Quote: Monica and Augustine in the garden at Ostia on the Tiber.
Alone with each other, we talked very intimately. ‘Forgetting the past and reaching forward to what lies ahead’ (Phil. 3:13), we were searching together in the presence of the truth which is you yourself.
We asked what quality of life the eternal life of the saints will have...(From the Confessions)
Sr Kathleen McGhee SND led the Community retreat before Easter,
for which we were joined by Sr Rita of Park House.
Many thanks to Sr Kathleen for her gentle and thoughtful reflections on Scriptural themes, which included most beautiful reflections on the raising of Lazarus in John’s Gospel and the mature life of Our Lady.
Sr Nicole returned to Canada after Easter to continue her work in Quebec.
She is from one of our Canadian sister-communities, and came here to improve her English. She is responsible for an important museum of the history of the Federation in Canada, where the Augustinians played a significant role in the development of healthcare.
For her Community see: http://www.augustines.ca/en/
She became so much part of us and we are missing her warmth, help and laughter!
Sr Eileen has been twice to France, for the Prioresses Assembly and General Council in March and for the General Council in June.
Sr Margaret went in March for a meeting of the Commission for Ongoing Formation.
Many thanks to the communities of Morlaix, Rennes and Malestroit for their hospitality.
The One Community
On June 6, we gathered together to recognize that the three houses of our Order in England are now coming together into a closer union under the title ‘The One Community’.
We prayed together and sang hymns and read aloud a letter of encouragement from Sr Marie Claude, our Mother General.
The next day, the feast of Corpus Christi, we had sherry and chocolates with parishioners after Mass to mark this occasion which we hope will be a source of unity and stability for all the sisters in the federation, offering a strong future in these times
Blessing of Lift
On April 2, we were visited by Sr Marie Claude and Sr Marie Benoît for a thanksgiving of blessing for our new convent lift and guest room drawing room conducted by Bishop Michael.
The Bishop fulfilled this duty with his usual warmth, understanding and encouragement.
He used the blessing for aircraft carriers! At one point the lift looked as if it was about to take off so we all had a laugh.
This was followed by a delicious buffet for all our guests.
Community Activities Outside
Sr Margaret has given the following talks: 'Green, because I'm Catholic' at Blackfriars, Oxford [CLICK HERE for a video]
'Augustine on Peace' to the Augustinian Fathers mid-chapter meeting in London
and 'Why Christians punish' to the Catholic Prison Chaplains' Conference at Swanwick.
Members of the Community have attended the Cumbria Christian Meditation Group meeting in Dalton on 'Mary at the Foot of the Cross', a celebration of the Year for Consecrated Life hosted by the Sacred Heart Sisters in Carlisle, and a presentation at St Mary's primary School in Allithwaite where the entertainment including a Swahili greeting, a Geordie song and Maypole dancing.
As usual, the Guest House was full for the Easter Triduum with old friends and new,
and we took the opportunity to welcome several friends to the refectory.
Fr Dixie's sermon for Easter Sunday can be read here [CLICK HERE]
Our coffee morning was held on May 25 and as usual this was a welcome chance for our friends to come together and support the community and enjoy its social network. The chance to browse and buy, discover treasures, take home delicious cakes produced by our staff, as well as chat over a coffee in the dining room or refectory was much appreciated.
The weather was not wonderful but it was dry and good enough. Grateful thanks to all who came and all who helped.
We are most welcome for the sum, £10,725 raised towards a new mini bus.
Sr Michael went to the Jubilee Mass of the 25th anniversary of ordination of Fr Paul McCourt along with Fr Michael Humble and Fr Nick Jenning at the Cathedral of St Mary Newcastle upon Tyne. Mass was on the feast of St Peter and Paul, June 28, at 7pm followed by refreshments. It was well attended and there was an atmosphere of joyful thanksgiving, celebration and good humour.
Fr Dixie gave a talk in Leeds on ‘The Great Responsibility of Lay Readers and Ministers: Careful Preparation Essential’.
At the end of May along with the Sisters of Hyning Hall, we hosted a weekend to celebrate consecrated life, based on the theme of Morecambe Bay to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life.
On May 30, we walked across Morecambe Bay after a delicious lunch provided by the sisters at Hyning. The walk began at 3.30 pm from Arnside under the expert guidance of Cedric Robinson, the Queen’s guide.
Back at Boarbank Hall we enjoyed a glass of red wine and hot supper, an enjoyable end to a superb day and from all reports it was appreciated by our guests.
You can read the full version of this with more pictures [CLICK HERE]
We were happy to welcome Benedicte from France, the sister of one of our French Sisters, for a short stay and Patrik from Slovakia to work for a couple of months at Marymount in order to improve his English.
Monika Sinica has left us after many years in the guest house to work at a local hotel.
A big thank you to Monika and her daughter Gabi for all they so generously contributed to Boarbank and we wish them all the very best for the future.
New staff who will be helping in the Guest House include Fabio, Shirley, Val and Anna. We wish them a warm welcome.
A Level Revision!
Sixth formers from Xaverian College came here on a revision trip April 25-27.
Despite the demands of work, they were in high spirits and offered us a lively evening rendition of the story of Saul and David which was intended to meet the dual requirements of revision and relaxation. It produced much laughter.
Young Singers from Michigan
A group of young people, benefiting from a home schooling enrichment programme in Michigan USA, stayed with us from June 1-3.
As it happened, they were visiting us as we were preparing for the funeral of Gerry Henry, one of our residents, on June 3rd. In the choir, where Gerry’s body rested on the night of June 2, they sang most beautifully after Compline in a way our music loving Gerry would have loved.
This delightful group also sang to entertain us one evening.
They visited us in the second week of June for a walking holiday which was greatly enjoyed by all.
The occasion marked thirty years of their coming together under their leader John.
They took some lovely pictures during their stay with us, which are well worth a look. [CLICK HERE] for the album
Our regular Thinking Scripture course took place at the end of June on the Gospel of Luke.
Highlights included Geoffrey’s musical meditation using texts from Luke and walk near Settle in unexpectedly lovely weather. The week will be repeated in September.
Fr Bruno Clifton OP and Fr Craig McMahon OSA had a short stay with us as they prepare for a long-distance run beginning and ending at Ambleside to raise money for Dominican training. We greatly enjoyed hearing about their endeavour.
On 27 June, at midnight they will begin the Ultimate Trails Ultra Marathon which will take them 68 miles over the hills of the Lake District.
Residents at Marymount have enjoyed hearing Angelo’s nephew Michael playing the keyboard for residents, a visit to Cartmel flower show and also garden club activities. They have been growing plants from seeds in the greenhouse and selling them for their own funds for future gardening projects.
Alison Zikking and Simon Woods, two of our care assistants have moved away from the area. We greatly valued their work with us and wish them well in their new lives.
We have also appointed new staff, Jonathan Needham and Ranata Callejo. We welcome them and wish them all the very best in their new positions.
Requiescant In Pace
Recent deaths include Nursing Home residents Sr Evelyn Conlon, Vi Dawson, George Maugham, Gerry Henry, Elizabeth Stalker and Eileen McKenna,
and among other friends of Boarbank, Dr Ian Smith, Martin Broadbent, Bill Ainsworth and Peter McHale.
We send our deep sympathy to their friends and families. They are much missed. May they rest in peace.
Many thanks indeed for the photos to Sr Michael, James, Paul, Michel, Claire, Helen, Fr Paul, Maria, Richelle, Dan & Celia, and the Xaverian group.