This month has been filled to the brim -- and is still flowing over!
The Sisters have been engaged in various apostolic activities in and outside of the diocese, as well as preparing for our annual summer events.
So, at the beginning of the month, two of our sisters went to Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight for a philosophy/theology lecture weekend given an old friend of our community, Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P., while another two sisters went off with 350+ youth of our diocese of Portsmouth to London for the Flame 3 Conference. The Flame Conference is basically a massive national (and international -- we had attendees from Norway!) gathering for Catholic youth where we not only have amazing praise and worship led by Matt Redman and learn about the richness of our Catholic faith, but most importantly we come together in worship of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. To give you a fairly good idea of the atmosphere, have a look below:
Needless to say, Portsmouth diocese was well represented!
We've also had quite a few primary school groups visit the priory for retreat days, including St. Catherine's from Wimbourne and our local Our Lady & St Joseph school in Lymington. It is such a joy and privilege to lead such young souls to Christ and help them to encounter our Lord and His incredible love for them!
And yesterday we welcomed another local youth group in from New Milton. A fantastic day was had by all -- with time for the Divine Office and Mass with the Sisters, Adoration and opportunities for Confession, and singing the Divine Mercy Chaplet together, as well as input from their parish priest, Fr. George, and input from one of our Sisters. It was a jam-packed day, but so blessed and so fun! (Animal Game, anyone?)
On the catechetical side of things, we were grateful to spend an evening with some wonderful Portsmouth catechists -- it was a wonderful opportunity not only to share some helpful catechetical tips, but to be encouraged and helped by one another. Thank you to our Sr Hyacinthe for leading the evening!
And finally, another big thanks goes out to our wonderful friend Dame Joanna Bogle for her article recently published in the U.S. National Catholic Register on our annual St John Paul II Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham! Look below -- and have a read of the full article HERE!
If you are interested in joining us this summer (August 3-6) for this fantastic pilgrimage, click HERE for more information and for booking. We'd love to have you with us!
P.S. -- As we approach the end of March, we'll be welcoming another Dominican friar into our priory -- this time a specialist in Dominican liturgy and singing! (If you can spare a little prayer, please pray away any threat of sore throats or illness so that we may be at our best to receive this important formation and practice! Thank you!)