Sister bids farewell with Labyrinth Day at Julian Centre
Sister Pamela, who has been Mother Superior of the Community of All Hallows in Ditchingham, is leading a Labyrinth Day at the Julian Centre on January 13 before relocating to the Isle of Mull to start a new ministry.
After 17 years at the Anglican Community of All Hallows, Ditchingham, Sister Pamela will leave Norfolk in February to begin a new ministry in Scotland on the Isle of Mull.
As well as having been Mother Superior to the Community, Sister Pamela has also worked with the Julian Centre giving talks and has run All Hallows House, a busy guest house, alongside the Julian Centre, off Rouen Road, in the heart of Norwich.
On Saturday, January 13, 10.30am – 3pm there will be an opportunity to benefit from her ministry for a final time as Sister Pamela hosts the ‘Labyrinth Day: Journey of Discovery’ at St Julian’s Church and Julian Centre.
Sister Pamela’s move is part of the decision made by the Sisters of the Community of All Hallows to disperse leaving the Mother Convent. The final service in the chapel at Ditchingham is due to be held on Saturday, May 12 led by the Bishop of Norwich.
Sister Pamela said: “When I came here seventeen years ago I did not envisage I would still be here in 2017! It was my third time here at All Hallows and I embraced the challenge and all it entailed.”
“However we have been struggling as a Community and I must admit the last few years here have not been easy. It was suggested a number of years ago that we all as a Community prayed for our future but it was only this spring  that things became clear and I felt called to Mull. The tune for ‘Julian of Norwich anchored in King Street’ and also for ‘Morning has Broken’ kept haunting me. The tune is Bunessan which is a place four miles from the ferry to Iona. It has been an extraordinary unfolding experience with so many ‘Godinstances’ along the way.
"I am not retiring but beginning a new ministry on a smaller and hopefully more manageable scale and in the process becoming more Mary than Martha, getting back to my vocation as a Sister.”
Shirley Buxton, the Chair of the Friends of Julian said: “Sister Pamela has been the linchpin in the transition at the Julian Centre as we moved from paid staff to volunteers. This has been in addition to giving talks and all her other roles as well as running All Hallows Guest House next door. Along with our prayers and best wishes go our grateful thanks for all she has done. We will miss you greatly Sr Pamela, but will be happy knowing Julian will be taken to the people of Mull.”
Shirley continued: “The Labyrinth Day is an opportunity to say farewell and thank you to Sister Pamela. Another chance will be during the Julian Festival weekend: Saturday 12th May at Ditchingham and Sunday 13th May at St Julian’s when Sister Pamela will be giving a short address.”
There is a suggested £10 donation for the Labyrinth Day. The programme for the Labyrinth Day is:
10.30am Registration and coffee in Julian Centre
11am Introducing the Labyrinth
12pm Buffet lunch (please book place for lunch by Monday 8th January by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
1pm Labyrinth meditations
3pm Tea available in the Centre
The Julian Centre, St Julians Alley/King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QT