Provincial Directory - Religious Communities

Albany  Community of St Mary (Eastern Province) (USA)

Arizona  Order of St Benedict Servants of Christ Priory

Arizona  Order of the Teachers of the Children of God

California  Order of the Holy Cross

California  Order of the Holy Cross

California  Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity

Chicago  Order of St Anne

Dominican Republic  Community of the Transfiguration

Fond du Lac  Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity

Maryland  Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor (USA)

Massachusetts  Order of St Anne at Bethany

Massachusetts  Society of St John the Evangelist (USA)

Massachusetts  Society of St Margaret (Boston)

Milwaukee  Community of St Mary (Western Province) (USA)

Milwaukee  Order of Julian of Norwich

New Jersey  Community of St John Baptist (USA)

New York  Brotherhood of Saint Gregory

New York  Community of the Holy Spirit

New York  Community of the Holy Spirit

New York  Oratory of the Good Shepherd

New York  Order of St Helena

New York  Order of St Helena

New York  Order of St Helena

New York  Order of the Holy Cross

New York  Society of St Francis (American Province)

Ohio  Community of the Transfiguration

Pennsylvania  Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor (USA)

San Diego  Society of St Paul

Tennessee  Community of St Mary (Southern Province) (USA)

West Virginia  Sisters of Charity (USA)

Western Michigan  Order of St Benedict St Gregory's Abbey Three Rivers

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CSM - Community of St Mary (Eastern Province) (USA) 

Founded 1865

The Sisters of St Mary live a vowed life in community, centered around the daily Eucharist and a five-fold Divine Office. Each sister has time daily for private prayer and study. Our way of life is a modern expression of traditional monastic practice including silent meals in common, plainchant in English for much of our corporate worship, a distinctive habit, and a measure of enclosure.

Our ministry is an outward expression of our vowed life of poverty, chastity and obedience. the specific nature of our work has changed over the years since Mother Harriet and our first sisters were asked to take charge of the House of Mercy in New York City in 1865. Being "mindful of the needs of others," as our table blessing says, we have been led in many ways to care for the lost, forgotten and underprivileged. Today our work is primarily hospitality, retreats, pastoral counselling and exploration of outreach through the Internet. Sisters also go out from time to time to speak in parishes, lead quiet days and provide a praying community within the Diocese of Albany's Spiritual Life Center and the Diocese of Northern Malawi

Contact Details

Name: Mother Miriam CSM  (Mother Superior, assumed office 31 August 1996)
Address: St Mary's Convent, 242 Cloister Way, Greenwich, NY, 12834-7922, USA
Tel: +1 518 692 3028
Fax: +1 518 692 3029
Email: Email
Website: www.stmaryseast.org

Other house

Sisters of St Mary, St Mary's Convent, PO Box 20280, Luwinga, Mzuzu 2, Malawi, South Central Africa


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OSB - Order of St Benedict Servants of Christ Priory 

Founded 1968

A community united in love for God and one another following the Benedictine balance of prayer, study and work reflects the life of the monks. Outside engagements are accepted as long as they do not interfere with the monastic routine.

Contact Details

Name: The Very Revd Cornelis J. DeRijk OSB  (Prior, assumed office November 1985)
Address: 28 West Pasadena Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, 85013-2002, USA
Tel: +1 (602) 248 9321
Email: Email

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TCG - Order of the Teachers of the Children of God 

Founded 1935

Today, the Brotherhood has one bishop, four presbyters, one lay-brother and one lay-probationer who belong to the Church of North India. Since the earliest days, the Brotherhood has had a concern for serving the poor and underprivileged. In 1975, the Delhi Brotherhood Society was set up to organise social development projects in the poorer parts of Delhi. The work and social outreach of the Brotherhood is with and not for the poor of Delhi. The Brotherhood has initiated programmes of community health, education, vocational training and programmes for street and working children.

Contact Details

Address: 5870 East 14th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85711, USA
Tel: +1 520 747 5280
Fax: +1 520 747 5236
Email: Email

Other Addresses

Address: Tuller School, Tuller Road, Fairfield, CT 06430, USA
Tel: +1 203 374 3636

Address: Tuller School at Maycroft, PO Box 1991 , Sag Harbor, NY 11963, USA
Tel: +1 516 725 1121


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OHC - Order of the Holy Cross 

Founded 1884

The Order of the Holy Cross is a contemporary Benedictine monastic community open to both clergymen and laymen. The principles which govern the Order's life are in two documents: The Rule, written by James Otis Sargent Huntington, the founder of the Order, and the Rule of St Benedict.

