Provincial Directory - Religious Communities

Bath & Wells  Community of St Francis

Birmingham  Community of St John the Divine

Birmingham  Society of St Francis (European Province)

Chichester  Community of the Sacred Passion

Chichester  Community of the Servants of the Will of God

Chichester  Society of St Margaret (East Grinstead)

Derby  Community of the Holy Name (UK)

Diocese in Europe  Community of the Glorious Ascension

Exeter  Community of the Glorious Ascension

Exeter  Sisters of Charity (UK)

Exeter  Society of the Franciscan Servants of Jesus and Mary

Guildford  Community of St Peter (UK) (Woking)

Leicester  Community of the Holy Cross (Benedictine) (Rempstone)

Liverpool  Oratory of the Good Shepherd

London  Community of St Andrew

London  Community of St Mary at the Cross (Order of St Benedict) (Edgware, UK)

London  Society of St John the Evangelist (UK)

London  Society of St Margaret (Hackney)

Newcastle  Society of St Francis (European Province)

Norwich  Society of St Margaret (Walsingham)

Oxford  Community of St Clare

Oxford  Community of St John Baptist (UK)

Oxford  Community of St Mary the Virgin

Oxford  Community of the Companions of Jesus the Good Shepherd

Oxford  Community of the Servants of the Cross

Oxford  Community of the Sisters of the Love of God

Oxford  Order of St Benedict Elmore Abbey

Oxford  Order of St Benedict Mucknell Abbey

Oxford  Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor (UK)

Oxford  Society of the Precious Blood (UK)

Portsmouth  Society of the Sisters of Bethany

Rochester  Order of St Benedict Malling Abbey

Salisbury  Community of St Denys

Southwark  Community of the Sisters of the Church (UK)

Southwark  Society of the Sacred Mission (Europe)

Southwell & Nottingham  Community of St Laurence

St Edmundsbury & Ipswich  Community of All Hallows

West Yorkshire & the Dales  Community of St Peter (UK) (Horbury)

West Yorkshire & the Dales  Community of the Resurrection

Winchester  Community of Our Lady & Saint John (Benedictine) (Alton Abbey)

York  Order of the Holy Paraclete

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CSF - Community of St Francis 

Founded 1905
Registered Charity : No. 286615 (UK)

As Franciscan sisters, an autonomous part of the Society of St. Francis, our primary vocation is to live the gospel in the places to which we are called. The context is our life in community, under vows. Our wide range of backgrounds, abilities and gifts contributes to many ways of expressing the three elements of prayer, study and work. Prayer together and alone, with the Eucharist being central, is the heart of each house and each sister’s life. Six sisters, including one in the American Province, are priests; and three live the solitary life. Study nurtures our spiritual life and enables and enriches our ministries. Work encompasses practical domestic tasks and a wide range of ministries: currently these include hospitality, spiritual direction, prison chaplaincy, administration, teaching computer skills, supporting people with various disabilities, parish work and missions, preaching, leading quiet days and retreats, writing, being a presence in poor urban areas, and work with deaf blind people. Some of this work is salaried, much is voluntary. Each new sister brings her unique gifts, thus enriching our shared life. Now in our second century, we are excited by the challenge of living the Franciscan life in today’s world.

Contact Details

Name: Helen Julian CSF  (Minister General, assumed office February 2012)
Address: Saint Alphege Clergy House, Pocock Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0BJ, England
Email: Email
Website: www.communitystfrancis.org

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CSJD - Community of St John the Divine 

Founded 1848
Registered Charity : No. MAR 210 254

For 37 years, CSJD has been in Birmingham, our House situated in an area amongst the worst 5% of poverty nationally, and with the highest child poverty in the city. Our Community witnesses to Religious life by being a praying presence amidst this highly diverse, deprived area. We seek to be a resource for all in the Diocese, ordained and lay, providing a space for physical and spiritual renewal to enable others to continue their ministries.

The past year has been busier than ever with 1300 people coming to the House: parish away-days, clergy training, local community meetings, spiritual accompaniment, pastoral care, reflexology. Some are convalescing after surgery, accident or injury; others are facing serious illness or have other needs. Sisters welcome all visitors to share in our life and worship, and develop personal ministries within and beyond that hospitality.

Developing our relations with our local multi-faith neighbours in Alum Rock has long been part of our vision. We have recently begun links with the Christian and Muslim Women’s Forum, participated in inter-faith events elsewhere in Birmingham, and hosted other meetings. Through the Near Neighbours Programme, we meet people of other Faiths, seek good relationships and explore and address local needs together. To create a safe meeting space for these events, we are refurbishing an annexe, encouraged by a grant from the Anglican Religious Communities Development Trust. We ask you to join us in praying that God will bless the new ministries which flow from this.

