News & Events
7 May 2020:
We have found this article by Fr Tomás Halík a helpful reflection at this time:
Christianity in a time of sickness.
22 April 2020:
Sr Thérèse has written an article for The Tablet on what the Carmelite tradition and our way of life might have to teach us in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdown.
The article can be accessed freely here: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/1393/hermits-in-community
19 March 2020:
COVID-19 Coronavirus precautions
Following the guidance issued by the Bishops Conference of England & Wales, and further instructions from Bishop Drainey, Mass will not be celebrated at Thicket until further notice.
We hold everyone in our prayer during these challenging and uncertain times.
5 January 2020:
We were delighted to welcome the Wheldrake Singers for their Christmas concert, directed by Robin Black and accompanied by Graeme Urwin. There were reflective moments between the carols with some seasonal poetry selected and read by Bron Urwin. Thank you to all who contibuted to making it such an enjoyable evening.
19 December 2019: Christmas Carol Service
Our Carol Service was a very special evening. Thanks to all who attended, especially to our Parish Priest Canon Jerry Twomey for leading the Service, to our readers and to David and Moira for enhancing the music so beautifully.
8 October 2019
We were delighted to welcome the Union of Catholic Mothers from St Aelred's Parish in York who joined us for Mass celebrated by their Parish Priest Fr Bill Serplus (who is also the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor for the UCM) and for refreshments afterwards.
26 July 2019
This year marks the tenth anniversary of moving to our new monastery on 21 May 2009. We celebrated with a Mass on thanksgiving on 26 July 2019, which is also the anniversary of our community moving from Exmouth to Thicket in 1955. We were delighted to be joined by so many of our friends – clergy from the dioceses of Middlesbrough and Leeds; our sisters from Stanbrook, who also celebrate their tenth anniversary this year; sisters of the Congregation of Jesus from the Bar Convent; Sisters of Mercy from Hull; members of the Carmelite family; Bishop John Thompson of Selby; members of the local Anglican communities; our night carers and so many of our friends from near and far who have supported us in so many ways throughout the years. In his homily, main celebrant Fr Tony Lester spoke of Thicket as a place of welcome for everyone. The Mass was followed by afternoon tea in the monastery and gardens. Here are some photos from throughout the afternoon:
27 August 2020:
As we have not yet had any further directives about opening the Chapel it will, unfortunately, remain closed while new cases of Covid-19 are still being reported regionally and the threat of a new spike of the virus in the Autumn seems a real possibility.
It is even unlikely that we shall be able to have our usual Christmas Carol Service this year but we look forward to welcoming you back to Thicket as soon as is possible in 2021.
Thank you for your continuing support, kindness and prayers throughout these difficult times and know that we keep you all in our prayers and thoughts.
May God bless you and keep you all well and safe.
25 October 2020:
Although our chapel remains closed due to the pandemic, we are still close to you all in prayer and remember you every day. We think especially of our Sunday congregation, those who come to Thicket for quiet days, and all who think of Thicket as their spiritual home. We miss you all and we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe.
This week our Japanese maple, known affectionately by our community as "the burning bush" has reached its full flame of autumn colour. In Exodus, the burning bush was a sign given to Moses of God's enduring presence ("I am") . We pray that we can also be a similar sign in our world today, witnessing to God's loving presence through the help and reassurance we offer to others, through our prayers, and just through 'being there'.
In the new encyclical of Pope Francis, there is a lovely section on enclosed communities which we hope captures our values at Thicket: "Significantly, many small communities living in desert areas developed a remarkable system of welcoming pilgrims as an exercise of the sacred duty of hospitality. The medieval monastic communities did likewise, as we see from the Rule of Saint Benedict. While acknowledging that it might detract from the discipline and silence of monasteries, Benedict nonetheless insisted that “the poor and pilgrims be treated with the utmost care and attention”. Hospitality was one specific way of rising to the challenge and the gift present in an encounter with those outside one’s own circle. The monks realized that the values they sought to cultivate had to be accompanied by a readiness to move beyond themselves in openness to others." (Fratelli Tutti 90)