Nicolo Ponticiano
Someone truly loves a friend when he loves God in the friend, either because the friend is in God, or so that he might be in God (St Augustine, Sermon 336.2)

Community News

The Community, along with our guests and patients, have been enjoying the unusually lovely summer, and some of the Sisters have been on holidays recently. Sr Marie Claude, our Mother General, visited England, in June, and several of our Sisters went to Liverpool for a joint meeting of the Communities at Ince Blundell.

Sr Ruth Medjugorje Sr Ruth went on pilgrimage to Medjugorje on pilgrimage
with her old parish, which she found a very moving experience.Sam Haywood

The excellent recent concerts in the Grange concert series have included a recital by the pianist Sam Hayward, a friend of Boarbank through his grandfather, Roy Fox.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to enjoy these lovely events.



In early June, Boarbank hosted a meeting of the Diocesan Vocations Group, welcoming Sisters from several other local communities.  

Just for once, we have no major liturgical events to report at Boarbank, but our two priests continue to give us the benefit of their fine homilies, one of which can be shared here. LINK

Sr Florence attended the Ordination of her cousin Columba at Ampleforth Abbey at the end of June - congratulations and every blessing to Fr Columba.

Several of our Sisters were also able to join in the celebrations for Fr Parker’s Golden Jubilee, and those for 25 years of Priesting of the Rev Nick Ash of the Cartmel Peninsula team. We wish them both congratulations and many more years of joyful service.

Sr Margaret joined four of the Dominican brothers for a leg of their Coast-to-Coast pilgrimage to raise funds for their programme of studies.

She went with them from Grasmere to Patterdale, a walk Wordsworth used to take to visit his brother. The scenery was spectacular and the unseasonal (!) rain quite refreshing.Sr Marg Dominican Walk

We wish Fr Richard, Fr Benedikt, Br Toby and Br Sam the very best for the rest of their walk, hoping that their white habits will survive the experience.

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The Sisters are privileged and very grateful to be invited to join in celebrations and events at St Mary’s school, Allithwaite and the end of the school year afforded three Sisters the opportunity to enjoy an excellent performance of Oliver! and two to attend the leaving ceremony of the top class as they move on to Cartmel Priory school in September.

Both events were impressive for the talent and commitment of the children, their parents and the teachers. We wish those moving on every blessing in the future.

Sisters, guests and patients were delighted to see the youngsters of Allithwaite making a detour through our grounds with their Carnival Floats, and even giving us a rendering of a song or two from Oliver!

Carnival 1 Carnival 2

Thomas, Zsofi and one of the residents
In addition to several family and friend visitors we have been enjoying the company of Elena from Spain, working in the Guest House, and Thomas and Zsófi, from France and Hungary respectively, working in the Nursing Home.

They have also been gathering for us the wonderful fruit and vegetables produced by this year’s sunshine, with the help of our great team of gardeners.


Guest House

One of the drawing room wall paintings
We have been busy with regular guests, able to enjoy Boarbank at its very best.

The refurbishment of the Drawing Room has begun, with the new windows now in place, and firm plans for a full refurbishment over the winter. Watch this space!


We are looking forward to welcoming all our friends for the “Family Week”. It is a busy and very happy week for them and it is good to see them all and see how they have grown and progressed.


The gardeners brightened up the view from the front of Boarbank in time for the World Cup. A pity the team didn’t quite live up to hopes, but we are still enjoying the flowers!

World Cup Flowers  

Nursing Home

Many congratulations to Elizabeth and all the staff for the recent CQC inspection which has again identified the excellent care they provide. If you go to our Nursing Home page and scroll down, you can read the Care Quality Commission latest report.

Recent events in the Nursing Home have included a concert of harp players, clog dancing, the film of My Fair Lady, a Music Night, a visit to Oliver! at St Mary’s Church, and talks by some of the monks from Conishead Priory, by a local historian on Morecambe Bay, and by Brother Harold on his years in Africa. 

We also celebrated the birthday party of one of our residents.

Birthday Celebrations

Congratulations to Simon and his wife Emma, who have become parents again to Thomas, a brother for Bethany.

Other events

Buckfast Abbey and some of the speakers
Some Buckfast speakers Buckfast Abbey church

Sr Margaret was away for a couple of weekends speaking on work and vocation at the Clear Voices Festival of Theology at Buckfast Abbey, and then at the Invocation weekend at Oscott for young people discerning their vocations in life.

Please remember to keep these very good young people in your prayers.

We have had a few entries so far for our PHOTO COMPETITION, but not nearly enough!

Please join in the fun - you don’t have to be David Bailey!

Future events

Please see our WHAT'S ON for up-and-coming events.