During the nine days before the Mass we were united in prayer with our Sisters worldwide as we prayed and reflected on our story from the foundation of the Congregation on 15th October 1650 in Le Puy in France, through to the present day. This story was displayed visually at the back of the Chapel so that the many visitors who joined us that day could have a glimpse of our fascinating history and we ourselves could recall different moments of that story.
Our Indian Sisters brought us a replica of the ship on which those early Sisters set sail from India and that took pride of place in the display.
A pair of old shoes beside a milestone recalled the many miles our early Sisters walked each week to give catechism classes, while the mini-school room reminded us of the emphasis placed on basic education.
The Sisters from the Generalate presented us with a magnolia tree which has now been planted in the Abbey gardens.