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‘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. Contact: Sr. Ewa Bem, I.B.V.M.; ewaibem@
gmail.com; www.ibvm.org. Member of Compass.
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.; email@example.com; lcmsisters.
org.uk. Member of Compass.
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? Contact: Sr. Caroline Mary
Lloyd, l.s.p.; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.
littlesistersofthepoor.co.uk. 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,
Grace and Compassion Benedictines
(O.S.B.) The Congregation of the Sisters of Our
Lady of Grace and Compassion was founded in
1954 and in 1978 became part of the Benedictine
family. The Rule of St. Benedict is centered on
Christ and aims at a balanced life. The main work
of the congregation is hospitality, particularly in
the care of the old, the sick, and the poor. We take
as one of our vows that of “stability,” by which
we promise to persevere in our monastic family.
Everything is held in common. We obey the lawful
commands of our superiors. We look for women
who are sincerely seeking God, who have a love
for the liturgy, who are generous, caring, with
sound common sense, and in reasonable health.
A sense of humor is an asset. Contact: carmel@
graceandcompassion.co.uk; graceandcompas-sionbenedictines.org.uk/. Member of Compass.
Handmaids of the Sacred Heart (A.C.I.) We
were founded at the end of the 19th century, in
Spain. The intention of the foundresses, Saint
Raphaela Mary and her sister, Mother Pilar, was
to create a family with a specific mission in the
Church: to repair the Heart of Jesus, through a
life centred on the Eucharistic celebration and
Adoration. Our mission is mostly centred on
education in the service of the gospel in schools,
parishes, university residences, spirituality centres, and areas where there is deprivation. The
wish to place Christ at the adoration of all peoples
leads the sisters everywhere and to situations
and places, where His Heart needs to be repaired.
There are approximately 1000 Handmaids, in 130
communities, in 23 countries. Contact: Sr. Melita
Ruffino, A.C.I.; email@example.com; http://
aciengland.org. Member of Compass.
Infant Jesus Sisters (I.J.S.) 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. Contact: Sr. Kitty Ellard,
I.J.S.; firstname.lastname@example.org; infantjesussisters.org.
Member of Compass.
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(I.B.VM.) 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
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 Kingdom Come.
Contact: Sr. Josephine Canny, O.A.; mnicannaid@
Member of Compass.
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.
Contact: Sr. Catherine O’Neill, P.B.V.M.; catherine.
email@example.com; pbvm.org. Member of
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. Contact:
Sr. Maureen Connor, R.A.; maureen_ra@yahoo.
com; www.assumptionreligious.org. Member
Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux
(C.S.F.B.) The Holy Family was founded in
1820 by Pierre Noailles, a priest of Bordeaux.
Our Family is characterized by its inclusive
nature, incorporating Apostolic and Contemplative sisters who together form a Religious
Institute; an Institute of Consecrated Seculars;
Priest Associates and Men and Women Lay Associates. We are present on five continents and
have communities in 24 countries throughout
the world. In our diverse ministries, we continue the mission of Jesus who came to bring good
news to the poor and to gather all God’s children
into one family. We model our lives on the Holy