Greetings from the Community

Published by in News on July 8th, 2011

Easter Homily

Published by in Uncategorized on May 7th, 2014

10274304_10152049291540583_3928605323359311789_aBishop David Hope’s Easter Homily can be read here.

Costock Chroicle

The 2013 issue of the Costock Chronicle is now available HERE.

Life Profession












Tuesday 6th August, the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, saw the Profession in Life Vows of Sister Mary Catherine, during the Conventual Mass.

The former Archbishop of York, Dr David Hope, presided at the Rite and was assisted by Canon Gavin Kirk (the Warden) and Canon Kenenth Court (Chaplain).

About 80 people attended the joyful occasion which was rounded off by a wonderful celebratory lunch.

To read the Homily from Archbishop David click here.

SSC at Gordon Square

Published by in Uncategorized on March 7th, 2013

Reverend Mother Mary Luke preached the homily at the Church of Christ the King in Gordon Square London on 28th February 2013.  The occasion was the Installation of Fr Kit Dunkley as Master General and Fr Nicholas Spicer as Master Provincial of the Society of the Holy Cross.  Around 600 SSC priests were present and some of the CHC sisters and several other Religious were also able to share in what was an impressive and uplifting occasion.


Her homily can be read here

or you can listen to it here

Vocations and Alongsiders

Here are two links to documents provided by the Community regarding Vocations to the Religious Life and also the process of being an Alongsider.



The Dedication of the Church and Blessing of the Convent and other buildings.

The high point of the year was undoubtedly the 14th July when our visitor, the Rt Rev’d Dr David Hope, dedicated our conventual church and blessed the convent and other buildings. The 14th July has traditionally always been the date of our Dedication, being our foundress, Mother Elizabeth Neale’s birthday. Last year we were still in the throes of unpacking, the guest house wasn’t ready and as we still wished to keep the festival on the 14th July we had to wait for another year. It was a hard job deciding whom to invite as the church is not quite the same size as Southwell Minster! In the end we managed to squeeze 93 guests in, though a few had to sit outside the west door. Sr Mary Cuthbert came down from Yorkshire and Sr Mary Hannah came back from Korea for a month for the ceremony so we were all here for the first time since a year ago last May.  Religious from a number of Anglican Communities came and also some Roman Catholic friends and neighbours from Mount St Bernard Abbey and the Franciscan Sisters from Melton.

Bishop David was assisted by our Warden, Canon Gavin Kirk, and Honorary Chaplain, Canon Kenneth Court. Thanks to a suggestion from the Dean of Southwell Minster, the Ven John Guille, our singing was augmented by four members of the Minster Chorale: Margaret Gale, Angela Ashwin, Helen Mather and Susan Dawson, who had to learn some Latin plainsong having never sung it before. Accompaniment was provided by Aric Prentice, the director of music at Lincoln Minster. I think we can say the celebration was wonderful, made even better by, after weeks of rain, the sun coming out after Mass allowing us to eat lunch out in the garden.

More photos from the day can be seen here

The service booklet can be seen here

Sermon given by Rt Rev’d Dr David Hope

Concert by 8ctave

Published by in News on March 26th, 2012

A concert was held at the convent on Friday 23rd March.

8ctave is a singing ensemble made up entirely of Clergy from the Diocese of Leicester

The programme for the evening can be accessed here and photos are here.

New Spirituality Meditations

Published by in News on March 15th, 2012

Five more meditations have been added to the Spirituality section of our Publications page:
Christmas 1982
The Glory of the Cross
Seek ye my face
Nothing but the love of Jesus


Published by in News on March 15th, 2012

Green Action: Implications of Monastic Life for the Ecology & Wildlife at Holy Cross has been posted in the Green Things section.

Wildlife Walks

Published by in News on February 27th, 2012

A leaflet showing walks around the grounds and clues as to what one might see at various times of the year is now available by following this link.

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