We are a small Community, with a group of enthusiastic Associates who share much of our life. An Alongsiders’ Programme has been running for 10 years for those wishing to live with us for short periods of time. We are always delighted to hear from anyone interested in our work and witness.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Christine CSJD & Sister Margaret Angela CSJD  (Leaders of the Community, assumed office April 2007)
Address: St John's House, 652 Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, B8 3NS, England
Tel: +44 (0)121 327 4174
Email: Email
Website: www.csjd.org.uk

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SSF - Society of St Francis (European Province) 

Founded 1921 (UK)
Registered Charity : No. 236464

The Society of St Francis has diverse origins in a number of Franciscan groups which drew together during the 1930s to found one Franciscan Society. SSF in its widest definition includes First Order Brothers, First Order Sisters (CSF), Second Order Sisters (OSC) and a Third Order (TSSF). The First Order shares a common life of prayer, fraternity and a commitment to issues of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. In its larger houses, this includes accommodation for short-term guests; in the city houses, the Brothers are engaged in a variety of ministries, chaplaincies and care for the poor and marginalised. They are also available for retreat work, counselling and sharing in the task of mission in parishes and schools. They also work in Europe and have houses in the Americas, Australasia, the Pacific, and Korea.

Contact Details

Name: Benedict SSF  (Minister Provincial, European Province, assumed office June 2012)
Address: St Matthias's Vicarage, 45 Mafeking Road, Canning Town, London, E16 4NS, England
Tel: +44 (0)20 7511 7848
Email: Email
Website: www.franciscans.org.uk

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CSP - Community of the Sacred Passion 

Founded 1911
Registered Charity : No. 800080

The Community was founded to serve Africa by a life of prayer and missionary work, bringing to Africans a knowledge of God’s love. After the Church in Tanzania gained independence, and the Community of St Mary of Nazareth and Calvary (CMM), which they nurtured, became self-governing, CSP withdrew from Tanzania and now offers support from England. Much of the help is channelled through CMM to whom they offer encouragement, advice and financial support. The Sisters also collect money for some of the work that they founded, including the Polio Hostel at Kwa Mkono, caring for disabled children, and building work at the Nursing School at Muheza to cater for extra student nurses and modern equipment. At Shoreham, the Sisters offer hospitality for small day events and meetings. They are involved in guidance of individuals and have various contacts in the local community. The Sister who lives in Clapham is involved with the World Community for Christian Meditation and has contacts with people of various faiths. Prayer remains the foundation of the life of the Community.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Philippa CSP  (Mother Superior, assumed office 30 August 1999)
Address: The Convent of the Sacred Passion, 22 Buckingham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5UB, England
Tel: +44 (0)1273 453 807
Email: Email

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CSWG - Community of the Servants of the Will of God 

Founded 1953

This monastery is set in woodland. The Community of men and women lives a contemplative life, uniting silence, work and prayer in a simple life style based on the Rule of St Benedict. The Community is especially concerned with uniting the traditions of East and West, and has developed the Liturgy, Divine Office and use of the Jesus Prayer accordingly.

Contact Details

Name: Father Colin CSWG   (Father Superior, assumed office 3 April 2008)
Address: The Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Crawley Down, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4LH, England
Tel: +44 (0)1342 712074
Email: Email

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SSM - Society of St Margaret (East Grinstead) 

Founded 1855
Registered Charity : No. 231926

The Convent at Hooke Hall is one of the autonomous Convents which constitute the Society of St Margaret, founded by John Mason Neale. The Sisters' work is the worship of God, expressed in their life of prayer and service. They welcome visitors as guests and retreatants, and are involved in spiritual direction and parish work. At Chiswick they care for elderly people in a nursing home and have guests. There is a semi-autonomous house and a branch house in Sri Lanka.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Cynthia Clare SSM  (Mother Superior, assumed office 2 March 2000)
Address: Hooke Hall, 250 High Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1EN, England
Tel: +44 01825 766 808
Email: Email

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CHN - Community of the Holy Name (UK) 

Founded 1865
Registered Charity : No. 25025

The Sisters combine the life of prayer with service to others in their evangelistic and pastoral outreach and by maintaining their houses as centres of prayer where they can be available to others. They run a small guest house in Derby. In our houses, and from the Convent in Derby, the Sisters are involved in parish work, hospital visiting, retreat-giving and work among the wider community, and with those who come for spiritual guidance.

The members of the Fellowship of the Holy Name are an extension of its life and witness in the world.

We encourage those who wish to live alongside for a period of time.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Pauline Margaret CHN  (Provincial Superior, assumed office 23 January 2013)
Address: Convent of the Holy Name, Morley Road, Oakwood, Derby, DE21 4QZ, England
Tel: +44 (0)1332 671 716
Fax: +44 (0)1332 669 712
Email: Email
Website: www.chnderby.org

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CGA - Community of the Glorious Ascension 

Founded 1960

The Community seeks to live a common-life centred upon daily work, prayer and worship. The corporate pattern of the monastic life is at the heart of our life together; which aims to be informal and inclusive both in worship and hospitality. From its beginning, CGA has had a vibrant sense of mission which we try to maintain through our friendship with those who stay or visit, and also through involvement with people in the local area.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Jean CGA   (Prioress)
Address: The Priory, 38 Green Park Way, Chillington, Devon, TQ7 2HY, England
Tel: +44 (0)1548 580 939
Email: Email

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CGA - Community of the Glorious Ascension 

Founded 1960

The Community seeks to live a common-life centred upon daily work, prayer and worship. The corporate pattern of the monastic life is at the heart of our life together; which aims to be informal and inclusive both in worship and hospitality. From its beginning, CGA has had a vibrant sense of mission which we try to maintain through our friendship with those who stay or visit, and also through involvement with people in the local area.

