In 1880, a sisters day began early and ended late. It was filled with devotional, teaching, domestic and administrative duties.
5.25am Rise at the sound of a bell rung by a 'Caller'.
5.40am Angelus, prayed in Choir, at the sound of a bell rung from the steeple.
6.00am Lauds, chanted alternately by two choirs of nuns standing opposite sides of the chapel.
7.00am Celebration of Mass, offered by a priest of the parish.
7.45am Breakfast - a simple meal of porridge, bread, butter, tea.
8.00am Household duties in convent, supervision of duties in boarding school and orphanage.
9.00am Classes in school, orphanage, parish. Care of the sick.
12.30pm Lunch - a light meal of bread, butter, jam, tea.
3.45pm Vespers, chanted in the chapel by two choirs.
4.00pm Dinner - one course only, with sweets served on Sunday.
4.30pm Recreation in Community Room or garden.
5.00pm Matins, chanted in the chapel by alternating choirs. Spiritual reading.
7.30pm Tea - a light meal of bread and butter.
7.45pm Recreation in the Community Room.
9.00pm Night prayers, led by Superior in the chapel.
10.00pm Lights out, except with permission otherwise.
Sr Dolores preparing food in the boarder's kitchen, 1950s