COMMUNITIES IN THE UK
COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Association of British Carmels Carmelite nuns belong
to the Order of Discalced Carmelites. In Britain, over
200 sisters live in 15 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; philipcarmelnh@
gmx.co.uk. 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. Member of Compass.
Bernardine Cistercians (O.C.S.O.) 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.
bernardine.org; Sr. Maria Whisstock, srmariabernardine@
yahoo.co.uk. Member of Compass.
Carmelites, Notting Hill (O.D.C.) The mission of the
Carmelite is to enter, by the total gift of herself, into the
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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. carmelitesnottinghill.org.
uk; email@example.com. Member of Compass.
Cenacle Sisters (r.c.) 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 (C.J.) 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 chaplaincies, through education,
spiritual direction, social action for justice and hospitality
we try to: • live with passion; • act with integrity; • pray
with desire. Website: congregationofjesus.org.uk; email:
firstname.lastname@example.org; facebook.com/cjeng-lishprovince. 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 many 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
email@example.com or UKBonSecours@gmail.
com. Bon Secours means Good Help – share God’s good
help at Bonsecours.org/?page_id=32; www.facebook.com/
Daughters of Charity (D.C.) 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.
Member of Compass.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (F.M.A.)—
Salesian Sisters 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. www.
Member of Compass.
Daughters of St. Paul (F.S.P.) We are an international
Catholic community of religious women dedicated to
spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our spirituality is nurtured by the Eucharist and the Word of God and
expressed through our collaborative effort to present the
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