Today is the 200th anniversary of the death of one of our Prioresses – Mother Teresa Joseph Johnson. She was elected at the beginning of the French Revolution (our community was in Paris at the time ), and brought our community through imprisonment and near starvation and back home to England. Sixteen sisters survived those terrible times, including lay sisters and a postulant.

At this time the sisters had to carry their vows with them so we are fortunate to have Mother Teresa’s vows – written on vellum – and some of the letters she wrote. Sr Benedict, our archivist, has been showing some of these precious things to us at recreation and they are wonderful to see.

We are very aware that without our brave sisters we would not be here today to carry on our life and traditions and would not be writing to you today.

May they rest in peace.