Column: MH Robin Hood's Bay, England

This column contains articles related to the Madonna House field house in Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire, England.

Holding Her Mother’s Hand — by Cheryl Ann Smith. It began with a poster welcoming me home from the local directors meetings in Combermere.... (December 08, 2015)

Daft Sheep — by Cheryl Ann Smith. "The only thing dafter than sheep is one who owns sheep," our friend Richard muttered as he rescued one of his sheep snared in the fence by our home.... (October 12, 2015)

Birdsong, Lambs, and Dafodils — by Cheryl Ann Smith. As I approach my fifth spring in England, I can barely contain my joy. In my native Canada, when spring finally comes, it seems over-zealous in throwing off the cloak of snow and shackles of... (April 23, 2015)

Do You Love Me? — by Cheryl Ann Smith. When I was younger, I aspired to be like St. John, the disciple Jesus loved. John seemed to be one of those rare, limpid souls who know they are loved, and who intuitively know the one... (February 03, 2015)

Notes From Near and Far: England — by Cheryl Ann Smith. When I return from the directors’ meetings, we always take the notes from those meetings into a little retreat. This year the discussions and soul searching have continued beyond those three days.... (September 18, 2014)

My Rebirth in Lourdes — by Cheryl Ann Smith. Naked. Vulnerable. Shivering. That’s how I found myself at the heart of our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.... (May 28, 2014)

Notes from Near and Far: England — by Cheryl Ann Smith. The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit... (February 14, 2014)

Notes from Near and Far: MH England — by Nikola Kanachowski. We are a prayer house and a house of hospitality, and the word Catherine Doherty gave us for this house was "gentleness." This word continues to be significant for us as we live with and love... (August 01, 2013)

Morning Prayer — by Cheryl Ann Smith. My morning prayer was a bit longer than usual today. It began as I gradually awoke to brilliant sunshine streaming through my window before 5 a.m. The sun rises very early in northern England in... (June 14, 2012)

Notes from Near and Far: England — by Cheryl Ann Smith. Our days are full and challenging, largely with the call of hospitality. Since we are in such a remote area, most visitors come for at least a few days, and depending on the season, our... (May 24, 2012)

Corragio! Come! — by Cheryl Ann Smith. It seems that grace waits for the perfect moment to drop into a heart. And it seems that the perfect moment often springs less from the preparation of prayer than from events which render a... (March 16, 2012)

Carried on God’s Shoulders — by Cheryl Ann Smith. You’d think that by now I’d truly believe in the Father’s love for me. One night when I was 18 and desperate enough to open up, he poured his love into every fibre of my... (February 08, 2012)

The Pope’s Visit to England — by Cheryl Ann Smith. In the months before the visit of Pope Benedict to England, opposition to him and to the Catholic Church was violent, virulent, and increasing in intensity each day.... (January 14, 2011)

Pushing Back the Darkness — by Cheryl Ann Smith. "Oh no," I cried to myself. "Surely they’ll cancel it. They can’t go out in this weather!" It was an ecumenical prayer service at the dock on Seafarer Sunday. It was a traditional event on the... (January 13, 2011)

It’s a Beautiful Land, But… — by Daniel Rabideau. On arrival in our part of rural Yorkshire, a friend visiting from Canada said, "It is so beautiful it hurts my heart." It is beautiful, but after being in this "earthly paradise" for a few months, I... (January 11, 2011)

Living Ecumenism in England — by Shatzi Louisa Duffy. The hesitancy on her face was unmistakeable. "We are all ready for Mass," I smiled. "Are you?" The woman nodded and took a deep breath. One determined step and our beloved Methodist friend crossed 480 years... (January 03, 2011)

Bringing Poustinia to a Seminary — by Shatzi Duffy."It was the longest day of my life," smiled the seminarian, struggling to describe his first experience in the poustinia to his classmates. Despite that challenge, Emily Huston and I found ourselves at a seminary in England for... (March 18, 2009)

Notes from Near and Far: MH England — by Catherine Ching. Moira Ward, a member of "Catherine’s Friends," a group that meets at our house to discuss the writings of Catherine Doherty, and I were chosen to represent Madonna House England at the Youth 2000 International Festival held... (December 27, 2007)

Notes from Near and Far: Robin Hood’s Bay, England — by Ellie Pettersen, MH England. Our biggest news is that Fr. Wild, who has been our priest, brother, and friend, for the past six years, has been transferred to Combermere. We miss him! Plus this has resulted in a time... (October 17, 2005)


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