St Monica

What wonderful profundity there is in your utterances! The surface meaning lies open before us and charms beginners. 
Yet the depth is amazing, my God, the depth is amazing.
To concentrate on it is to experience awe.
from The Confessions Bk XII, xiv (17)


Community activities

World Youth Day

On August 5, visiting priest Fr Philip Miller spoke enthusiastically and movingly to us about his involvement with the Westminster youth ministry team on the 2016 World Youth Day for young people in Krakow, Poland from July 18-31.
This was in fact a two week event including catechesis, music, shows, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and an open air Prayer Vigil and Mass, presided over by Pope Francis. It attracted two million people.

Diamond Jubilee

Srs Margaret M, Marian, Ruth and Michael went to Ince Blundell in Liverpool on July 16 to join in a celebration for the Diamond Jubilee of Sr Yvonne. We had a lovely lunch in the Sisters’ refectory and Sr Yvonne very much enjoyed this occasion and spoke of her joy in her vocation and in sharing her anniversary with us.

Community Day

On August 3, some of our Sisters from Ince Blundell joined us for a community day. We had a Votive Mass for the Holy Spirit at 11am and a community meeting after lunch followed by Vespers at 4pm and tea.

Visit from Malestroit

On August 20th Sister Laure came to spend a few days with us from our sister community in France. Whilst she was here she visited Ince Blundell and also met Jolia (see below under Guest House)

 Sr Laure Visits Ince BlundellSr Laure(Right) Visits Ince Blundell  Sr Laure, Sr Ildiko & JoliaSr Laure, Sr Ildiko & Jolia

Murray’s Victory

Together with some guests, we enjoyed watching Andy Murray reach victory against Milos Raonic on the big screen in the sisters’ lounge in the 2016 Wimbledon final.

Mass for St Augustine

Bishop MichaelOn August 27 Bishop Michael Campbell celebrated Mass for us on the feast of St Augustine at 10am, giving us an excellent sermon on the lives of St Monica and her son St Augustine. Mass was followed by lunch in the refectory.

Other Events

Silver Jubilee

Fr Peter Gooden
Our former chaplain Fr Peter Gooden celebrated his Silver Jubilee on June 22. Six of our sisters attended this event, together with our friends Shirley and Sheila. Twenty priests concelebrated, together with Reverend Bishop Terence Brain, the retired Bishop of Salford.
The ceremony was at St Mary’s Chipping, which was beautifully decorated with flowers, followed by a buffet lunch in the village hall. At the homily Fr Peter spoke of his life as a priest with a late vocation.

First Eucharist

Rev Andrew Norman on July 2 celebrated his first eucharist at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Grange-over-Sands. Srs Elizabeth Mary, Margaret M, Ildiko and Fr John attended this happy occasion.


Sr Margaret A spoke at a conference on Truth-Telling and Money, run by the Dominican Las Casas Institute in Oxford on 9th July. Three theologians spoke, one on each of the three theological virtues in relation to money, and speakers experienced in finance and economics responded. It was a fascinating day, exploring the rich links between Catholic Social Teaching and new economic ideas.

Guest House

Thinking Scripture

Good Shepherd
Our Thinking Scripture course on the Gospel of John was June 25-July 2 attended by several of our regulars, and as well as the usual talks and discussions included the film of Cinema Paradiso, a musical meditation on St John, and a meal out to celebrate one of their birthdays.

CLICK HERE for a fuller report. There are a few places still available for a repeat of this course in September. If interested, please contact Sr Margaret A

Thinking Faith

Our Thinking Faith week was on the theme of ‘Faith and Creation’ and attended by a group of enthusiastic younger people.

As well as our regular speaker, we were delighted to hear Professor John Brooke of Oxford University on ‘Darwin and Creation’, Eleanor Petch on ‘Landscape in Literature’ and Fr Robert Verrill OP on ‘Creation and the Big Bang’.

Reflections on Laudato Si’ ran throughout the week. We also celebrated the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Dominicans.

 Dominican Anniversary Cake Concert with Fr Robert Verrill OP 


CLICK HERE for a fuller report

If you are interested in joining us for next year’s Thinking Faith, on the theme of ‘Conversion and Change’, please contact Sr Margaret A

Family Week

Starting on August 7, we welcome our regular group of families to the guest house, a very happy and relaxing reunion, as always.


On August 15, the Cenacolo group visited us in the afternoon, along with their Chaplain Fr Chris. It was a pleasure to welcome them to celebrate Mass in our chapel and for afternoon tea.

Helping Refugees

SrIldiko Jolia SrLaure
At the end of August, Jolia did a week’s work experience with us in the guest house. Jolia and her family are from Syria and have been living in Stockport since January. We hope they continue to make a happy adjustment to life in this country.

Day of Recollection

We had a day of recollection on September 1 for our Lady of Furness Catholic Federation involving local school teachers.

The theme of the day was ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’. There were talks on the Catholic School, opportunities to ask questions and to discuss.

Nursing Home

Tree Planting

We planted an Acer Bloodgood Japanese Maple outside Marymount on July 2 in memory of Mary Tierney, together with the Tierney family.

Mary lived from 1923-2015 and towards the end of her life received respite care here.
‘Loved and missed every day, never more than a thought away.’

The tree is hardy and beginning to produce new leaves. The ceremony greatly comforted the family.

Talk in Marymount

There were talks on ‘Dementia Awareness’ at 2pm in Marymount Lounge on July 28 and August 2. The topics included: The Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty, Lasting Power of Attorney.

Music Evening

The Hippopotamus Song
On August 3 in the evening, Sr Margaret held a music evening for residents and guests in Bethany Lounge. The theme was The Beauty of Creation.

The pieces included:

Joseph Haydn’s ‘The Creation: the Creation of Light’

Frederick Chopin’s ‘Raindrop’

John Rutter’s ‘For the beauty of the earth’ The Linden Tree Carol

Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Flight of the bumblebee’

Camille Saint-Saen’s ‘The Swan’

and the comic ‘Hippopotamus song’ by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

The evening was very enjoyable, together with some light refreshments, and the music evoked aspects of God’s delightful creation.