Comings and Goings
We have been very busy over the last few weeks. Sisters came from Branch Houses for Chapter and Retreat, allowing for socialising with each other and a time of prayer. We were honoured to have the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, Dean of York Minster, to guide us through our summer retreat.
Sisters Heather Francis and Carole attended the CIR Conference, this time being hosted by the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield. This Conference is for Religious from all over the world, and so gives a great opportunity for meeting other communities and traditions, as well as listening to a variety of papers and speakers on the subject of the Religious Life.
Sister Louisa Ann attended the First Professed Conference, which was held this year at the Community of St Mary the Virgin, Wantage. Not all of the First Professed in the UK were able to be there, but a good time was had by all, with a variety of speakers and topics, as well as social time.
As many of our Branch House sisters who were able to returned for the Nomination Chapter, where we were expecting to start the process of electing our new Prioress. We were pleasantly surprised to find that instead of a nomination, we had an election, and Sr Carole will be our next Prioress.
Sisters Mavis and Benedicta Anne were amongst the sisters to arrive for the Nomination Chapter. They will be staying with us in the UK for a few months, to be part of our celebration in York Minster on 17th October, and to allow Sister Benedicta Anne the opportunity to experience life in a different OHP House.
We have also been very pleased to be invited to the baptism of Sian, one of the members of our Infirmary Care Team. She has been working for us for a time, and through shared shifts with Sister Helena, Sian decided that she wished to be baptised in our Chapel. It was a joyous occasion for all, especially as Sister Helena had been helping Sian with her preparation.
Sian, centre, with Sr Helena and Fr Graham
We were able to be a part of Sian's baptism because she already has a close relationship with OHP by being a member of staff.
Posted On: 02/09/2015