We are in Herefordshire now!
At the end of May 2012 we left East Hendred and came here, to Howton Grove, Herefordshire, where we have purchased a lovely barn conversion on the edge of the Golden Valley.
We continue to be dedicated to the Holy Trinity, so our community will continue to be the community of Holy Trinity Monastery but, in accordance with Benedictine custom, we are taking the name of the place to which we have come. Accordingly, the barn will henceforth be known as Howton Grove Priory (our working name) while the community remains Holy Trinity Monastery (our name in civil law, at the bank, etc.)
We have come to an area rich in history and natural beauty. There are good Cistercian antecedents at Abbey Dore, just a couple of miles away; Kilpeck is on our doorstep, while those with Celtic connections will be interested to know that Wormbridge, our postal town, means 'bridge over the dark water.'
We shall have a new website ready for use when we can. In the meantime, we are updating some sections with current information. We apologize for the piecemeal nature of the updates, but it is a question of doing what we can, as we can.
There are photos of the new monastery on our Facebook page.
We have been pleased to welcome a few resident retreatants to the monastery, but please note that we shall not be receiving any more until later in 2014. The prioress has had to have a couple of operations and is now receiving further intensive treatment, so until she is back to normal, it is unfair both to guests and the community to have visitors staying overnight. Days of recollection and daytime visits can be arranged as hitherto.
Sharing a Vocation . . .We, the Benedictine nuns of Holy Trinity Monastery, formerly at East Hendred, now at Howton Grove Priory in Herefordshire, invite you to explore this web site to learn something about the monastic way of life.
For fifteen hundred years Benedictine monks and nuns have been seeking God through lives of prayer and service. In every generation that tradition has to be realised anew. Today we unite with us in the search for God all who touch our lives in some way:
- those joined to us by a special bond as Oblates, Associates and Friends;
- those who share our life as guests;
- the blind, visually impaired and housebound who make use of our Veilaudio service;
- those who surf our pages anonymously or ask our prayers through the Prayerline.
How to get the best from this siteIf you click on any of the items in the main menu at the top of the page, another page will open with a submenu down the left-hand side. Each item there will lead you to another page. If you wish to search for a particular item, please use the search box in the sidebar. There is also a comprehensive site map.
You can return to the home page at any time by clicking on the Holy Trinity Monastery logo.
Mobile web siteIf you are using a mobile device, you should be automatically redirected to the mobile version of this site which is optimized for use on small screens. If you prefer to type in the domain yourself, the address is www.benedictinenuns.net.
Online RetreatsThese have a dedicated web site at www.onlineretreats.org (link opens in new window).
Blogs: Colophon and iBenedictinesOur old blog was called Colophon and had grown too big and unwieldy to be continued in its original form. We have retained it as an archive with an unchanged structure and permalinks, so you should still be able to find items you have bookmarked. You can reach it by going through the blog page, where you will also find a link to our new blog, iBenedictines. iBenedictines can be read on this site or at its standalone address, www.ibenedictines.org. There is also a version optimized for use on small screens. In November 2013 iBenedictines was awarded the Christian New Media 'Blogger of the Year' prize.
the Lord shows us the way of life.