Entering Religious Life

Brother Leo


This is Brother Leo.


He is a Franciscan Friar.




This means that he is a follower of St Francis. You can always tell a follower of St Francis by the cord around his or her waist. It is an important clue to watch out for in finding out what community someone belongs to.

When Br Leo was a teenager he met some friars on the streets helping the poor. He was so struck by their kindness that he decided then and there that he wanted to be just like them. He prayed and prayed and his heart became totally centred on God until one day he was ready to enter the order.





Br Leo lives in a friary with a small community of brothers, they spend their evening here and pray together but during the day they are out and about.


Br Leo is an active religious brother, this means he spends his day actively in the world spreading God’s kingdom by looking after the poor and speaking to them about Jesus.

 Br Leo works on the streets helping the homeless and in a soup kitchen making sure they get something to eat. In loving the poor Br Leo knows he is really showing his love for Jesus, because, he remembers it says in the Gospel ‘whatever you do to the least of these you do to me.’



Br Leo is still a novice in his community, he is in formation, this means he has a novice master who teachers him how to live as a religious brother and live out the vows he will make. Br Leo is very excited about becoming a professed brother and he is praying that he will become a true follower of St Francis, by being obedient, poor and loving towards God and neighbour.

Br Leo has been in this friary for two years, as a member of an active religious order, this means that he can be asked by his Father Superior to move to any friary at anytime. This is part of his vow of poverty, calling no place his home. He could be asked to move to New York, London, Canada Australia or even New Zealand, and he would willingly leave everything and go because he knows that God’s will is made known to him through his Superior.

As well as working with the poor, an important part of Br Leo’s day is Holy Mass and the saying of the Divine Office. It is at Holy Mass that Br Leo receives Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Consecrated Host, this is where he gets all his energy from, the energy he needs to spread God’s Good News in the world each day. 
It is like going to the service station and filling up the car with fuel so that you can drive for miles and miles, from London to Scotland if you wish. Br Leo fills up on Christ to help him spread ‘The Good News’ the whole day long.


So now you know Br Leo. This week is Holy Week and I pray that you will have a very holy week thinking about Jesus and all He has done for us. 

Have a joyful Easter and I will see you back here in two weeks time to introduce you to Sr Charity. Can you guess what community she is from? 







Until then, remember we are praying for you. Sr Anežka. 

Br Teilo the Monk!


This is Brother Teilo.

He is a Monk.









When Br Teilo was young he heard the voice of God in his heart, calling him to live a very special life of prayer and to love Jesus with all his heart.

Br Teilo lives in a monastery, it is a walled area which encloses his home, chapel and grounds, it is made like this so that Br Teilo and his brother can concentrate on God and prayer.


Br Teilo works in the garden of the monastery, he tries to be very prayerful while he works, and puts great love into all he does. The garden flourishes under his care.



Br Teilo has left the monastery only once in the 10 years that he has been there. It was when he had to go to hospital after he broke his arm falling of the garden ladder. Br Teilo doesn’t go home to his parents for holidays or go to the movies at the weekend, he spends his whole life living, working and praying in the monastery.


Br Teilo has a beautiful singing voice which he uses for the glory of God. He sings the divine office in choir with his brother monks. (Psalms and prayers said 7 times a day.)




Br Teilo is also a priest and has the privilege of celebrating mass each day at a little altar in the monastery church.


Br Teilo gets very sleepy when he gets up at midnight to pray with his brothers but he knows that it is worth it because he is asking God to help all the people throughout the world who are in need.

Being a brother in a community of brothers, makes Br Teilo part of one great big family. They all try to love and care for each other even though they come from many different countries and backgrounds. They know that in trying to live in harmony together they help to bring a little more peace into the world. Br Teilo is from Australia and has left his country to be part of this community.


Br Teilo has taken solemn vows, this means he has promised God that he will remain in this community for the rest of his life. Br Teilo has promised to live the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience forever.




So, now that you know Br Teilo and understand a bit about his life as a monk, maybe you would like to meet his friend Br Leo, the Friar. Come back next week to hear about what Brother Leo gets up to all day. Until then, remember we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.

Consecrated life.

