Hi! I am Jean Page from Preston and was a teacher before entry. I have been in the Cenacle for about 48 years and during that time have had various leadership roles and have mainly worked in our various retreat houses. I guide people in individually guided retreats and accompany people with spiritual direction.
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Q. When did you first become aware that you might have a call to religious life?
I felt drawn to religious life from my teenage years when my faith became important to me.
Q. Why did you choose the Cenacle Sisters?
When I first went to the Cenacle in Manchester for a retreat I felt completely at home and never considered entering anywhere else.
Q What is the best thing about Religious Life?
I think community is the best thing about religious life. You share your life with people who have the same ideas and desires as you and therefore can share important things with them.
Q. What have you found most difficult?
Although you want to do “great things for God” in reality you are often held back by very ordinary things such as problems with buildings, practical needs and limitations.
Q What is most rewarding about your current ministry?
When I work on a Week of Accompanied Prayer and someone who has only had a slight relationship with the Lord finds during the week how much God loves them. It is usually the beginning of an entirely new relationship with God and it is awesome to accompany.
Q. What is the most challenging?
To stay focussed on what we are really about and not let unimportant details pull me away from my relationship with God.
Q. What supports you in your ministry?
Prayer and my sisters
Q. Any tips on how to pray?
We can only pray the way which is right for us but before praying we need to get still and find what the most important thing is for us. It takes time and is a relationship not something we do, it is something we live.
Q. Giving advice is always a bit risky, however what is the best bit you have been given?
When I was about to enter an old sister said to me, “Jean you have a large back, let everything roll off it”. That has been a help throughout my life.
Q. Name three people, alive or from history, you would invite for a meal?
Thomas Merton, Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela.