Family at the heart of Sclerder Abbey's festival

The sun shone for Sclerder Abbey’s Family Festival on Saturday 19th August, an answer to a prayer that began many months ago when the event was first planned. Apart from sunshine, the key organisers Jean-Pierre Carosin, Sister Jacqueline and Helen Priestley, also prayed for people to take up the invitation and for everyone to open their hearts and celebrate what being a family can mean, whatever shape that family takes.

The Family Festival fulfilled the vision that the Carmelite Sisters, who lived as an enclosed order in the Abbey for decades, shared with the Chemin Neuf, who took over the Abbey three years ago. They wanted to bless the community with the Abbey and make it an ecumenical centre, available for all Christian denominations.