Reception of two novices in India

On 6th July 2020, postulants Sathya and Sujatha were received into Novitiate in St. Anthony’s Convent, Belwadi, witnessed by the whole community and by Rev. Fr. Jinto of the Missionaries of Compassion.

They join novices Suman, Manju and Fatima, who are beginning their second year of Novitiate.

The first year of novitiate will be Sathya and Sujatha’s spiritual year.

Under the guidance of their formator, Sister Promodini, they will study the meaning of our way of life, the vows of poverty chastity and obedience that shape it, the Gospel that inspires it and the Rule and Constitutions of our Franciscan Congregation

which direct it.  Most importantly, they will have the opportunity to deepen their relationship with God in prayer through Jesus Christ.

Please pray for Sathya and Sujatha and for the community in Belwadi in this important work.

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.