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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.

Balaam Street & Crofton Road, Plaistow (SSF)
The brothers in Plaistow work with several organisations in the area. We pray that through our continued witness in the locality that we will be able to open our lives to people who are otherwise ignored or marginalised and to share the joy of the Franciscan charism. To contact the brothers click here.

Southwark CSF – St Alphege Clergy House, Pocock Street.

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

Click here for our Around the Houses page for locations and links to each house