Sister Elizabeth C.E. died on Monday 4th September at the age of 101 years. She was the last surviving member of the Community of the Epiphany whose convent was at Copeland Court, now Epiphany House. Her funeral will take place at noon on Monday 18th September at Kenwyn Church led by Canon Perran Gay (at Sister’s request) and Revd Chris Parsons, and will be followed by refreshments at Epiphany House. Sister Elizabeth will be buried alongside her other sisters in Kenwyn churchyard.
Her death marks the end of an era for Epiphany House. The vision of the Sisters to set up an ecumenical trust to continue to run this house as a Retreat Centre and a place of prayer is the reason we are here today. The ecumenical Trust that took over the running of Copeland Court renamed it Epiphany House in honour of the Community. The Trust works as the guardian of the Sisters’ material and spiritual heritage and continues their ministry of hospitality and education.
“It’s good to feel that I’m doing something useful and giving something back”
Many people feel a sense of connection to Epiphany House, the Conference and Retreat centre just a short walk down the lane from Kenwyn Church. Some remember the place from their school days when it was called Copeland Court — the House was the Cathedral School from the 1950s to the 1980s — or from when it was the home of the Community of the Epiphany, an order of Anglican nuns. Today the House is a busy conference centre and retreat house. It is run by an ecumenical Christian trust set up by the Community of the Epiphany and named in their honour.
The House is staffed by a small, friendly team serving our business guests using the house for meetings, training and away days and our retreat guests who come to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and Christian ethos of the House as they explore ways of connecting more deeply to God.
We are currently looking for more volunteers to work alongside our staff team to support our ministry of hospitality to all. Is this something that you feel drawn to?
Our volunteers enjoy being part of the small community of people who support the House, particularly appreciating the peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. The staff team are lovely and there is very often cake around! If you have some time to spare and could donate a few hours on a regular basis we would love to hear from you. We are particularly looking for people who could help with ironing bedding, serving hot drinks, flower arranging and other jobs around the house, office and garden – if you have other skills that you would like to contribute do let us know. If you think this could be for you, the first step is to contact Jane or Janette in the office for an application form or to find out more information email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01872 272249. The office is open 9.00am-5.00pm on weekdays.