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COMMUNITIES IN THE U.K.
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Association of British Carmels (O.C.D.)
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. Contact: Sr. Mary of St. Philip,
O.C.D.; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.car-melnuns.org.uk. Member of Compass.
Augustinian Sisters (O.S.A.), 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. Contact:
Sr. Miriam Condron, O. S.A.; email@example.com.
uk; www.anh.org.uk. Member of Compass.
Bernardine Cistercians ( O.Cist.) 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. Contact: Sr. Maria
Whisstock, O.Cist.; srmariabernardine@yahoo.
co.uk; bernardine.org. Member of Compass.
Carmelite Nuns (O.D.C.), Notting Hill The
mission of the Carmelite is to enter, by the total
gift of herself, into the 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. Contact: Sr. Patricia Mary ,O.C.D.; firstname.lastname@example.org; carmelitesnottinghill.org.uk/.
Member of Compass.
Carmelite Nuns (O.D.C.), Ware As Christians
and Carmelites we try to follow Jesus Christ in
faith, hope and love for the glory of God and for
his reign on earth. The apostolic nature of our
contemplative prayer gathers all engaged in the
active ministry of the church (priests, theologians
and lay persons) and places us at one with the
needs and longings of the whole human family.
Through the total gift of ourselves to God we
strive under the Spirit’s action to establish a community of love. The Eucharist is the focal point of
each day and is prolonged and renewed by the Liturgy of the Hours, a celebration of divine praise.
Two hours daily are set aside for silent and solitary
prayer and there is further time for spiritual reading. Through a careful balance between solitude
and life in community and all that is required to
earn our own living we try to give gospel values
priority. “In the heart of mother Church I will
be Love” This is St. Therese’s understanding of
the life work of a Carmelite. Contact: Sr. Fiona
Collins, O. C. D., email@example.com; www.
warecarmel.com. Member of Compass.
Cenacle Sisters (r.c.) Cenacle Sisters are in-
spired “to work for the transformation of the
world by awakening and deepening faith with and
for the people of our time.” Our three-fold mis-
sion 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 com-
munity 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. Contact: Sr. Kate Stogdon, r.c.; 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:
com/cjenglishprovince. 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 brdgsullivan2@
gmail.com or UKBonSecours@gmail.com. Bon
Secours means Good Help—share God’s good help.
Contact: Sr. Bridget O’Sullivan, C.B.S.; brdgsul-
firstname.lastname@example.org; bonsecours.org/; or find us
Member of Compass.
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