Religious life

Mother Hilda installed as the new abbess at Jamberoo Abbey

March 25, 2019

On Monday 25 March 2019, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Bishop Brian Mascord installed Mother Hilda Scott OSB as the third abbess of the Benedictine Abbey of the Presentation of our Lord in Jamberoo.

Mother Hilda was elected some weeks back, but it is usual to have a period of time before the official blessing takes place. The Benedictine Abbey community were joined for the occasion by members of Mother Hilda’s family and, no doubt her parents were very much with them in spirit as they witnessed their daughter’s blessing with pride and joy from the heavenly realms.

On the day of her election, Mother Hilda received the symbol of the cross. During the installation, she received the staff, the seal and her ring from Bishop Brian. The abbatial blessing was a true encounter of the sacred with a beautiful liturgy and moving hymns sung by the nuns.

Mother Hilda has taken “Blessed are the pure in Heart” (Matthew 5:8) as her motto.

We pray for Mother Hilda as she begins her new role as shepherd of the community and proclaims her own fiat, “Be it done unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).

Photos by Daniel Hopper.

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