The house was formally opened in February 2000. Mass was celebrated and the house was blessed. However, this was really the end of the beginning of Sister Nora’s work in St. Gregory the Great parish.
She had been working there at the request of the Parish Priest, since September 1998. Nora felt that living in the middle of this council estate would enable her to better serve the people. So it was that Nora and Rose Carmel moved from their house in Meanwood to Swarcliffe. Rose Carmel continued her work in Chapeltown with Catholic Care until her contract with them expired.
Over the years Nora has become very much involved with parish life. Sacramental preparation, taking Holy Communion to housebound parishioners, training people as Ministers of the Eucharist, facilitating a prayer group, as well as being part of the liturgy committee, and the social committee are all part of her role in supporting and encouraging local people to take responsibility for Parish affairs.
The little house in Swarcliffe Drive has become a place of welcome where people can come to find a listening ear or to pray quietly in the tiny chapel. Various groups use the house as a meeting point.
Rose Carmel felt an urgent call to work with the very deprived of Bucharest, Romania, though Swarcliffe remains her base for home leave.