Contact Details

Name: Brother Simon CGA  (Prior, assumed office 20 May 1993)
Address: The Priory, 26 Helmers Way, Chillington, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2EZ, England
Tel: +44 (0)1548 511 474
Fax: +44 (0)1548 511 474
Email: Email

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SC - Sisters of Charity (UK) 

Founded 1869
Registered Charity : No. X33170

A Community following the Rule of St Vincent de Paul and so committed to the service of those in need. The Sisters are involved in parish work and the Community also has a nursing home in Plympton.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Elizabeth Mary SC  (Revd Mother, assumed office 21 April 2003)
Address: 237 Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 2HP, England
Tel: +44 (0)1752 336 112
Email: Email

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FSJM - Society of the Franciscan Servants of Jesus and Mary 

Founded 1935

Contact Details

Name: Reverend Mother FSJM 
Address: Posbury St Francis, Crediton, Devon, EX17 3QG, England

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CSP - Community of St Peter (UK) (Woking) 

Founded 1861
Registered Charity : No. 240675 (UK)

The Community was founded by Benjamin Lancaster, a Governor of St George's Hospital, Hyde Park, London. He wished his poorer patients to have convalescent care before returning to their homes. The Sisters also nursed cholera and TB patients, and opened orphanages and homes for children and the elderly. They were asked by priests to help in the parish and they were asked to go to Korea in 1892. They have close links with the Society of the Holy Cross in Korea, which was founded by the Community.

Since the closure of their Nursing/Care Home, new work is undertaken outside the Community in the way of continued care, using Sisters' abilities, talents and qualifications. The Sisters live in houses located where they can carry out their various works and ministry. They recite their fourfold daily Office either together in their houses or individually.

Contact Details

Name: Revd Mother Lucy Clare CSP  (Mother Superior, assumed office 29 June 2005)
Address: St Peter's Convent, c/o St Columba's House, Maybury Hill, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8AB, England
Tel: +44 (0)1483 750 739
Email: Email

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CHC - Community of the Holy Cross (Benedictine) (Rempstone) 

Founded 1857
A Registered Charity

The Community of the Holy Cross was founded in 1857 by Elizabeth Neale (sister of John Mason Neale, the hymnographer), at the invitation of Father Charles Fuge Lowder. The foundation was intended for Mission work in Father Lowder’s parish of London Docks, but succeeding generations felt that the Community was being called to a life of greater withdrawal, and in the twentieth century the Benedictine Office, and later the Rule of St Benedict, were adopted.

The Community aims to achieve the Benedictine balance of prayer, study and work. All the work, whether manual, artistic or intellectual, is done within the Enclosure. The daily celebrations of the Eucharist and the Divine Office are the centre and inspiration of all activity.

Apart from worship, prayer and intercession, and the work of maintaining the house, garden and grounds, the Community’s works are: the publications and greetings cards described below; providing retreats and quiet days; and dealing with a large postal apostolate.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Mary Luke Wise CHC  (Mother Superior, elected 8 Nov 1991)
Address: Holy Cross Convent, Highfields, Nottingham Road, Costock, LE12 6XE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1509 852 761
Email: Email
Website: www.holycrosschc.org.uk

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OGS - Oratory of the Good Shepherd 

Founded 1913

The Oratory of the Good Shepherd is a society of priests and laymen founded at Cambridge (UK), which now has provinces in North America, Australia, Southern Africa and Europe. Oratorians are bound together by a common Rule and discipline; members do not generally live together in community. The brethren are grouped in 'colleges' and meet regularly for prayer and support, and each province meets annually for retreat and chapter. Every three years, the General Chapter meets, presided over by the Superior of the whole Oratory, whose responsibility is to maintain the unity of the provinces.

Consecration of life in the Oratory has the twin purpose of fostering the individual brother's personal search for God in union with his brethren, and as a sign of the Kingdom. So through the apostolic work of the brethren, the Oratory seeks to make a contribution to the life and witness of the whole Church.

In common with traditional communities, the Oratory requires celibacy. Brothers are accountable to their brethren for their spending and are expected to live simply and with generosity. The ideal spiritual pattern includes daily Eucharist, Offices, and an hour of prayer. Study is also regarded as important in the life. During the time of probation which is for two years, the new brother is cared for and nurtured in the Oratory life by another brother of his College. The brother may then, with the consent of the province, make his first profession, which is renewed annually for at least five years, though with the hope of intention and perseverance for life. After five years, profession can be made for a longer period, and after ten years a brother may, with the consent of the whole Oratory, make his profession for life.

