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As the name Mater Ecclesiae implies our role is that of ‘mothering the Church’, that is providing help where it is needed, according to local needs and our capabilities.

Since 1982 the Sisters have accomplished this in a very wide variety of tasks. Our recent activities include:

  • Sharing prayer time:

    Fr Malcolm celebrating Mass in chapel Parishioners and visitors are invited to join us for Mass, a daily period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Christian Meditation and First Friday vigils. We also provide talks to church and other gatherings, present Catholic Faith Exploration video programmes, and take part regularly in ecumenical prayer and discussion groups.

    We have participated in rehabilitation courses, such as Sycamore Tree, for young offenders, organised courses and discussion groups about prayer and the Sacraments for adult offenders, and prayed with those in prison suffering depression and isolation from their families, especially mothers of young children.

    We pray with and for our families, friends, visitors, Associates, benefactors, those who ask for prayers and all who are in need of prayer.

  • Visiting:

    Sr Marie-Celine taking a meal to Stephen We visit residents in local care homes and take Holy Communion to Catholics, visit the sick and housebound and provide for the needs of disabled persons.

    For those we are unable to visit personally, such as priests in missions abroad, also long-term prisoners, we provide support by correspondence.

  • Hospitality:

    Function room at Mater Ecclesiae We are pleased to offer hospitality to individuals and groups, to those discerning their future vocation; for carers or individuals who require a quiet day or a few days respite from busy lives, or who wish to have a private retreat; for parish groups, deanery meetings of priests; diocesan meetings for catechists, and ecumenical courses.

In keeping with our concern for the environment, sustainable and aesthetically sensitive solutions have been utilised in new building projects by our master builder and estate manager, Mr Eddie Smith. These projects include geothermal heating in the chapel and adjoining rooms, an air source heat pump for new accommodation, effluent treatment utilising natural micro-organisms, and new tree planting for fuel purposes.