vocation stories

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”.

Sr Elizabeth's vocation story

This is Sr Elizabeth.

She is the Vicaress of our community

  • My life before God found me was pretty much without direction or purpose. I was very young and I had never known anything even resembling normal family life. My school life – such as it was – was a misery and I didn’t really learn anything.

  • When I entered the Poor Clare Order as a postulant it was like stepping into another universe, but not always an easy one. Not being used to applying myself, I found a life regulated by bells hard and I felt I constantly had to get up and go somewhere else which I found trying. The hours of prayers were long, and, to me, tedious. I think the greatest challenge was work – especially working in the garden. Sent out to weed or dig I longed for someone to call me in, but mostly no one did. Monday morning, after a restful Sunday I dreaded – and even the word ‘work’ made me feel as if I was on my way to martyrdom. However, I struggled on, but have always felt that the garden did more for me than I did for it.

  • Even now I have to struggle to face up to the challenges of everyday life, but I have learned that fulfilment and real happiness and even joy comes not from dodging challenges but facing them, even though I often fail in this.

  • My motto for life is:

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.


This year is now coming to an end, Advent is just around the corner, and Christmas seems to be upon us again and the year of Mercy is about to begin. To end this wonderful year of consecrated life we here at Ty Mam Duw, the House of the Mother of God, thought you might like a sneaky peek into our lives.

Each sister has a different story to tell, and has travelled a different road to the monastery/religious life. We have sisters from Germany, London, the Philippines, New Zealand and all over England, sisters who were students, teachers, nurses, and volunteers, before they entered. They had degrees in biology, midwifery, music and many more. We have sisters who were cradle Catholics, Protestants, Anglican and Atheist before they entered here in Hawarden to join their lives to God.

So we thought that each week we would give you the chance to meet a different sister and hear a bit about her life, and what lead her to this place, a journey from the world to a life with God.

Next week meet Mother Damian and hear what she has to tell you about her discovery of God. Until then know you are in our prayers. Sr Anežka