On Saturday 27 June Hemel Hempstead parishioners came together in the Church of St Mary and St Joseph to celebrate the work of the local Dominican Sisters through 60 years of their presence in the Convent in Boxmoor.
Parishioners were joined by more than 20 of the sisters for the Mass celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington. Both Bishop John and Parish Priest, Fr John Byrne, paid tribute to the outstanding work of the Sisters in our Catholic Schools, in parish pastoral work and in the hospitality extended by the convent as a venue for so many parish activities.
Sr Ann, the Congregation Prioress, responded saying how very difficult, though necessary, the decision to close the convent had been and acknowledged the great resulting sadness felt by both Sisters and parishioners. However, she added that both the Sisters as well as parishioners had gained so much during this period and she was sure that the many strong links and friendships would continue for years to come.
The Sisters then joined parishioners in a very packed parish centre for light refreshments and a chance to catch up with the news. It was wonderful to see the hall so alive with conversation and laughter.