Abbey clearance

Hello everyone!

In this, another hard year from the Pandemic and clearing the Monastery out, we will be shortly having a ‘clearance sale’ but the date has not been arranged yet. I will post the date once we know it, have to fit in with everyone’s diaries!

Hope there will be a lot of local interest.

Small items of furniture (small desks, wooden chairs, small cupboards etc – typically monastic cell furniture)


odds and ends plus other small items.

All items will be priced ……

hello again

Hi everyone,

As you know we are now closed as a community. The monastery is now up for sale!

Despite all this doom and gloom over the last year, we have had some good times including last spring with a duck and her 14 ducklings even though only 12 survived. Well, this year the ducks are back. Yes, mom and dad are here and this morning there were 4 ducks in the courtyard again. I await to see what happens and hope mom has another little brood. So far it is wet, windy and cold but she’s a touch cookie and will do ok.

M. D

Hello, Goodbye & Thanks

Dear Freinds and followers,

Over the years many of you have found solace and support from the material of our website and blog and I thank you. But at this stage of our community’s rich spiritual history it is now with deep regret and sadness that the community is folding up.

Due to the restrictions of Cor Orans we have had to affiliate with another community and in light of that we are now closing in the coming months.

Sadly, to due to Covid-19 we are not able to have a fond farewell with our many friends and family. I will keep open the email address for the moment so if anyone wishes to get in touch then please feel to do so, but may I also say due to the many demands put on us at the moment with the colossal task of clearing out and sorting through things you may not get a quick response. Please keep the sisters in your prayers as we do you!

Thank you, and take care and keep safe – always!




The Easter Chick

On the Octave day of Easter you’ll never guess what happened here at Colwich? Give you 3 guesses ……. have you got it? By the title of this post ‘The Easter Chick’ it should have given you a clue, yes, chicks!

Our pair of Mallards who have been regular visitors to our courtyard over the last few years have had a nest and the beautiful duck has given birth to 14 wonderful furry beauties……. here is a photo of them.

Love is the light

Love is the Light

Love is the light – and in the end, the only light – that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working. Love is possible, and we are able to practise it because we are created in the image of God.

Pope Benedict XVI: Encyclical Deus Caritas Est (God is Love)

Thank you NHS

As the Country came together to pay their thanks to the NHS last night and clapped for carers at 8pm – some of us gathered and prayed a decade of the Holy Rosary for them along with the Memorare!

Well done guys and keep going – don’t give in and don’t give up hope! We are there praying for you all………


A thought for the day …

Hello everyone,

I have just finished by lent reading for today and it a book called ‘Seeking Peace’ by Johann Christoph Arnold. As I read it there were various comments mentioned in which I thought was very applicable today as the world is in Chaos and people are feeling very afraid, vulnerable, isolated and perhaps alone.

You are not alone! We are in this crises all together and one thing that is coming out of this is the huge support that is seen all over the world to the medical staff and volunteers – I THANK YOU! We are praying for you all no matter who you are, we are in this together. Also for all those in local communities who come together to help those who are isolated and cannot get out for food and medicine.

What I want to share with you is this passage from the book mentioned:

‘ .. as we strive for peace, we should not forget that the hidden prayers offered by nuns, contemplatives, old men and women, the sick in hospitals make up a crucial part of our struggle, one every bit as noteworthy as the more visible activity carried out by those on the front lines by the young and the physically strong’.


How do you cope with isolation?

To live in a monastic community and living in isolation and social distancing is part of our way of life and it takes time and patience to cope with this, it is also a time of grace to get to know someone better. It is hard but it is worth it’s weight in gold as it were. We in community don’t choose who we live with, granted that, but we do make a total decision to give up everything to serve God. We get to know the other members through time and perseverance. We have a timetable and that takes discipline to stick to it daily, meals are together in common, prayer is in common, work is done separately, reading in private and of course community time is Recreation time – these are precious moments.

It may be hard because you don’t know what to do or how to go about it but self discipline and a timetable is the trick. Keep to a normal as possible routine eg, getting up, having breakfast, meal times together etc. Part of St. Benedict’s Rule is self discipline and balance. Have fun too and make time for yourselves, chill out and relax.

Don’t run away from a situation but face up to it, get the balance right. These are the people you love at the end of the day.


Hello Everyone

Sorry for the distance and lack of communication but I found I couldn’t get into the site. However I am back!

Hope you are all ok among the crises of Covid-19 and keeping well and safe?

With talk of social distancing and self isolation, it makes me think ‘sounds like monastic life’.

Turn to God in prayer and pray the Rosary! We all need to work together.


Welcome again!

Today we welcomed back some ‘old friends’ from the UCM (Union of Catholic Mothers). It may have been a very wet and thundery morning to begin with but you all brought out the sunshine at intervals later on in the day. What a wonderful day you have had with a lovely and prayerful mass and of course a wonderful talk in the afternoon followed by Exposition and Benediction!

