Search

Religious community finds a new home near Dereham

PUBLISHED: 11:12 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:30 10 January 2018

Sr Camilla Oberding, left, with the sisters of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham at the new convent near Dereham. Picture: COLW

Sr Camilla Oberding, left, with the sisters of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham at the new convent near Dereham. Picture: COLW

COLW

The newest religious community in the country has just received the keys to its very first convent – a converted barn complex near Dereham.

The new convent near Dereham for the Community of our Lady of Walsingham.  Picture: COLW The new convent near Dereham for the Community of our Lady of Walsingham. Picture: COLW

With its monastic features including cloisters, double staircase and upstairs loft that makes a beautiful oratory, the sisters of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham (COLW) are settling in well to their new home which has been funded by benefactors and a loan from the Discalced Carmelite Fathers.

The house is also very eco-friendly, running on a biomass boiler, and has the running costs of a small terrace house.

Sister Camilla Oberding, leader of COLW, said: “It comes with four acres of grounds and a large outdoor barn, but is also surrounded by some moors so there is a peaceful solitude and silence that will really enable the community to live out its contemplative vocation.

“It is miraculously suited to our needs - so much better than all the other properties visited that it seemed to be made for us.”

The new house will be called the House of the Divine Will and the aim is not only to provide formation for novices there but also accompany young people discerning their vocation and support married couples and young families in the vocation they are already living, sharing with them the rich spirituality of Walsingham.

They are still fundraising to pay off the loan from the Carmelites and also to finish renovating the house so that a suitable library and chapel can be built.

The community was entrusted with a Carmelite library and this will be available for members of the public to access.

They will continue their work in Walsingham running the Dowry House Retreat Centre which opened last year and at the Catholic National Shrine.

As one of the new forms of consecration recognised by the church, an ecclesial family of consecrated life, they welcome women and men.

Dedicated to Our Lady of Walsingham they pray and work for the re-evangelisation of England and the western world.

* The community is also looking for a volunteer office administrator at the Dereham base so that they are freer to welcome visitors to the shrine and retreatants at Dowry House.

For further information visit www.walsinghamcommunity.org or call 01328 801019.

Other news

06:00

The mother of an RAF soldier who died in a motorcycle is taking on an unusual fundraising activity to raise money for the air cadets, an organisation she says helped to shape her son’s career.

The long May Bank Holiday weekend will see and interesting mix of weather, with humid conditions, heavy rain and a risk of thunderstorms.

09:02

For thousands of students around Norfolk and Suffolk, exams are fast approaching.

Yesterday, 18:00

The results of a survey distributed across a Norfolk seaside town show that residents oppose plans to redevelop a lifeboat memorial site, however the district council says they will continue to explore the idea.

Most Read

Yesterday, 18:00

The results of a survey distributed across a Norfolk seaside town show that residents oppose plans to redevelop a lifeboat memorial site, however the district council says they will continue to explore the idea.

Read more
Wells Town Council
09:02

For thousands of students around Norfolk and Suffolk, exams are fast approaching.

Read more
Mon, 17:40

A student from Norfolk had more than seven strokes after a night out and has now taken to YouTube to share her emotional story.

Read more
Twitter
06:00

The mother of an RAF soldier who died in a motorcycle is taking on an unusual fundraising activity to raise money for the air cadets, an organisation she says helped to shape her son’s career.

Read more
Netherlands
Yesterday, 11:30

A woman who has brought life-changing experiences to dozens of young people has been awarded the Fakenham Mayor’s Community Award.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter