Community of the Sisters of the Love of God (SLG)

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.

SLG Sr Susan in the garden with a cat

Contact details

01865 721301
01865 250798

Address: Convent of the Incarnation, Fairacres, Parker Street, Oxford OX4 1TB, UK


Community information

Date of foundation:
Registered Charity number:
261722; SLG Charitable Trust Ltd registered in England 990049

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 Adrian
Sister Anne
Sister Susan
Sister Christine
Sister Rosemary
Sister Catherine
Sister Julie
Sister Shirley Clare
Sister Margaret Theresa
Sister Raphael
Sister Stephanie Thérèse
Sister Freda
Sister Judith
Sister Eve
Sister Helen

Members who have died since the last Yearbook:

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