Provincial Directory - Religious Communities

Bath & Wells  Community of St Francis

Birmingham  Community of St John the Divine

Birmingham  Community of St Mary the Virgin

Birmingham  Society of St Francis (European Province)

Canterbury  Society of St Francis (European Province)

Carlisle  Community of the Holy Name (UK)

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

Durham  Society of the Sacred Mission (Europe)

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)

Leicester  Community of the Holy Name (UK)

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  Community of St Mary the Virgin

London  Community of the Holy Name (UK)

London  Community of the Resurrection

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

London  Society of St Francis (European Province)

London  Society of St Francis (European Province)

London  Society of St Francis (European Province)

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 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 Burford Priory

Oxford  Order of St Benedict Elmore Abbey

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

Oxford  Society of St Francis (European Province)

Oxford  Society of the Precious Blood (UK)

Oxford  Society of the Sacred Mission (Europe)

Peterborough  Community of the Holy Name (UK)

Portsmouth  Society of the Sisters of Bethany

Ripon and Leeds  Community of St Mary the Virgin

Rochester  Community of the Holy Family

Rochester  Order of St Benedict Malling Abbey

Salisbury  Community of St Denys

Sheffield  Community of St Mary the Virgin

Southwark  Community of the Sisters of the Church (UK)

Southwark  Society of the Sacred Mission (Europe)

Southwell & Nottingham  Community of St Laurence

Southwell & Nottingham  Community of the Holy Name (UK)

St Albans  Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor (UK)

St Edmundsbury & Ipswich  Community of All Hallows

St Edmundsbury & Ipswich  Sisterhood of the Epiphany

Wakefield  Community of St Peter (UK) (Horbury)

Wakefield  Community of the Resurrection

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

Worcester  Society of St Francis (European Province)

York  Order of the Holy Paraclete

York  Order of the Holy Paraclete

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 our time and in the places to which we are called. The setting for this 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 having a central place, is at the heart of each house and each sister's life. Four of our sisters are priests; and three live the solitary life. Study nurtures our spiritual life and enables and enriches our ministries. Work includes the practical running of our houses and a wide range of ministries; currently these include hospitality, spiritual direction, prison chaplaincy, parish work and missions, preaching, leading quiet days and retreats, writing, being a presence in poor urban areas, nursing, and work with blind deaf people. Some of this work is salaried, much is voluntary. Each new sister brings her unique gifts, adding a new dimension to our life. As we approach our centenary, we are excited by the challenge of living the Franciscan life in the twenty-first century.

Contact Details

Name: Joyce CSF  (Minister General, assumed office 8 February 2002)
Address: Saint Francis Convent, Compton Durville, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5ES, England
Tel: +44-(0)1460 240473 or 241248
Fax: +44-(0)1460 242360
Email: Email
Website: www.franciscans.org.uk/

St Francis House, 3743 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 USA
Tel: +1-(415) 824 0288
Fax: +1-(415) 826 7569
Email: csf@sfo.com

Other UK Houses

St Francis House, 113 Gillott Rd, Birmingham B16 0ET England
Tel: +44-(0)121 454 8302
Fax: +44-(0)121 455 9784
Email: birminghamcsf@franciscans.org.uk

43 Endymion Road, Brixton, London SW2 2BU, England
Tel: +44-(0)20 8671 9401
Email: brixtoncsf@franciscans.org.uk

10 Halcrow Street, Stepney, London E1 2EP, England
Tel: +44-(0)20 7247 6233
Email: stepneycssf@franciscans.org.uk


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CSJD - Community of St John the Divine 

Founded 1848
Registered Charity : No. MAR 210 254

Since the time of our foundation, we have always been a pioneering community. In the early years of our history, the Community played an important part in the establishing of new standards for Nursing and Midwifery, both in hospitals and in people's homes, as well as responding to health epidemics at home and abroad.

The Community has responded in more recent years to the challenge of change in Religious Life. The ethos of CSJD has broadened to cover all aspects of health, healing, reconciliation and pastoral care in its widest context ... ministries that all seek in helping people to find wholeness. The underpinning of our life and work is a spirituality based on St John, the Apostle of Love.

The exploration of the way ahead is based on much prayer, reflection and discussion. This is bringing to birth a new model for the Community. We now accept Lay members, who live with the Community for one year. This offers a structured life of prayer, work and study, which provides time and space for discernment of where God is leading each person. There is no expectation that Lay members will ask to enter the Novitiate, although this is one possibility, but it is broader in its aim. It is an encouragement for each member to explore their own spiritual journey and where the Lord is leading them.

We are still at the beginning of this new chapter. Yet, as the Community celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 1998, we pray we may be open and responsive to God's leading and that there will be others called to share the challenge and commitment of our future direction. The corporate life of the Community centres around a weekday daily Eucharist celebrated in the House and the fourfold Office taken from Celebrating Common Prayer. On Sundays, Sisters attend local churches of their choice.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Christine CSJD  (Revd Mother Superior, assumed office February 1992)
Address: St John's House, 652 Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, B8 3NS, England
Tel: +44 (0)121 327 4174
Email: Email

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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. As Sisters, we are called to respond to our vocation in the spirit of the Blessed 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, or in living alongside those in inner city areas. For others, it will be expressed in spiritual direction, preaching and retreat giving, in creative work in studio and press, or in forms of healing ministry. Sisters also live and work among the elderly at St Katharine's House, our care Home for Elderly People in Wantage.

The Community has a share in nurturing and training a small indigenous community in Madagascar (see entry for the FMJK). It was also in India and South Africa for many years. Involvement with both these countries remains through 'Wantage Overseas', and, in India, through contact with our one remaining Indian Sister. Our links with South Africa are maintained by the groups of Oblates and Associates living there.