The liturgical life of each house centers around the corporate praying of the Daily Office and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Members also spend time in private prayer and meditation.

The work of the Order is varied, as members are encouraged to find ways to use their own unique talents in ministry. Houses of the Order vary from traditional monastic retreat/conference centers of hospitality to active inner-city urban houses. Members of the Order are engaged in preaching, counseling and spiritual direction, in teaching, in parish work, in evangelism, in retreat work, and in ministry to alcoholics, addicts and those with AIDS. The Order has a special ministry of building the monastic life in the Anglican Church in Africa.

Contact Details

Address: Mount Calvary Retreat House, PO Box 1296, Santa Barbara, CA, 93102, USA
Tel: +1 805 962 9855
Fax: +1 805 962 4957


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OHC - Order of the Holy Cross 

Founded 1884

The Order of the Holy Cross is a contemporary Benedictine monastic community open to both clergymen and laymen. The principles which govern the Order's life are in two documents: The Rule, written by James Otis Sargent Huntington, the founder of the Order, and the Rule of St Benedict.

The liturgical life of each house centers around the corporate praying of the Daily Office and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Members also spend time in private prayer and meditation.

The work of the Order is varied, as members are encouraged to find ways to use their own unique talents in ministry. Houses of the Order vary from traditional monastic retreat/conference centers of hospitality to active inner-city urban houses. Members of the Order are engaged in preaching, counseling and spiritual direction, in teaching, in parish work, in evangelism, in retreat work, and in ministry to alcoholics, addicts and those with AIDS. The Order has a special ministry of building the monastic life in the Anglican Church in Africa.

Contact Details

Address: Incarnation Priory, 1601 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA, 94709, USA
Tel: +1 510 548 3406
Fax: +1 510 649 0081


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SHN - Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity 

Founded 1882

Ours is a mixed life, which means that we combine an apostolic ministry with a contemplative lifestyle. The Rule of the Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity follows the model of the Rule of St Augustine of Hippo. As such, we strive to make the love of God the motive of all our actions. The four 'charisms', which undergird our life, are Charity, Humility, Prayer, and Missionary Zeal. Each of these spiritual gifts we desire to develop in our lives both for the fraternal unity they foster among us, and for the power they provide for the work of evangelistic ministry.

Our ministries are varied. We have an extensive ministry with children, working at summer camps, teaching Sunday School and conducting Vacation Church Schools. Sisters travel to conduct retreats, teaching and preaching missions. Many of the Sisters offer Spiritual Direction. We were asked to come to the diocese of West Virginia to provide a ministry of spiritual development, formation and growth throughout the diocese. Emmaus House opened in January 2000. We built a smaller Convent and moved here in December 1999 in order to open the house in West Virginia, to provide additional staff at St. Mary's Retreat House and to free Sisters for outside ministry.

Contact Details

Address: St Mary's Retreat House, 505 East Los Olivos Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105, USA
Tel: +1 805 682 4117
Email: Email

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OSA - Order of St Anne 

Founded 1910

Contact Details

Address: Convent of St Anne, 1125 North LaSalle Boulevard, Chicago, IL, 60610-2601, USA
Tel: +1 312 642 3638

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CT - Community of the Transfiguration 

Founded 1898

The Community of the Transfiguration, founded in 1898 by Eva Lee Matthews, is a Religious community of women dedicated to the mystery of the Transfiguration. Our life is one of prayer and service, reflecting the spirit of Mary and Martha, shown forth in spiritual, educational and social ministries. The Mother House of the community is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, where our ministries include hospitality, retreats, a school, a retirement/nursing home and a recreation center. The community also offers a retreat ministry on the West Coast; and in the Dominican Republic, the Sisters minister to malnourished children and their families through medical clinics and a school.

The Sisters live their life under the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The motto of the community is Benignitas, Simplicitas and Hilaritas - Kindness, Simplicity and Joy.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Jean Gabriel CT 
Address: #13174, Agape Flights, 7990 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL, 34243, USA

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SHN - Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity 

Founded 1882

Ours is a mixed life, which means that we combine an apostolic ministry with a contemplative lifestyle. The Rule of the Sisterhood of the Holy Nativity follows the model of the Rule of St Augustine of Hippo. As such, we strive to make the love of God the motive of all our actions. The four 'charisms', which undergird our life, are Charity, Humility, Prayer, and Missionary Zeal. Each of these spiritual gifts we desire to develop in our lives both for the fraternal unity they foster among us, and for the power they provide for the work of evangelistic ministry.

Our ministries are varied. We have an extensive ministry with children, working at summer camps, teaching Sunday School and conducting Vacation Church Schools. Sisters travel to conduct retreats, teaching and preaching missions. Many of the Sisters offer Spiritual Direction. We were asked to come to the diocese of West Virginia to provide a ministry of spiritual development, formation and growth throughout the diocese. Emmaus House opened in January 2000. We built a smaller Convent and moved here in December 1999 in order to open the house in West Virginia, to provide additional staff at St. Mary's Retreat House and to free Sisters for outside ministry.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Maria SHN  (Reverend Mother, assumed office 30 May 1996)
Address: W1484 Spring Grove Road, Ripon, WI, 54971-8665, USA
Tel: +1 920 748 5332
Email: Email
Website: www.episcopalian.org/shn

Other Addresses


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

All Saints is a traditional Community desiring to uphold orthodox Christian faith and morality, and to support the Apostolic tradition in ministry and practice. We are united by our common commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, and by our desire to live for Him. Within that unity there is great diversity both in our personalities and our talents. In giving these as an offering to the Lord, our communal life is enhanced.

Founded in London, three Sisters came to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1872, at the request of the Rector of Mount Calvary Church. The American sisterhood became an independent House in 1890.

The daily Eucharist is the center of our life. The six-fold Divine Office and our times of personal prayer enable us to pour forth Christ's love to others, in all of our works. Hospitality is an important aspect of our various houses. We also give retreats and missions of various types both at the Convent and elsewhere. training for a vocation to the sisterhood begins with a month's Observership, then Postulancy and Novitiate. After three years as a junior Sister, life vows may be made.

Contact Details

Name: The Reverend Mother Catherine Grace of All Saints  (Mother Superior, assumed office 1988)
Address: All Saints' Convent, PO Box 3127, Catonsville, MD, 21228-0127, USA
Tel: +1 410 747 4104
Fax: +1 410 747 3321

Other Addresses

Address: St Gabriel's Retreat House PO Box 3106, Catonsville, MD 21228-0106, USA
Tel: +1 410 747 6767

Address: The Joseph Richey Hospice, 838 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Tel: +1 410 523 2150


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OSA - Order of St Anne at Bethany 

Founded 1910

We are a small multi-cultural community of women committed to witnessing to the truth that, as Christians, we belong to this age, this society; and that it is here and now that we demonstrate to the Church and the world that Religious Life lived in community is relevant, interesting, fulfilling and needed in our world and our times.

We are four Filipinas, one American and one Bahamian, and we strive to recognize and value such a diversity of persons and gifts. We believe that God has a vision for each one of us and that opportunities to serve the Church and the world are abundant. For this to become real, we know that our spirits and hearts must be enlarged to fit the dimensions of our Church in today's world. If our dedication and witness as Religious are to mean anything at all then we will always be seeking and exploring new ways of service to the wider community, both as individual disciples and as women living together in community.

The Rule of the Order of St Anne says our houses may be small, but our hearts are larger than houses. Our community has from its founding been 'people-oriented' - although this expression was unknown at the time. We derive a sense of joy and satisfaction in offering hospitality both at the Convent, at St John's House, and in our beautiful chapel, to the people of our parishes and to our Dicoesan Bishops.

Always constant in our lives are our personal prayer and corporate worship: our vows of Poverty, Celibacy and Obedience, our commitment to spiritual growth and development of mind and talents, and our fellowship with one another and other Religious communities, as friends and sisters.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Ana Clara OSA  (Superior, assumed office 1992)
Address: 25 Hillside Avenue , Arlington, MA, 02476-5818, USA
Tel: +1 (781) 643 0921
Fax: +1 (781) 648 4547
Email: Email

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SSJE - Society of St John the Evangelist (USA) 

Founded 1866

The Society of St John the Evangelist was founded in the parish of Cowley in Oxford, England, by Richard Meux Benson in 1866. SSJE is the oldest Religious order for men. The presence of the Society in North America dates from 1870, when SSJE came to Boston. The brothers of the North American Congregation live at the monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Harvard Square, and at Emery House, a rural retreat sanctuary in West Newbury, Massachusetts. They gather throughout the day to pray the Divine Office, and live under a modern Rule of Life, adopted in 1997. At profession, they take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience.

