Last weekend was the 60th anniversary of Mother Abbess Clothing – from which we take our age in community here at Colwich. We kept it quietly as a community over 2 days, beginning the day before with greetings, tea and a sing-song. We had 3 priests concelebrating Mass on the day itself which was beautiful and followed by the cake cutting in the parlour with the priests, the community and a few of the congregation – unfortunately the camera batteries chose that moment to run out so i missed catching it on digital though we do have it on non-digital, which means i can’t share that moment with you. We did have festive recreations and watched a wonderful video in the afternoon too.Sr Benedict writes…
Mother Abbess Gertrude Baker has just celebrated her Diamond Jubilee as a nun. She was Clothed as a novice in 1948 at St Scholastica’s Priory, Atherston, Warwrickshire ( our daugher house) and moved to Colwich when her community amalgamated with St Mary’s Abbey in 1967. She was born in 1926 at Cobh, County Cork ( previously known as Queenstown, it is the place that the Titanic sailed from), but she came to England with her family whilst in her teens.
Mother was first elected Abbess of Colwich in 1994 and re-elected in 2006. Before becoming Abbess she served in most of the offices of the house and was responsible in particular for developing the apostolate of hospitality. She is a well-loved Mother, not only in our community but also in the wider world of our English Benedictine Congregation and the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Ad Multos Annos!
We do indeed love our Mother very much and thank her for all she has given to us. We hope you will join us in wishing her many more happy years. Ad Multos Annos indeed!!! Pax