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Dear devoted followers. Ok, so you humans are really no good at keeping on time with things, I have waited weeks for my human to put up my diary entries. I had of course written them forever ago. But humans being humans the blog only now is updated. So without further delays here are my late chronicles.

2nd October The lost sheep has returned to the fold, though I think she may have got into a bit of trouble.  I know all about it, sometimes when I am chasing a squirrel I find myself stopped in mid run because a horrible long , sticky, pokey thing has come out of nowhere and dug its fingers into my fur. I think you pets call them, brambles. I call them, ‘horrible-sticky-pokey-things-that-want- to-eat-my-fur’. A much better name, I think, because, “bramble” in no way describes what these horrible beasts do to you.  It’s like, “nettles” as you call them, should be called, “Just-don’t- even-go-near-them-they-bite”. Anyway I digress, our pet seems to have got her head stuck in some sort of sticky pokey thing. A family member of sorts.


Poor pet, she walked around all day with it on her head, not even trying to remove it! I didn’t think much of it myself, Lily said it means something, like a badge of honour, my pet says that at a solemn profession you are crowned with the same crown that Jesus wore. I’m just glad that it wasn’t my solemn….. what did she call it?!

Sr Gianna

This is Sr Gianna.


She is a Nun.

A Nun is a sister who spends her life living in a monastery, praying for the world and all its needs. She is a contemplative, this means, she doesn’t do jobs like teaching or nursing, instead does different tasks within the monastery grounds while keeping a prayerful attitude, bringing to God all the needs of the people of the world.

Sr Gianna is a solemnly professed sister, this means she is in solemn vows. Solemn vows are like the vows mums and dads take when they get married. The vows say that Sr Gianna will stay faithful and true to her calling in her community of sisters.

Sr Gianna will not move from community to community but will stay in one monastery for the whole of her life, only leaving to go to the doctor’s or dentist or some other really important event, like when the Pope came to her country. Then the whole community went to a big stadium filled with people, to hear him speak.


When Sr Gianna was a little girl she wanted to have a big family. She was an only child and so wanted lots of brothers and sisters. God answered that desire, but not in the way she thought. Instead of giving her an earthly husband and children, He gave her Himself as her husband and lots and lots of sisters. Sr Gianna is now never lonely as she was when she was a child.

Each morning in the chapter room Sr Gianna’s Mother Abbess gives out the labour (the work that is to be done) that day. Each sister is asked to do something different. Someone will need to go and answer the door when people come to ask for prayers, another might be asked to clean or go to the laundry, someone else is sent to the garden, another might be asked to do church work like making vestments, Holy Communion dresses or altar linen.


Usually Sr Gianna is asked to go to the kitchen to make the midday meal. Sr Gianna is a great cook and enjoys cooking for the community. The sisters only eat one full meal a day so Sr Gianna needs to make it very nutritious for the sisters. It is quite a task to feed such a large community, Sr Gianna will need to make sure she makes enough. 4 or 5 potatoes might be enough for your family but Sr Gianna will need to slice up about 20 or 25. The most important part of the task is doing it with a loving heart and praying in her mind, and seeing Jesus between the pots and pans.

Sr Gianna loves to get up a midnight to pray the office of matins, she thinks and prays for all the people on the other side of the world who are beginning their new day. This helps to bring a lot of meaning to the office for her.

Sr Gianna also really enjoys it when the whole community gather together to pray the Rosary in the afternoon and have recreation.  They bring sewing, knitting or crochet and sit in a circle to pray and sew together. For Sr Gianna the community is one big family of God.


Sr Gianna loves to think of herself as the spouse of Jesus, being Jesus’ bride is very important to her. She thinks about this often as she adores her king and bridegroom in the Blessed Sacrament. She thinks of the precious little Host as a mirror. In Jesus she can see the love He has for His world and for her soul. This helps her to love her sisters and the world with the love of Christ.



So now you have met Sr Gianna. Next week we will meet another friend, Fr Michael, who is a diocesan Priest. Do you know how he lives his life? 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.