SSJE's guesthouses offer hospitality to many. Guests may come individually or attend a group retreat focused on some area of prayer and spirituality. SSJE brothers lead these retreats and programs in their own houses and throughout North America in parishes, dioceses and conference centers. SSJE brothers also serve as preachers and teachers, spiritual directors and confessors. One of the brothers, Thomas Shaw, is Bishop of Massachusetts. SSJE's publishing ministry, COWLEY PUBLICATIONS, provides books for ongoing theological exploration and spiritual formation. The brothers also minister to students, prisoners, and the homeless.

Contact Details

Name: Curtis Almquist SSJE  (Superior, assumed office 13th May 2001)
Address: The Monestary, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA, 02138, USA
Tel: +1 617 876 3037
Fax: +1 617 876 5210
Email: Email
Website: www.ssje.org

Other House:

Address: Emery House, 21 Emery Lane, West Newbury, MA 01985, USA
Tel: +1 978 462 7940
Fax: +1 978 462 0285


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SSM - Society of St Margaret (Boston) 

Founded 1855
(Boston Convent founded 1873)

St Margaret's Convent, Boston, is one of the five autonomous convents that constitute the Society of St Margaret founded by John Mason Neale. The American Convent was established in 1873 to administer the Children's Hospital in Boston. Today, our mission is to the world around us and so it must cross all boundaries and respect the integrity of every other person. We find many institutions (hospitals, homes, schools, prisons, shelters, feeding programs and the Church) to be places where mission can take place. We also welcome into our houses individuals and groups who seek a place to pray or a place apart to plan and work. The essentials of our life are: Devotion to the Presence of Christ in the Holy Name, in the Blessed Sacrament, in our Sisters, in our neighbor and in Scripture. We are gathered in community, vowed to God, to one another and to the poor. We value one another and our diverse gifts. We have come together from many parts of the world as well as many places in the United States. There are members from Haiti, Tortolla, England and Canada.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Carolyn SSM  (Mother Superior, assumed office March 2002)
Address: St Margaret's Convent, 17 Highland Park Street, Boston, MA, 02119-1436, USA
Tel: +1 617 445 8961
Fax: +1 617 445 7120
Email: Email
Website: www.ssmbos.com

Other Addresses:

Address: St Margaret's Convetn, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Mailing Address: St Margaret's Convent, Port-au-Prince, C/O Agape Flights inc,7790 15th Street East Sarasota, FL,USA.
Tel: +1 509 222 2011

Address: Neale House, Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038-1800, USA
Tel: +1 212 619 2672

Address: St Margaret's House, 47 Jordan Road, New Hartford, NY 13413-2385, USA
Tel: +1 315 724 2324


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CSM - Community of St Mary (Western Province) (USA) 

Founded 1865

The Western Province of the Community of St Mary was set apart as a separate branch of the community in 1904. We share a common Rule, but have separate administration. Our basic orientation is toward a life of prayer, corporate and personal, reaching out to the Church and the world according to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We live singly or in small groups, each sister using her gifts for ministry as she feels led with the support of the whole group.

Mary's Margin is the main house of the Western Province. We offer hospitality to individuals for private retreats and to small groups for meetings and quiet days. The sisters are available as spiritual companions on request. Other Margin offerings also include Transformation Game workshops, quarterly drum circles, and a unique outdoor labyrinth winding through woods and meadows. On many Saturday evenings our chaplain celebrates a Vigil/Eucharist with us. The Liturgy of the Word includes two periods of timed meditation followed by danced chants and a diologue 'sermon'. Danced hymns frame the Eucharistic Liturgy, which is followed by a simple home-cooked supper.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Letitia Prentice CSM  (Sister superior, assumed office January 1992)
Address: Mary's Margin, S 83 W 27815, Beaver Trail, Mukwonago, WI, 53149, USA
Tel: +1 262 363 8489
Email: Email
Website: www.marysmargin.com

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OJN - Order of Julian of Norwich 

Founded 1985
Wisconsin Tax Exempt No. : ES-31183

The Order of Julian of Norwich is a semi-enclosed contemplative monastic community of Episcopalians, living under the traditional vows, in the spirit of Dame Julian of Norwich, the fourteenth-century English anchoress and mystic. The Order revives the medieval practice of including both monks and nuns under the same vows, with equal status in the same order. Founded in 1985 by the Revd John Douglas Swanson, its apostolate is the practice, teaching, and promulgation of classical Christian contemplative prayer, retreats, spiritual direction, study, and writing.

