TEA-BOXES FOR AFRICA SATURDAY 9TH & SUNDAY 10TH JULY

  Following the popularity of TEA-BOXES in 2020 and 2021, we will be offering tea-boxes again this year.   If you live in a CM postcode they can be delivered to your door, (or as a gift to a friend’s door) on that same afternoon? Please fill in the order form and and return it, with payment,…

HOLY SATURDAY 2022

PLEASE JOIN US TO REFLECT ON THE THEMES OF HOLY SATURDAY 11.30AM 16th APRIL AT BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH MELBOURNE AVENUE CM1 2DU     Holy Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Melbourne poster

LENT AND EASTERTIDE 2022

The Community is offering a series of opportunities to meet and reflect during Lent and Eastertide.   REFLECTIONS No need to book in advance, just join us via the Zoom links below   Ash Wednesday A reflective moment to start Lent 2nd March – 5.30pm for 20-30 minutes   Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81914900556?pwd=Nnk4ekNvU0hnTVZjZW9PbnZFU0lPdz09   Meeting…

SATURDAY REFLECTION – 4 December

Dear All, Already a week of Advent has passed – Lent usually drags a bit on me but Advent – never!  It always seems to spin by hardly allowing time for real reflection on all the richness.  I hope that you are finding it rich & renewing. I came across a prayer this week  adapted…

ADVENT MEDITATIVE REFLECTIONS AND PRAYER 2021 (Zoom links)

The Community welcome all to join them for Advent reflections and prayer – details as follows:   Advent Meditative Reflections Sundays on zoom at 5.30pm for 30 – 45 mins November 28th  Learning to Wait December 5th    Seeking the Light December 12th  Finding Joy December 19th  Preparing for the Coming of the Christchild ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88333391691?pwd=SjhrYnFBUEZndVVIMTRRTEJqRVduQT09…

LIGHT A CANDLE FOR AFRICA APPEAL – ADVENT 2021

The three little children in the picture above had malnutrition and were cared for at one of the sisters’ Nutrition Centres in Africa. They have now all got better, due to the intervention of the sisters.  The sisters say this is because of the support they get from people who give so generously, for example…

FOUNDATION DAY LECTURE 2021 – Dr Cormac Begadon

We were delighted to welcome Dr Cormac Begadon to deliver the Foundation Day Lecture 2021 at New Hall.  Cormac is Assistant Professor (Research): Sepulchrine Fellow in the History of Catholicism at University of Durham and is researching the Community’s archive. Dr James Kelly, Sweeting Associate Professor (Research) in the History of Catholicism, University of Durham, managed…

Remembering S. M. Francis Wood

On 18 September this year, the eve of the first anniversary of Frances Wood’s death, the Community, family and a few close friends came together to remember Frances (formerly SM Francis) and to celebrate her life.  Mary Francis played a pivotal role in the development of the Community’s school at New Hall. Fr Leslie, friend…

TEA-BOXES FOR AFRICA – SATURDAY 10TH AND SUNDAY 11TH JULY 2021

Following the popularity of TEA BOXES in 2020, & given a little uncertainty about exactly when we will be free from COVID restrictions, we want to invite you to book in for some tea-boxes.  If you live in a CM postcode they can be delivered to your door (or as a gift to a friend’s…

The New Lectionary (with Liz Dodd, Home News Editor at the Tablet)

The Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales and Scotland have chosen a new Bible translation for use at Mass that translates women out of Scripture.  Does this matter, and how do we respond?  In a 25 minute talk, Liz Dodd (Home News Editor at the Tablet) guided us through all the issues surrounding the New…

CCS Study Series: Hidden Histories

We were delighted to attend Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies two-evening online event in March 2021.  The series of talks focussed on the importance of the archives of religious congregations, from the break with Rome to the present day Dr Cormac Begadon and Dr Hannah Thomas were on the panel of speakers and spoke…

Stations of the Cross – reflections on the paintings of Sieger Koder

As part of our 2021 Lenten Reflection series, the Community and friends reflected on the paintings of Sieger Koder, led by Sister Moira. The recording of our reflection can be found below together with notes from Moira’s introduction. {{ vc_btn: title=INTRODUCTION&color=turquoise&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fcanonesses.co.uk%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2021%252F03%252Fkoder-intro.pdf%7C%7C%7C }} {{ vc_btn: title=REFLECTION&color=warning&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fyoutu.be%252Fitj7p7Mp3tg%7C%7C%7C }}

Bread Broken – Reflecting on S M Stephen’s Journey through the Cross

During Lent 2021 the Community led a time of prayer and reflection on the last days of Jesus’ life which centred on Sister Mary Stephen’s paintings of the Stations of the Cross, as described by the artist and dividing Christ’s journey into two halves: The first ends with Simon of Cyrene’s help… Narrators: S Mary…

Enlightenment from within the Cloister?