Contact Details

Address: 366 High Street, Smethwick, B66 3PD, England
Tel: +44 (0)121 558 0094


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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. The First Order shares a common life of prayer, fraternity and a commitment to the poor. 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 poor people. The Brothers are also available for retreat work, for counselling and for sharing in the task of mission in parishes and schools. They also undertake work in Europe and there are houses in America, Australasia and the Pacific, and are supportive to incipient communities in Zimbabwe and Korea.

Contact Details

Address: St Clare's House, 2 Fourlands Road, Birmingham, B31 1EX, England
Tel: +44 0121 475 4482
Email: Email

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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. The First Order shares a common life of prayer, fraternity and a commitment to the poor. 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 poor people. The Brothers are also available for retreat work, for counselling and for sharing in the task of mission in parishes and schools. They also undertake work in Europe and there are houses in America, Australasia and the Pacific, and are supportive to incipient communities in Zimbabwe and Korea.

Contact Details

Address: The Friary, ^A Stour Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BD, England
Tel: +44 01127 479 364
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, and are able to take one or two guests in the house at Keswick. In other houses, and from the Convent in Derby, the Sisters are involved in parish work, prison visiting, retreat-giving and work among some who are disabled, and those who come for counselling.

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

Contact Details

Address: Holy Name House, Ambleside Road, Kewsick, Cumbria, CA12 4DD, England
Tel: +44 (0)1768 772 9989
Email: Email


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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, but withdrew from active work in Tanzania in 1991, leaving behind the Tanzanian Community of St Mary of Nazareth and Calvary (CMM) (see separate entry). Although not actively engaged in Africa, the Sisters hold that continent particularly in their prayers and continue to support in many small ways the Tanzanians who are continuing the gospel work.

At the main house in Effingham, goods and money given for overseas work are collected and sent. The Sisters welcome guests for quiet times and private retreats. Visiting the sick and house-bound and Chaplaincy work in cathedral and hospital are also part of the work. The two Sisters living in Portsmouth aim to be available to those who need their support and have helped several asylum seekers and lonely children. A Sister lives in south London where, being a member of the World Community for Christian meditation, she communicates and nurtures meditation in the spirit of serving the unity of all. She is also a school governor.

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

Other Addresses

Address: 725 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 3JF, England


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CSWG - Community of the Servants of the Will of God 

Founded 1953

This monastery is set in woodland with a small farm attached. The Community 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. It now includes women living under the same monastic Rule.

Contact Details

Name: Father Gregory CSWG   (Father Superior, assumed office 14 September 1973)
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

Saint Margaret's Convent, East Grinstead, is one of the autonomous Houses 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 to a guest house, and are involved in spiritual direction, counselling and parish work. At Chiswick they care for elderly women in a nursing home and have a guest house. There are two branch houses in Sri Lanka.

Contact Details

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

Other Addresses:

Address: St Mary's Convent and Nursing Home, Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London, W4 2QF, England
Tel: +44 0208 994 46341
Fax: +44 0208 995 9796

Semi- Autonomous Houses Overseas

The Sisters run a retreat house, a children's home (mainly for those orphaned in the ongoing civil strife), a hostel for young women, a home for elderly people, and are involved in parish work and church embroidery.


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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, and are able to take one or two guests in the house at Keswick. In other houses, and from the Convent in Derby, the Sisters are involved in parish work, prison visiting, retreat-giving and work among some who are disabled, and those who come for counselling.

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

Contact Details

Name: Mother Monica Jane CHN  (Provincial Superior, assumed office 10 January 2004)
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

Other Houses


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CGA - Community of the Glorious Ascension 

Founded 1960

Brothers:

The life of the Community is shaped through a patterned living of prayer, worship and work. The mission of the Community is to be with and amongst people in daily living.

Sisters:

Prasada is set on the edge of a Provencal hill village, where guests are welcome for a time of rest and refreshment. Many join the Community in their chapel for the Eucharist and Divine Office. The Sisters are also involved in various activities with the local English-speaking and French communities.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Jean CGA  
Address: Prasada, Quartier Subrane, Montauroux, 83440, France
Tel: +33 (0)494 477 426
Fax: +33 (0)494 477 426

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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

Address: St Antony's Priory, Claypath, Durham, DH1 1QT, England
Tel: +44 0191 384 3737
Email: Email

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CGA - Community of the Glorious Ascension 

Founded 1960

Brothers:

The life of the Community is shaped through a patterned living of prayer, worship and work. The mission of the Community is to be with and amongst people in daily living.

Sisters:

Prasada is set on the edge of a Provencal hill village, where guests are welcome for a time of rest and refreshment. Many join the Community in their chapel for the Eucharist and Divine Office. The Sisters are also involved in various activities with the local English-speaking and French communities.

Contact Details

Name: Brother Simon CGA  (Prior, assumed office 20 May 1993)
Address: The Priory, Start Point, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2NG, England
Tel: +44 (0)1548 511 474
Fax: +44 (0)1548 511 474

Sisters


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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 and mission work and they have a Mission House in Plymouth. The Community also has a nursing home in Plympton and a retreat house in West Virginia in the USA.

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 336112
Email: Email

Other Addresses

Address: 8 Priory Mill, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 1WR, England
Tel: +44 (0)1752 240882


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FSJM - Society of the Franciscan Servants of Jesus and Mary 

Founded 1935

Contact Details

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.

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 in nursing, counselling and social work. 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 within their workplace. The Sisters have a large retreat house, St Columba's House, which is their base where they meet together.