The life of prayer is lived on an axis between the oratory and the personal cell, and includes the four-fold Divine Office of the Book of Common Prayer, daily Eucharist, and the daily practice of personal contemplative prayer. Gregorian chant is normally used for Noonday Office, Evensong and Compline. The formation process takes approximately four years before Solemn Life Vows.

The Order is affiliated with the Conference on Religious Life in the Anglican Communion in the Americas, and is canonically recognized by the Committee on Religious Orders of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. For further information on the Order or its affiliates, address the Guardian.

Contact Details

Name: The Revd Father Gregory Fruehwirth OJN  (Guardian, assumed office 14 April 2003)
Address: 2812 Summit Avenue, Waukesga, WI, 53188-2781, USA
Tel: +1 262 549 0452
Fax: +1 262 549 0670
Email: Email
Website: www.orderofjulian.org

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CSJB - Community of St John Baptist (USA) 

Founded 1852 (in UK) 1874 (in USA)

The Community of St John Baptist was founded in England in 1852. The spirit of the Community is to "prepare the way of the Lord and make straight in the desert a highway for our God." We follow the call of our patron through a life of worship, community, and service.

Our Community is made up of monastic women, who share life together under the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Our life includes daily participation in the Eucharist and the Divine Office, prayer, and ministry to those in need. We also have married or single Oblates, who commit themselves to a Rule of life and service in the Church, and Associates, who make up the wider family of CSJB.

We live by an Augustinian Rule, which emphasizes community spirit. Those who live with us include Oblates and friends, as well as our pony, dog, and cat. Our Retreat House and guest wing are often full of persons seeking spiritual direction and sacred space. Our buildings are set in a beautiful wooded area.

Our work includes spiritual direction, retreats, hospitality, and youth ministry. We work with young people in local parishes and at a rehabilitation center on our property. Each Sister is encouraged to develop her gifts, as a part of the whole calling of the Community. Our motto is: "He must increase, I must decrease." (John 3:30)

Contact Details

Name: Sister Barbara Jean CSJB  (Sister Superior, assumed office 2 October 1997)
Address: PO Box 240, 82 W. Main Street, Mendham, NJ, 07945, USA
Tel: +1 973 543 4641
Fax: +1 973 543 0327
Email: Email

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BSG - Brotherhood of Saint Gregory 

Founded in 1969

The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory is a Christian Community of the Episcopal Church, whose members follow a common rule and serve the church on parochial, diocesan and national levels. Members - clergy and lay, without regard to marital status - live individually, in small groups, or with their families. They support themselves and the community through their secular or church-related work, making use of their God-given talents in the world while not being of the world. The trust that all labor and life can be sanctified is summed up in the community’s motto: Soli Deo Gloria, To God Alone the Glory.

Contact Details

Name: Richard Thomas Biernacki  (Founder and Minister General)

Website: www.gregorians.org

The web site is the primary means of accessing the community for whatever interest one may have – be that vocational, publications, the Associates of the Brotherhood, meeting the Gregorian Friars, or any other reason – the web site will guide the inquirer accordingly.


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CHS - Community of the Holy Spirit 

Founded 1952

Each person is given an invitation to follow Christ. The Sisters of our monastic community respond to that invitation by an intentional living out of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience within the structure of a modified Augustinian Rule. Through the vow of poverty, we profess out trusting dependence upon God by embracing voluntary simplicity and responsible stewarship of creation. Through chastity, we profess the sanctity of all creation as the primary revelation of God. Through obedience, we profess our desire to be dependent on God's direction and to live and minister in ways that respect all creation, both now and for generations to come.

