The RE Department's first visit to the sisters at Tyburn, Marble Arch, was certainly memorable. We went to find out about the life of those who had devoted their lives to God through silence and prayer. In the past we had visited male contemplative orders but this was the first time that we had visited a female order of enclosed sisters.
It was interesting to hear how similar their lives were to those of the male monastic orders, however, what really made this place stand apart from other visits was finding out about the number of Catholic martyrs who had given their lives for their faith at Tyburn. The convent is a testament to the faith of the numerous men and women who sacrificed their lives for their Catholic beliefs, our visit to the site of execution was particularly poignant in light of the tragic loss of life in Paris only a couple days earlier.
We celebrated Sunday Mass in the crypt and prayed for all those who had lost their lives and loved ones in the Paris massacre and, in that act of worship, we stood as one with all those who suffer around the world for their faith. Indeed in celebrating Holy Mass, we were celebrating what the martyrs had given their lives for.