Members of the Chemin Neuf religious community visited Truro on Tuesday to meet ecumenical friends and attend a Churches Together meeting. 20150317LL_1

Sister Jacqueline Coutellier, Jean-Laval and Desiree Kim-Lim from Sclerder Abbey near Looe began their visit by taking part in a service at St Piran’s RC Church in Truro where Revd Deacon Andrew Shute led the worship. They were then given a tour of Truro Cathedral by the Bishop’s Chaplain Revd Jem Thorold before they were welcomed to Church House by Diocesan Secretary Esther Pollard and given a tour and met staff.

Lunch was provided at Lis Escop by Bishop Tim before the party attended a Churches Together in Cornwall meeting in Truro in the afternoon.

Sister Jacqueline, who comes from Lyon in France, heads the community in Looe and Jean-Laval and Desiree Kim-Lim are originally from Mauritius and moved to Cornwall to join the community.

The Chemin Neuf are a worldwide ecumenical order. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby has invited a Chemin Neuf community to reside at Lambeth Palace and this group will link in the summer with ours in Cornwall.

The Sclerder Abbey is holding an open day on Sunday, April 26 from 10.30am to 4.30pm. The day will include a guided tour of the Abbey as well as refreshments and a light lunch. There will be a number of presentations including Cana for married couples, activities for children and guided prayer. All are welcome. For more information or to contact the abbey call 01503 272238 or click here