The Cenacle Sisters of England and Ireland

Ann Turner

I was born in Liverpool and brought up there. I am the eldest of five girls. After I left school I worked in the Post Office, for several years. It was through my friend that I met the Cenacle.  As a Cenacle sister I have been involved in a variety of retreats especially the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Youth ministry, spiritual direction, facilitation, parish ministry. I have also been a diocesan advisor for religious education and I was a school chaplain. Most of this ministry was in Ireland. Some years ago I was appointed Provincial.

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Q. When did you first become aware that you might have a call to religious life?

When I was about 18 years old, however it was 4 years later before I joined the Cenacle.

Q. Why did you choose the Cenacle Sisters?

I felt  attracted to the life of prayer and felt at home. There was an atmosphere that I found welcoming and the sisters seemed very happy.

Q What is the best thing about Religious Life?

Knowing that I am ‘at home’ this is where I am called to be, where I belong. This is where I can serve God through community, prayer and apostolic service.

Q. What have you found most difficult?

Community can at times be difficult however, it is also a blessing. We do not choose who we live with.

Q What is most rewarding about your current ministry?

As Provincial, I am called to ensure that we live fully and faithfully the mission of the Congregation, ‘to awaken and deepen faith’.  I try to help the sisters to carry out this mission in whatever way I can, by supporting, and encouraging them  and missioning each sister to a particular community.

Q. What is the most challenging?

To discern and respond to the most urgent needs in our world/society today, given out particular charism. There are so many needs regarding awakening and deepening faith.

Q. What supports you in your ministry?

My relationship with Jesus Christ through Eucharist, prayer, community

Q. Any tips on how to pray?

There are as many ways as praying as there are people. For me, the most important thing is to want to spend time in God’s presence. I find it helpful to pray the scriptures. It is important to pray in your own way. 

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