Community of the Sisters of the Church (CSC), UK 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

CSC Gerrards Cross convent

Contact details

Addresses of houses:

St Michael’s Convent, Vicarage Way, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 8AT
Tel: 0330 120 0630
Email for general enquiries: info@sistersofthechurch.org.uk

82 Ashley Road, Bristol BS6 5NT
Tel: 01179 413268
Email: bristol@sistersofthechurch.org.uk

St Gabriel’s. 27A Dial Hill Road, Clevedon, N. Somerset BS21 7HL
Tel: 01275 544471
Email: clevedon@sistersofthechurch.org.uk

10 Furness Road, West Harrow, Middlesex HA2 0RL
Tel: 020 8423 3780
Email: westharrow@sistersofthechurch.org.uk

Community information

Date of foundation:
1870
Registered Charity number:
for CEA - 200240

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark

Location:

Publications

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.

Leadership

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

Provincial: Aileen Taylor CSC
Assumed office 29 September 2017

Assistant Provincial: Anita Cook CSC

Membership

Annaliese Brogden
Catherine Heybourn
Dorothea Roden
Hilda Mary Baumberg
Jennifer Cook
Mary Josephine Thomas
Rosina Taylor
Ruth White
Sheila Julian Merryweather
Sue McCarten
Susan Hird
Teresa Mary Wright
Vivien Atkinson

Members who have died since the last Yearbook:

27 Dec 2019 – Judith Gray, aged 88, professed 66 years, Mother Superior 1988-1998

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