Compassionate, respectful love is God's gift to life. Prayer and the worship of God are the lifeblood and heart of our Community and the source of inspiration for all that we undertake. Through our prayer, worship, and creastive talents we encourage others to seek God. through our ministries of hospitality, retreat work, spiritual direction, and education for sustainable living, we seek to grow in love and communion with all whose lives touch us and are touched by us. We also provide spiritual support for women and men who wish to be linked with our Community as Associates. By adopting a personal rule of life, they extend the Community's ministry through prayer, worship and service.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Heléna Marie CHS 
Address: St Hilda's House, 621 West 113th Street, New York, NY, 10025-7916, USA
Tel: +1 212 666 8249
Fax: +1 732 909 7397
Email: Email
Website: www.chssisters.org

Other Address


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CHS - Community of the Holy Spirit 

Founded 1952

Each person is given an invitation to follow Christ. The Sisters of our monastic community respond to that invitation by an intentional living out of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience within the structure of a modified Augustinian Rule. Through the vow of poverty, we profess out trusting dependence upon God by embracing voluntary simplicity and responsible stewarship of creation. Through chastity, we profess the sanctity of all creation as the primary revelation of God. Through obedience, we profess our desire to be dependent on God's direction and to live and minister in ways that respect all creation, both now and for generations to come.

Compassionate, respectful love is God's gift to life. Prayer and the worship of God are the lifeblood and heart of our Community and the source of inspiration for all that we undertake. Through our prayer, worship, and creastive talents we encourage others to seek God. through our ministries of hospitality, retreat work, spiritual direction, and education for sustainable living, we seek to grow in love and communion with all whose lives touch us and are touched by us. We also provide spiritual support for women and men who wish to be linked with our Community as Associates. By adopting a personal rule of life, they extend the Community's ministry through prayer, worship and service.

Contact Details

Address: 118 Federal Hill Road, Brewster, NY, 10509-5307, USA
Tel: +1 845 278 9777
Fax: +1 425 944 1085

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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: Carlson Gerdau OGS  ((Provincial assumed office 1996)
Address: Apt 19 A/N, 60 Sutton Place South, New York, NY, 10022, USA
Tel: +1 212 421 6942
Email: Email


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OSH - Order of St Helena 

Founded 1945
Registered Charity Number : US Government 501(c)(3) organization

The Order of St Helena witnesses to a contemporary version of traditional monasticism, taking a threefold vow of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. Our life in community is shaped by the daily Eucharist and fourfold Office, plus hours of personal prayer and study, and from this radiates a wide range of ministries.

As an Order, we are not restricted to any single area of work but witness and respond to the Gospel, with individual sisters engaging in different ministries as they feel called by God and affirmed by the community. Our work is thus wonderfully varied: sisters work in parishes as priests or as pastoral assistants; they lead retreats, quiet days and conferences;work with the national Church and various organizations; offer spiritual direction; are psychotherapists; teach; serve in hospital chaplaincies and community service programs. Five sisters are ordained priests. The convents in Vails Gate, NY, and Augusta, Georgia, have guest houses and offer retreats and conferences.

In 1997, the Order adopted a new style of governance and no longer has a superior or single sister as head. Instead, the Order is led by a four-member Leadership Council, with responsibility and ultimate authority vested equally in all four members.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Cintra Pemberton OSH  (Administrative Officer)
Address: Convent of St Helena, PO Box 426, 701 Blooming Grove, Vails Gate, NY, 12584-0426, USA
Tel: +1 845 562 0592
Fax: +1 845 569 7051
Email: Email
Website: www.osh.org

Other Addresses


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OSH - Order of St Helena 

Founded 1945
Registered Charity Number : US Government 501(c)(3) organization

The Order of St Helena witnesses to a contemporary version of traditional monasticism, taking a threefold vow of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. Our life in community is shaped by the daily Eucharist and fourfold Office, plus hours of personal prayer and study, and from this radiates a wide range of ministries.

As an Order, we are not restricted to any single area of work but witness and respond to the Gospel, with individual sisters engaging in different ministries as they feel called by God and affirmed by the community. Our work is thus wonderfully varied: sisters work in parishes as priests or as pastoral assistants; they lead retreats, quiet days and conferences;work with the national Church and various organizations; offer spiritual direction; are psychotherapists; teach; serve in hospital chaplaincies and community service programs. Five sisters are ordained priests. The convents in Vails Gate, NY, and Augusta, Georgia, have guest houses and offer retreats and conferences.

In 1997, the Order adopted a new style of governance and no longer has a superior or single sister as head. Instead, the Order is led by a four-member Leadership Council, with responsibility and ultimate authority vested equally in all four members.