Contact Details

Address: St Peter's Convent, Maybury Hill, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8AE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1483 766 498
Email: Email

Other Address

St Columbia's House (Retreat and Conference Centre)
Maybury Hill, Woking, Surrey GU22 8AE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1483 766498
Fax: +44 (0)1483 740441
Email:retreats@st.columba.org.uk


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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 earlier in the twentieth century the Benedictine Office, and later the Rule of St Benedict, were opted.

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, Rempstone Hall, Loughborough, LE12 6RG, England
Tel: +44 (0)1509 880 336
Fax: +44 (0)1509 881 812

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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, and are able to take one or two guests in the house at Keswick. In other houses, and from the Convent in Derby, the Sisters are involved in parish work, prison visiting, retreat-giving and work among some who are disabled, and those who come for counselling.

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

Contact Details

Address: 88 Braunston Road, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6LE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1572 770 287


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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 Great Britain.

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 lasts one or 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: Peter Ford OGS  (Provincial, assumed office April 2005)
Address: The Vicarage, Church Road, Wharton, Preston, PR4 1BD, England
Tel: +44 (0)1772 632 227
Email: Email

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CSA - Community of St Andrew 

Founded 1861
Registered Charity : No. 244321

Full membership of the Community consists of Professed Sisters who are ordained, or who, though not seeking ordination, serve in other forms of diaconal ministry, such as the caring professions. The fundamental ministry is the offering of prayer and worship, evangelism, pastoral work and hospitality. This is carried out through parish and specialised ministry.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Lillian CSA  (Mother Superior, assumed office 6 November 2000)
Address: 8/9 Verona Court, Chiswick, London, W4 2JD, England
Tel: +44-(0)20 8987 2799

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

Founded 1866
Registered Charity : No. 209261

With its dedication to St Mary at the Cross, this community has a special vocation to stand with Christ's Mother beside those who suffer. From its earliest days in Shoreditch, where Mother Monnica Skinner and Revd Henry Nihill worked together as co-founders, the sisters were drawn to the seperately poor and sick people around them. Awareness of the needs of many 'incurable children', led to the building of a hospital, marking the beginning of the community's life work.

Time passes and needs change; over the years the community's work has evolved to meet the present needs of elderly frail people for nursing or residential care. This care provision continues in Henry Nihill House at Edgware Abbey, where Residents enjoy close links with the community, its worship and its life.

From its foundation, the heart of the community's vocation lay in prayer; the Divine Office and the Eucharist were and are central to its life, love finding its expression in a care for those in need. Today many people are welcomed at the abbey, finding there a place of peace; all are offered Benedictine hospitality and given space for rest and renewal, with the opportunity to share in the community's worship.

Contact Details

Name: Rt Revd Dame Mary Thérèse Zelent OSB  (Abbess, elected 30 March 1993)
Address: St Mary at the Cross Priory Field Drive, Hale Lane, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9PZ, England
Tel: +44 (0)208 958 7868
Fax: +44 (0)208 958 1920
Email: Email

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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. As Sisters, we are called to respond to our vocation in the spirit of the Blessed 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, or in living alongside those in inner city areas. For others, it will be expressed in spiritual direction, preaching and retreat giving, in creative work in studio and press, or in forms of healing ministry. Sisters also live and work among the elderly at St Katharine's House, our care Home for Elderly People in Wantage.

The Community has a share in nurturing and training a small indigenous community in Madagascar (see entry for the FMJK). It was also in India and South Africa for many years. Involvement with both these countries remains through 'Wantage Overseas', and, in India, through contact with our one remaining Indian Sister. Our links with South Africa are maintained by the groups of Oblates and Associates living there.

Contact Details

Address: 116 Seymour Road, Harringay, London, N8 0BG,
Tel: +44 (0)208 348 3477


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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, and are able to take one or two guests in the house at Keswick. In other houses, and from the Convent in Derby, the Sisters are involved in parish work, prison visiting, retreat-giving and work among some who are disabled, and those who come for counselling.

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

Contact Details

Address: Cottage 5, Lambeth Palace, London, SE1 7JU, England
Tel: +44 (0)207 898 5407


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CR - Community of the Resurrection 

Founded 1892
Registered Charity : No. 232670

The Community consists of priests and laymen living together as brothers a life devoted to prayer and worship, work and study. They undertake a wide range of pastoral ministry, both in the UK and South Africa. Their work includes a theological college at Mirfield and retreat houses, together with evangelism and counselling.

Contact Details

Address: St Michael's Priory, 14 Burleigh Street, London, WC2E 7PX, England
Tel: +44 (0)20 7379 6669
Fax: +44 (0)20 7240 5294
Email: Email


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

Founded 1866
Registered Charity : No. 209261

With its dedication to St Mary at the Cross, this community has a special vocation to stand with Christ's Mother beside those who suffer. From its earliest days in Shoreditch, where Mother Monnica Skinner and Revd Henry Nihill worked together as co-founders, the sisters were drawn to the seperately poor and sick people around them. Awareness of the needs of many 'incurable children', led to the building of a hospital, marking the beginning of the community's life work.

Time passes and needs change; over the years the community's work has evolved to meet the present needs of elderly frail people for nursing or residential care. This care provision continues in Henry Nihill House at Edgware Abbey, where Residents enjoy close links with the community, its worship and its life.

From its foundation, the heart of the community's vocation lay in prayer; the Divine Office and the Eucharist were and are central to its life, love finding its expression in a care for those in need. Today many people are welcomed at the abbey, finding there a place of peace; all are offered Benedictine hospitality and given space for rest and renewal, with the opportunity to share in the community's worship.

