COMMUNITIES BASED IN THE UK
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Association of British Carmels Carmelite nuns belong to the Order of Discalced Carmelites. In Britain,
over 200 sisters live in eighteen Carmelite monasteries, throughout England, Scotland and Wales. We follow the inspiration of St. Teresa of Avila, our Spiritual
Mother, who believed that the most fruitful contribution she and her daughters could make for the good of
the Church and the world was to develop a profound
personal relationship with Jesus, in prayer, silence and
sacrifice, offered for the salvation of all. This ideal is
lived out in community life modelled on the friendship between Jesus and His disciples. The Eucharist is
at the center of each day. Work, both household and
remunerative, is sanctified by the full recitation of the
Divine Office, two hours of silent prayer, and spiritual
reading, as well as periods of recreation together. This
calling both demands and supports the total gift of
self to our loving God. http://www.carmelnuns.org.
uk; email@example.com. Member of Compass.
Augustinian Sisters, Burgess Hill The Augustinian Order was founded in 1842 in Bruges, Belgium
by Reverend Canon Peter John Maes who devoted
his life to the care of the mentally ill. The Sisters of
St. Augustine was re-formed in 1866 when it established its first home, St. George’s Retreat in Burgess
Hill, Sussex, principally to care for the mentally and
physically ill. The Sisters have continued to care
for those that need it ever since. Today our Sisters
work in our own houses in the Diocese of Plymouth,
Northampton. We also have Sisters in Birmingham
and Westminster still carrying on the vision of Canon
Peter Maes. St. George’s is the Mother House, where
the new care village and three care homes have been
established. http://www.anh.org.uk; thomas@ahn.
org.uk. Member of Compass.
Bernardine Cistercians, England We are a monastic and international Order of women living according to the Rule of St Benedict. We respond to the
calls of the Church through our monastic life with
our work of hospitality and education. These are part
of our charism and make us sharers in the creative
and redemptive work of Christ. This search for God
in faith is the life-force of our whole day which is
divided between prayer and work, lived out in a
community united in love. Through lectio divina,
personal prayer, the celebration of the Divine Office
and the daily Eucharist, we nourish our life of prayer.
Our monastic life calls for a certain withdrawal from
the world, silence and asceticism which purifies the
heart. We respond to the call of God who first loved
us, by seeking him as followers of Christ through our
vows of obedience, stability and conversion of life,
which include consecrated chastity and the renunciation of all personal property. We welcome women
who feel called to a monastic vocation to come
and see. http://www.bernardine.org. srmariavoca-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Member of Compass.
Carmelites, Notting Hill, UK The mission of the
Carmelite is to enter, by the total gift of herself, into
the saving mission of Christ, who gave himself for
us that we might come to a fuller life in God. The
Carmelite is one with all people, those who believe,
those who search, and those who do not know that
they are searching. She identifies with all that is
worthy of humanity’s endeavour. Yet she is called to
a life that is counter-cultural: to live quietly, against
the background noise of the city; to live sparingly in
an increasingly wasteful age; to live hidden in a competitive society; above all, to live lovingly in a violent
world. In her contemplative prayer, the Carmelite
carries the needs and hopes of every person before
God, lifting the face of humanity to the Father, and
opening her heart to be a channel of his outpouring
love for all. Each sister works for the good of all
and everything is held in common. While silence
is maintained throughout the day as far as possible,
this is balanced by two periods of recreation when
the sisters come together to strengthen the bonds of
community life. http://www.carmelitesnottinghill.
Member of Compass.
Cenacle Sisters, Liverpool Cenacle Sisters are
inspired “to work for the transformation of the
world by awakening and deepening faith with and
for the people of our time.” Our three-fold mission
is lived out through Apostolic Service, Prayer, and
Community Life. Apostolic Service of making Christ
known and loved is carried out through a variety of
ministries, retreats, spiritual direction, chaplaincies,
and faith development. Prayer is at the center of the
mystery of the Cenacle and our lives as Cenacle Sisters. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, prayer is at the heart
of our ministry and our ministry inspires our prayer
so that in all things Christ may be made known and
loved. Community Life is where we come together
and seek to have but one heart and soul. Our community of faith is gathered out of love for God, united
in our mission, nourished by the Word of God and
the Eucharist so that we may have the grace of loving one another as Christ has loved us. http://www.
Member of Compass.
Congregation of Jesus Despite centuries of struggle
in a Church and a world unprepared for Mary Ward’s
pioneering vision, sisters of the Congregation of Je-
sus today are fulfilling her Ignatian dream of women
at the apostolic service of the Church and their fel-
low human beings all over the world. Formed in the
tradition of St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises
we aspire to:
• be “wholly God’s” - finding God in all things;
• be “lovers of truth and workers of justice” in
the light of the gospel;
• live as companions of Jesus, sharing in His
mission to our brothers and sisters.
Whether by working in schools and universities,
prisons or hospitals, spirituality centers or chaplain-
cies, through education, spiritual direction, social
action for justice and hospitality we try to:
• live with passion;
• act with integrity;
• pray with desire.
ac.uk. Member of Compass.
Daughters of Charity, UK We belong to an international Roman Catholic congregation of women
founded by Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac.
We are given to God in community for the service
of people in need who are carrying the hardships and
poverties of our times. Our “cloister is the streets of
the city” and our Vincentian spirit is one of humility, simplicity, and charity. Love embraces social
justice and we commit ourselves to work for social
transformation to change the unjust structures that
cause poverty. Community is an essential support
for our way of life and our primary place of belonging. We live together in community the better to
fulfill our mission of service. It is a setting in which
joy and affection nurture our human and spiritual
growth as well as our apostolic creativity. http://www.
com. Member of Compass.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian
Sisters), UK Our religious family has its origin in
the heart and mind of St. John Bosco and the creative
fidelity with which St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello
and her sisters assumed the project he intended, that
of being called Daughters of Mary Help of Christians.
The Salesian Sisters of the Province of St. Thomas of
Canterbury feel strongly called to follow Jesus, dedicating our lives to God through service for others. The
Salesian charism—our special gift and responsibility—is to reach out to the young offering friendship,
support, and help for their journey through life, and
especially looking out for those most in need. Community is a key value for us. We consider it important
to live together as “family.” We encourage others to
work with us for the good of the young, and most
communities benefit by the presence of committed
Salesian cooperators and co-workers. http://www.
Member of Compass.
Daughters of the Cross of Liege, UK We are an
international group of Roman Catholic women who
have been called to understand and proclaim to
others that the love of God has been revealed to us
in the most striking way in the Passion and Death
of Jesus. Our RESPONSE to this great love is to
honor Christ by loving and serving Him above all
in the poorest, weakest and most suffering people.
Living in a religious community means choosing
to live with God and with others, for God and for
others. Today the Daughters of the Cross seek to
build communities of faith, centered on the Eucharist and nourished by prayer, in order to fulfill the
Congregation’s apostolic mission. Our ministries
are many and varied. You will find us: visiting and
caring for the sick and infirm; providing pastoral
ministries in parishes, schools, and hospitals; and