Society of the Sacred Cross (SSC)

Introduction to the community

The community, part of the Anglican Church in Wales, lives a monastic, contemplative life of prayer based on silence, solitude and learning to live together, under vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, with a modern rule. At the heart of our corporate life is the Eucharist with the daily Office and other times of shared prayer spanning the day. All services are open to the public and we are often joined by members of the neighbourhood in addition to our visitors. Our common life includes study, recreation and work in the house and extensive grounds. It is possible for women and men, married or single, to experience our life of prayer by living alongside the community for periods longer than the usual guest stay. Hospitality is an important part of our life at Tymawr and guests are most welcome. We offer full board and self-catering accommodation. We also organise and sponsor occasional lectures and programmes of study for those who wish to find or develop the life of the spirit in their own circumstances. The community is dedicated to the crucified and risen Lord as the focus of its life and the source of the power to live it.

Society of the Sacred Cross (SSC)

Contact details

01600 860244

Address: Tymawr Convent, Lydart, Monmouth, Gwent NP25 4RN

Community information

Date of foundation:
1914 (Chichester); moved to Wales in 1923
Registered Charity number:

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Dominic Walker OGS



A Continuous Miracle: the history of the Society of the Sacred Cross.
Copies can be obtained from Tymawr Convent.

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

There are 11 Companions; 34 Oblates, living in their own homes, each having a personal Rule sustaining their life of prayer; 116 Associates, women and men, who have a corporate rule.


Reverend Mother: Sister Katharine SSC
Assumed office 3 May 2019



Sister Gillian Mary
Sister Rosalind Mary
Sister Elizabeth
Sister Janet Ann

Novices: 3
Members who have died since the last Yearbook:

16 Sep 2017 – Sister Lorna Francis, aged 96, professed 56 years
4 Jan 2018 – Sister Veronica Ann, aged 94, professed 58 years, Revd Mother 1974-86
23 Jan 2018 – Sister Heylin Columba, aged 98, professed 57 years (CSA 1960-69)