COMMUNITIES IN THE UK
Infant Jesus Sisters We are an International group of
Catholic Women Religious serving in 16 countries. We
desire to center ourselves in God, who is constantly creating and recreating all that lives. Our institute, founded
in France in 1662, has always had a strong focus on
mission, with sisters being trained to serve the needs
of people in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. In
collaboration with others, our current ministries include
teaching, working with refugees and asylum seekers,
visiting and supporting the “traveling community,”
running a pony center, bereavement counseling, art
therapy, awareness raising in the field of ecology and
care of the earth, catechetical formation of children
and adults, pastoral leadership in parishes, and many
activities in the promotion of justice, peace, and integrity
of creation. www.infantjesussisters.org; kittyijs@gmail.
com. Member of Compass.
COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, UK We are an
international, apostolic, women’s congregation founded
in 1609 by Mary Ward. The Spiritual Exercises of St.
Ignatius Loyola are central to our life, dedicated to sharing Christ’s mission in our world. Mary Ward realized
that the Jesuit ‘pathway to God’ could be followed by
women. We strive to live life to the full, being ‘such as
we appear and appear such as we are...’ always reflecting
her values: ‘freedom, justice and sincerity.’ The words on
her tombstone: ‘ To love the poor, live, die and rise with
them...’ was all the aim of Mary Ward...’ guide our efforts
to reflect in various ministries the preferential option for
the poor. We seek to challenge unjust structures and
respond to the needs around us. Priority for mission has
implications for community life; we are often dispersed,
united ‘in mind and heart’, sharing the One Mission of
the Body of the Institute. www.ibvm.org.ul/new4; Sr.
Ewa Bem; firstname.lastname@example.org. Member of Compass.
Little Company of Mary Sisters, UK (L.C.M.)
Inspired by the faith, courage, and initiative of the founder
of the Little Company of Mary, Mary Potter, we are
women of many nations who have heard a call in our
lives to “FOLLOW JESUS”, in the spirit of Mary the
Mother of Jesus. We simply believe beyond belief that
our small talents and our capacity to love and serve echo
the love and service Jesus gave to those he encountered
in His life. As vowed women within the Catholic
Church, we are to see and act through the lens of justice,
to make visible the truth that all women and men are
to share the fruits of God’s graciousness in Jesus. The
ways we do is this through prayer for the dying; hospital/
hospice/parish visits; bereavement support; spiritual
direction; support of the elderly in their own homes;
working with the homeless; school chaplaincy. To find
out more about joining us as a Sister, please contact: Sr.
Anita MacDonald, L.C.M.; email@example.com;
Little Sisters of the Poor, UK In 181 homes for the
aged in 31 countries, the Little Sisters repeat the founding gesture of Jeanne Jugan: that of receiving the aged
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in need, caring for them until death, loving them, and
serving them in an evangelical atmosphere mindful
of authentic respect for life. Each Little Sister draws
from her life of prayer the desire to live the spirit of
the Beatitudes in humility, simplicity, and confidence
in God. The joyous service of the elderly, sealed by a
fourth vow of hospitality, is accomplished together in
united, international communities. Why not explore
the way in which you can live in the light of the gospel
message through prayer and service to the elderly?
www.littlesistersofthepoor.co.uk; Sr. Caroline Lloyd;
firstname.lastname@example.org. Member of Compass.
Oblates of the Assumption Missionary Sisters,
UK The Oblates of the Assumption live and work in
over 20 countries worldwide. We live lives of Contemplation in action; driven by a love of Christ, the Virgin
Mary and the Church (to be deepened continually and
taken “to the world”). We live in international and
intergenerational communities; with an ardent desire
for the Coming of God’s Kingdom: within us, between
us, around us. We are open to the modern world with a
passion for mission; in collaboration with our Brothers:
the Augustinians of the Assumption (with whom we
share the same founder). Faithful to the spirit of our
founder, Emmanuel d’Alzon, we aim to live this mission as: daughters of the Church and workers for unity
who seek the Glory of God and the realization of the
ultimate desire of Christ: “May they be one”. Ecumenism
and Inter-Faith dialogue are, therefore, foremost in all
that we do. Our Motto is: Thy Kingdom Come. www.
assumptionoblatesisters.org.uk/; Sr. Josephine Canny;
email@example.com. Member of Compass.