Contact Details

Name: Michael Bartlett OGS  (Provincial, assumed office August 2011)
Address: Cobblers Cottage, 3-5 Park Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1JB, England
Tel: +44 (0) 1767 683 951
Email: Email

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CSA - Community of St Andrew 

Founded 1861
Registered Charity : No. 244321

In the mid 19th century Elizabeth Ferard felt called to restore the diaconate of women. After training for several months with Lutheran deaconesses at Kaiserswerth and with the Anglican Sisters of Mercy at Ditchingham (CAH), she was authorized by the Bishop of London, A. C. Tait, to begin an Institute to train women as Deaconesses which started on St Andrew’s Day, 1861. The Bishop commissioned Elizabeth as the first Deaconess of the Church of England on 18 July 1862. The Bishop laid hands on the head of each person to be made Deaconess, give her his blessing and she would be admitted to the Community of the London Diocesan Deaconess Institution. From about 1887 the Community evolved into a Religious Community known as the Deaconess Community of St Andrew: thus the dual vocation of life commitment in community and ordained ministry in the Church. The fundamental ministry is the offering of prayer and worship, evangelism, pastoral work and hospitality, now mainly through retirement ministries. In 2011 we celebrated our 150th anniversary as a Community. Because the restoration of the Deaconess Order began with us, in 2012 we co-sponsored the celebration of 150th anniversary of the Deaconess Order of the Church of England at Lambeth Palace at which the Archbishop presided and a former deaconess, the Revd Ann Gurney preached.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Lillian CSA  (Mother Superior, assumed office 6 November 2000)
Address: St Mary's Convent & Nursing Home, Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London, W4 1YA, England

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OSB - Community of St Mary at the Cross (Order of St Benedict) (Edgware, UK) 

Founded 1866
Registered Charity : No. 209261

Living under the Rule of St Benedict, and dedicated to St Mary at the Cross, the vocation of this community is to stand with Christ’s Mother beside those who suffer; its heart in prayer, the Divine Office & the Eucharist are central to its life.

Beginning in Shoreditch, Mother Monnica Skinner and Revd Henry Nihill worked together, drawn to the desperate poverty and sickness around them. Awareness of the needs, especially of 'incurable children', led to the building of a hospital, marking the beginning of the community's life work. Developing to meet the needs of each generation, this ministry continues today in the provision of Henry Nihill House, a 30-bed care home with nursing for disabled and elderly frail persons, in the beautiful grounds of Edgware Abbey.

Edgware Abbey is a haven of peace which enfolds many visitors. All are offered Benedictine hospitality with space for rest and renewal. The small comfortable Guest Wing provides short stay retreat accommodation, and space for parish Away Days and Meetings. All guests are welcome to participate in the Community’s offering of the Divine Office and Eucharist. Edgware Abbey is easily accessible from the M1, AI, tube and rail.

Contact Details

Name: Rt Revd Dame Mary Therese Zelent OSB  (Abbess, elected 30 March 1993)
Address: Edgware Abbey, 94A Priory Field Drive, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9PU, England
Tel: +44 (0)20 8958 7868
Email: Email
Website: www.edgwareabbey.org.uk

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SSJE - Society of St John the Evangelist (UK) 

Founded 1866

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is the oldest of the Anglican orders for men, founded at Cowley in Oxford in 1866 by Father Richard Meux Benson. From it grew the North American Congregation and we were also involved in the founding of several other Communities around the world both for men and women. SSJE worked as a Missionary Order in several countries, most notably India and South Africa. In 2012 the English Congregation closed its last House in London and went into retirement where they continue to live out their vows.

Contact Details

Name: Father Peter Huckle SSJE  (in retirement)
England
Email: Email

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SSM - Society of St Margaret (Hackney) 

Founded 1855
St Saviour's founded 1866
Registered Charity : No. 230927

St Saviour's Priory is one of the autonomous Houses which constitute the Society of St Margaret founded by John Mason Neale. Exploring contemporary ways of living the Religious life, the community seeks, through a balance of prayer and ministry, to respond to some of the needs that arise amongst the marginalised in East London. The Office is four-fold and the Eucharist is offered daily. The Sisters' outreach to the local community includes: working as staff members (lay or ordained) in various parishes; supporting issues of justice and racial equality; supporting the gay community; Sunday Stall and Drop in Centre; Dunloe Centre for the homeless and alcoholics; complementary therapy; individual spiritual direction and retreats; dance workshops; art work and design. The Sisters also share their community building and resources of worship and space with individuals and groups.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Judith Blackburn SSM  (Leader of the Community, assumed office 2013)
Address: St Saviour's Priory, 18 Queensbridge Road, London, E2 8NS, England
Tel: +44 0207 739 9976
Email: Email
Website: www.stsaviourspriory.org.uk

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SSF - Society of St Francis (European Province) 

Founded 1921 (UK)
Registered Charity : No. 236464

The Society of St Francis has diverse origins in a number of Franciscan groups which drew together during the 1930s to found one Franciscan Society. SSF in its widest definition includes First Order Brothers, First Order Sisters (CSF), Second Order Sisters (OSC) and a Third Order (TSSF). The First Order shares a common life of prayer, fraternity and a commitment to issues of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. In its larger houses, this includes accommodation for short-term guests; in the city houses, the Brothers are engaged in a variety of ministries, chaplaincies and care for the poor and marginalised. They are also available for retreat work, counselling and sharing in the task of mission in parishes and schools. They also work in Europe and have houses in the Americas, Australasia, the Pacific, and Korea.

