Society of St Margaret (SSM), Walsingham, UK

Introduction to the community

In January 1994, the Priory of Our Lady at Walsingham reverted to being an autonomous house of the Society of St Margaret. The Sisters are a Traditional Community whose daily life is centred on the Eucharist and the daily Office, from which flows their growing involvement in the ministry of healing, and reconciliation in the Shrine, the local parishes and the wider Church. They welcome guests for short periods of rest, relaxation and retreat, and are available to pilgrims and visitors. They also work in the local CofE Primary School, the Education Department, and Welcome Centre of the Shrine.

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Contact details

01328 821647 (Admin); 01328 820340 (Sisters & guests)

Address: The Priory of Our Lady, Bridewell Street, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6ED, UK

Email for Bursar:
Email for Guest Sister:

Community information

Date of foundation:
1855, Walsingham Priory founded 1955
Registered Charity number:

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Peter Wheatley



Sister Catherine Louise SSM, The Planting of the Lord: The history of the Society of Saint Margaret in England, Scotland and the USA, 1855-1995, privately published, 1995.

Sister Mary Angela SSM, John Mason Neale and Mary, published by CSWG Press, Crawley Down, 2016.

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

There are Associates, and Affiliated Parishes and Groups.


Sister Administrator: Sister Mary Angela SSM
Appointed March 2015


Sister Carol Elizabeth

Sister Columba
(St Margaret of Scotland Home, 8 Cattofield Place, Aberdeen AB25 3QL)

Members who have died since the last Yearbook:

26 Nov 2019 – Sister Alma Mary, aged 91, professed 59 years

12 Jan 2021 – Sister Mary Teresa, aged 90, professed 67 years, Reverend Mother 1994-2006