COLW Sisters leave Dowry House but continue work

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COLW Sisters leave Dowry House but continue work

The Sisters of the Community of our Lady of Walsingham have announced that they are leaving the Dowry House Retreat Centre in Walsingham after ten years, but they will continue to work with the National Shrine at particular events being held there.


The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham has been serving in Walsingham for over ten years; initially by helping at the Shrine at weekends and major pilgrimages and, since 2016, by running retreats and hosting pilgrims at Dowry House Retreat on behalf of the Walsingham Trust.

Bishop Peter Collins, on behalf of the Walsingham Trust, said: “The COLW sisters will continue to work with the Shrine at future events, while being based in their mother house in Dereham, rather than at Dowry House. Their ministry at the Shrine continues to be highly valued.”

Sr Camilla Oberding, from COLW, said: “It has been a fruitful ministry and one which we have enjoyed immensely.

“Whilst saddened by the thought of leaving Walsingham, we know that, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). We trust that God, in his loving Providence, has arranged that we should all be based at our formation house in Dereham for the time being. This will give us time to focus on the formation of our new members, the accompaniment of more candidates and to expand other areas of mission.

“We assure all staff, villagers and pilgrims of our prayers, especially during this time of transition as the Shrine awaits a new rector.”

Pictured above are the COLW Sisters in Walsingham.  Picture courtesy of COLW.

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