Contact Details

Name: Rt Revd Dame Mary Th?r?se Zelent OSB  (Abbess, elected 30 March 1993)
Address: St Mary at the Cross , Priory Field Drive, Hale Lane, Edgware, HA8 9PZ, England
Tel: +44 (0)20 8958 7868
Fax: +44 (0)20 8958 1920
Email: Email

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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. The First Order shares a common life of prayer, fraternity and a commitment to the poor. 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 poor people. The Brothers are also available for retreat work, for counselling and for sharing in the task of mission in parishes and schools. They also undertake work in Europe and there are houses in America, Australasia and the Pacific, and are supportive to incipient communities in Zimbabwe and Korea.

Contact Details

Address: St Martin's Vicarage, 34 St Martin's Avenue, East Ham, London, E6 3DX, England
Tel: +44 0208 552 6991

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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. The First Order shares a common life of prayer, fraternity and a commitment to the poor. 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 poor people. The Brothers are also available for retreat work, for counselling and for sharing in the task of mission in parishes and schools. They also undertake work in Europe and there are houses in America, Australasia and the Pacific, and are supportive to incipient communities in Zimbabwe and Korea.

Contact Details

Address: House of the Divine Compassion, 42 Balaam Street, Plaistow, London, E13 8AQ, England
Tel: +44 0207 476 5189
Email: Email

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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. The First Order shares a common life of prayer, fraternity and a commitment to the poor. 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 poor people. The Brothers are also available for retreat work, for counselling and for sharing in the task of mission in parishes and schools. They also undertake work in Europe and there are houses in America, Australasia and the Pacific, and are supportive to incipient communities in Zimbabwe and Korea.

Contact Details

Address: 10 Halcrow Street, Stepney, London, E1 2EP, England
Tel: +44 0207 247 6233
Email: Email

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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, out of which the North American Congregation (and others worldwide) grew. We have been at the forefront of the Religious life since then, and have pioneered a new and more flexible way into the Community for the 21st Century. New members first of all become 'Seekers' and then take simple annual vows as 'Internal Oblates' and live alongside us for a period of years before coming into First Vows. In this way, we escape the rigidity of the old system as people these days come from a much wider background than was formerly the case.

We seek to make use of their individual God-given talents as they seek to become what our Founder, Father Benson, envisaged: mission priests and lay brothers, based on their Community and its prayer life, but proclaiming Christ to the world. So we are engaged in running quiet days and retreats, both within and outside the House, counselling and spiritual direction. We look to befriend people whose English is limited and teach them as well as helping with students from overseas. We work in liturgics and preach and run parish missions. St Edward's House is a centre for private retreats and hospitality and is used by many religious and charitable groups for meetings, prayer etc.

Contact Details

Name: Father Peter Huckle SSJE  (Superior, assumed office 7th March 2002)
Address: St Edward's House, 22 Great College Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3QA, England
Tel: +44 0207 222 9234
Fax: +44 0207 799 2641
Email: Email
Website: www.ssje.org.uk

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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 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; dance workshops; complementary therapy; working with young people, the homeless and alcoholics; hospital chaplaincy; tutoring, individual spiritual direction and retreats. The Sisters also share their community building and resources of worship and space with individuals and groups.

Contact Details

Name: The Revd Sister Helen Loder SSM  (Leader of community, assumed office 17th February 2001)
Address: St Saviour's Priory, 18 Queensbridge Road, London, E2 8NS, England
Tel: +44 0207 739 9976
Email: Email

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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. The First Order shares a common life of prayer, fraternity and a commitment to the poor. 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 poor people. The Brothers are also available for retreat work, for counselling and for sharing in the task of mission in parishes and schools. They also undertake work in Europe and there are houses in America, Australasia and the Pacific, and are supportive to incipient communities in Zimbabwe and Korea.

Contact Details

Name: Daniel SSF  (Minister General, assumed office 1st July 1997)
Address: The Friary, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3NJ, England
Tel: +44 01665 830 213
Fax: +44 01665 830 580
Email: Email

Other Addresses:

Address: Bentley Vicarage, 3a High Street, Bentley, Doncaster DN5 0AA
Tel: +44 01302 872 240


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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 Education Department in the Shrine.

Owing to the death of Mother Verity Margaret, the autonomous Convent of the Society of St Margaret in Aberdeen has now sadly come to an end. The two remaining Sisters were transferred to the Chapter of the Priory of Our Lady, Walsingham, in June 2002. Until the future of the convent buildings has been decided, Sister Columba is living in the former Guest House, where she is able to welcome guests and continue her ministry in the Diocese.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Mary Teresa SSM  (Revd Mother, assumed office 29th January 1994)
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 Patricia Wighton OSC  (Abbess, elected 17 June 2003)
Address: St Mary's Convent, 178 Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Witney, Oxon, OX29 8AJ, England
Tel: +44-(0)1993 881225
Fax: +44-(0)1993 886912
Email: Email

Other Addresses

Print Shop
Tel: +44-(0)1993 882434
Fax: +44-(0)1993 882434

Guest House
Address: The Old Parsonage, 168 Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Witney, OX29 8AQ, England
Tel: +44-(0)1993 881227


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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. One Sister is ordained to the priesthood and is working in an Oxford parish: another Sister is also training for ordination. We have links with the Justice and Peace movement and are specially committed to prayer for peace. Our links abroad include a relationship with the sisters of our affiliated Community at Mendham, New Jersey, USA.

Daily life centres around 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 Mary Stephen CSJB  (Part of Leadership Team)
Address: The Priory, 2 Spring Hill Road, Begbroke, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1RX, England
Tel: +44 (0)1865 855320
Fax: +44 (0)1865 855336
Email: Email

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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. As Sisters, we are called to respond to our vocation in the spirit of the Blessed 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, or in living alongside those in inner city areas. For others, it will be expressed in spiritual direction, preaching and retreat giving, in creative work in studio and press, or in forms of healing ministry. Sisters also live and work among the elderly at St Katharine's House, our care Home for Elderly People in Wantage.

The Community has a share in nurturing and training a small indigenous community in Madagascar (see entry for the FMJK). It was also in India and South Africa for many years. Involvement with both these countries remains through 'Wantage Overseas', and, in India, through contact with our one remaining Indian Sister. Our links with South Africa are maintained by the groups of Oblates and Associates living there.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Barbara Claire CSMV  (Reverend Mother, assumed office 8 December 1997)
Address: St Mary's Convent, Challow Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9DJ, England
Tel: +44 (0)1235 763 141
Email: Email

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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. As Sisters, we are called to respond to our vocation in the spirit of the Blessed 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, or in living alongside those in inner city areas. For others, it will be expressed in spiritual direction, preaching and retreat giving, in creative work in studio and press, or in forms of healing ministry. Sisters also live and work among the elderly at St Katharine's House, our care Home for Elderly People in Wantage.

The Community has a share in nurturing and training a small indigenous community in Madagascar (see entry for the FMJK). It was also in India and South Africa for many years. Involvement with both these countries remains through 'Wantage Overseas', and, in India, through contact with our one remaining Indian Sister. Our links with South Africa are maintained by the groups of Oblates and Associates living there.

Contact Details

Address: St Katherine's House, Ormond Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8EA, England
Tel: +44 (0)1235 767 380


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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, quiet days and retreats; and especially the befriending of the elderly, lonely and those in need.

In 2001, the Community moved with CSJB to The Priory, Begbroke.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Ann Verena CJGS  (Mother Superior, assumed office 20 March 1996)
Address: The Priory, 2 Spring Hill Road, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1RX, England
Tel: +44 (0)1865 855 326
Fax: +44 (0)1865 855 336
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 has cared for elderly and infirm women. In 1997, because of decreasing numbers, the Convent at Lindfield (Sussex) was sold and the Mother House moved the former theological college at Chichester, which by then bacame a retirement home. There they continued their pastoral work and used the former College Chapel for Mass and Offices. In July 2004, there were only two members of the community left and it was decided they they move for the last time to be with their home community, St Mary the Virgin at Wantage, where they live at St Katherine's House

Contact Details

Name: Mother Angela CSC  (Mother Superior, assumed office October 1995)
Address: St Katherine's House, Ormond Road, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8EA, England
Tel: +44 (0)1235 763535

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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 monastic community dedicated to prayer. The recitation of the Divine Office, the daily Eucharist and solitary prayer in the cell together form the basis of a contemplative way of life in which the Sisters seek to serve the glory of God and to participate in Christ's work of reconciliation. Their witness in the Church and to the world also includes hospitality, the encouragement of ecumenical dialogue and the publication of short works on prayer and the life of the spirit. Prayer at night is part of the community's tradition.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Rosemary SLG  (Reverend Mother, assumed office 1996)
Address: Convent of the Incarnation , Fairacres, Oxford, OX4 1TB, England
Tel: +44 (0)1865 721301
Fax: +44 (0)1865 250798
Email: Email

Addresses of other houses

Address: St Isaac's Retreat, PO Boc 93, Opononi, Northland, New Zealand.
Tel: +64 (0)9 4058 834


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OSB - Order of St Benedict Burford Priory 

Founded 1941
Registered Charity : No. 221617

Burford Priory is home to a community of Benedictine nuns and monks. By a common life of prayer, manual work and study, they try to create 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.

While the recitation of the Office and celebration of the Eucharist constitute the principal work of the Community, the ministry of hospitality, the care of the grounds (which comprises a large organic kitchen garden, formal gardens and woodland), the maintenance of the historic Priory buildings, and the income generating crafts provide a manual work for the members of the Community and those guests who wish to share it.

The Priory seeks to be a place of encounter and reconciliation. The early concern of the Community was to pray for Christian unity; and the Community enjoys links with Baptist, Lutheran, Orthodox and Roman Catholic communities. This ecumenism has broadened to include dialogue with people of other faiths, particularly those with a monastic tradition, and those who are seeking a spiritual way, either within or outside an established religious tradition.

Contact Details

Name: Rt Revd Brother Stuart Burns OSB  (Abbot, elected 14 October 1996)
Address: Priory of Our Lady, 30 Priory Lane, Burford, Oxon, OX18 4SQ, England
Tel: +44 (0)1993 823605
Email: Email
Website: www.burfordosb.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: Rt Revd Dom Basil Matthews OSB  (Abbot, elected 3 July 1988)
Address: Elmore Abbey, Church Lane, Speen, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1SA, England
Tel: +44 (0)1635 33080
Fax: +44-(0)1635 580729
Email: Email

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

Founded 1851

As All Saints Sisters of the Poor, we believe we are called to be alongside the homeless and unemployed, the sick, the dying, the bereaved, the old, the lonely - any who welcome the friendship we offer as companions journeying together. In Oxford the community has pioneered: St John's Home, a residential home for elderly people; Helen House, a hospice offering respite and terminal careand bereavement support for children with life-limiting illness and their families, and Douglas House for the 16-40 age-group; the Porch, a drop-in refreshment centre for the homeless and unemployed; and has continued to do Church embroidery. Helen House, Douglas House, and The Porch Steepin' Stone Centre are now independent charities, associated with the Society of All Saints. Two Sisters as now living in Apsley, where there are opportunities for ministry. Pastoral visiting, preaching and public speaking, hospitality and spiritual direction are some of the ways in which we live out our calling.