Contact Details

Name: Clifton Henry SSF  (Minister Provincial, Solomon Islands, assumed office March 2012)
Address: Patteson house, PO Box 519, Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Tel: +677 22386
Fax: +677 258 10

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SSM - Society of St Margaret (Walsingham) 

Founded 1855
Registered Charity : No. 255152

In January 1994, the Priory of Our Lady at Walsingham reverted to being an autonomous house of the Society of St Margaret. The Sisters are a Traditional Community whose daily life is centred on the Eucharist and the daily Office, from which flows their growing involvement in the ministry of healing, and reconciliation in the Shrine, the local parishes and the wider Church. They welcome guests for short periods of rest, relaxation and retreat, and are available to pilgrims and visitors. They also work in the Shrine shop and the Welcome Centre.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Mary Angela CSWG  (Sister administrator, assumed office March 2014)
Address: The Priory of our Lady, Bridewell Street, Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6ED, England
Tel: +44 01328 820 340
Email: Email

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OSC - Community of St Clare 

Founded 1950

The Community of St Clare is part of the Society of St Francis. We are a group of women who live together needing each other's help to give our whole lives to the worship of God. Our service to the world is by our prayer, in which we are united with all people everywhere. We have a guest house so that others may join in our worship, and share the quiet and beauty with which we are surrounded. We try to provide for our own needs by growing much of our own food, and by our work of printing, wafer baking, writing and various crafts. This also helps us to have something material to share with those in greater need.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Damien Davies OSC  (Abbess, elected 13 May 2013)
Address: St Mary's Convent, 178 Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Witney, Oxon, OX29 8AJ, England
Tel: +44-(0)1993 881 225
Email: Email

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CSJB - Community of St John Baptist (UK) 

Founded 1852
Registered Charity : No. 236939

Founded by Harriet Monsell and Thomas Thelluson Carter to help women rejected by the rest of society, we are now a Community of women who seek to offer our gifts to God in various ways. These include parish and retreat work, spiritual direction, and ministry to the elderly. Two sisters are ordained to the priesthood: both work in local benefices as well as presiding regularly at the community Eucharist. Sisters are also involved in the ministry of spiritual accompaniment, retreat giving and are available to facilitate quiet days.

We have close links with the sisters of our affiliated community at Mendham, New Jersey, USA; and we also have links with the Justice and Peace Movement.

Daily life centres on the Eucharist and the Divine Office, and we live under the threefold vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Following the Rule of St Augustine, we are encouraged to grow into 'an ever-deepening commitment of love for God and for each other as we strive to show forth the attractiveness of Christ to the world'.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Ann Verena CJGS  (Leader, assumed office 2010)
Address: Harriet Monsell House, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire, OX44 9EX, England
Tel: +44 (0)1865 877 100
Email: Email
Website: www.csjb.org.uk

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CSMV - Community of St Mary the Virgin 

Founded 1848

The Community of St Mary the Virgin was founded in 1848 by William John Butler, then Vicar of Wantage. In January 2013, 11 sisters left CSMV to join the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and were received into full communion in the Roman Catholic Church. Those of us who remain as Anglicans in CSMV are grateful for the warm and generous support we have received since their departure.

As Sisters, we are called to respond to our vocation in the spirit of the Virgin Mary: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word." Our common life is centred in the worship of God through the Eucharist, the daily Office and in personal prayer. From this all else flows. For some, it will be expressed in outgoing ministry in neighbourhood and parish, in offering people a quiet place for prayer and reflection and in pastoral care for the elderly. For others it may be expressed in spiritual direction, in retreat giving or in craft and art work. At the Convent, hospitality on the guest wing is the main focus of our ministry.

The Community has had a share in the nurturing and training of a small indigenous community in Madagascar .

The Community has had a share in the nurturing and training of a small indigenous community in Madagascar.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Jean Frances CSMV  (Sister-in-charge, assumed office January 2013)
Address: St Mary's Convent, Challow Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9DJ, England
Tel: +44 (0)1235 763 141
Email: Email
Website: www.csmv.co.uk

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CJGS - Community of the Companions of Jesus the Good Shepherd 

Founded 1920
Registered Charity : No. 270317

When the Community was founded, the first Sisters were all teachers living alone or in small groups but coming together during the school holidays. In 1943, West Ogwell House in South Devon became the Mother House and the more usual form of conventual life was established as well. The work of Christian education has always been of primary concern to the Community, whether in England or overseas, although not all the Sisters have been teachers.

In 1996, the Community moved to Windsor to live and work alongside the Community of St John Baptist, while retaining its own ethos. The Community aims ‘to express in service for others, Christ’s loving care for his flock.’ At present, this service includes involvement in lay and ordained local ministry training; offering companionship to those seeking to grow in the spiritual life through spiritual direction and quiet days; and especially the befriending of the elderly, lonely, deaf and those in need.

In 2012, the Community moved with CSJB to Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Ann Verena CJGS  (Mother Superior, assumed office 20 March 1996)
Address: Harriet Monsell House, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire, OX44 9EX, England
Tel: +44 (0)1865 877 103
Email: Email

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CSC - Community of the Servants of the Cross 

Founded 1877
Registered Charity : No. 286615 (UK)

The Community has an Augustinian Rule and for much of its history cared for elderly and infirm women. In 1997, because of decreasing numbers, the Convent at Lindfield (Sussex) was sold and the Mother House transferred to Chichester, where the former Theological College is now a retirement home. From there, the remaining sisters moved to St Katharine’s House, Wantage, but have now moved back to Sussex, to live in a home near to their Warden.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Jane CSC 
Address: c/o Fr John Lyon, The Vicarage, 33 Vicarage Lane, East Preston, Littlehampton, BN16 2SP, England

