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Bridgettine Order marks 100 years

Bishop William Kenney celebrates Mass on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bridgettine Order

By on Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Auxiliary Bishop William Kenney of Birmingham with members of the Bridgettine Order at Maryvale

Auxiliary Bishop William Kenney of Birmingham with members of the Bridgettine Order at Maryvale

Bishop William Kenney was the chief celebrant at a Holy Mass of Thanksgiving at Maryvale on September 8 for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bridgettine Order by Blessed Mother Elisabeth Hesselblad, writes Józef Łopuszyński.

The order came to Old Oscott, Birmingham, in 1999 after the former director of Maryvale, Mgr Daniel McHugh, and the then Archbishop of Birmingham, Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville, asked Mother Tekla Famiglietti, the Mother Abbess, if a convent could be established at Maryvale.

Finance to support the establishment of the convent was provided by Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Current Maryvale director Mgr Paul Watson said: “It’s been tremendous to be celebrating with the Sisters. They make such a wonderful contribution to the whole work and mission here at Maryvale. We’re so thrilled to be sharing in this day with them.”

Mother Giacomina, Mother Superior, said that the day had been very peaceful. “We were a little bit busy, but a wonderful celebration we had,” she said.

Bishop Kenney has had a long association with the Bridgettines, having spent most of his life in in Sweden and having been an auxiliary bishop there for 19 years.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God to see nuns in habits instead of M&S Clothes.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God to see nuns in habits instead of M&S Clothes.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God to see nuns in habits instead of M&S Clothes.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God to see nuns in habits instead of M&S Clothes.

  • Philip Sandstrom

    There is misleading information in this article.  There are the original Bridgettines founded by St. Bridget of Sweden and her daughter Catherine.  Convents of this group still exist in various places.  One of their most famous convents is Syon Abbey in Great Britain.  Then there is this ‘re-foundation’ by Mother Elizabeth Hesselblad which also has convents in a number of places.  The point is there are two groups with the same name and habit, which are friendly with each other, but are not the same.  The Hesselblad foundation does have a convent in Vadstena, Sweden, where the original convent buildings of the older group still exist.

  • Anonymous

    I love the Maryvale nuns. They take such good care of you when you stay there. They are so joyous in their vocation and so prayerful too. They fill the whole place with an air of holiness. Ad multos annos the Bridgettine Order and its wonderful witness!

  • AB

    No, the nuns in Vadstena belong to the medieval branch. The Bridgettines of the Hesselblad foundation have convents in two other places in Sweden.