Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves, so that he who gives himself totally to you may receive you totally.

-St Francis

Welcome to FMSL


Our Congregation (founded 1911 by Mary Patrick Brennan) inherits the charism of Saint Francis Assisi. The FMSL aim to make GOSPEL LIVING a simple reality. Franciscan life is lived in community. It involves praying, sharing and working together in sisterhood for the spread of God’s Kingdom in and through the Church.


The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Littlehampton is a Congregation of Diocesan right, following the Rule of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis. We live in accordance with our Constitutions and make public profession of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.

Due to the risk of COVID 19 to our elderly and vulnerable residents, St Joseph’s Convent and Chapel are not able to open to the public until further notice. You are most welcome to email prayer requests to us at [email protected]

Your intentions will then be remembered in the community’s daily prayers.

At our General Chapter on the 8th May 2017 the following Sisters were elected forming the new General Council of the FMSL Congregation. Sister Clare Bernadette Knowles, Mother General, Sister Anne McLaughlin, Assistant General, Sisters Elizabeth Morris, Susan Rudkin and Martha Geraghty, General Councillors.

We remember with love and thanksgiving to God Sister Martha Geraghty, who departed this life on 11th September 2019. May she rest in God’s eternal peace.

In November 2019, in accordance with our Constitutions (147) Sister Rose Arden-Close was elected to serve as Fourth Councillor until the next General Chapter.

The General Chapter which was due to be held in May 2020 has had to be postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic with permission from the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. We are praying for all who are affected by this virus and we pray for its permanent eradication.

In November 2020, following Sister Clare Bernadette’s being on leave from the Generalate for health reasons, Bishop Moth confirmed Sister Elizabeth Morris as Mother General until the elections and General Chapter can be held.

Please pray for our General Council as they continue their work of leading the Congregation and carrying out the Mandate of the 2017 Chapter.

We thank God that Sisters Innocentia Uwakwe and Attracta Uba made their final profession of vows on 15th August 2020 during Mass celebrated by the Right Reverend Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. Congratulations Sisters!

Congratulations to Sister Rose of Lima FMSL on her Final Profession of vows September 8th 2017.