On Saturday, 29 May 1982, more than 4,500 religious gathered at Digby Stuart Training College, Roehampton to hear the Pope John Paul II's address.

The assembled monks and nuns then renewed their religious vows. The number included 300 contemplatives who had not been away from their enclosures for many years.

Pope John Paul II to the Religious men and women of England and Wales

"You teach; you care for the sick; you look after the poor, the old, the handicapped; you bring the word of God to those near and far; you lead the young to human and Christian maturity."