A still centre in a turning world
We, the Augustinian sisters at Boarbank Hall, form a community within a community, the yeast within the dough. Through our daily sharing of mass and the prayer of the church, and through private prayer, we provide a contemplative core for Boarbank’s many activities. Drawing our strength from there, we work together with our lay staff and many friends to run our Nursing Home and Guest House, and to support the work of the Church locally and throughout the world.
Boarbank offers a unique mix: strong community life and communal prayer that is thoroughly integrated into a busy institution, largely run by lay people. Our staff, Christian and non-Christian alike, are completely dedicated to sharing in our mission of hospitality and care for those in need.
We need talents and skills of every kind to maintain an institution like Boarbank Hall: nursing in particular, but also jobs of all other sorts play a vital role - from accountancy to gardening to teaching to cleaning to building to computing to music-making to cooking. Above all, we need women who want to dedicate themselves to Christ through poverty, chastity, obedience and care for the poor and sick - a community of prayer at the heart of our community of work.
For more information, please contact Sr Anne Donockley (click here to email)
Cumbria LA11 7NH
‘In the measure that we share our joys and bear one another’s burdens, we shall find strength and support for the ceaseless building up of unity.’ (Constitutions, 90)
‘Since we are servants of the Church, ‘especially of its weakest members’ (St Augustine), we will open our hearts to kindness and compassion, letting the Lord Jesus act through us when we approach those suffering in mind or body.’ (Constitutions, 120)
‘Gratefully we shall live our lives in harmony with the celebrations of the Lord’s mysteries as presented in the liturgical year, ready to appropriate the meaning of the Word for us today.’ (Constitutions, 56)
‘A friendly and warm welcome in community, the sharing of prayer and an attitude of mercy, will make our monasteries havens of peace, love and healing, symbolising the City that is to come.’ (Constitutions, 136)
‘The mission of our canonical communities in the Church is to proclaim Jesus Christ, with our attention focused simultaneously on the Father and on our fellow men.’