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London Houses

London Houses

St Mary’s Vicarage, Plaistow – C/SSF
The Community which had been at Stepney for many years moved to this address in 2008. This is a joint house, currently with two Sisters and one Brother. There is one guest room. There are gardens in the front and behind the house.

(above l-r)St Mary’s Plaistow, Sr Chris tending the garden, Sr Elizabeth arranging the flowers in Chapel

The chapel is at the centre of the life, with the daily round of prayer, the divine office and the Eucharist.

There is a large room which is available for meetings, especially for committee meetings of First and Third Order members of SSF.

Members of the house are involved in St Mary’s Church, within the parish of Divine Compassion, and in other parishes in East London.They also have a ministry of spiritual counselling.

One of the Sisters works for Deafblind UK, exercising a ministry over a wide area, including the teaching of Braille and the supervision of others working in this field.

For contact details click here.


House of the Divine Compassions – Balaam Street, Plaistow – SSF The brothers at Baalam street work together with an organisation called ‘Helping Hands’. In the spirit of St Francis they aim to open their lives to people who are otherwise ignored or marginalized, seeking to celebrate the gifts of everyone. The brothers and volunteers at ‘Helping Hands’ seek to use their talents in acts of service and love, creating a common life which is a witness to the goodness and faithfulness of God. To contact the brothers at Balaam Street click here and for more information about Helping Hands click here.



Southwark CSF – St Alphege Clergy House, Pocock Street.

This house offers guest and retreat accommodation, click for more information

The community at Southwark, called the Oratory of St Alphege, is an intentional community of three sisters of the First Order of the Society of St Francis (the Community of St Francis), together with two others who are commit themselves to share in the Franciscan life and work of the house for a limited period of time. The life of the Oratory (‘oratory’ means ‘a place of prayer’) is centred on prayer, with ministries of spiritual accompaniment, hospitality and outside paid and voluntary work. The location in central London and the space available makes it a convenient day meeting venue for groups of up to twenty people. Individuals desiring a quiet day for prayer or study are welcome. There are two guest rooms. Southwark offers retreat and guest accommodation – click here for more information
New chapel at Southwark House
(above top to bottom) Front of the House in Southwark, The Entrance Porch, The New Chapel

Other London Houses (opens address/contact list):

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