Our Life

Nuns singing office in Church

God calls some to respond to his love by seeking and serving him in the monastic life. The Rule of St. Benedict was written in the sixth century in times as unstable as our own, but the spiritual values, wisdom and discretion it contains still show us the 'path of life'.

The Benedictine way is a Christ centred life of prayer, work and study. It is a life lived within the enclosure of the Abbey grounds and within a community where relationships are essential for the growth of each sister.

God seeks us. The truth, beauty and holiness of God draws us into the community. The love of God working in and through the community, transforms us into the likeness of Christ. With joy and awe we need only say 'Yes'

chalice and paten

Worship is at the heart of the Benedictine life. Each day in the seven monastic offices and in the Eucharist we receive God's gift of himself in word and sacrament.

In our corporate worship we pray with the whole church, holding up the needs, joys, and sorrows of the world to the love and mercy of God.

In solitude and silence, we experience contemplative prayer as a gift of the Spirit who prays within us "according to the mind of God".

making bread

Our simple lifestyle both expresses and forms our reverence for God's creation and our stewardship of it.

The life of our community is enriched by the interests and talents of each sister, which may find expression in writing, music, poetry, art or craft. Often we are surprised at the creative gifts and skills we discover in ourselves.