At the centre of this activity and undergirding it is the daily round of celebrating the liturgy together, with opportunity and commitment to set aside time for prayer, reading, and waiting upon God. We need also to set aside time for one another, sharing meals, talking, caring, listening, respecting and cherishing one another over the years. It is only in being with God and with one another, amidst all the activity, that we come to know the true purpose and calling of our lives.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Helen ASSP  (Mother Superior, assumed office 29 September 1989)
Address: All Saints Convent, St Mary's Road, Oxford, OX4 1RU, England
Tel: +44-(0)1865 249127
Fax: +44-(0)1865 726547
Email: Email

Other Addresses

Address: St John's Home (for the elderly), St Mary's Road, Oxford, OX4 1QE, England
Tel: +44-(0)1865 247725
Fax: +44-(0)1865 247920
Email: Email

Address: Helen House (children's hospice), 37 Leopold Street, Oxford, OX4 1QT, England
Tel: +44-(0)1865 728251
Fax: +44-(0)1865 749829
Email: Email

Address: Douglas House (office), 110 St Mary's Road, Oxford, OX4 1RU, England
Tel: +44-(0)1865 794749
Fax: +44-(0)1865 791322
Email: Email

Address: All Saints Embroidery, All Saints Convent, St Mary's Road, Oxford, OX4 1RU, England
Tel: +44-(0)1865 248627

Address: The Porch, All Saints Convent, St Mary's Road, Oxford, OX4 1RU, England
Tel: +44-(0)1865 728545
Fax: +44-(0)1865 792231
Email: Email
Website: www.theporch.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. The First Order shares a common life of prayer, fraternity and a commitment to the poor. 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 poor people. The Brothers are also available for retreat work, for counselling and for sharing in the task of mission in parishes and schools. They also undertake work in Europe and there are houses in America, Australasia and the Pacific, and are supportive to incipient communities in Zimbabwe and Korea.

Contact Details

Address: The Friary of St Francis, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE, England
Tel: +44 01300 341 345
Fax: +44 01300 341 293
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.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Mary Bernard SPB  (Reverend Mother, assumed office 30th January 2003)
Address: Burnham Abbey, Lake End Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 0PW, England
Tel: +44 01628 604 080
Email: Email

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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

Address: 1 Linford Lane, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK15 9DL, England
Tel: +44 01908 633 749

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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, and are able to take one or two guests in the house at Keswick. In other houses, and from the Convent in Derby, the Sisters are involved in parish work, prison visiting, retreat-giving and work among some who are disabled, and those who come for counselling.

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

Contact Details

Address: 64 Allexton Gardens, Welland Estate, Peterborough, PE1 4UW, England
Tel: +44 (0)1733 352 077
Email: Email

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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. Praying in the Spirit which unites us all to Christ, for the wholeness of broken humanity, for the integrity of creation, for the peace of the world and for the Kingdom of God.

The Community prays daily for the unity of Christians. The intention of the Eucharist every Thursday is for Unity and is followed by the Offcie of Unity. On Fridays, a three-hour Prayer Watch is kept before the Blessed Sacrament, and in addition each Sister has her own special intentions.

Each Sister makes the offering of herself in the hidden life of prayer within the Community, in the belief that God desires and accepts the offering. They are encouraged to persevere by some words of Abbe Couturier with which he concluded one of his letters to the Community: "In Christ let us pray, pray, pray for Unity."

By simplicity of life-style, the Sisters try to identify with those for whom they share in Christ's work of intercession in the power of the Holy Spirit. The work of the Sisters includes giving hospitality for those seeking spiritual or physical refreshment and arranging retreats and quiet days. They also extend their work to spiritual direction and helping in parishes. From time to time they are engaged in missions and cathedral chaplaincy work.

The Community motto is: 'Silentium et Spes' - In the Quietness and Confidence - Let us pray to the Lord.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Gwenyth SSB  (Reverend Mother, assumed office 1st November 1994)
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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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. As Sisters, we are called to respond to our vocation in the spirit of the Blessed 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, or in living alongside those in inner city areas. For others, it will be expressed in spiritual direction, preaching and retreat giving, in creative work in studio and press, or in forms of healing ministry. Sisters also live and work among the elderly at St Katharine's House, our care Home for Elderly People in Wantage.

The Community has a share in nurturing and training a small indigenous community in Madagascar (see entry for the FMJK). It was also in India and South Africa for many years. Involvement with both these countries remains through 'Wantage Overseas', and, in India, through contact with our one remaining Indian Sister. Our links with South Africa are maintained by the groups of Oblates and Associates living there.

