divine office

Sister Charity

This is Sister Charity


She is an active sister.

This doesn’t mean that she is always on the run but that she spends her life actively spreading the Good News of Jesus in the world.
How do they do this? By doing lots of different jobs, some are nurses, others teachers, and others counsellors. Some give retreats and talks on certain subjects like prolife issues or theology. You may see them working as chaplains in universities, schools or hospitals and many, many other occupations and missionary works in the world.

Sister Charity is a teacher. She spends her day teaching children in her local school. As well as teaching the ordinary subjects of maths and grammar, she teachers the children about Jesus. To Sr Charity it is most important that the children grow up to be God loving people. Sr Charity teaches by her words but she knows that the children learn more through her actions, the way she smiles and her kindness to others. This is being a witness for Jesus.
She Charity tries to live so that people will see Jesus living in her. When Sr Charity gets home to her convent each night she prays vespers with her sisters.

A convent is not an enclosed space like a monastery but a place where people can come and visit the sisters, stay and share with them.

Every year in the summer Sr Charity goes back to her parent’s house to spend a week or two with them. They all love being with each other, this is a time for Sr Charity to catch up with all her friends and family.

Sr Charity belongs to a Religious Order that is worldwide, this means that they have sisters all over the world and Sr Charity could be asked by her Superior General to go to any convent in any part of the world. Sr Charity is originally from the USA but her parents were born in Africa. This is helpful because it means that Sr Charity speaks more than one language, which is useful on her different missions around the world.


Sr Charity was a teacher before she entered religious life, but she knew that God was calling her to something more. He wanted her to teach children about the faith of the Catholic Church and how to live out the Christian vocation.

Sr Charity rises each morning a 630am, in time to say Morning Prayer with her sisters before setting out for the local school. It is important to Sr Charity and her sisters that they spend time together in prayer, this helps them build strong friendships with each other, which is very important when you live in community.


Sr Charity is the superior of her convent. This means that she needs to look after the other sisters as a mother, making sure they are provided for and that they have all they need. Sr Charity also needs to be aware of the running of the convent, looking after the building and getting plumbers in when the water pipes burst. She has a General Superior in the USA whom she consults about things that are really important but otherwise she has the responsibility of looking after the sisters. She is elected to be the superior by the General Council of the Order. Sr Charity knows that God is the one who is really in charge and she tries to listen to His voice within her telling her what to do.


So now you know Sr Charity. Next week we will meet an enclosed nun, can you guess what that means? 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.