The Centenary Celebrations Begin
On Thursday 29th January, we held the first of our Centenary Celebrations. In 1915, the 29th January was a Friday, and on that day, the Sisters and secular staff welcomed the pupils to Sneaton Castle, the new home of St Hilda's School.
In a service of the word, we had readings from a variety of sources - Fulfilled in Joy as well as diary entries from our founding members and poems written by Sisters - interspersed with prayers and music, giving us a chance to reflect on the changes and challenges that have faced OHP from the beginning of the Order until the present day.
We were reminded of the connection that we have with Rievaulx Abbey, the town of Whitby, other Religious Communities, the wider church and of the work we have undertaken both in the UK and overseas.
We listened to how OHP were asked to Africa and how our work there expanded, and how the Sisters responded to the different and often difficult situations that were faced.
The service concluded with the names of the Branch Houses of the past being read out and a candle lit for each house, ending with the current houses and the Priory, and the words from Psalm 119, used in the Profession ceremony.
"O stablish me according to your word that I may live, and let me not be disappointed of my hope."
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The following day, Friday 30th January, was the First Profession of Sister Louisa Ann. Fr Jonathan Ewer SSM presided at the Eucharist and preached a short, amusing and informative homily.
The Prioress, Sr Dorothy Stella OHP with Sr Louisa Ann OHP and Fr Jonathan SSM
Posted On: 05/02/2015