Community of the Resurrection (CR)

Introduction to the community

CR is a men’s monastic community in the Benedictine tradition. We live a life of worship, study and work. Work includes hospitality, Christian teaching, giving retreats and spiritual counselling, including through our Retreat House at Mirfield, and events planned in conjunction with the Mirfield Centre partners. We take ecumenical endeavour seriously and are affiliated to the Congregation of the Annunciation. We maintain strong links with other countries, including South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The College of the Resurrection, founded in 1902 and run by its own independent Council, trains men and women for ordination in the Church of England and also provides opportunities for others to study for degrees.

Community of the Resurrection

Contact details

01924 483346

Main house:
House of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire WF14 0BN

Associated house:

College of the Resurrection
Principal: Rt Revd Mark Sowerby
Mirfield, West Yorkshire WF14 0BW
Tel: 01924 481900

Community information

Date of foundation:
Registered Charity number:

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield



Alan Wilkinson, The Community of the Resurrection: a centenary history, SCM Press, London, 1992
Available for £35 from Mirfield

CR: a brief history, Mirfield Publications, 2014
Available for £3.50 from Mirfield

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

Oblates are single men, clergy and lay, who desire to make a special and permanent offering of themselves to God in association with the Community of the Resurrection.

Associates, men or women, join with CR daily in prayer. They are consecrated to God in celibacy and pattern their lives after the Benedictine vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience.

The Society of the Resurrection is open to men or women, ordained or lay, married or single. It has a clear rule, common prayers and a strong sense of community sustained through social media and, where possible, days together.

Companions follow each their own rule of life in their own communities and in fellowship with CR, with a commitment to Eucharistic worship, spiritual practice and giving of time, talents and resources to the wider society. There are annual days of teaching and fellowship at Mirfield.


Superior: Oswin Gartside CR
Assumed office January 2018

Prior: Philip Nichols


Aidan Mayoss
Robert Mercer
Crispin Harrison
Antony Grant
Nicolas Stebbing
John Gribben
Peter Allan
George Guiver
Thomas Seville
Steven Haws
Marc Voase
Patrick Souter

Novices: 1
Postulants: 1
Members who have died since the last Yearbook:

11 Dec 2017 – Roy France, aged 94, professed 65 years
7 Feb 2019 – Simon Holden, aged 88, professed 51 years

19 January 2021 – Eric Simmons, aged 90, professed 57 years, Superior 1974-1987