Year for Consecrated life

Mother Damian's vocation story

We are Poor Clare sisters. We were founded by St Clare of Assisi over 800 years ago. We are a cloistered community, living a Gospel life, that is, putting prayer into our world.

Mother Damian is our Abbess, here at Ty Mam Duw. We are a community of 13 sisters.



When I entered I found life very different to the life I lived in the world. At first it was not easy,  postulants has many ups and downs. My first down was when I was sent to the laundry to help. The sisters started to pray the rosary and they asked me for a prayer intention and to start the next decade of the rosary. I was not use to praying with people and felt very out of place so I ran away, back to the noviciate, where I felt safe. 

Praying with other people was something I had to learn. Each of us when called has to learn something new. Even though I have had many experiences like this one, I have never thought of exchanging this life for another. My life here at Ty Mam Duw is one of daily service in very ordinary things.

My motto for life is:  Look up to heaven dear one, which calls us forward, for all things will be well in Jesus.


May you find a life that you would not exchange for all the gold in the world.

Back in Business!

Dear little Nesters,












Thank you so much for being patient in waiting for your next instalment on the ‘Consecrated Life’. I am happy to tell you that we are back in business!Most of the building and moving is now completed and the boxes unpacked. Thank you for your prayers for us and I hope you have remembered that you are in ours. Now let’s introduce you to Fr Michael.


This is Fr Michael.












He is a Diocesan Priest.
This means he trained in the seminary for a certain diocese (a region in the
church). He is under obedience to his Bishop and can be asked by him to 
move to any parish in the diocese.


           Fr Michael is the Parish Priest of St Lucy’s Catholic Church. This means he is responsible for that church and her parishioners. It is part of his vocation to say Holy Mass in the church during the week and most importantly on Sundays. He visits the sick of the parish and those who are housebound bringing them Holy Communion, hearing their confessions and anointing them.





Fr Michael is privileged to say the Holy Mass at the ceremony of those couples in his parish who are getting married. He baptises their babies and performs the funeral rites for those who have died. When he is not busy with administering the Sacraments of the Church (there are 7 sacraments of the church they are Baptism, Holy Communion, Confession, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and the Anointing of the sick)

Fr Michael makes sure the church buildings are kept tidy and in order. He organises a rota for parishioners to come and help out, sometimes he will get a duster and clean the pews.


Fr Michael takes marriage classes for couples wanting to get married, this is 
to make sure they understand how important the vows are, for marriage 
should be a lifelong commitment.

Fr Michael also runs classes for people who want to become Catholics. He 
teaches them about the Catholic Faith and prepares them for the Sacrament 
rof Baptism.


Fr Michael goes into the local school once a week to see 
the children and speak to them about God. It is 
important to Fr Michael to spread the Good 
News that Jesus loves them and he wants the young 
children grow to love Jesus with all their hearts.


Every Saturday Fr Michael goes to his local cricket club 
to play. As well as enjoying the sport, Fr Michael is also 
aware he is being a witness to the men he is playing with. 
They see that he enjoys the things they enjoy, that he is just an ordinary 
person with an extraordinary call, by being 
called to be a priest of God.

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.

You - Consecrated!

Consecrated – is a very big word and also a bit of a mouth full, so what does this complicated word actually mean?
Well the dictionary tells us that to consecrate is to make or declare something or someone sacred. This means, that it/they are consecrated to God and need to be treated as holy, that is, very special.


A church is a consecrated building, because it is God’s house, God’s home. When you go into your church do you treat it like your own bedroom or worse a football ground, pushing and shouting? No! When we go into a church we prepare ourselves, we put on our nice clothes, brush our hair, wash our face and walk into church quietly, knowing that God is there. We bless ourselves with the Holy water and genuflect or kneel before we sit down in a pew to pray.


Well, just as we can consecrate a building and say, “this room, this area, these four walls are for God and God’s use only”, we can consecrate people too. When a building is consecrated as a church a Bishop, Cardinal or Pope will pray over the building and bless it with Holy Water, thus making it ‘Holy’ to God. Well, Guess what? This same Holy Water is used when we are baptised and became part of God’s family, God’s people! When we are baptised we are made over to God. So, we, the baptised, are consecrated and belong to God just as much as a Church. Isn’t that wonderful?

Are you baptised? It you don’t know maybe you should ask your mum or dad to tell you. There is a saying “your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit.” What this is really saying is “You are a church of God.” When you are baptised, God comes to dwell in you like He does in a church. I think that is so breathtaking, don’t you?


So who are the Consecrated? WE ARE! Can I hear you shout it out loud and proud with me                 
                       WE ARE!!!!!


Now that we know that we are consecrated people we can look at what consecrated life is. Be sure to tune in next week to discover what consecrated life is all about. 

Until then bask in the beauty of your own soul, knowing that your ARE holy and wholly belong to God, and remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka

Year of Consecrated Life

Consecrated Life 2015 


Did you know that this year has been dedicated by our holy father Pope Francis to the Consecrated Life? So I thought that over the next few weeks we could look at this. Here are some subjects of interest.
·      What does it means to have a year dedicated to a certain subject?
·     What is Consecrated Life?
·      Who are the Consecrated?
·      Monks
·      Brothers/friars
·      Sisters/Nuns
·      Priests
·      Monasteries and convents. What’s the difference?
·      Different Religious Orders in the Catholic Church and their saints.
·      What is a Charism?
Hopefully when we are finished we will all understand a little more about this year, and the people Pope Francis wishes us to pray for.

What is a Year?
Well, in the world the year starts on the 1st January, the clocks tick over and we go from being 2014 to 2015. You might have celebrated the New Year with a party or a Mass and I am sure you realised that it is a holiday when no one works or goes to school. Well the year of the Catholic Church is a little different, it doesn’t start on the 1st January and finish on the 31st December instead we herald the new liturgical (Catholic Calendar) year in on the 1st Sunday of Advent. Everything is made new as we wait with Mary for the birth of her Son our Lord Jesus, at Christmas, and the year then finishes with the celebration of the great feast of Christ the King.

So, why have a year?
When the Pope, any Pope calls for a year to be celebrated for a certain purpose, he is asking the faithful (that’s us) to pray for this subject or these people. For example Pope Benedict called for a year for priests in 2009, so in that year we were all asked to pray for priests.
When Pope Benedict gave a talk to people he would often speak about the priesthood and offer his advice and encouragement. So in this year of Consecrated Life Pope Francis will offer messages and talks on this subject, celebrate Mass for this intention, wishing to affirm the consecrated people in their lives. He will pray at Holy Mass and at vigils asking God’s grace for these people. So you see it is important to know what a year is all about, to stay tuned and awake to what the Catholic Church is saying.


Stay tuned for next week when I will share with you who the Consecrated are. You may be surprised! If you have any questions about anything then please ask and I will try to answer you as soon as possible. And remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.