Presentation Sisters As a religious Community, we
commit ourselves to deepening our relationship with
God, supporting each other and continuing the Mission of Jesus. At the heart of Presentation Spirituality is
compassion and hospitality. We are called to a reflective
way of living in which our prayer moves us to action and
our action to prayer. Nano Nagle, our foundress, began
her work of liberation of the poor in Cork, Ireland, in a
setting of political oppression, displacement of people,
economic and social injustice and deprivation of human
rights. She brought to the sad reality of her day all that a
person can ever bring - her own response made in faith
to God, whom she knew to be present in each human
life. Inspired by her example, other women, in circumstances at once amazingly different, amazingly similar,
have down the centuries, brought to the developing
story their own unique contribution in every continent.
www.pbvm.org; Sr. Catherine O’Neill; catherine.pbvm@
blueyonder.co.uk. Member of Compass.
Religious of the Assumption, UK Founded by St.
Marie Eugenie Milleret, contemplative prayer is the
source and strength of our community life and our mission. Each day we gather together for the Liturgy of the
Hours, to celebrate the Eucharist, and for Adoration of
the Blessed Sacrament. We are educators by vocation,
seeking to make Jesus Christ and his Church known
and loved. Convinced that each of us has a mission on
earth, through our diverse educational ministries we
help each person discover the contribution they are
called to make to the building up of God’s Kingdom and
the transformation of society. Founded in 1839 we are
an international Congregation, present in 34 countries.
www.assumptionreligious.org; Sr. Maureen Connor;
firstname.lastname@example.org. Member of Compass.
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, UK As Sisters of
the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we follow Christ
who is always to be found in those places where pain,
hunger, intolerance, and hatred tear people apart. We
are particularly sensitive to women and children; people
with special needs; and to vulnerable and marginalized
people who are denied the fullness of life. Our communities strive to be places of hospitality, where forgiveness
and healing are ongoing, and each person’s culture, gifts,
and talents are acknowledged, respected, and celebrated.
In keeping with our Mission Statement we are called to
help shape communities of gentleness, justice, and peace
that witness to the healing, liberating, and empowering
love of God. Our home base is in Ireland and the UK,
with over 20 communities spread across these isles. Our
sisters also serve in the U.S., South America, Africa, and
Asia. www.sacredheartsjm.org/; Sr. Maria Holly; email@example.com. Member of Compass.
Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart, UK The
Congregation of Sisters Hospitallers is an international
Religious Congregation providing health care to people
with psychiatric illnesses, people with physical and
mental disabilities, people who are elderly or suffering
with dementia and people with other illnesses in accordance with our founding charism. From the moment
of its foundation, the Congregation has had among its
primary objectives the provision of complete care and
acceptance of the sick. We aim at caring for the person
in her/his entirety, working to maintain or reinsert the
person into society and in defence of her/his dignity.
www.sistershospitallers.org. Sr. Isabel Canton; firstname.lastname@example.org. Member of Compass.
Sisters of Christian Instruction (St. Gildas) The
apostolic zeal of Gabriel Deshayes and the openness of
Michelle Guillaume to the will of God led to the birth
of our Congregation in Beignon - Brittany on the 8th
November 1820. The spiritual experience of our founders has become for each of us today, a light by which we
respond to our vocation in the Church and in the world.
Our mission is to witness to Jesus Christ and to proclaim
the Gospel. Our first task in the Church and in the world
is to be humble witnesses of the love of God. The power
of the Gospel message is an invitation to reach out from
wherever we are to those who are most affected by injustice and poverty. Today in England, France, Ireland,
Africa and Mexico small communities of sisters live in
rural areas or small towns, in suburbs, town centers or
on housing estates. Activities and professions are varied: