Postulants, India

Two new postulants, Sathya and Sujatha, entered our Community on 18th November, having completed their, ‘come and see’ phase.

The word ‘postulant’ is from the Latin ‘postulare’ meaning ‘to ask’.  For some time, the enquirers have come to experience life in the community.   Their progression to Postulancy means they are now asking to join.  This stage lasts for 6 to 12 months.

Please pray for our postulants that the Lord will be their guide as they begin this new step of discernment in Franciscan vocation.

‘So, under the Lord’s guidance, let them set out on a life of penance, knowing that we are all obliged to constant conversion of heart.’ (TOR Rule, Ch 2, n.6).

Sr. Francis Xavier R.I.P.

Sister Francis Xavier McNally FMSL passed away in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home on 7th October 2018.  Her Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Convent chapel on 31st October.  Fr. Tony Baya OFM celebrated the Mass together with Canon Seamus Hester, Fr. Carl Davies, Fr. Albert Van-Der-Most and Fr. David Russel.  Many members of Sister’s family attended. Continue reading “Sr. Francis Xavier R.I.P.”

Sponsored Skydive

On 20th May, 2017, Sister Clare Bernadette took part in a sponsored skydive in aid of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects at Netheravon airfield near Salisbury. Sisters Elizabeth Varghese, Clare Bowers and Rose with Fr. Anthony McNeil, plus fundraising supporter Alex Mason went along to observe. After a successful jump and landing, the sponsorship funds totalled more than £2,000. Thanks to all who contributed and supported this venture.

Sr. Dominic Platinum Jubilee

On 25th March, we celebrated the Platinum Jubilee of Sister Dominic.  This occasion marks seventy years of life consecrated to God through the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.  The Jubilee day in St. Joseph’s Convent, Littlehampton, began with Mass celebrated by Rt. Rev. Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and other concelebrants.  The homily was preached by Fr. Richard Biggerstaff who knew Sister Dominic from Lourdes pilgrimages over the years. 

Bishop Richard presented Sr. Dominic with a framed Papal blessing signed by Pope Francis.  Mass was followed by a festive lunch in St. Joseph’s.  We thank God and congratulate Sister Dominic for this inspiring witness of fidelity in wholehearted dedication to Christ and the Gospel message. 


Sister Dominic made a pilgrimage to Lourdes in July-August with the Diocese to give thanks to God for the occasion of her Jubilee.