Mass of Thanksgiving for the Dominican Sisters

2015 06 27_4532_edited-3On Saturday 27th June 2015 Hemel Hempstead parishioners came together in the Church of St Mary and St Joseph to celebrate the work of the Sisters through 60 years of their presence in the Convent in Boxmoor.

We were delighted that more than 20 of the Sisters were able to join us for the Mass celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington.  Both the Bishop and Fr John paid tribute to the outstanding work of the Sisters in our Catholic Schools, in parish pastoral work and in the hospitality extended by the convent as a venue for so many parish activities.

Sister Ann, Congregation Prioress, responded saying how very difficult, though necessary, the decision to close the convent had been and acknowledged the resulting great sadness felt by both Sisters and parishioners.  However, she added, that both the Sisters as well as parishioners had gained so much during this period and she was sure that the many strong links and friendships would continue for years to come.

2015 06 27_4528_edited-1The Sisters then joined parishioners in a very packed parish centre for light refreshments and a chance to catch up with the news.  The hall was alive with conversation and laughter.

Indeed an occasion to remember!