St Augustine
'The passion of Christ signifies the miseries of this life, the resurrection of Christ the blessedness of the next' (St Augustine, Sermon 233.1)


Sisters At Recreation Community 15 Mar 2014

As well as the joy of Sr Florence’s profession, we also welcomed Sr Ruth to join us in March. Sr Ruth is from Barrow, but spent many years in a community of Poor Clare Sisters, which has now sadly closed.

On Retreat at Park House  

For their Lenten retreat, some Sisters went to our community at Park House in Liverpool and others were at Boarbank. We are very grateful to Fr Derek Laverty and Fr Michael Cunningham for the leading the respective retreats inspiringly and prayerfully. Many congratulations to Fr Michael on his Ruby Jubilee.

Sr Eileen went to France for the Prioresses Assembly, which was held at the Norbertine Abbey of Mondaye, near Bayeux. Sr Margaret also joined her briefly for a short meeting. We were pleased as always to welcome Sr Anne Marie for another visit to the English houses.

Our annual visit from Ann Lampard, our singing teacher, was as enjoyable and inspirational as always. If only we could keep up her standards through the year!

Sr Florence with Ann Lampard

Sr Anne Birthday

On 22nd March, Sr Eileen and Sr Michael attended a day at Tabor to mark the beginning of the year celebrating the fifth centenary of St Teresa of Jesus.

A big thank you to the Allithwaite and Cartmel WI for their warm welcome to Sr Michael and Sr Ildikó who attended the Spring Fair on behalf of the Community.

Sr Margaret preached the Women’s World Day of Prayer sermon in Kirkby Lonsdale and went to Penrith for another ecumenical occasion - a Lenten talk for Churches Together on ‘The place of the crucifixion’.

And last but not least - congratulations to Sr Lawrence, Sr Benedict and two other patients who were winners in the sweepstake for the Grand National! Thank you very much to Fr Peter for organising it.

Guest House

We have had plenty of young people around! The Jesuit Volunteer Community leadership team brought this years’ volunteers, from all over Europe, for three days’ of formation.

Leaders JVC Group  

At the end of term, Xaverian College in Manchester brought their A Level RE students for three days of intensive revision - combined with some prayer and some fun. We also welcomed the staff from Cardinal Allen Catholic High School in Fleetwood for an INSET day on prayer. Many thanks to the Head for the super photo collage.

Cardinal Allen Collage 1 Cardinal Allen Collage 2

A highlight of the last few months was the conference on Care at Life's End, organised by our friends Dr Liz Toy and Dr Karen Groves. Forty participants joined us for an intensive programme, with leading speakers on all aspects of the topic.


The participants also joined in with the community prayer, and the social time included a very enjoyable wine and cheese evening (thanks to David from The Red Pepper Cartmel and Cartmel Cheeses for this).

The Time to Reflect Lenten weekend for lecturers was led by Mr Alexander Murray, of University College, Oxford, who spoke on Teilhard de Chardin, and our own Fr Dixie, on Fr Marie-Joseph Lagrange, the founder of modern Catholic Biblical studies. The participants left feeling educated, rested, and encouraged in their demanding vocations. For a fuller report, click here.

The Churches Together Lenten Lunch was held at Boarbank one of the Fridays and raised over £200 towards the total, which will be shared between three Christian charities.

We are very aware that everything we do in the guest house depends on the wonderful work done by our kitchen and guest house staff, so it was particularly good to be able to give them a little thank you party of their own in March. A rare photo of a few of them doing nothing!

Thank You Kitchen And Guest House StaffThank You to Kitchen And Guest House Staff


Ellie LeavingEllie's Leaving tea Womens World Day of Prayer. Cleopatra!Womens World Day of Prayer. Cleopatra!

Farewell to Ellie, who has gone to start a new life in Canada. We wish her and her husband all the very best.

This year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer came from Egypt. Many thanks to Sheila and Joan for organising a lively event.

100th Birthday card Piper Piping

Congratulations to one of our Marymount residents, whose 100th birthday was celebrated in style, with the help of a piper.

A thank you to our coffee ladies for their hard work - we were pleased to be able to invite them for a drink ourselves in recognition of this.

Thank You To The Coffee LadiesThank You To The Coffee Ladies


Two of our Sisters from Liverpool, Sr Benedict of Park House and Sr Alacoque of Ince Blundell, have recently died. May the rest in peace.

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