Fun and fellowship with nuns at Derby

Last Friday a group from St Chrysostom’s travelled to Derby, to spend a weekend at the Convent of the Holy Name. It’s the motherhouse of Sister Julie and Catherine’s order, and a home to about 20 sisters.

There were seven of us, and Sr Catherine came too. For most of us this was our first experience of staying with a religious community.

We were welcomed at the guest cottage with food by Sister Pippa. We joined the sisters at 9.15pm for Night Prayer.

Convent Chapel

The sisters day begins at 7.45am, and some of us  joined them in their Chapel, staying on for Mass at  8. We shared lunch and supper with the sisters in  the Convent refectory, our meals eaten in  silence. Plenty of time and space was made during  the day so people could choose to explore the convent further, join the sisters in Chapel, go for a walk in the surrounding countryside, or travel into Derby. For others it was a chance to read, pray or reflect on the peace that we found in this place. In the evening, we came together for a glass of wine and a chat, staying up long after the sisters had gone to bed!

On Sunday after 8am Mass, we invited Sister Mary Patricia, who has been in community for over 50 years, for coffee. We had an interesting conversation about the religious life, with its highs and lows, and it was wonderful to talk with someone who after so many years still had so much joy and satisfaction in their vocation. Sunday lunch is the one meal of the week where talking is permitted, so we all chatted to sisters we had not yet said hello to. We left Derby feeling refreshed and relaxed, thankful for the time we had spent together.

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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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