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SLG - Community of the Sisters of the Love of God 

Founded 1906
Registered Charity : No. 261722
SLG Charitable Trust Ltd : registered in England 990049

A contemplative community with a strong monastic tradition founded in 1906, which seeks to witness to the priority of God and to respond to the love of God - God's love for us and our love for God. We believe that we are called to live a substantial degree of withdrawal, in order to give ourselves to a spiritual work of prayer which, beginning and ending in the praise and worship of God, is essential for the peace and well-being of the world. Through offering our lives to God within the Community, and through prayer and daily life together, we seek to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ and one another. The Community has always drawn upon the spirituality of Carmel; life and prayer in silence and solitude is an important dimension in our vocation. The Community also draws from other traditions; therefore our Rule is not specifically Carmelite. Another important ingredient is an emphasis on the centrality of Divine Office and Eucharist together in choir, inspired partly by the Benedictine way of life.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Margaret Theresa SLG  (Reverend Mother, assumed office 24 June 2007)
Address: Convent of the Incarnation , Fairacres, Parker Street, Oxford, OX4 1TB, England
Tel: +44 (0)1865 721301
Fax: +44 (0)1865 250798
Email: Email
Website: www.slg.org.uk

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OSB - Order of St Benedict Elmore Abbey 

Founded 1914
Registered Charity : Pershore Nashdom & Elmore Trust - No. 220012

The monastery aims to provide an environment within which the traditional monastic balance between worship, study and work may be maintained with a characteristic Benedictine stress upon corporate worship and community life. To this end, outside commitments are kept to a minimum.

Contact Details

Name: Very Revd Dom Simon Jarratt OSB  (Conventual Prior, elected 13 December 2005)
Address: St Benedict's Priory, 19A The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EB, England
Tel: +44 (0)1722 335 868
Email: Email

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OSB - Order of St Benedict Mucknell Abbey 

Founded 1941
Registered Charity : No. 221617

The contemplative community of monks and nuns sold their former monastery in Burford in 2008 and bought a farm near Worcester and transformed it into a monastery incorporating as many ‘sustainable’ features as possible. Having moved into their new home in November 2010, the Community is seeking to maintain an atmosphere of stillness and silence in which the Community and its guests are enabled to be open and receptive to the presence of God. The recitation of the Divine Office and the celebration of the Eucharist constitute the principal work of the Community. The ministry of hospitality, the development of the surrounding 40 acres of land (which comprises a large kitchen garden, orchard, newly-planted woodland and hay meadows), the production of incense for a world-wide market, and various income-generating crafts provide a variety of manual work for members of the Community and those guests who wish to share in it. The monastery seeks to celebrate the wonder and richness of Creation and to model a responsible stewardship. The Community’s concern has always been to pray for Christian Unity, and it now rejoices in having a Methodist presbyter in its number. Dialogue with people of other faiths and those seeking a spiritual way, either within or outside an established religious tradition, is a priority.

Contact Details

Name: Rt Revd Brother Stuart Burns OSB  (Abbot, elected 14 October 1996)
Address: Mucknell Abbey, Mucknell Farm Lane, Stoulton, Worcestershire, WR7 4RB, England
Tel: +1 (0)1905 345 900
Email: Email
Website: www.mucknellabbey.org.uk

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ASSP - Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor (UK) 

Founded 1851

God calls us to be channels of his love to those who are in need because of age, health or social circumstances, whatever way we believe the Holy Spirit is leading us.

The heart of our Community life is the worship of God in the daily Office and the Eucharist. We set aside time for prayer and spiritual reading. We share some meals, make time for each other and join in day-to-day decision-making. We consider vocation to be on-going and look for God in new situations.

We live in the same grounds as St John's Home, which cares for frail, elderly people, and Helen and Douglas House where respite and end-of-life care for children and young people with life-shortening conditions are offered. Across the road, the Porch Steppin' Stones is a day centre for homeless or vulnerably-housed people. These all have separate management but Sisters are involved in a variety of ways.

Our guest house gives a warm welcome to individuals or groups needing retreat or spiritual refreshment. Sisters also offer Spiritual Direction and the ordained Sister ministers in Oxford parishes and chaplaincies.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Jean Raphael ASSP  (Community Leader, assumed office 18 October 2010)
Address: All Saints Convent, 15A Magadalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RW, England
Tel: +44-(0)1865 249127
Email: Email

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SPB - Society of the Precious Blood (UK) 

Founded 1905
Registered Charity : No. 900512

We are a contemplative community whose particular work within the whole body of Christ is worship, thanksgiving and intercession. Within these ancient Abbey walls, which date back to 1266, we continue to live the Augustinian monastic tradition of prayer, silence, fellowship and solitude. The Eucharist is the centre of our life, where we find ourselves most deeply united with Christ, one another and all for whom we pray. The work of prayer is continued in the Divine Office, in the Watch before the Blessed Sacrament and in our whole life of work, reading, creating, and learning to live together. This life of prayer finds an outward expression in welcoming guests, who come seeking an opportunity for quiet and reflection in which to deepen their own spiritual lives, or to explore the possibility of a religious vocation.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Victoria Mary SPB  (Reverend Mother, assumed office 6 August 2011)
Address: Burnham Abbey, Lake End Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 0PW, England
Tel: +44 01628 604 080
Email: Email
Website: www.burnhamabbey.org

