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 but, in accordance with Benedictine custom, we have taken the name of the place to which we have come. Accordingly, the barn is now 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.'
Our new website was almost ready to be launched but the publication of Cor Orans, a new Instruction concerning contemplative women’s communities, has rendered some of the information we give out of date. In particular, we draw your attention to the fact that formation is now extended from five and a half years to a minimum of nine and may extend to twelve.
There are several photos of the new monastery on our Facebook page, in the album called 'Holy Trinity Monastery'.
We have ben pleased to welcome resident retreatants to the monastery, but regret that we are unable to accept guests who arrive without making arrangements beforehand — the prioress is unwell and it is not fair to either guests or the community to have visitors when she is having chemotherapy. There is a B & B next door for those who wish to stay only one or two nights or use Wormbridge as a stop-over, Days of recollection (with or without talks from the community) are available as hitherto, and of course, we will always do our best to make you welcome!
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. The following pages will give you some idea of how we are trying to do that. It is a work in progress, as our lives are.
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;
- 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 side of the page, a submenu will open beneath. 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, there is a mobile version of this site which is optimized for use on small screens. As some browsers are currently scrambling the code which should automatically redirect you, please use this address www.benedictinenuns.net to access it. The mobile version doesn’t contain quite as much detail as the desktop site but hopefully enough to whet your appetite for more.
Online RetreatsThese have a dedicated web site at www.onlineretreats.org which is currently offline as it is being updated with new material.
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.