he contemplative community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate at Lanherne numbers thirteen sisters at present with another sister due to arrive ‘any day’. The sisters live entirely on Divine Providence, trusting wholeheartedly in God to provide for all their daily needs and through His kindness this is precisely what He has always done, through the generosity of the local people and also of those from afar.
Some people may perhaps ask “but what do they do all day?” It is a very good question. Their principal duty is to support the Holy Father in his difficult mission and to pray for the Church and for the whole world, with the hope of bringing all humanity closer to the love of God, since many there are in our world today who are walking in darkness and who never give a thought to their Creator, nor question the true meaning of their existence. The sisters come together in the choir at various times of the day for at least seven hours of community prayer (the first one being just after Midnight) in order to pray the Divine Office, which is made up of psalms, hymns, canticles, prayers and spiritual readings, in order to praise God throughout the whole course of the day and in order to sanctify it.
The highlight of each day is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and following the encouragement given to the whole Church by our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, in the Moto Proprio Summorum Pontificum cura, from 13th June 2008, the Holy Mass has been celebrated each morning at 7.30 a.m. (10 a.m. on Sundays and Holy days of obligation) using the 1962 Tridentine Rite.