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COMMUNITIES 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 fifteen 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. www.carmelnuns.org.uk;
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
www.anh.org.uk; Sr. Miriam Condron; 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. The 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. www.bernardine.
org; Sr. Maria Whisstock, srmariabernardine@yahoo.
co.uk. 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 t wo periods of recreation when the sisters
come together to strengthen the bonds of community
email@example.com. Member of Compass.
Cenacle Sisters 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. www.
cenaclesisters.co.uk; Sr. Kate Stogdon, katestogdon@
btinternet.com. 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 Jesus
today are fulfilling her Ignatian dream of women at the
apostolic service of the Church and their fellow 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.
Member of Compass.
Congregation of Sisters of Bon Secours (C.B.S.) Can
you picture yourself as consecrated to God by vows of
poverty, chastity and obedience? A compassionate,
healing, and liberating presence caring for all of creation? One who finds God in relationships—within
community, colleagues in ministry, in people served
and in the world? A woman of deep faith and prayer
anchored in God’s love? A sister to all—accompanying
the poor and oppressed, the sick and dying, healing
injustices, bringing a message of hope and wholeness,
and revealing to people a God who loves them? If you
see yourself as this woman, then explore a vocation
with Sisters of Bon Secours. If you are a single, Catholic
woman, age 18-50 with no dependents, becoming a
sister is possible. In Great Britain, we use our gifts and
talents in a variety of settings including parish ministry,
ministry to the terminally ill, pastoral visitation of hospitals and nursing homes, and home visitation. How
would you like to use your gifts for God? For more
information, contact Sr. Bridget O’Sullivan, C.B.S. at
firstname.lastname@example.org or UKBonSecours@gmail.
com. Bon Secours means Good Help – share God’s good
help at Bonsecours.org/?page_id=32; www.facebook.
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. www.daughtersofcharity.org.
uk/. email@example.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