News & Events

10 March 2022

We were delighted to host a gathering of more than 30 religious of Middlesbrough Diocese here at Thicket for our second day of reflection and sharing in preparation for the Synod.

We were joined by representatives from the Bar Convent, Ampleforth Abbey, Stanbrook Abbey, the Marist Fathers, the Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters, the Sisters of Divine Love and the Sisters of Mercy. The discussions were chaired by Sr Ann Stafford CJ.  Canon Jerry Twomey, our Episcopal Vicar for Religious, also took part in the day and celebrated Mass for us.

Deacon David Cross, who was present as an observer, generously offered to collate the notes taken during discussion and so include a contribution from religious in the synod response that will be sent from the diocese to Rome.

It was recognised that ‘walking together’ on this synodal journey is just as important as any outcome. Therefore, the suggestion arose that the religious of the diocese should continue to meet occasionally as a group, for sharing and mutual support. This was greeted enthusiastically by all and it is hoped that our next gathering will take place at Ampleforth in the autumn, at the kind invitation of Abbot Robert.

25 December 2021
 

We wish all of you a very happy Christmas!

In our crib scene this year, we remember that after the birth of Jesus in a poor stable, the Holy Family was forced to flee from violence and persecution as refugees and we recognise that many are making similar desperate and dangerous journeys today. We also include our resident statue of Mother Teresa cradling a dying child. As we meditate on these images throughout the Christmas season, we pray for all who are suffering in so many ways at this time, and ask that hearts may be open to help in every way possible.

30 November 2021
 

On Thursday 18 November 2021, we were delighted to welcome the religious of the diocese for a day of reflection and sharing in preparation for the Synod.

We were joined by representatives from the Bar Convent, Stanbrook Abbey, the Marists, the Corpus Christi Carmelite Sisters and the Carmelite Third Order. The discussions were introduced and chaired by Sr Ann Stafford CJ.

Canon Jerry Twomey, our Episcopal Vicar for Religious, also took part in the day and celebrated a Votive Mass for the needs of the Church.
It is hoped that there will be another similar gathering in the spring of 2022.

22 October 2021

Today, Sr Mary of Carmel celebrates the 60th anniversary of her clothing in the Carmelite habit, on 22 October 1961. This time next year, God willing, we will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee of Profession.
 

This morning she renewed her vows at Mass, once again giving the total gift of herself to God and the Church, in Carmel. We give thanks for her years of loving service as infirmarian, novice mistress and Prioress, especially for her wise leadership and forward-thinking vision in bringing us to our beautiful new monastery.
 

Ad multos annos!

Renewal of vows
Sr Mary of Carmel on her Clothing Day