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
- 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.