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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mother Mary David Totah on 28th August 2017 after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Philadelphia as Michele Frieda Totah of an Arab Catholic family, originally from Ramallah near Bethlehem, and grew up in America. She gave up a promising academic career to enter our Community and her literary works as a Benedictine include The Spirit of Solesmes (1997) which was republished by Grace Wing in 2016 , In the Heart of Christ (2010), and a chapter in Walled about with God (2005) which was published in both English and French. Her writings also include CTS articles: Confirmation (2004), Deepening Prayer (2006), Christian Fasting (2012) and A Divine Gift: the Consecrated Life (2014) translated into French. Her final publication, a few months before her death, was a booklet to accompany In Manus Tuas, the Compline CD produced by the Community in 2017.  She made a marked impression on our Community in her positions as Novice Mistress, and then of Prioress. Obituaries appeared in the Times and The Daily Telegraph.  



On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 14th September, Sister Mary Benedict  made her First Profession. It was a joyful occasion for the Community as well as her family and friends who came from far and wide to be with us. Sister M Benedict comes from the Diocese of Cork and has two aunts in the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity, both of whom were with us for the event. Father Abbot Xavier Perrin of Quarr Abbey received  her vows and preached a beautiful homily based on the glory of the Cross with special reference to the Celtic Cross


On the 5th August we had the pleasure of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Sister Catherine Horrigan. Her large family came from far and wide to be present for the celebratory Mass which was presided by Abbot Xavier Perrin of Quarr Abbey. For many years Sister Catherine had served the Community as Novice Mistress and at the end of our recreation with the Horrigan family, there was a photo call of all those who had been through her hands. It was a most joyful occasion.


On the 7th October Sister Gertrude celebrated her Silver Jubilee. It was the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and Father Abbot Xavier Perrin preached a beautiful homily on the rose as symbol of this well loved devotion. Sister Gertrude’s cousin, Brother Joseph Curran who is Sub Prior at Pluscarden Abbey joined us for the occasion, collecting his parents en route. 


   We have made this CD for the many people who have asked us for a recording to help them pray Compline in groups or at home.


As the day draws to a close we pray the Office of Compline, which has the quiet, intimate character of bedtime prayer.  We give thanks for the day, confess our need of God’s care and affirm our trust in and reliance upon Him.  According to ancient monastic custom, the great silence begins after Compline and lasts until the following morning.  At the end of Compline we entrust ourselves to the maternal protection of the Mother of God.  This booklet includes a commentary on each track and contains a special meditation on Praying the Psalms of Compline.   

Price £7 each

Enlarging the Heart. This is a presentation of Daily Readings with commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict. The Novice Mistress will be covering the whole Rule in three-monthly cycles. This commentary is similar to the teaching which is given to the novices every day, but the wisdom of the Rule is a gift for everyone. We began this with the Prologue on 2nd May 2013.

You will find the RB Commentary page on the drop down menu under Community Life. Or click here to go straight to the page.

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Abbey apple launched by Frank P Matthews, the UK's largest producer of British grown fruit and ornamental trees. 

"It's a mystery.. . Not too long ago, one little tree- with no name and of unknown origin was gifted to Saint Cecilia's Abbey in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Benedictine nuns took in this little orphan without hesitation and planted it in their beautiful and peaceful walled gardens overlooking Solent, where it grew undisturbed in fertile soil. In this quiet and safe haven the tree flourished and soon produced the most stunning spring blossom, followed be a bumper harvest of exceptional apples in late autumn."

(From Frank P Matthews, Trees for Life Catalogue)

All Garden Centres and some good mail order companies that stock ‘Frank P Matthews Trees for life’ branded trees will be offering this variety and also for those who are local that are unable to find a stockist it is possible to contact The Tree Shop at Frank P Matthews for direct mail order supply.

Tel 01584 812800.

Charitable donations from the sale of every Little Pax tree will be made to St Cecilia's Abbey. 

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