Community of the Sisters of the Church (CSC), Australian Province

Introduction to the community

Founded by Emily Ayckbowm in 1870, the Community of the Sisters of the Church is an international body of lay and ordained women within the Anglican Communion. We are seeking to be faithful to the gospel values of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, and to the traditions of Religious Life while exploring new ways of expressing them and of living community life and ministry today. By our worship, ministry and life in community, we desire to be channels of the reconciling love and acceptance of Christ, to acknowledge the dignity of every person, and to enable others to encounter the living God whom we seek.

The Community’s patrons, St Michael and the Angels, point us to a life both of worship and active ministry, of mingled adoration and action. Our name, Sisters of the Church, reminds us that our particular dedication is to the mystery of the Church as the Body of Christ in the world.

Each house has its own timetable of corporate worship. The Eucharist and Divine Office (usually fourfold) are the heart of our Community life.

Community houses provide different expressions of our life and ministry in inner city, suburban, coastal town and village settings.

CSC Provinces worldwide

Contact details

Addresses of houses:

Sisters of the Church, PO Box 1105, Glebe, NSW 2037

Sisters of the Church, 29 Lika Drive, Kempsey, NSW 2440
Tel: 2 6562 2313

Unit 15/75, St John’s Road, Glebe, NSW 2037

PO Box 1460, Bakery Hill, Victoria 3354

Tel: 3 5332 6479

Community information

Date of foundation:
Arrived in Australia 1892. Established as separate Province 1971.
Registered Charity number:
Tax Exempt - NPO

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Sarah Macneil, Bishop of Grafton


A Valiant Victorian: The Life and Times of Mother Emily Ayckbowm 1836-1900 of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, Mowbray, London, 1964.

Ann M Baldwin CSC, Now is the Time: a brief survey of the life and times of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, CSC, 2005.

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

Associates are men and women who seek to live the Gospel values of Simplicity, Chastity and Obedience within their own circumstances. Each creates his/her own Rule of Life and has a Link Sister or Link House. They are united in spirit with CSC in its life of worship and service, fostering a mutually enriching bond.


Mother Superior: Sr Marguerite Mae Eamon CSC, Canadian Province
Assumed office 1 December 2019

Provincial: Elisa Helen Waterhouse CSC
Assumed office January 2019


Fiona Cooper
Helen Jamieson
Linda Mary Shuttle
Rosamund Duncan

Members who have died since the last Yearbook:

26 Jan 2021 – Frances Murphy, aged 94, professed 56 years, Mother Superior 1978-1988