We discovered last week that we, as baptised people are a Consecrated people, belonging to God. Belonging not just anybody but to God. Yes, this is a very reassuring thought isn’t it? So what then is Consecrated Life?

Well, consecrated life is when you live your life for God, well that’s easy, anyone can do that! But, in a very special way Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Monks and Nuns live their lives for God. To these consecrated people, God is everything, Jesus is their one goal in life and doing Jesus’ will is their only aim. We must remember though that all Priests, Sisters and Brothers are still human and can make mistakes. We all are striving for sainthood and holiness together. 

Consecrated people are made over to the services of God and neighbour, their lives are centred on Jesus. They make three vows Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, they tell the world, like St Paul, “It is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me.”


This means that the Consecrated person tries to live, being constantly aware of the presence of Jesus within them.

  • ·      Being poor, does not always means going hungry, but trusting that God will provide for all their needs.
  • ·      Being chaste, means having one’s mind centred on God. This also means that they, for the sake of God’s kingdom and His Glory remain single, taking neither husband nor wife and have no children.
  • ·      Being obedient, does not mean that the Consecrated person acts as a robot, doing what they are told, No! It is that they allow God’s will for their lives to be made known to them through their Abbess, Abbot, Bishop or Superior.

The Consecrated try to carry out all for the Glory of Jesus’ name. We can all do this but a Mum or Dad and even you will probably need to think about more worldly things, like your family and school. A Consecrated Life, a Religious Life is centred on Jesus and this enables them to see our world in the light of Jesus. 


Each one of us is called to live a special life and live it for Jesus and with Jesus. It may be in Marriage, Religious Life, Priesthood or Single Life, whatever it is, Jesus should be at the centre, so that we can grow in love daily and not be selfish. Jesus should be our all.

In this year of Consecrated Life, let’s remember especially all those who live the vows of Poverty Chastity and Obedience.



Next week we will meet Br Teilo the monk, and see how he lives his Consecrated Life. Until then, remember we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.

Where do you live?


Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to meet Jesus? What about if you were the first person to follow Him? St Andrew knew what this felt like. He is the patron saint of Scotland and his feast is on the 30th November.

Andrew was at first a follower of John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin. Andrew was obviously looking for the truth and wanted to follow God. When he heard John the Baptist say “ behold the Lamb of God” (referring to Jesus), Andrew got up and ran after Jesus, asking, “where do you live?”
I have often thought and pondered over this question, ‘where do you live?’ Have you ever thought that where a person lives tells you a lot about the person. I live in a monastery, this can tell you a lot about me. It tells you that I am a nun and that I am a Poor Clare. When someone lives on a farm or in a house or on the 10th floor of a city apartment, this tells you a bit about them and their lives.

So you can understand that Andrew is trying to figure out who Jesus is. How does Jesus respond to Andrews’s question? He says “Come and see.” Jesus isn’t going to tell Andrew who He is, Andrew has to see and decide for himself who Jesus is and what Jesus means to him. We too are told to ‘come and see’, to see who Jesus is and decide who He is to us. Does He show Himself to you to be kind, loving, the Lamb on the throne, the meek one, the King? It’s an interesting thought to think about.

This day is special for me, because it is the day I entered Religious Life. On this day, 5 years ago, I arrived at an English airport from New Zealand, to start my new life as a Poor Clare. When I came I was coming to see, trying to discover who Jesus was for me. What did I find? I found that He is the Lamb and I follow Him, I am His bride.

Without knowing it at the time, I was asking Jesus like St Andrew did “where do you live?” and Jesus didn’t say ‘here’ or ‘there’ or anything but, I knew the answer and could say ‘it is here that you live.’ We all need to discover where Jesus is waiting for us. He is waiting for you in a very special place, just for you to discover. No one else can find Him where you can. It could be in the garden, in a friend, in a game, or, for someone, He could be waiting, like He was waiting for me, in a Religious house, in Religious Life. Maybe He is waiting here, for you at Ty Mam Duw
Where are you going to find Jesus today? Why don’t you ask, with St Andrew, ‘where do you live?’
‘COME AND SEE.’
See you next week for our first Advent blog, and with Christmas just around the corner I think it is time for a story about St Nic. Until then remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka