WHILE PRAYING on this Vocations Sunday that many may respond to the Call of Christ, the Tyburn Nuns are offering special prayers of thanksgiving to God for their nine novices.
These novices come from all parts of England: Durham, Liverpool, Telford, Leamington Spa, Hereford, London; from Scotland, France and Singapore. Their age group is as varied as their previous occupations, which include science teacher, social workers, nursery teacher and factory worker.
The Novitiate has been extended to accommodate the nine novices and those who come to live-in' for a few days or weeks to assess their calling. The latter find this experience helpful, as do the commmunity, in discerning whether or not God is calling them to the contemplative monastic life as lived by the Tyburn Nuns.
This life is devoted to the praise and worship of the Blessed Trinity, through the Heart of Jesus living in the Eucharist. It is a life of total consecration to the Sacred Heart which is made strong and vibrant through the Rule of St Tyburn Benedict which the sisters follow.
The Tyburn Nuns have four monasteries: the Mother House at Tyburn Convent, 8 Hyde Park Place, near Marble Arch, London; St Benedict's Priory, Wadhurst, Sussex; Tyburn Priory, Riverstone, NSW, Australia; Monasterio del Sagrado Corazon, in the desert of Sechura, _Peru. Many women and girls go to any of these monasteries for a few days private retreat in the guest quarters, where they have time and a conducive atmosphere for prayer and meditation.
The community at Tyburn Priory, Australia, now at Riverstone near the Blue Mountains, are building a small monastic Church and guest rooms for private retreatants, and eventually it is hoped, cells to accommodate the growing novitiate which numbers five novices, one junior and several aspirants.
In Sechura, Peru, where the sisters have built a monastery with novitiate, guest rooms for retreatants, and a simple but lovely monastic Church, they live out their enclosed contemplative life in the heart of the desert. They are proud to have two perpetually Professed Peruvian sisters, and have several girls about to enter or live in.
The Tyburn Nuns, Benedictine Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of Montmartre, are a supranational 'Congregation. There have always been many different nationalities amongst them. In keeping with their supranational vocation and in the spirit of their foundress, Mother Adele Gamier, they aspire to spread far and wide. This depends on an increase of vocations which they pray the Lord of the harvest to grant them in his own good time.