Sr Beatrix's Vocation Story

This is Sr Mary Beatrix of the Holy Cross

She is one of our Portress'. 
You may have meet her at our door. 
Let's listen to what sister has to tell us about her journey to God.

Most of our work is quite ordinary but sometimes we meet a new challenge.

Mother had thought about keeping bees when a gardener told her that our garden was ideal for the purpose.  At the time I volunteered to look after them, if Mother thought it was a good idea.  I did not know the first thing about bees but I was not afraid of the little creatures.

Shortly after, we were offered two hives complete with bees so this was taken as an indication that we were meant to start beekeeping.

The hives arrived late one evening and were set in position at the end of the garden. 

Some time later that summer I removed a Super from the hive, put it on the wheelbarrow, and walked towards the Monastery and then to the other side of the building.  The bees wanted their honey and followed me, but as they fly in straight lines they thought they would take a short cut through the cloister.  Fortunately the windows were closed but they tried hard to enter.  The only way to persuade them to return home was to collect the wheelbarrow and return the super to the bottom of the garden and the bees followed.

Much later that evening when it was dark and the bees were in their hive, I was able to collect the Super and take it to the other side of the Monastery to extract the honey. 

Sometimes one has to learn the hard way.

My motto of life is: “Through the Cross to the Light”.


It was on the 11th February 1858 that a beautiful Lady first appeared to a young girl called Bernadette. It was at the entrance to a cave in a little town in France called Lourdes. This beautiful Lady we now know is ‘The Immaculate Conception’ and truly is our Mother in heaven, Mary Mother of God. She wore a white dress and a light blue sash around her waist, there were two lovely golden roses on her feet and a white flowing veil covered her head. Hanging from her hands was a Rosary and the beautiful Lady encouraged Bernadette to pray the Rosary with her. This she did and the Lady asked Bernadette to pray for the world and tell others to pray for the world too.

On another day when she appeared to Bernadette Our Mother Mary pointed to a spot near where Bernadette was kneeling and told her to scratch at the ground which she did. From this spot gushed a spring of water which is still flowing today. People drink, bathe and bless themselves with this water. Many have been cured from all types of illnesses through this very water and Mother Mary’s prayers. More important than being healed in body is being healed in spirit, many have been brought back to the faith and come to know Jesus through Our Lady of Lourdes prayers and these waters.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother Mary, asks us to pray, to do penance and to believe in Jesus, her Son.

Let us learn from St Bernadette’s example and do all that Our Lady of Lourdes asks of us, praying for the world and coming closer to Jesus. Maybe today you could ask someone to pray the Rosary with you. Hail Mary of Grace, bring us to Jesus. Amen. Know that we are praying the Rosary for you today. Sr Anežka