S T C U T H B E R T ’ S H O U S E Hermitage of the Diocese of Nottingham
Dear Friends and Family.
The SCH move anticipated in my previous newsletter has actually happened!
In the event, although it felt like an eternity, the whole transfer, from conception to moving date was completed in less than 5 months and I moved to Sheffield in the middle of August. I bought the first bungalow I viewed, next to the hospital, opposite a nature reserve (wooded) and round the corner from another one (ponded), with 4 more municipal parks within Mr-
I discovered very quickly that my new neighbourhood is predominantly Muslim in culture. We don’t have the Adhan calling the faithful to prayer, but there is no missing the streams of white-
I am thoroughly enjoying the sounds and sights of busyness around the area – traffic, hospital visitors, buses, dog walkers, builders (not mine), sirens, even the occasional emergency helicopter! This is all very different to my previous rural existence, and I am slowly working out how to do “hermitage” in the middle of it all. Sitting in my tiny prayer room in the early morning, listening to the rest of the world heading off to work fills me with an immense sense of gratitude, and I feel very privileged to be able to live in this way.
I am also enjoying exploring the Sheffield bus network, with direct routes to catch up with friends in the “posh” end of town, and just a couple of buses out to support my parents on the outskirts of the city. It is a luxury to be able to hail a bus without days of planning beforehand! Super-
My three favourite quirky things about my new home:
1. I have a tiny forest glen tucked into the back corner of my garden: I have invested in an industrial grade shredder so I can shred and make mulch to my heart’s content.
2. The loftspace is entirely kitted out with pine cladding and reclaimed kitchen cupboard doors (also pine but sans cupboards). The abundance of various antenna & communication points, suggests previous occupants might have had an ambition towards bond-
3. I can clean all the carpets in the bungalow without ever having to move the vacuum cleaner plug! One of life’s little frustrations quietly annihilated. Hoorah!
I hope 2018 was a good year for you too. If it has been more difficult, then please be assured of my continued prayers and the prayers of all the Church. The prayers of the faithful are held before God at least twice every day wherever the consecrated Church has taken root. To everyone: the happy and the sad, the weary and the hopeful, the troubled and the joyful, I wish you all the newness of Life and Love offered this Christmas: God is with us.
Love and prayers
Rachel (Erem. Dio.*)
*Notts/Hallam status not quite resolved yet! Erem. Dio. stands for eremita dioecesanus – diocesan hermit. It is a standard term for all hermits professed under Canon 603 but does not make specific reference to the diocese of affiliation.
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|About the hermitage|
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|Rule of Life|
|How to be a Hermit|
|Solemn Profession Photo Gallery|
|Photos by Carlo Bevilacqua|
|Photos by Fabio|
|SCH through the seasons|
|The Seven Joys of Hermitage 1|
|Ponderings into Solitude 1|
|Easter Garden 1|
|On being poorly 1|
|The Seven Joys of Hermitage 2|
|The Seven Joys of Hermitage 3|
|The Seven Joys of Hermitage 4|
|The Seven Joys of Hermitage 5|
|The Seven Joys of Hermitage 6|
|The Seven Joys of Hermitage 7|
|Ponderings into Solitude 2|
|Ponderings into Solitude 3|
|Ponderings into Solitude 4|
|Ponderings into Solitude 5|
|Ponderings into Solitude 6|
|Easter Garden 2|
|Easter Garden 3|
|Easter Garden 4|
|Easter Garden 5|
|Easter Garden 6|
|Easter Garden 7|
|Easter Garden 8|
|On being poorly 2|
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