We are Moving!

As readers are only too well aware, we have been trying to obtain permanent premises for the monastery for a long time. At last, we have positive news to report. God willing, we will soon be blessed with ‘a local habitation and a name’!

A monastery is not quite the same as a ‘normal’ house. We don’t need, indeed don’t want, the latest in creature comforts, but we do need somewhere big enough to admit those who want to join the community, with good facilities for guests who, as Benedict rightly remarks, are never lacking in a monastery. We need a chapel or oratory for prayer, room for a library, space to work. The list is daunting, and it all has to be achieved on a very slender budget.

Together with the Friends of Holy Trinity Monastery, we have devoted a lot of time, money and effort to this quest. Several times we have found what we thought was a suitable property and come close to getting substantial help with a mortgage, but each time our hopes have been dashed. Earlier this year we came to the conclusion that local property prices were always going to be prohibitive so we must look further afield β€” not as easy as it sounds because of the ecclesiastical permissions needed.

A New Home
We are delighted to tell you that we have found a barn conversion on the edge of the Golden Valley in Herefordshire which promises to be exactly what we need. There will be room for Denise, our first postulant, entering later this summer, and several companions; also room for guests in a very pleasant annexe. We shall be near Belmont Abbey, which means we shall be able to give our novices a good grounding in Benedictine liturgy.

We have also been able to obtain that most necessary thing, a mortgage! It may mean we have to work until we are 150 to pay it off, but at least we have one.

Sadness and Joy
We are sad to be leaving our friends in the diocese of Portsmouth but we are looking forward to contributing to the life of the Church in the diocese of Cardiff. Like prayer, our online engagement is independent of place, and we hope that once we are settled we shall be able to give effect to all the plans for development that have had to be put on hold during the past three years. So, expect some exciting things in the future!

For the time being, we are hoping to continue to run Veilaudio from Hendred with the help of our wonderful team of volunteers.

Moving date
The date of our move is not yet fixed but is likely to be the end of May.

Thank You
What we most want to say, of course is ‘thank you’: first to God, who has upheld us during the past eight years, especially during the difficult times when everything looked very bleak; to our friends and benefactors who have given time, money and talent to help us in ways too numerous to be counted; to Bishop Crispian, who has always been supportive and has given us his blessing for the move; and Archbishop George Stack who has generously welcomed us to his diocese.

Please pray for us as we do for you. There are likely to be many ‘White Rabbit’ moments during the next few weeks, but we trust that, with God’s help, all will work out. While, of necessity, we think about material things, we shall also keep in mind St Benedict’s injunction nihil amori Christi praeponere, to prefer nothing to the love of Christ. Pray for those who have no homes or sleep rough on our streets.


28 thoughts on “We are Moving!”

  1. Splendid news! Heartfelt congratulations and a promise of prayers as you prepare to move which can be most upscuttling. I feel I should sing a TE DEUM for you (from the “Wig” of course) in thanksgiving.

  2. I am heartened that all of your prayers and work have come together. Herefordshire is a lovely county and it sounds as if you are on the Welsh Borders.

    I look forward to reading more of one of the most traumatic domestic events – relocation and pray that it goes well.

  3. Excellent news though tinged with some sadness that you have to move so far away from Hendred. With Hendred House and Holy Trinity monastery, the area was such a bastion of Catholicism. However, I’m sure God has a plan and you all are always in my prayers.

  4. Wonderful news! I’m so pleased for you. Prayers and good wishes for the move and blessings on your new home. You’ll be on the other side of Offa’s Dyke from me. πŸ™‚

  5. Wonderful, wonderful news!
    And you will have the summer – if we have a summer- to settle in, much to be preferred to moving house in February.
    Prayers go with you, both from me of course and all your followers in cyberspace.

  6. Congratulations and all best wishes to your community as you continue your journey. Thank you for who you are and for all you do for others. God bless you always!

  7. Congratulations! With prayers and good wishes for the future. Shall we be able to follow the move via this splendid blog. I feel that it keeps us all in touch.

  8. I feel very happy for you and your new home (and I understand your sadness at leaving the old one).
    I wish you a blessed move and development in your new habitat. I hope some day to be able to go and visit you πŸ™‚

  9. Well done to everyone. I am so pleased for you all. Jubilates ! I will pray as the the move gets closer. And for your new postulant. God is good !

  10. Thank you very much, we are touched by your kindness and your prayers. You’ll understand if the blog gets a bit neglected at times. In fact, it has been one of life’s smaller miracles that I’ve been able to keep it going during recent months but we have a good community (you) grouped around it.

  11. Very excited for you!
    I must say have been on rightmove having a look and wondering if ‘this is the one’!
    looking forward to photos :o)

  12. Thank you for all your good wishes. We shall keep you up to date with our news as we progress. We haven’t decided whether we should change the name of the monastery yet, although we shall always retain our dedication to the Most Holy Trinity.

  13. mother plz i want to say one thing………. shall i write a letter to you explaining my life……….you know that i am seminarian and hope you will help me in my distress…………hoping your response on my request. i remain thank you in Jesus Christ………….

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