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It cannot be that the son of these tears should perish

(Augustine, Confessions 3.21, quoting a bishop’s words to his mother, Monika)

Community News

Bishop Brian Noble led the Community’s annual eight-day retreat in the last week of October. He took as his theme ‘journeys’, focusing in particular on various Scriptural journeys from Abraham to Emmaus.

On 19th November we celebrated Sr Mary Benedict’s 60th Anniversary of profession. Many congratulations to her on her many years of faithful service to Boarbank, and especially to our guests.

Sister Mary Benedict's Diamond Jubilee

Sister Mary Benedict's Diamond Jubilee Sister Mary Benedict's Diamond Jubilee

You can read Fr Peter’s homily CLICK HERE

The Sisters have much enjoyed their weeks in Ambleside this autumn, very blessed by the fine weather.

Various Sisters represented the Community at the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Bernardine Sisters at Hyning Hall, and at the prize-giving ceremonies at Cartmel School and at Cardinal Allen School in Fleetwood.

The Convent is full of dust and more than usually noisy! But the end product should be worth it, now and for the future, a lift that will connect all the floors and make possible wheelchair access to the Refectory.

Preparing For New Lift

We are grateful to our Federation for financial help to make this possible.

A very special celebration attended by two of the Sisters was the profession in Lancaster of an old friend of the Community as a member of the Secular Company of St Ursula. final profession.
This was a very good way to start the Year of Consecrated life, which began officially on 29th November.

Those who are interested in what this is about might like to CLICK HERE

and also watch this interesting and challenging video

The choir of St Patrick’s School, Walton-le-Dale, made their regular visit to us, to meet the Sisters, and sing for and visit the residents in the Nursing Home. As usual, they ended the day by leading Evening Prayer for us, always beautifully sung, with great reverence and very prayerfully. And congratulations also on the wonderfully clear reading.
It is always a delight to welcome them, and we thank the teachers very much for bringing them.

St Patrick's choir  


Guest House

The refurbishment of the Drawing Room is well on schedule, and the room should be ready for use at Christmas. It is already clear that it will look wonderful when it is finished.

Fundraising continues for this project, and so far we have raised about £14,000 from donations and the sale of ornaments. (The total cost of the project will be over £50,000.) Very many thanks indeed to all our supporters. Just a little 'before' and 'after' taster to give some idea of the transformation.

Before After

The Ulverston Catholic Women’s League came in October for a Day of Recollection on the theme of ‘Athens and Jerusalem’.
Weekend groups have included the Cenacolo Parents’ Group in mid-October, and in early November the Durham University Students, led by Fr Ben Earl OP.

Durham group Durham group

At the end of November we held our first weekend for younger Catholics in Healthcare, Hope in Health. The theme was ‘Communication’, with speakers including Dr Karen Groves and Dr Chris Harrison. CLICK HERE for more information.

Hope in Health group Hope in Health group
Hope in Health group

Nursing Home

Goodbye and very many thanks to Alison, who moves on to a new position after being with us for a couple of years. We wish her the very best for the future.Alisons Leaving Do

Events for residents have included a concert of harps and a visit to Cartmel for afternoon tea.
Allithwaite School came to sing carols to the residents on December 8th, and Year 6 from St Patrick’s also sang for them as part of their day at Boarbank.

Allithwaite School And Residents St Patricks choir year 6

Other News

The new postcards have arrived: buy now while stocks last! A very big thank you to Fr Martin, Zsófi, Mike, Laura, Tony and anyone else who might have taken a photo we have used without realising it.

New Postcard picture

The winners of the Boarbank Photo Competition are posted below.

Many congratulations to David Harrison, winner of the House and the Grounds & Views sections

Josie Nickson, winner of the Humour section

Ann Hennessy, winner of the Other section and

Samantha Rhydderch, our overall winner.

The standard of entries was extremely high, and we hope that some of the other entries may appear on the website in the coming months. CLICK HERE  for the winning entries.

Sr Margaret spoke about Boarbank to the Grange Cancer Drop-in Group in mid-November at St Charles.

Fr Dixie has led Days of Recollection for the Eucharistic Ministers in the Middlesborough Diocese, and also at St Charles.
One of his homilies, on the parable of the talents, can be READ HERE.

Fortunately our webmaster was present at this year’s Churches Together in Grange Advent Carol Service, so instead of describing it, we can give you a taster. Many thanks to John, and of course to Adrian Self and the Cartmel Priory Choir, and the organist, John Shippen, for an uplifting start to the Church’s year.


Requiescant in Pace

We are sad to announce the deaths of residents Phyllis Woodward and Josie Rigby.

Josie, who died at the age of 102, was the last living link with the very beginnings of Boarbank. She was present as a child on the opening day, and her uncle, Wilfrid Rigby, signed the document that brought Boarbank Hall into existence as a Catholic Convent and convalescent home. Fr Peter’s homily for Josie’s funeral can be READ HERE


Josie Rigby RIP Tony Wright RIP

Another huge, and much more unexpected loss, was that of Tony Wright, our computer expert, who died suddenly aged 62. Tony was not only outstandingly talented, but wonderfully generous with his time and expertise, and patient with those who were much less able than he was. He will be very greatly missed by all of us at Boarbank, as well as by his many relations, friends and clients.  Fr Dixie took his funeral service at Lancaster Crematorium. May they all rest in peace.

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