Contact Details

Address: 4 Hilton Road, Leeds, LS8 4HB, England
Tel: +44 (0)113 262 7681


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CHF - Community of the Holy Family 

Founded 1898

In January 1997, the community moved from Baldslow to the Gatehouse of West Malling Abbey. The spirit of the educational work begun by the Foundress, Mother Agnes Mason, in 1898, is still continued in the eastern end of the Diocese of Chichester through the Mother Agnes Trust which undergirds the Community of the Holy Family. The charity opened a theological library and an educational centre in St Leonard's in December 2003, known as 'The Magnet'.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Jean CHF 
Address: The Gatehouse, St Mary's Abbey, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6LP, England
Tel: +44 (0)1732 849 016

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OSB - Order of St Benedict Malling Abbey 

Founded 1891

Saint Benedict sees the monastery as a school of the Lord's service where a united community endeavours to grow in stability, conversion of life and obedience within the enclosure. The call of God is the essential requirement for admission to the novitiate to share in the life of prayer, study and manual work in the house and grounds. The period of training before final profession is normally five and a half years. The Guest House offers hospitality to those wishing to share the worship and peace of the Abbey for a few days.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Abbess Mary John Marshall OSB  (elected 27 September 1990)
Address: St Mary's Abbey, 52 Swan Street, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6JX , England
Tel: +44 (0)1732 843309

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CSD - Community of St Denys 

Founded 1879
A Registered Charity

The Community was founded in 1879 for mission work at home and overseas. We now fulfil our calling as a dispersed community engaged in adult teaching, parish work, spiritual guidance and retreat work.

There are two houses in Warminster in addition to the Retreat House. Sisters also live in Salisbury.

Contact Details

Name: Revd Mother Frances Anne Cocker CSD  (Senior Sister, assumed office 29 May 2003)
Address: St Denys Retreat Centre, 2/3 Church Street , Warminster, BA12 8PG, England
Tel: +44-(0)1985 214824
10 am - 12.00 noon, 6.45 pm - 8.00 pm)

Other Addresses

Address: 26 Ash Walk, Warminster, BA12 8PZ, England
Tel: +44-(0)1985 213020


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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. As Sisters, we are called to respond to our vocation in the spirit of the Blessed 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, or in living alongside those in inner city areas. For others, it will be expressed in spiritual direction, preaching and retreat giving, in creative work in studio and press, or in forms of healing ministry. Sisters also live and work among the elderly at St Katharine's House, our care Home for Elderly People in Wantage.

The Community has a share in nurturing and training a small indigenous community in Madagascar (see entry for the FMJK). It was also in India and South Africa for many years. Involvement with both these countries remains through 'Wantage Overseas', and, in India, through contact with our one remaining Indian Sister. Our links with South Africa are maintained by the groups of Oblates and Associates living there.

Contact Details

Address: The Lodge, Whirlow Grange, Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield, S11 9PZ, England
Tel: +44 (0)114 236 7294


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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 women within the Anglican Communion, living under the gospel values of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, desiring to be faithful 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 are St Michael and the angels pointing 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 houses have varying timetables of corporate worship. The Eucharist and Divine Office (usually fourfold) are the heart of our Community life.

Contact Details

Name: Anita Cook CSC  (Mother Superior & UK Provincial, assumed office 1st March 1998)
Address: St Michael's Convent, 56 Ham Common, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7JH, England
Tel: +44 0208 940 8711
Fax: +44 0208 332 2927
Email: Email
Website: www.tap.net/csc

Other Addresses:

Address: 82 Ashley Road, Bristol, BS6 5NT, England
Tel: +44 01179 413 268
Fax: +44 01179 086 620

Address: 10 Furness Road, West Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 0RL, England
Tel: +44 0208 423 3780

Address: 112 St Andrew's Road North, St Anne's-on-sea, Lancashire, FY8 2JQ, England
Tel: +44 01253 728 016

Address: Well Cottage, Upper Street, Kingsdown, Deal, Kent, CT14 8BH, England
Tel: +44 01304 361 601
Fax:: +44 01304 360 994


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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: Jonathan Ewer SSM  (Provincial, assumed office April 2001)
Address: 30 Bourne Street, London, SW1W 8JJ, England
Tel: +44 0207 259 0499
Email: Email

Other Addresses:

Address: SSM Priory, 90 Vassall Road, London SW9 6JA, England
Tel: +44 0207 582 2040


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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.

Sister Barbara is a Reader in the Minster Parish, Halam and Edingley and the Sisters support the work of the Cathedral and Retreat House as they are able.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Brenda 
Address: Convent of St Laurence , 4 West Road, Southwell, Notts, NG25 0JH, England
Tel: +44 (0)1636 814 800

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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, and are able to take one or two guests in the house at Keswick. In other houses, and from the Convent in Derby, the Sisters are involved in parish work, prison visiting, retreat-giving and work among some who are disabled, and those who come for counselling.

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

Contact Details

Address: St Michael's, 53 Wimborne Road, Radford, Nottingham, NG7 5PD, England
Tel: +44 (0)115 978 5101
Email: Email


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

Founded 1851

As All Saints Sisters of the Poor, we believe we are called to be alongside the homeless and unemployed, the sick, the dying, the bereaved, the old, the lonely - any who welcome the friendship we offer as companions journeying together. In Oxford the community has pioneered: St John's Home, a residential home for elderly people; Helen House, a hospice offering respite and terminal careand bereavement support for children with life-limiting illness and their families, and Douglas House for the 16-40 age-group; the Porch, a drop-in refreshment centre for the homeless and unemployed; and has continued to do Church embroidery. Helen House, Douglas House, and The Porch Steepin' Stone Centre are now independent charities, associated with the Society of All Saints. Two Sisters as now living in Apsley, where there are opportunities for ministry. Pastoral visiting, preaching and public speaking, hospitality and spiritual direction are some of the ways in which we live out our calling.

At the centre of this activity and undergirding it is the daily round of celebrating the liturgy together, with opportunity and commitment to set aside time for prayer, reading, and waiting upon God. We need also to set aside time for one another, sharing meals, talking, caring, listening, respecting and cherishing one another over the years. It is only in being with God and with one another, amidst all the activity, that we come to know the true purpose and calling of our lives.