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SSB - Society of the Sisters of Bethany 

Founded 1866
Registered Charity : No. 226582

By prayer and activity, the Sisters seek to share in the work of reconciling the divided Churches of Christendom and the whole world. At the heart of each Sister's vocation is a call to prayer. The Community prays daily for the unity of Christians. The intention of the Eucharist every Thursday is for Unity and is followed by their Office for Unity. On Fridays a three-hour Prayer Watch is kept in Chapel, and in addition each Sister has her own special intentions. The Sisters’ online ministry using Twitter (twitter.com @bethanysister) and Facebook (facebook.com@sisters .ofbethany) engages with nearly 3,000 people meeting them where they are and helping them see that God really is in the ’everyday’. Each Sister makes the offering of herself in the hidden life of prayer within the Community, in the belief that God desires and accepts that offering. They are encouraged to persevere by some words of Abbé Paul Couturier with which he concluded one of his letters to the Community: "In Christ let us pray, pray, pray for Unity." The work of the Sisters includes giving hospitality for those seeking spiritual or physical refreshment and arranging retreats and quiet days.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Rita-Elizabeth SSB  (Reverend Mother, assumed office 22 October 2009)
Address: 7 Nelson Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 2AR, England
Tel: +44 02392 833 948
Email: Email
Website: www.sistersofbethany.org.uk

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OSB - Order of St Benedict Malling Abbey 

Founded 1891

Christians are called to seek and serve God in many different ways. The Rule of St. Benedict provides a way of life for those whose vocation is to seek God through prayer and life in community. We express this Benedictine tradition in our daily Eucharist and seven-fold sung Office, in personal prayer and lectio divina. These are complemented by work in the house and large gardens and hospitality to our many guests. Times for recreation, study, literary and artistic work and various crafts complete a full and satisfying day. A newcomer who wishes to explore her vocation to the enclosed Benedictine life is welcomed, first for several weeks as an aspirant, then for at least six years of training and discernment before she makes her solemn life vows. Each novice is encouraged to make her own unique contribution to the common life, while also entering into the community's heritage and traditions. These include our concern for God's creation, our work for Christian unity and interfaith dialogue, and the practical care of the Abbey's Norman and medieval buildings.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Abbess Mary David Best OSB  (elected 16 September 2008)
Address: St Mary's Abbey, 52 Swan Street, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6JX , England
Tel: +44 (0)1732 843309
Fax: +44 (0)1732 849016
Website: www.mallingabbey.org

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CSD - Community of St Denys 

Founded 1879
A Registered Charity

The Community was founded for mission work at home and overseas. The remaining Sisters live in individual accommodation. The present dispersed community of men and women live with a Rule of Life based on the monastic virtues and a particular ministry towards encouragement in the practice of prayer and active service. The Retreat centre at Ivy House, Warminster, continues actively under a secular Warden and staff, providing hospitality for retreats and conferences for groups and individuals. There is a Board of Trustees responsible for financial matters.

Contact Details

Name: Mrs June Watt  (Leader, assumed office October 2010)
Address: 57 Archers Court, Castle Street, Salisbury, SP1 3WE, England

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CSC - Community of the Sisters of the Church (UK) 

Founded 1870
Registered Charity No. for CSC : 271790 (England)

Founded by Emily Ayckbowm in 1870, the Community of the Sisters of the Church is an international body of lay and ordained women within the Anglican Communion. We are seeking to be faithful to the gospel values of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, and to the traditions of Religious Life while exploring new ways of expressing them and of living community life and ministry today. By our worship, ministry and life in community, we desire to be channels of the reconciling love and acceptance of Christ, to acknowledge the dignity of every person, and to enable others to encounter the living God whom we seek.

The Community's patrons, St Michael and the Angels, point us to a life both of worship and active ministry, of mingled adoration and action. Our name, Sisters of the Church, reminds us that our particular dedication is to the mystery of the Church as the Body of Christ in the world.

The Eucharist and Divine Office (usually fourfold) are the heart of our Community life. Community houses provide different expressions of our life and ministry in inner city, suburban, coastal town and village setting.

Contact Details

Name: Susan Hird CSC  (UK Provincial, assumed office September 2008)
Address: St Michael's Convent, 56 Ham Common, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7JH, England
Tel: +44 0208 940 8711
Fax: +44 (0)20 8948 5525
Email: Email
Website: www.sistersofthechurch.org

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SSM - Society of the Sacred Mission (Europe) 

Founded 1893

Founded in 1893 by Father Herbert Kelly, the Society is a means of uniting the devotion of ordinary people, using it in the service of the Church. Members of the Society share a common life of prayer and fellowship in a variety of educational, pastoral and community activities in England, Australia, Japan, Lesotho, and South Africa.