Contact Details

Address: Convent of St Helena, PO Box 5645, 3042 Eagle Drive, Augusta, GA, 30916-5645, USA
Tel: +1 706 798 5201
Fax: +1 706 796 0079
Email: Email


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OSH - Order of St Helena 

Founded 1945
Registered Charity Number : US Government 501(c)(3) organization

The Order of St Helena witnesses to a contemporary version of traditional monasticism, taking a threefold vow of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. Our life in community is shaped by the daily Eucharist and fourfold Office, plus hours of personal prayer and study, and from this radiates a wide range of ministries.

As an Order, we are not restricted to any single area of work but witness and respond to the Gospel, with individual sisters engaging in different ministries as they feel called by God and affirmed by the community. Our work is thus wonderfully varied: sisters work in parishes as priests or as pastoral assistants; they lead retreats, quiet days and conferences;work with the national Church and various organizations; offer spiritual direction; are psychotherapists; teach; serve in hospital chaplaincies and community service programs. Five sisters are ordained priests. The convents in Vails Gate, NY, and Augusta, Georgia, have guest houses and offer retreats and conferences.

In 1997, the Order adopted a new style of governance and no longer has a superior or single sister as head. Instead, the Order is led by a four-member Leadership Council, with responsibility and ultimate authority vested equally in all four members.

Contact Details

Address: Convent of St Helena, 134 East 28th Street, New York, NY, 10016-8156, USA
Tel: +1 212 889 1124
Fax: +1 815 846 4771
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OHC - Order of the Holy Cross 

Founded 1884

The Order of the Holy Cross is a contemporary Benedictine monastic community open to both clergymen and laymen. The principles which govern the Order's life are in two documents: The Rule, written by James Otis Sargent Huntington, the founder of the Order, and the Rule of St Benedict.

The liturgical life of each house centers around the corporate praying of the Daily Office and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Members also spend time in private prayer and meditation.

The work of the Order is varied, as members are encouraged to find ways to use their own unique talents in ministry. Houses of the Order vary from traditional monastic retreat/conference centers of hospitality to active inner-city urban houses. Members of the Order are engaged in preaching, counseling and spiritual direction, in teaching, in parish work, in evangelism, in retreat work, and in ministry to alcoholics, addicts and those with AIDS. The Order has a special ministry of building the monastic life in the Anglican Church in Africa.

Contact Details

Name: Father David Bryan Hoopes OHC  (Superior, assumed office 1999)
Address: Holy Cross Monastery, PO Box 99, 1615 Rt. 9W, West Park, NY, 12493-0099, USA
Tel: +1 845 384 6660
Fax: +1 845 384 6031
Email: Email
Website: www.holycross-monastery.com

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SSF - Society of St Francis (American Province) 

Founded 1919 (USA)

The American Province of SSF was founded as the Order of St Francis in 1919 by Father Claude Crookston, who took the name Father Joseph. Under his leadership the community developed, based first in Wisconsin and then on Long Island, New York. The Order originally combined a monastic spirituality with a commitment to missions and evangelizing. In 1967, the OSF friars amalgamated with the Society of St Francis in the UK and became the American Province of SSF.

Our lives are structured around our times together of formal prayer and the Eucharist, which give our lives a focus. Brothers engage in a wide variety of ministries: community organizing, missions, work in parishes and institutions, counselling and spiritual direction, study, the arts, serving the sick and infirm and people with AIDS. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultural traditions. Living with each other can be difficult, but we work hard to find common ground and to communicate honestly with each other. God takes our imperfections and, in the mystery of Christ's body, makes us whole.

Contact Details

Name: Jude SSF  (Minister Provincial, assumed office May 2005)
Address: Little Portion Friary, PO Box 399, Mount Sinai, NY, 11766-0399, USA
Tel: +1 631 473 0533
Fax: +1 631 473 9434
Email: Email
Website: www.s-s-f.org

Other Addresses

Address: st Elizabeth's Friary, 1474 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207, USA
Tel: +1 718 455 5963
Fax: +1 718 443 3437
Email: Email

Address: San Damiano, 573 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Tel: +1 415 861 1372
Fax: +1 415 7952
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Address: Divine Providence Frairy, Rua Acurua 180 - Vila Ipojuca, 05053-000 Sau Paulo SP, Brazil
Tel: 11 3672 5454
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CT - Community of the Transfiguration 

Founded 1898

The Community of the Transfiguration, founded in 1898 by Eva Lee Matthews, is a Religious community of women dedicated to the mystery of the Transfiguration. Our life is one of prayer and service, reflecting the spirit of Mary and Martha, shown forth in spiritual, educational and social ministries. The Mother House of the community is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, where our ministries include hospitality, retreats, a school, a retirement/nursing home and a recreation center. The community also offers a retreat ministry on the West Coast; and in the Dominican Republic, the Sisters minister to malnourished children and their families through medical clinics and a school.

