Introduction to the community
A contemplative community with a strong monastic tradition founded in 1906, which seeks to witness to the priority of God and to respond to the love of God – God’s love for us and our love for God. We believe that we are called to live a substantial degree of withdrawal, in order to give ourselves to the work of prayer which, beginning and ending in the praise and worship of God, is essential for the peace and well-being of the world. Through offering our lives to God within the Community, and through prayer and daily life together, we seek to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ and one another.
The Community has always drawn upon the spirituality of Carmel; life and prayer in silence and solitude is an important dimension in our vocation. The Community also draws from other traditions and the Divine Office and Eucharist are central to our life.
Address: Convent of the Incarnation, Fairacres, Parker Street, Oxford OX4 1TB, UK
Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Michael Lewis, Bishop of Cyprus & the Gulf
Third Order, Fellowship, Associates
The Community includes Oblate Sisters, who are called to the contemplative life in the world rather than within the monastic enclosure. There are three other groups of associates: Priest Associates, Companions, and the Fellowship of the Love of God. Information about all these may be obtained from the Reverend Mother at Fairacres.
Reverend Mother: Sister Clare-Louise SLG
Assumed office 27 May 2015
Prioress: Sister Avis Mary
Sister Shirley Clare
Sister Margaret Theresa
Sister Stephanie Thérèse
19 Aug 2018 – Sister Edmée, aged 87, professed 48 years
3 Jan 2020 – Sister Elizabeth, aged 69, professed 18 years
15 Sep 2020 – Sister Alison, aged 86, professed 37 years
8 Jan 2021 Sister Barbara June, aged 86, professed 51 years
22 Jun 2021 Sister Tessa, aged 86, professed 53 years [CHN 1967-1988]
23 May 2022 Sister Benedicta, aged 89, professed 63 years