COMMUNITIES IN THE UK
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; Sr. Ewa Bem;
firstname.lastname@example.org. Member of Compass.
COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Little Company of Mary Sisters (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.; anitamac90@btinternet.
Little Sisters of the Poor (L.S.P.) In 181 homes for the
aged in 31 countries, the Little Sisters repeat the founding
gesture of Jeanne Jugan: that of receiving the aged 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; email@example.com. Member of Compass.
Oblates of the Assumption Missionary Sisters (O.A.)
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 interfaith dialogue are,
therefore, foremost in all that we do. Our motto is: Thy
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Kingdom Come. www.assumptionoblatesisters.org.uk/; Sr.
Josephine Canny, O.A.; firstname.lastname@example.org. Member
Presentation Sisters (P.B.V.M.) 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 and similar, have down the
centuries, brought to the developing story their own
unique contribution in every continent. pbvm.org; Sr.
Catherine O’Neill, P. B.V. M.; catherine.pbvm@blueyonder.
co.uk. Member of Compass.
Religious of the Assumption (R.A.) 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, R.A.; email@example.com.
Member of Compass.
Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
(S.H.J.M.) 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; mariahollyshjm@gmail.
com. Member of Compass.
Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart (H.S.C.) The
Congregation of Sisters Hospitallers is an international
religious congregation providing healthcare 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. 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: Education,
social work, care of the sick and elderly, pastoral work, in
all its forms. sistersofstgildas.org.uk; Sr. Ann O’Sullivan;
email@example.com. Member of Compass.
Sisters of Nazareth (C.S.N.), UK As religious women
our first desire is to seek God, becoming one with him,
taking on his mind and his way of life. We then live out
our consecration through the various ministries (services)
that enable us to present the love of Christ to all. For
more than 150 years, inspired by our foundress Victoire
Larmenier, we have been supporting and caring for those
in need, from the beginning of life, through our ministries
of childcare and education, to the later years, through
residential care services and independent living and other
ministries in keeping with our spirit. We strive to live our
core values of love, compassion, patience, respect, justice,
and hospitality. These values are the heart of our professional expertise, making each Nazareth House a place
of peace. www.sistersofnazareth.com; Sr. Frances Kelly;
FCKell@tiscali.co.uk. Member of Compass.
Sisters of Notre Dame (S.N.D.) Saint Julie Billiart founded the Sisters of Notre Dame to make known God’s goodness, especially among the poorest and most abandoned
people. Today, Sisters in Britain find themselves engaged
in a wide and rich variety of ministries. The sisters contribute to the pastoral work in many dioceses in England
and Scotland and to projects for the poor and marginalised
around the country. Many sisters have chosen to work with
the homeless, asylum seekers, refugees, and others in need
of help and support. Other sisters are engaged in work with
interfaith groups, spiritual direction, retreat work, and various forms of therapy and counselling work. We too strive to