The Sisters live their life under the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The motto of the community is Benignitas, Simplicitas and Hilaritas - Kindness, Simplicity and Joy.

Contact Details

Address: 495 Albion Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 45246, USA
Tel: +1 513 771 5291
Fax: +1 513 771 0839
Email: Email

Other Addresses

Address: St Mary's Memorial Home, 469 Albion Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45246, USA.

Address: Bethany School, 495 Albion Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45246, USA

Address: St Monica's Center, 10022 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215, USA

Address: Sisters of the Transfiguration, 1633 "D" Street, Eureka, CA 95501, USA

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

All Saints is a traditional Community desiring to uphold orthodox Christian faith and morality, and to support the Apostolic tradition in ministry and practice. We are united by our common commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, and by our desire to live for Him. Within that unity there is great diversity both in our personalities and our talents. In giving these as an offering to the Lord, our communal life is enhanced.

Founded in London, three Sisters came to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1872, at the request of the Rector of Mount Calvary Church. The American sisterhood became an independent House in 1890.

The daily Eucharist is the center of our life. The six-fold Divine Office and our times of personal prayer enable us to pour forth Christ's love to others, in all of our works. Hospitality is an important aspect of our various houses. We also give retreats and missions of various types both at the Convent and elsewhere. training for a vocation to the sisterhood begins with a month's Observership, then Postulancy and Novitiate. After three years as a junior Sister, life vows may be made.

Contact Details

Address: St Anna's House, 115 North Van Pelt Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103-1195, USA
Tel: +1 215 665 8889


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SSP - Society of St Paul 

Founded 1958

The Society of St Paul began in 1958 in Gresham, Oregon. Early ministry included nursing homes, a school, and commissary work in the Mid-East and Africa. In 1959, SSP was the first community for men to be recognized by the canons of the Episcopal Church in the United States.

Today, we perceive the call to become a community without walls, free to the movement of the spirit and not limited by ownership and responsibility of property or expectations of numerical strength. It shifts the focus from institutional life to ministry and prayer. We see ourselves embracing the whole Church as our community.

Reading the signs of profound change in the world and in the Church, we sense a new r?le for us as pilgrims and prophets. It requires a humble way of simplifying corporate life to be free to explore the emerging spirituality and ministry of the twenty-first century.

Contact Details

Name: The Revd Canon Barnabas Hunt SSP  (Rector, assumed office 1989)
Address: 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92103-6397, USA
Tel: +1 619 542 8660
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CSM - Community of St Mary (Southern Province) (USA) 

Founded 1865

Contact Details

Address: St Mary's Convent, 1100 St Mary's Lane, Sewanee, TN, 37375-2614, USA
Tel: +1 931 598 0059
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SC - Sisters of Charity (USA) 

1869

They are a Vincentian Community and therefore combine a life of prayer with service to those in need, especially childeren. Some of their activities include: retreat work, spiritual direction, preaching and hospital visitation. Locally they are involved with a daycare that serves low income families. Their most recent area of outreach is to St Vincent's Centre for Handicapped Children in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Julian Hope SC  (Sister-in-charge)
Address: The Episcopal Sisters of Charity, PO Box 755, 1657 Swan Pond Road, Martinsburg, WV, 25402, USA
Tel: +1 304 262 9743
Fax: +1 304 262 9753
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OSB - Order of St Benedict St Gregory's Abbey Three Rivers 

Founded 1939

St Gregory's Abbey is the home of a community of men living under the Rule of St Benedict within the Episcopal Church. The center of the monastery's life is the Abbey Church, where God is worshipped in the daily round of Eucharist, Divine Office, and private prayer. Also offered to God are the monks' daily manual work, study and correspondence, ministry to guests, and occasional outside engagements.

Contact Details

Name: Rt Revd Andrew Marr OSB  (Abbot, elected 2 March 1989)
Address: St Gregory's Abbey, 56500 Abbey Road, Three Rivers, MI, 49093-9595, USA
Tel: +1 (269) 244 5893
Fax: +1 (269) 244 8712
Email: Email
Website: http://geocities.com/stgregorysabbey/