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Walsingham Sisters prepare for new growth

The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham is using the time of lockdown to prepare in the spirit, and in the garden, for the time when growth resumes. The community reports.

It’s been such a gift to be based at Dereham during these days of lockdown. Apart from keeping up to date with Dowry House matters, we’ve been using the extra time for more prayer (especially for those suffering due to the COVID-19 virus), to work on our ‘Book of Life’ and to tend to the garden. We’ve also been able to help someone out who didn’t have anywhere else to stay.

Dowry House is now closed until 31st July due to the COVID-19 virus. All shrine accommodation is currently closed. As you will understand, having to cancel almost a whole season of retreats and pilgrimages places an enormous strain on the shrine’s finances. If you are able to help in any way, for example, by making a donation to Dowry House, this would be greatly appreciated.

We have been using a turf cutter to prepare the ground for our hermitage. We re-used the turf on an area where we need to raise the level of the grass.

All this gardening certainly helps us fit in our daily exercise! We’re also feeding the new trees which are looking even more settled this year.

We are still smiling, and there will be even more smiles once we start growing our own vegetables.

We are able to take bookings for stays at Dowry House from 1st August. As well as the option to come on a personal, private retreat, we have begun running retreats for parishes and priests, and are planning one for young people from 25-27th September entitled “I’d say yes, Lord, if I knew what you wanted.”

More information is on the communities website: and you can contact the community at

Pictured above are the sisters at their convent near Dereham soon after it opened.