Sharing a Vocation . . .
We, the Benedictine nuns of Howton Grove Priory, Hereford (formerly, Holy Trinity Monastery, East Hendred), invite you to explore this web site to learn something about the monastic way of life.
For fifteen hundred years Benedictine monks and nuns have been seeking God through lives of prayer and service. In every generation that tradition has to be realised anew. Today we unite with us in the search for God all who touch our lives in some way:
- those joined to us by a special bond as Oblates, Associates and Friends;
- those who share our life as guests;
- the blind, visually impaired and housebound who make use of our Veilaudio service;
- those who surf our pages anonymously or ask our prayers through the Prayerline.
About the Mobile Site
This is the mobile version of our site, optimized for use on iPhones and most Android devices. You can use the Viewer Interface tab in the top right hand corner to access the menu. If you press on 'home', for example, a sub menu of four more pages will open up. If you press on Vocation, a sub-menu of six pages will open, and so on.
To speed load times, not all the content on the desktop version is available here. We have reduced but not eliminated the use of Flash: to see some content you will still need a Flash-enabled device (but we're working on it.) If you are using a tablet computer you may prefer to use the desktop version at www.benedictinenuns.org.uk
These have a dedicated web site at http://www.onlineretreats.org
Colophon and iBenedictines
Our old blog was called Colophon and had grown too big and unwieldy to be continued in its original form. We have retained it as an archive on our desktop site with an unchanged structure and permalinks, so you should still be able to find items you have bookmarked. You can reach it by going through the blog page, where you will also find a link to our new blog, iBenedictines, at its standalone address, www.ibenedictines.org. iBenedictines has been optimized for use on small screens.
Holy Trinity Monastery, St Mary's Road, East Hendred, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8LF.
+44 (0)1235 833269.
Incorporation of the Charity
In January 2011 Holy Trinity Monastery was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Act 2006 with the number 7487215. In September 2011 the company was registered as a Charity by the Charity Commission with the number 1144001. It is intended that all the assets of Holy Trinity Monastery Charitable Trust, Registered Charity No. 1108284, should pass to the charitable company. When the process is complete, we shall operate under the company name as Registered Charity No. 1144001.
the Lord shows us the way of life.
We have moved!
At the end of May 2012 we left East Hendred and came here, to Howton Grove, Herefordshire, where we have purchased a lovely barn conversion on the edge of the Golden Valley.
Over the next few months we shall tell you more about the change and what it means. We continue to be dedicated to the Holy Trinity, so our community will continue to be the community of Holy Trinity Monastery but, in accordance with Benedictine custom, we are taking the name of the place to which we have come. Accordingly, the barn will henceforth be known as Howton Grove Priory.
We have come to an area rich in history and natural beauty. There are good Cistercian antecedents at Abbey Dore, just a couple of miles away; Kilpeck is on our doorstep, while those with Celtic connections will be interested to know that Wormbridge, our postal town, means 'bridge over the dark water.'
We hope to have a new website ready for use within a few months. In the meantime, we are updating some sections with current information. We apologize for the piecemeal nature of the updates, but it is a question of doing what we can, as we can, to give effect to all the plans for development that have had to be put on hold during the past three years. So, expect some exciting things in the future!
We have been pleased to welcome a few resident reatreants to the monastery, but please note that we shall not be receiving any more until after the end of June. We have a postulant entering in June (D.V.) and it is important that she has a few weeks of relative quiet in which to find her feet. We shall post details of availability in due course. The community will be endeavouring to make its annual retreat between now and Denise's arrival.
For the time being, we are hoping to continue to run Veilaudio from Hendred with the help of our wonderful team of volunteers.