Contact Details

Address: All Saints, 19 Mulready Walk, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead , HP3 9FS, England
Tel: +44-(0)1442 243447
Fax: +44-(0)1442 243447

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CAH - Community of All Hallows 

Founded 1855
A Registered Charity

There is no typical All Hallows sister: we are as diverse in gifts and personality as are the Saints under whose patronage we try to live out the life to which God has called us. Central to the life of the Community is the daily Eucharist, the Divine Office and time for private prayer, meditation and spiritual reading.

The desire 'to serve Christ in one another and love as He loves us' overflows into the active life of the Community; into the welcome given to the many visitors to our three Guest Houses and our two Retreat and Conference Centres where Sisters are involved in the ministries of hospitality, spiritual direction and retreat giving.

The Community also cares for those with other needs - the very young at our day nursery and the elderly at our nursing/residential home. Our hospital is a special place for those needing to convalesce or having respite care, for day care, those needing physiotherapy and also for those nearing the end of their earthly pilgrimage. There is also a very loving concern and care for those who suffer from AIDS.

The ministry of hospitality and prayer continues to flourish at our house in Rouen Road, Norwich, with the work and witness being shaped according to demands and resources.

All enquiries about the life and work of CAH should be directed in the first place to the Revd Mother CAH at the Convent.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Elizabeth CAH  (Revd Mother, assumed office 8th July 2004)
Address: All Hallows Convent, Belsey Bridge Road, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2DT, England
Tel: +44 01986 892 749
Fax: +44 01986 895 838

Other Addresses:

the following all share the same address as All Hallows Convent

Holy Cross Guest House
Tel:
+44 01986 894 092

All Hallows Guset House
Tel: +44 01986 892 840

St Gabriel's Conference and Retreat House
Tel: +44 01986 892 133 (staff) +44 01986 895 765 (residents)

St Michael's Retreat Centre
Tel: +44 01986 895 749 (staff) +44 01986 894 607 (residents)

St Mary's Lodge
Tel:
+44 01986 892 731


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SE - Sisterhood of the Epiphany 

Founded 1902

Founded for work in India as the Oxford Mission Sisterhood of the Epiphany, the sisters are now based at Ditchingham with the Community of All Hallows. The Christa Sevika Sangha, founded in 1970, which works in Barisal and Jobarpar, Bangladesh, was under the guidance of the Sisterhood of the Epiphany for some years.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Winifred SE  (Mother Superior, assumed office 6 January 1997)
Address: All Hallows Convent, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2DT, England
Tel: +44 (0)1986 892749

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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 retreat and mission work, social work 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 , Dovecote Lane, Horbury, Wakefield, West Yorks, WF4 6BD, 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 together as brothers a life devoted to prayer and worship, work and study. They undertake a wide range of pastoral ministry, both in the UK and South Africa. Their work includes a theological college at Mirfield and retreat houses, together with evangelism 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

Other Addresses


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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 12 September 1990)
Address: Alton Abbey, King's Hill Beech, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4AP, England
Tel: +44-(0)1420 562145 & 563575
Fax: +44-(0)1420 561691

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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. The First Order shares a common life of prayer, fraternity and a commitment to the poor. 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 poor people. The Brothers are also available for retreat work, for counselling and for sharing in the task of mission in parishes and schools. They also undertake work in Europe and there are houses in America, Australasia and the Pacific, and are supportive to incipient communities in Zimbabwe and Korea.

Contact Details

Address: St Mary-at-the-Cross, Glasshampton, Shrawley, Worcestershire, WR6 6TQ, England
Tel: +44 01299 896 345
Fax: +44 01299 896 083
Email: Email

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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 the 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, Rievaulx, and Hull.

Overseas, the Order's long-standing commitment to Africa has been extended in exciting new developments: raising awareness of Aids and providing a home for abused girls in Swaziland, and fostering vocations to Religious life in Ghana and South Africa. In response to perceived local interest and support, two new convents have been built, one in Jachie, Ashanti, where there is also an Eye Clinic run by a Ghanian member, the other in Johannesburg alongside St Benedict's House, the retreat and conference centre run by the Sisters.

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

Other Houses

Address: Beachcliff, 14 North Promenade, Whitby, North Yorks, YO21 3JX
Tel: +44 (0)1947 601968
Email:Email

Address: Melrose, 2/4 Chancel Way, Castle Links, Whitby, North Yorks, YO21 1RY
Tel: +44 (0)1947 821114
Email:Email



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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 the 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, Rievaulx, and Hull.

Overseas, the Order's long-standing commitment to Africa has been extended in exciting new developments: raising awareness of Aids and providing a home for abused girls in Swaziland, and fostering vocations to Religious life in Ghana and South Africa. In response to perceived local interest and support, two new convents have been built, one in Jachie, Ashanti, where there is also an Eye Clinic run by a Ghanian member, the other in Johannesburg alongside St Benedict's House, the retreat and conference centre run by the Sisters.

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

Address: 1A Minster Court, York, YO7 2JJ, England
Tel: +44 (0)1904 620601
Email: Email


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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 the 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, Rievaulx, and Hull.

Overseas, the Order's long-standing commitment to Africa has been extended in exciting new developments: raising awareness of Aids and providing a home for abused girls in Swaziland, and fostering vocations to Religious life in Ghana and South Africa. In response to perceived local interest and support, two new convents have been built, one in Jachie, Ashanti, where there is also an Eye Clinic run by a Ghanian member, the other in Johannesburg alongside St Benedict's House, the retreat and conference centre run by the Sisters.

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

Address: OHP Hull, 9 Cranbourne Street, Spring Bank, Hull, HU3 1PP, England
Tel: +44 (0)1482 486861
Fax: +44 (0)1482 213114
Email: Email