St. Joseph’s Convent – Littlehampton

St Joseph’s Convent began as a Home for boys and girls in August 1898. Please see our history page for further details regarding events and changing times in our development which led us to create St Joseph’s Nursing Home. The Generalate was officially established in St Joseph’s and is today the Mother House of our Congregation.


The Garden – St. Joseph’s


The Generalate,
St. Joseph’s Convent,
East Street,
BN17 6AU

Tel: 01903 711328

Registered charity number: 232931

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St. Anthony’s Bradford

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St.Anthony’s Convent – Bradford

Rt. Rev. John Carmel Heenan, Bishop of Leeds and Father Russell, parish priest of St. Williams, invited the sisters to open a convent in Clayton, Bradford, and teach in the new Catholic school (St Anthony’s).
This School was opened and blessed on 27 April 1954. Sister Raphael was the first headmistress, and she remained there for twenty nine years. Sisters were also working in St Blaise , Bierley Bradford, Secondary/Middle School throughout School’s  history.  Sister Fidelis spent her years teaching  in St John’s Primary School and in St John’s Youth Club and St John’s Parish ( Buttershaw, Bradford). Days of reflection were held in Convent for both Schools. Today there are no Sisters teaching in the schools, but they continue to be very active locally in the parish and the school. They are involved in many forms of pastoral care, and their dedication and witness strongly reflect within the community of God’s people.Their community House gave home to foreign students studying in the Bradford area. St Anthony’s Convent was also the home for our pre-postulants and postulants until they returned to the Mother House for this initial stage before moving  to the next stage – the Novitiate, which is based at Canterbury in Kent.

The FMSL Community,
St.Anthony’s Convent,
Bradford Road, Clayton,
West Yorkshire
BD14 6HW
Tel: 01274 88216


The Sisters have had a religious house in Canterbury since 1973. They have been in their current house Monte Bré, since December 1974. They moved to Canterbury to assist the Franciscan Friars when they opened the Franciscan International Study Centre, adjacent to and in good relationship with the University of Kent. The Franciscan International Study Centre (FISC) is in partnership with Lampeter University of Wales.

Today the Canterbury community still provides vital assistance to the Franciscan Study Centre in many ways; they provide accommodation and hospitality to the students when required. It is the FMSL Novitiate House where Novices follow a programme of study at the Franciscan International Study Centre (FISC). Likewise our Junior professsed Sisters reside here and do voluntary work in areas of experience for their development. They also attend the FISC for lectures and Mass.


Monte Bré Convent – Canterbury
The Franciscan Sisters,
Monte Bré,5 Whitstable Road, Blean,
Tel: 01227 471293

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St. Mary of the Angels Convent – Knock

St. Mary of the Angels, Knock, Ireland

At our General Chapter 1990 (the year of our Centenary celebrations) it was decided that the Sisters would go on Pilgrimage  to Knock Shrine to say “Thank you for God’s goodness to us as a Congregation”.

In 1978 Knock had celebrated the hundred years since Our Lady appeared there in 1878. While on Pilgrimage some Sisters spotted a house for sale about a mile from the Shrine on the Airport/ Sligo Road. Sterling was very strong against the punt so it was a good time to buy. Negotiations took place. With the ecclesiastical side and business side completed, the house was opened on the 11 October 1991. The first Mass was celebrated by our then Bishop Cormac Murphy O’Connor (now Cardinal). Joseph Cassidy of Tuam offered a Thanksgiving Mass there on the 11 February. The house became known as St Mary of the Angels.

Sisters at Knock

Sisters at St Mary of the Angels – Knock

St Mary of the Angels became a house of hospitality for our own Sisters and for Pilgrims to the Shrine. The Sisters are also involved in the life of the Knock Parish and give great support to the local Cenacolo Community nearby. This community in turn support the Sisters and maintain the Convent garden.

The FMSL Community
St Mary of the Angels
Co Mayo

Tel: 00 353 9493 88302

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St. Anne’s Convent – Burgess Hill

St. Anne’s Burgess Hill

St Anne’s Convent was given to the Sisters, as a gift, from the Stonor family in 1956. The Stonor family wanted the house to be used as a rest home for elderly ladies. Today the convent is a Residential Care Home for the elderly and disabled. The Sisters employ a Care Manager and Staff, to help them run and maintain the Care Home.

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The Chapel – St. Anne’s Convent

St Anne’s Franciscan Convent
Residential Care Home
92 Mill Road
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 8EL      Tel: 01444 233 179

The Convent Tel:  01444 462 929


Copthorne Convent


The Copthorne house opened in 1942 as a refuge from the bombs for children from St Joseph’s, Littlehampton. It became known as Bethlehem because most of these children were babies. A school was started to educate these children. The older children moved to Sunningdale with some sisters for security.

Gradually the Catholic children of the area came to join the school along with the boarders. In 1961 a school hall was built. More classrooms were added, more children came and the school grew. The chapel became a Mass Centre for the area and Sisters were involved in parish activities. Times and needs brought changes and when Diocese decided to change the system to Middle schools in 1993 we decided to close our school because of the difficulties that changing the system would mean for us and Copthorne.

The Franciscan Missionary Sisters FMSL
Borers Arms Road
West Sussex
RH10 3LN

Instead we developed a Retreat Centre where people came for a break and to recharge their batteries. Some people used the accommodation en route from Gatwick to the Shrines abroad. This was one of the good things about the site. It was only five minutes away from Gatwick Airport.

We closed the house in 2005 and are at present assessing its future. The Sisters will remain in the Lodge at the bottom of the drive and continue to serve the Church and people in the area.


Sisters Anne and Barbara in Peru

Santa Rosa, Lima, Peru

Sisters Anne and Ignatius had been assisting the Leeds Sisters of Mercy in Lima Peru since 1980. In 1982 the opportunity for the FMSL to open their own Mission became a reality. The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary withdrew from Santa Rosa, due to the lack of sisters to serve. Bishop Alfredo personally invited the Littlehampton Sisters to take over the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary mission house and ministry. After the formalities were completed the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Littlehampton opened a Mission in Santa Rosa de Puente Piedra, Lima Peru. They undertake work in health, education, and pastoral care. Today the Santa Rosa mission is served by Sister Anne and Sister Eugene. Santa Rosa is now established as a Parish with its own Peruvian Priest. Our Sisters vacated the ground floor of the house to allow the new Parish Priest his space. They moved to the next floor with their own door and telephone!


St Francis – India

tn_India HouseOur latest Convent was opened in India in 2005. We had received numerous enquiries from overseas and following prayer and discernment, decided to open a mission in India. Sister Anne Joseph left for India in September 2005 with the task of finding a house suitable for the sisters’ needs. Sisters Anastasia and Barbara visited Sister Anne Joseph in November 2005 for the final negotiations. They were all present for the blessing of the new convent, St Francis, on 24 November 2005, the anniversary of the Littlehampton foundation.

We began in India with a house of formation. The Apostolate is secondary, but it is evident that the presence of our Community has sent a ray of hope to all in the locality and above all to the poor. It is easy to become one of the poor in India. This PICTURE below was taken during Sisters Anne McLaughlin and Barbara’s recent visit.  Our 2 Novices are on either end and Sister Anne Joseph  is between Sisters Barbara &  Anne McLaughlin Superior General FMSL.      Please keep this budding Community in prayer.

St Francis Convent, Mysore, India


St Francis Convent FMSL
141 Tank Road
4th Cross (R)
N.R. Mohalla
MYSORE 570 007
Karnataka State
South India