COMMUNITIES IN THE UK
COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Capuchin Franciscan Friars of Great Britain
(O.F.M. Cap.) In a time when reform was needed
within both the church and the Franciscan family, Matteo Bassi, a friar, sought a life away from
possessions, position, and wealthy benefactors
to spend a life as a hermit, with the externals of
coarse habit, long hood (capuce: hence “
Capuchin”), and bare feet. He and his companions
were established in 1543. Today there are 10,500
Capuchin friars throughout the world. The local
Capuchin community normally consists of four to
six friars living together, dependent on each other
for prayer, meals, and recreation together and
to fulfill the various duties of each place: study,
pastoral work, office work, retreats and missions,
vocational work, the sacrament of reconciliation,
lecturing, care for people who come to the friary,
and chaplaincy work for hospitals, prisons, and
schools, among others. Contact: Br. Zbigniew
Fryska, OFM Cap; firstname.lastname@example.org;
www.capgb.org/vocation. Member of Compass.
Christian Brothers, UK The Congregation of
Christian Brothers was founded by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice (1762-1844), a lay businessman, in 1802. He began his work in Waterford,
Ireland, where his particular concern was the
plight of Catholics who had been excluded from
education because of the penal laws in force at
the time. By the end of the nineteenth century
the Congregation had grown steadily in membership and Brothers had moved to many different
countries around the world. Today, Christian
Brothers live in a faith community. They engage
with people in their daily lives, often in the context of education and faith journey, but also as
community workers, youth workers, and teachers.
They are committed to being with poor people in
their struggles, and in their desire for a better life.
A Brother is committed to: Spiritual search, Life
in community, and Service of others, especially
the poor. www.christianbrothervocation.org; Br.
Dominic Sassi; email@example.com. Member
Hospitaller Order of St. John of God
(O.H.) Worldwide over 1,230 Brothers live and
work within 25 provinces across five continents.
The Province of Saint John of God comprises Great
Britain, Ireland, New Jersey, and Malawi where the
Brothers fulfill a variety of roles in governance,
leadership, and pastoral and hands-on support.
Most importantly they are the guardians and
promoters of the story of Saint John of God, his
life, and his charism, keeping alive his mission in
53 countries today. The Brothers profess the three
vows of religious life which are traditional within
the church: poverty, chastity, and obedience. To
these they add a fourth vow of hospitality. By this
fourth vow they give their lives over to the service
of the poor and broken in society, just as Saint
John of God had done before them. Contact: Br.
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Missionaries of the Sacred Heart More than
ever, what the world needs now are men and
women who can be missionaries of God’s compassion, kindness, gentleness, and healing love.
Whether you feel called to be a Religious (a priest
or Brother) or lay missionary, we invite you to join
our congregation. Through all of our actions and
words, we seek to promote healthy relationships
with self, others and God, to reach out to the isolated, marginalized and the poor, and to proclaim
God’s love to the world. Walk with us as we follow
the Way of the Heart and be on earth the Heart of
Christ. www.misacor.org/; alan.neville@yahoo.
com. Member of Compass.
Passionists, UK The Passionists are a Catholic
Religious Order of Pontifical Right founded by
St. Paul of the Cross in Italy in 1720. Passionist
priests, brothers, nuns, sisters and laypeople proclaim God’s love for the world revealed through
the Passion of Jesus Christ and carry a message of
compassion and hope to 61 countries throughout
the world. Our mission aims at evangelizing by
means of the Word of the Cross. In England and
Wales Passionist ministry started with the peaching of retreats and missions, other ministries
developed after Vatican II, including the Inner
City Mission, our primary mission now, where
Passionists of St. Joseph Province live and work
among people of deprived areas. Contact Fr.
Martin Newell; email@example.com; www.
passionists-uk.org. Member of Compass.
Servite Friars Before the Servites ever existed as
an official religious Order, seven prosperous men
came together in the city of Florence, Italy. As a
reflection of the penitential spirit of the times, it
had been the custom of these men to meet regularly as members of a religious society established
in honor of Mary, the Mother of God. Eventually,
the seven left their comfortable homes, put aside
their finery and went to live together in a ramshackle building. Today Servite Friars are found
in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia,
and Australia. From a humble beginning we have
been blessed with a long and rich history. Like our
Seven Founders, we go where the needs of God’s
people demand and seek the perfection of the
Gospel way of life under the protection of Mary,
the Mother and Servant of the Lord. Fr. Gabriel
Bannon; Gb97220@gmail.com; www.servitefriars.
org. Member of Compass.
The Society of Jesus Founded by St. Ignatius
of Loyola in 1540, and living in the spirit of his
Spiritual Exercises, we are servants of Christ
participating in the Church’s overall mission
of evangelization. We seek to proclaim Christ’s
love by our service of the poor and our work for
justice. We seek to uncover His presence in our
world through our engagement with culture and
through dialogue with men and women of other
faiths. We seek to promote His kingdom by being instruments of reconciliation, in humanity’s
relationship with God, with creation, and amongst
peoples. We are sent to where the needs are greatest, and in particular to the frontiers where faith
and culture meet, where peoples of different faiths
and no faith encounter one another. We receive
particular missions entrusted to us by the Pope
for the service of the Church. www.jesuit.org.uk/;
firstname.lastname@example.org. Member of Compass.
Carmelite Sisters (C.S.S.T.), Delgany, Ireland The Delgany Carmelites are a community
of eight sisters, living within a monastic structure
whose origins lie in the thirteenth century, yet
they want to revive the world. Their existence is
relatively unknown and unseen, yet they want to
influence thought and understanding. Personal
material possessions do not matter to them, yet
they want full and satisfied hearts. They have no
part in organized political or cultural debate, but
they can help shape ideologies. Their monastic
lives are ordinary and extraordinary, they are
confident and hesitant, faithful and faltering.
Their encounters with paradox show them how
to make sense of themselves before God. The Del-gany Carmelites characterise their monasticism as
an act of deep listening: to God, to one another
and to the needs of the world around them. Contact us for a Monastic Weekend Experience. Sr.
Monica Lawless, C.S.S. T.; Carmelite Monastery,
Delgany, Greystones, Co. Wicklow; email@example.com; www.carmelitemon-
a sterydelgany.ie/. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Daughters of Charity (D.C.) The Daughters of
Charity are an International Community of Apostolic Life. Founded by St. Vincent de Paul and
St. Louise de Marillac in 1633 in France, they first
came to Ireland in 1855 when the country was still
recovering from the effects of the Famine. Today
the Irish Province of the Daughters of Charity
comprises 27 houses across the country and five in
Kenya. The Irish Province also fostered the growth
of the now thriving Province of Nigeria. In addi-