Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor (ASSP)

Introduction to the community

As a small Community, we have the God given opportunity to recognise the diverse gifts and callings of each individual. Returning to the charism of our Founder, we believe that God calls us to be channels of love to those in need, however the Spirit may lead us.

Sisters continue to be involved in Helen and Douglas House, hospices for children and young adults, and the Porch for adults who are homeless or vulnerably housed. St John’s Home is now owned by Accurocare Limited as a separate business but our pastoral care for the frail and elderly residents continues.

We now have the freedom to take an active part in the life of the parish and the wider church community. This includes preaching, ministry and spiritual accompaniment.

Our guest house welcomes those needing retreat or spiritual refreshment.

The heart of our Community life is the worship of God in the daily Office and Eucharist, and our personal commitment to prayer and spiritual reading.

God renews our calling day by day, both as a Community and as individuals and we welcome any who are discerning God’s will for them.

Contact details

01865 249127

Main house:
All Saints, 15A Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RW, UK

Associated houses:

St John’s Home (for elderly people)
St Mary’s Road, Oxford OX4 1QE, UK
Tel: 01865 247725
Fax: 01865 247920

Helen and Douglas House
14a Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RW, UK
Tel: 01865 794749
Fax: 01865 202702
Registered Charity No: 1085951

The Porch
139 Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RL, UK
Tel: 01865 728545
Registered Charity No: 1089612

Community information

Date of foundation:
Registered Charity number:

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Richard Atkinson



Peter Mayhew, All Saints: Birth & Growth of a Community, ASSP, Oxford, 1987.

Kay Syrad, A Breath of Heaven: All Saints Convalescent Hospital, Eastbourne, 1869-1959, Rosewell Publishing, St Leonard’s on Sea, 2002.
[This is the history of All Saints Convalescent Hospital, Eastbourne, started by our Mother Foundress in 1869 and run by the community until 1959.]

Sister Frances Dominica ASSP, Just My Reflection: Helping families to do things their way when their child dies, available from Helen & Douglas House, £6.50.

Behind the Big Red Door: the story of Helen House, Golden Cup Printing Co, Oxford, 2006, £6.00.

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

Those who believe they are called to support the community in prayer and fellowship may be invited to become Companions.


Community Leader:
Sister Jane ASSP
Assumed office 18 October 2017

Assistant Community Leaders:
Sister Frances Dominica ASSP
Sister Jean Raphael ASSP


Sister Helen Mary
Sister Margaret Anne (priest)