Contact Details

Name: Colin Griffiths SSM  (Provincial, assumed office April 2010)
Address: The Well, Newport Road, Willen, MK15 9AA, England
Tel: +44 (0)1908 241 974
Email: Email

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CSL - Community of St Laurence 

Founded 1874
Registered Charity : No. 220282 (UK)

The Community was founded in 1874. The Sisters cared for the ‘Treasures’ of the Church - those in need of love and care, including elderly ladies. In the 1990s, more time was given to Retreat Work after the Residential House was closed, and in 2001 the Community moved to a new purpose-built convent in Southwell, adjacent to Sacrista Prebend Retreat House and the Cathedral. The Convent closed in 2012.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Dorothea CSL & Sister Margareta Mary CSL 
Address: Convent closed 2012, England

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CAH - Community of All Hallows 

Founded 1855
A Registered Charity

We are a group of women with diverse personalities and gifts called together in a common commitment to prayer and active work under the patronage of the Saints. Central to our life are the daily Eucharist and the Divine Office, combined with time for personal prayer, meditation and spiritual reading. Together they draw us deeper into the desire to “serve Christ in one another and love as He loves us”. This overflows into our active works – particularly in our ministry of hospitality, expressed mainly through our Guest House, Spiritual Direction, and leading Retreats for individuals and small groups. It also includes some pastoral ministry at All Hallows Hospital and Nursing Home, which were founded and developed by us, but now form a separate Charity. In addition there is a large Conference Centre and a Day Nursery within our grounds. Our former convent building opposite is now home to an Emmaus community for the homeless.

The ministry of hospitality and prayer continues to flourish at our house in Rouen Road, Norwich, which is closely linked with the adjacent Julian Shrine and Centre.The ministry of hospitality and prayer continues to flourish at our house in Rouen Road, Norwich, which is closely linked with the adjacent Julian Shrine and Centre.

Contact Details

Name: Sisters Elizabeth & Sheila CAH  (Joint leaders, assumed office 7 July 2010)
Address: All Hallows Convent, Belsey Bridge Road, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2DT, England
Tel: +44 (0)1986 892 749
Fax: +44 01986 895 838
Email: Email
Website: www.all-hallows.org

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CSPH - Community of St Peter (UK) (Horbury) 

Founded 1858

The Community seeks to glorify God by a life of loving dedication to him, by worship and by serving Him in others. A variety of pastoral work is undertaken including Quiet Days, spiritual direction and ministry to individuals in need. The spirit of the community is Benedictine and the recitation of the Divine Office central to the life.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Robina CSPH  (Mother Superior, assumed office 14 April 1993)
Address: St Peter's Convent , 14 Spring End Road, Horbury, Wakefield, West Yorks, WF4 6DB, England
Tel: +44 (0)1924 272 181
Email: Email

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CR - Community of the Resurrection 

Founded 1892
Registered Charity : No. 232670

The Community consists of priests and laymen living a life of worship, work and study within the monastic life. They undertake a wide range of pastoral ministry including retreats, teaching and counselling.

Contact Details

Name: George Guiver CR  (assumed office 29 December 2002)
Address: House of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 0BN, England
Tel: +44 (0)1924 494318
Fax: +44 (0)1924 490489
Email: Email
Website: www.mirfieldcommunity.org.uk

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OSB - Community of Our Lady & Saint John (Benedictine) (Alton Abbey) 

Founded 1884
Registered Charity : No. 229216

The monks follow the Rule with its balance of prayer, work and study, supported by the vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience. A wide ministry of hospitality is offered, and visitors are welcome at the daily Mass and Divine Office. The purpose built monastery is built around two cloister garths; the Abbey Church dates from the beginning of the twentieth century. Set in extensive grounds, with contrast between areas that are cultivated and others that are a haven for wildlife, the Abbey is situated about four miles from Alton.

Contact Details

Name: Rt Revd Dom Giles Hill OSB  (Abbot, elected 2013)
Address: Alton Abbey, Abbey Road, Beech, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4AP, England
Tel: +44 (0)1420 562 145
Email: Email
Website: www.altonabbey.org.uk

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OHP - Order of the Holy Paraclete 

Founded 1915
Registered Charity : No. 271117

Founded as an educational order, the sisters have diversified their work in UK to include hospitality, retreats and spiritual direction, hospital chaplaincy, inner city involvement, preaching and mission, and development work overseas. The Mother House is at St. Hilda’s Priory, Whitby. Some sisters work in the adjacent Sneaton Castle Centre, which caters for a wide variety of day and residential groups. Other UK houses are in York, Dormanstown (near Redcar), Bishopsthorpe and Sleights (near Whitby).

The Order has had a long-standing commitment to Africa since 1926. Most of the work begun by the sisters has been handed over to local people who continue to run the projects. Sister Benedicta continues to live and work in Manzini, Swaziland, raising school fees and helping with the education of orphans. The Order has two houses in Ghana. In Jachie, Sister Aba runs an eye clinic while Sister Alberta teaches in a kindergarten. In Sunyani, Sister Mavis acts as Bishop’s secretary. She and Sister Sabina also make communion hosts, have a shop and are beginning a small vocational school teaching computer and crafts to girls who were unable to complete their education. Both houses still foster vocations to the Religious life.

Central to the Order's life in all its houses are the Divine Office and Eucharist, and a strong emphasis on corporate activity.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Dorothy Stella OHP  (Prioress, assumed office 15 July 2005)
Address: St Hilda's Priory, Sneaton Castle, Whitby, North Yorks, YO21 3QN, England
Tel: +44 (0)1947 602079
Fax: +44 (0)1947 820854
Email: Email
Website: www.ohpwhitby.org