Introduction to the community
Founded in 1893 by Father Herbert Kelly, the Society is a means of uniting the devotion of ordinary people, using it in the service of the Church. Members of the Society share a common life of prayer and fellowship in a variety of educational, pastoral and community activities in England, Australia, Japan, Lesotho, and South Africa.
Address: St Antony’s Priory, Claypath, Durham DH1 1QT, UK
Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely
Herbert Kelly SSM, An Idea in the Working, SSM Press, Kelham, 1908.
Alistair Mason, SSM: History of the Society of the Sacred Mission, Canterbury Press, Norwich, 1993.
Ralph Martin SSM, Towards a New day: a monk’s story, Darton, Longman & Todd, London, 2015.
Third Order, Fellowship, Associates
Companions are men and women who support the aims of the Society without being closely related to any of its work. They consecrate their lives in loving response to a vocation to deepen their understanding of God’s will, and to persevere more devotedly in commitments already made: baptism, marriage or ordination.
20 Nov 2018 – Mary Hartwell, aged 95, professed 19 years