the Holy Family be our inspiration today so that we may spend the time generously making the happiness of others our priority. We remember, too, all those families who have been affected by the tragedy of war, natural disaster and accidents, thinking very especially of those involved in the Glasgow road accident.

Let us pray for those who have been bereaved this year and feel a deep sense of loneliness this Christmas and for those who are seriously ill. May we remember them as we celebrate in the warmth and love of our homes.

We ask our Lady to pray with us that the message of unconditional love brought to us by her Son may inspire us to witness to the world that we are indeed His disciples by the way we love one another.


Posted on December 24, 2014 .


Midnight Midnight !

Christmas morning at 10 a.m.

Boxing Day morning at 10 a.m.


Posted on December 20, 2014 .

Card making Day - Christmas

Our first card making day was fun and we were delighted to welcome Sharon Elliott who shared with us her enjoyment and experience of hand made greetings cards we are offering another on Monday 10th November. This will focus on Christmas cards. Sharon will not be with us but will send some demonstration ideas.

The day starts at 10.30 a.m. 

To book: please contact Sr Mary Johanna on 01453 883084 or

Suggested offering: £15 - includes cooked lunch

Posted on October 12, 2014 .

WELCOME BACK - Sr Anastasie

Sr Anastasie returned to us after three months back with our Community in Goma (DRCongo), having successfully renewed her UK visa.

We are delighted to have her with us again and she has been warmly welcomed by our many friends.....for those of you coming to the guesthouse, she is waiting to serve you with a smile!

Posted on October 12, 2014 .

S Philomene R.I.P.

Please pray for Sister Philomene who died yesterday at our Community in Goma.....she is the first of our African Sisters whom the Lord has called to Himself.

Please keep the Community at Goma in your prayers too..........

Posted on October 12, 2014 .

Happy Feast of St Bernard

Today is the feast of the great Cistercian saint, St Bernard. A favourite quotation from his writings is:

'The reason for loving God is God Himself. The measure of loving God is to love without measure......'

Posted on August 20, 2014 .

Photos of General Chapter......

We were entering the final week of our General Chapter. There are sisters present from all our Bernardine Communities. Sister Mary Philippa and S Elizabeth Mary are attending from Brownshill.......please continue to keep us in your prayers.

Posted on August 8, 2014 .

General Council elected......

Following Sr Mary Helen's re-election as Prioress General, the sisters participating in the Chapter meetings have elected the new General Council.............


Top row: Sr Elizabeth Mary, Sr Marie Nicole

Bottom row: Sr Marie Daphrose, Sr Mary Helen, S Christine


Posted on August 4, 2014 .


The new greenhouse has been this with March's photo (see below!)

We have been enjoying the home grown lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber ....thanks to S M Lucy!

Posted on July 31, 2014 .

General Chapter

Sr Mary Philippa and S Elizabeth Mary are participating in our Order's General Chapter at the Mother House in Lille with Sisters from all our Bernardine communities.

This 6 yearly meeting started on Wednesday 23rd July and is expected to last about 3 weeks.

Last Sunday, Sr Mary Helen Jackson was re-elected as Prioress General of our Order........CONGRATULATIONS!  

We ask you to keep us all in your prayers during this important time........

Posted on July 31, 2014 .

Mass Times - August 2014

From 30th July until 21st August ......

Weekday Mass will be at 9 a.m. (10.00  Friday 15th August).

Sunday Mass remains at 9 a.m.



Posted on July 31, 2014 .

June news.......

It is good to be able to welcome this weekend's guests in glorious sunshine with the garden in full bloom. We have the Diocesan Youth group with us as they prepare for their pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer. We also have a parish group from Minchinhampton on Sunday.

S Mary Stephen and S M Lucy recently returned from a visit to the Order's Mother House in Lille, France.

S Elizabeth Mary has just returned from her week's Retreat at Hyning, our monastery near Lancaster.

We are looking forward to a week of feastdays with the Solemnities of Corpus Christi on Sunday, the Birth of John the Baptist on Tuesday and Sacred Heart on Friday....all good opportunities to reflect on God's infinite and unconditional love for each one of us, something certainly worth celebrating!


Posted on June 20, 2014 .

Community Retreat

Last Saturday we were delighted to welcome ten of our Bernardine Sisters from Hyning, our Monastery in north Lancashire.

They are with us for the annual retreat which started yesterday and continues until next Tuesday (27th). The Retreat is being lead with Bishop John Crowley. It is lovely to have him with us and our sisters are encouraged, too, by the sunshine!

Please keep us in your prayers during this important week. ........we will be praying for you!

Posted on May 20, 2014 .

Triduum and Easter times........


8.00 p.m.   Mass of the Lord's Supper



11.15 a.m   Stations of the Cross

3.00pm  Solemn Commemoration of the Lord's Passion



4.45p.m.   Vespers

9.30 p.m.  Paschal Vigil



10 a.m. Mass


9 a.m. Mass   (Terce at 8.50 a.m.)

Posted on April 16, 2014 .

Springtime .....and the garden



The daffodils and spring flowers are looking great as they encourage us through our Lenten journey to the glory of the Resurrection.......

.......and there is more promise with our new greenhouse, courtesy of Marina and Chris who have worked so hard in rain and sunshine to get it up for us. S Mary Lucy and S Marie Apolline have their seedlings all ready........

Posted on March 30, 2014 .

Holy Week Triduum Retreat

There are still a few places left for the Easter Triduum retreat entitled: 'With Christ from the Supper to the Resurrection'.........

This is an opportunity to celebrate the last three days of Holy Week and Easter Sunday with us, to share the monastic liturgy and to have time for prayer and silence.

Sister Mary Stephen will give a daily reflection talk, highlighting the meaning of each of these important days in the Christian Year.


Wednesday 16th April (pm) until Easter Sunday 20th April (pm).

Suggested offering: £ 185

For further information:

Posted on March 21, 2014 .