Community of the Holy Name (CHN), UK Province

Introduction to the community

The Sisters combine the life of prayer with service to others in their evangelistic and pastoral outreach and by maintaining their houses as centres of prayer where they can be available to others. They run a small guest house in Derby. In our houses, and from the Convent in Derby, the Sisters are involved in parish work, hospital visiting, retreat-giving and work among the wider community, and with those who come for spiritual guidance.

The members of the Fellowship of the Holy Name are an extension of its life and witness in the world. We encourage those who wish to live alongside for a period of time.

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Contact details

Telephone:
01332 671716
Fax:
01332 669712

Main house:
Convent of the Holy Name, Morley Road, Oakwood, Derby DE21 4TB

Other house:
64 Allexton Gardens, Welland Estate, Peterborough PE1 4UW
Tel: 01733 352077

Community information

Date of foundation:
1865
Registered Charity number:
250256

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon

Location:

Publications

History of the Community of the Holy Name, 1865 to 1950, published by CHN, 1950.

Una C. Hannam, Portrait of a Community, printed by the Church Army Press, 1972.
This was a heavily edited version of the original manuscript by the late Sister Constance CHN. A revised and updated version of the complete manuscript is now published as:

Sister Constance CHN, What’s in a Name?: Portrait of a Community, CHN, 2015.

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

Fellowship of the Holy Name

The Fellowship is comprised of ecumenically-minded Christians who feel called to share with the Community in their life of prayer and service.

Members have a personal Rule of Life, which they have drawn up in consultation with a particular Sister. This will include daily private prayer, regular prayer and worship with the local Christian community, as well as time and space for their own well-being and creativity. Each rule varies with the individual. A six-month probation living the rule is required before formal admission to the Fellowship. This usually takes place at the Convent in the context of the Eucharist. There are regional meetings for members living in the same area, and the Community distributes newsletters throughout the year and encourages members to contribute articles for the Community magazine.

Leadership

Provincial Superior: Sister Edith Margaret CHN
Assumed office 11 December 2015

Assistant Superior: Sister Diana CHN

Membership

Sister Marjorie Jean
Sister Barbara
Sister Brenda
Sister Verena
Sister Jean Mary
Sister Lilias
Sister Theresa Margaret
Sister Lisbeth
Sister Vivienne Joy
Sister Pauline Margaret
Sister Carol
Sister Monica Jane
Sister Pippa
Sister Rosemary
Sister Irene
Sister Lynfa
Sister Julie Elizabeth
Sister Catherine

Members who have died since the last Yearbook:

4 Sep 2019 – Sister Mary Patricia, aged 88, professed 56 years, Revd Mother 1984-1994

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