We’ll see you next year!
God bless

Douai Youth Retreat

Hi Folks,
I have been asked to let you know of the following:

Are you 18-40, do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith,

learn its devotions and meet like minded people? Young Catholic Adults are

organizing a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire). You’ll be able to hear

catechetical talks, (e.g. from Associate Editor of the Catholic Herald an author Stephen Bullivant) learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary,

socialize and have fun. Book soon as places are limited! All Masses are in the

Old Rite.

To book goto:-

For updates goto:-

For more details goto:-

Prices start from £25.

A notice – and an invitation

(all images in this post cheekily pinched from the internet and not posed by actual Colwich nuns)


The Community is on retreat from this (Monday) afternoon until the end of Wednesday. Please keep all of us in your prayers as we also remember you in ours.

By Willard Austria – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Mother Abbess and the Community would love to welcome you to Colwich for the Triduum and Easter Sunday this year – as usual there will be accommodation available, both in the guestquarters and in the Cottage. If you do not wish to stay then you are of course just as welcome to come to the ceremonies. The liturgical schedule during these four days is given below:

Holy Thursday

07:45   Morning Office
11:30   Midday Office
17:00   Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Watching until 20:00
20:00   Compline

Good Friday

07:45   Morning Office
11:30   Midday Office
15:00   Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
18:00   Compline

Holy Saturday

07:45   Morning Office
11:30   Midday Office
18:00   Vespers
21:00   Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday

07:45   Regina Cæli and Lauds
09:30   Mass
11:30   Midday Office
17:00   Benediction
18:00   Vespers
20:00   Compline

Y’all come now!

Come and live…

(did you think this was a vocations-related post? 😀 )

Come and live close to a (our) monastery!

The Abbey owns some houses which are let out to tenants, and two are currently available. This post has only the briefest of outlines, so if you’d like to know more or to come and visit, please get in touch with our agents at their details below.

Abbey House (Rightmove) is next door to us – there would be a clear view across to the monastery were it not for some magnificent trees providing some privacy! It has three bedrooms upstairs, one of which is en-suite, and has private parking on its own driveway. The rent is £750pcm.

2 Abbey Cottages is at the bottom of the drive, just off the main road in Little Haywood. It is an older house, with two bedrooms upstairs. The rent is £550 pcm.

Boot & Son in Cannock are handling the lettings for us; they have all the information you could need and would be happy to hear from you:

01543 50 54 54

19 Wolverhampton Road, Cannock, WS11 1DG

lumen ad revelationem gentium

To be a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of your people Israel

On this day, in two different years, one of my sisters was clothed in the holy habit and another entered the enclosure to begin her religious life. Ad multos annos!

Candlemas is contradictory; or at least, like so much in the Gospels, it doesn’t seem to do what it says on the tin.

In a screen adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, during one of the kids’ secret meetings in Colin’s room, Mary tells him about one of the deities in Indian mythology: this one god looked just like anyone else on the outside, but he could fit the whole universe down his throat. Colin of course scoffs at such nonsense (incidentally, hands up if you remember the film I’m thinking of, and were also enthralled by the dramatic shots of wild Yorkshire landscapes….).

Forty days after the birth of Jesus, the Holy Family set out to Jerusalem in order to present their son, who opened His mother’s womb, to redeem Him and purify His mother. This is all to obey the Law of Moses, but it’s patent nonsense – a Redeemer needs no redeeming, and the purest and most whole of women in no way ought to be purified.

On the outside, however, this was no different to any other couple bringing their first-born to the Temple. Were it not for the Spirit-inspired proclamations of Simeon and Anna it would surely have passed unnoticed and unremembered by anyone else who happened to be there on that day: even if their actions and words had been noticed, what are the odds that it would instead have been brushed off by an observer as the ramblings of an old man and woman?

The Purification is not what it seems to be; the work being done is hidden beneath the apparent. It is when we look at the larger picture of the earthly life of Our Lord that we can see how all these episodes in the early part of Our Lord’s life – His Nativity, Circumcision, Presentation, Baptism, and His first miracle at Cana – fit into the whole: where the Law given by Moses is completed and made perfect; where the types of the past find their culmination.

As well as bringing about His perfection of the old Law, in the events of today’s feast Our Lord gives us another example of encouragement in our interior lives. There are times when what we do might not make sense, either to us, or to those around us; we may wonder at how we just ‘go through the motions’ with our heart not really being in it; we might be surprised at how others’ impressions of ourselves can differ so radically from what we see of ourselves.

In today’s post- and anti-Christian world, where we have lost our sense of identity as valuable, priceless, utterly loved and lovable creatures of the Almighty, we are all too apt to (dare I say it) despair at the non sequiturs within ourselves. Social media and the criticism coming from the world more often than not can exacerbate this, and help it morph into self-loathing. Barely a day seems to pass when we read of someone who has taken his own life because of an inner despair.

But in the apparent ‘contradiction’ of events like today’s in the life of Our Lord, we might see a glimmer – to become the strongest ray of bright sunlight – of the hope for Israel that Simeon spoke of. God knows what He is about; He has made us for Himself, and we have inestimable value because of this.

Let us persevere with patience, as spoken about in Friday’s Mass readings, in our journey with and towards Christ in His Church. Despite the worst confusions, He will, can, and already has, made perfect sense of it all.