COMMUNITIES IN THE UK
centers, and in third-world missions around the globe.
We have the Loving Heart of Jesus as our focal point;
his compassion enriches our prayer life and mission.
He calls us to live as brothers: encouraging and supporting each other in community. daniel_stjacques@
yahoo.co.uk. brothersofthesacredheart.org; Member
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, O.F.M.Cap; c ap.
Member of Compass.
Christian Brothers (C.F.C.) 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 19th
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. christianbrothervocation.
org; Br. Dominic Sassi, C.F.C.; cbsvocations1762@
gmail.com. Member of Compass.
Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.) The British Region
of Discalced Carmelites have communities in London,
Oxford and Bucks. It is a large international Order
founded by St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the
Cross, dedicated to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, whose
virtues of faith and service we strive to imitate. We
find our inspiration in the Prophet Elijah, who burned
with zeal for the Lord. We live in small communities,
nurtured by the Word of God, dedicated to prayer and
apostolic service. We are called to union with God
through friendship with Christ and each other; to a
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life of prayer and service to the Church and world. Fr.
John McGowan; email@example.com; www.
carmelitevocation.ie. Member of Compass.
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. Ronan Lennon, O.H.; firstname.lastname@example.org;
The Society of Jesus (S.J.) 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. jesuit.org.
uk; Fr. Matthew Power, S.J.; matthew.power@jesuits.
net. Member of Compass.
Passionists (C.P.) 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.
Redemptorists, (C.Ss.R.), UK As an international
Catholic religious congregation, our presence is felt
in every corner of the world, working and ministering in 79 countries. Motivated by St. Alphonsus, our
founder, bishop and Doctor of the Church, in whatever way we can, we try to bring Jesus our Redeemer
into the very heart of daily life. Whether in working
with those searching for a deeper understanding of
faith, or celebrating the liturgy each day in our parishes, preaching parish missions, leading retreats or
encountering people in the inner city, we offer people
a new and exciting glimpse of a loving Father who
calls us by name. In community we pray, live, work,
and play. We have a passion for the Gospel and we
have a passion for people. We seek to bring these
two passions together. www.redemptorists.co.uk; Fr.
Richard Reid, C.Sr.R.; r ichard.reid@redemptorists.
co.uk. Member of Compass.
Carmelite Sisters (C.S.S. T.), Delgany The Delgany
Carmelites are a community of eight sisters, living within
a monastic structure whose origins lie in the 13th 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 Delgany
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; firstname.lastname@example.org; c armeli-
temonasterydelgany.ie/. More at VocationsIreland.com.
Cistercian Nuns, Glencairn Abbey, We are a Roman
Catholic contemplative community of nuns, belonging to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance
(O.C.S.O.). We dedicate ourselves to the worship of
God in a hidden life in the monastery under the Rule of
St Benedict. We take vows of stability, obedience, and
conversion of life in this community that is a school of
love. The Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, manual
labour, service of the community, and hospitality are
the main elements that make up our daily monastic
life. The monastic values of silence, solitude, simplicity,
and appreciation of the natural beauty that surrounds
us undergirds our life of contemplation and witness to
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