Enlightenment from within the Cloister? The Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre and their Embrace of a Global Intellectual Movement We were delighted to welcome Dr Cormac Begadon, on 21 February 2021, to update us on his research into the Community’s archive. Dr Cormac Begadon is Assistant Professor (Research): Sepulchrine Fellow in the History of Catholicism…

LENT AND EASTERTIDE PROGRAMME 2021

LENT PROGRAMME 2021 (For a downloadable list click on above link)   Wednesday 17th February: 5.30pm for 20-30 minutes Ash Wednesday A reflective moment to start Lent   Mondays in Lent: 5.30 – 6.30pm – 22nd February; 1st March; 8th March; 15th March; 22nd March Lent York Course – Caring for Creation Purchase the course…

S. Ann Playfoot RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Ann Playfoot who died peacefully on Sunday morning September 6th 2020 in Cherry Wood Grange Nursing Home.   After a series of admin jobs, Ann gained a degree in History from Kent University. She then joined the Community later on in life and was finally…

Canonesses take the lead in the Enlightenment

  At the beginning of June, Dr Cormac Begadon, of Durham University, gave an update on his research to the Community, via a ‘Zoom’ meeting. The path his research is following concerns the Community’s role in the Catholic Enlightenment.   Dr Begadon will be exploring the suggestion that Christina Dennett inspired the Jesuits (not the other…

‘GARDEN PARTY’ FOR AFRICA JULY 5TH AND JULY 26TH 2020!

GARDEN PARTY FOR AFRICA JULY 5th 2020 is sadly postponed until 2021 BUT………….. would you like an alternative to be delivered to your door (or as a gift to a friend) on that same afternoon?   A Tea Box For Two containing:   Finger sandwiches selection (smoked salmon & cream cheese, mature cheddar and tomato,…

Art for Prayer and Reflection – S M Stephen

As we all find new ways to pray and reflect, during our time spent in isolation, sometimes images speak louder than words.  In her own words, Sister Mary Stephen explains the inspiration behind her art:  “In my artwork I try to make visible God’s invisible energy, that life which flows through all creation and is…

Update on Archive Research

As you might have seen, the historic archives and ancient book collections of the Canonesses was transferred to Durham University in 2018. There a tri-party project has commenced, with an archivist and rare-books cataloguer caring for the archives and books, and a historian working on the project’s research element. The historian, Dr Cormac Begadon, has…

Announcement

The Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre have pleasure in informing you of the results of their Elections held on 21 & 22 March 2020.   Sister Moira O’Sullivan was elected as Prioress.   The following members of the Chapter were elected as Councillors: Sister Margaret Mary Horton. Sister Teresa Lenahan.   Sister Teresa Lenahan was…

Statement on Coronavirus

The thoughts and prayers of all our Community are with you – our friends and family. And also with those affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world. We pray for those who care for the sick, for those who are combatting the spread of the virus, for those who are lonely and isolated…

Sewing group prepare for Easter!

The sewing group in Melbourne are preparing for Easter! Using their creative talents, learning how-to from each other and from you-tube, the fortnightly group based at Langton Hall is working on Easter projects – knitted bunnies and chicks to decorate the neo-natal baby unit at Broomfield, brightly coloured chicks with a drawstring pocket to hold…

Item of the Month

The Community’s library collection featured as February’s ‘Item of the Month’ on Durham University’s Palace Green Library website. Over the next 9 months, the book collection, now in Durham, will be catalogued to make it available to scholars of English Catholic communities in exile, religious education, and the history of the book.   Click on…

Exploring the potential of our Archive

Last week members of the Community attended a workshop at Durham University to explore the significance of our archive and book collection which the Community gifted to the University in 2018.   The workshop was attended by academics from the University and other interested parties who discussed the potential of the collections for teaching, research, outreach…

Christmas 2019

The Community brought local people together over Christmas for parties (including some bell ringing at Howe Close!), a trip to the pantomime for the young people of Melbourne and singing and dancing on Christmas day in Langton Hall.  

The Greatest Gift

Christmas Blessings to all our friends, known and unknown.  

New Priory of the Resurrection, Kindu

The new Priory building in Kindu, DRC was officially opened and blessed by the Bishop In August this year (2019).  It was a busy time for the sisters, with the election of their first Prioress for Kindu, S. Jacqueline Kadorho; the profession of first vows of S.Francine and the entering into the noviciate of 4…

Flood in Muhanga, Rwanda

S. Marie Rose reports that last week there was a flood in the dormitory at the Centre for the Disabled in Muhanga.  ‘It was terrible” she said,  “There was  heavy rain; the floodwater came through the school playground and into the dormitory. Some of the disabled children had to be carried out.” On a brighter…

Opening of Langton Hall, Melbourne

An exciting new community facility – Langton Hall – was opened by the Mayor on 21st September, in the heart of Chelmsford’s Melbourne Estate. The Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, the deputy Mayor and Mrs Vicky Ford were also in attendance. “Our Community came to live in Melbourne from New Hall 16 years ago and…