Our History

Our community was founded in England in 1994 as Roman Catholic Religious Congregation of diocesan rite, under Bishop Crispian Hollis, of Portsmouth. We belong to the Dominican Order, the Order of Preachers.

We were formed out of a little group of sisters originally belonging to the Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena, Oakford. Our congregation started out of a desire for renewal and deepening of Dominican life. We currently number 10 sisters. We serve the Church through a unique balance of contemplative prayer, monastic observances (enclosure, habit, silence...), sung liturgy, and study together with an active work of proclamation and teaching of the Catholic Faith in the light of the New Evangelisation. It is from our strong fraternal life of contemplation and observances that we are enabled to carry out our apostolate as a community.

All our actions are directed to the teaching and preaching of the Catholic Faith, in any way possible and through any means available.

In doing so, we conform ourselves ever more to the mission of the Order of Preachers:

"We also undertake, as sharers of the apostolic mission, the life of the Apostles in the form conceived by St. Dominic, living with one mind the common life, faithful in the profession of the evangelical counsels, fervent in the common celebration of the liturgy, especially of the Eucharist and the divine office as well as other prayer, assiduous in study, and persevering in regular observance. All these practices contribute not only to the glory of God and our sanctification, but serve directly the salvation of mankind, since they prepare harmoniously for preaching, furnish its incentive, form its character, and in turn are influenced by it. These elements are closely interconnected and carefully balanced, mutually enriching one another, so that in their synthesis the proper life of the Order is established: a life in the fullest sense apostolic, in which preaching and teaching must proceed from an abundance of contemplation." - Fundamental Constitutions of the Order of Preachers, IV