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.

St. Joseph’s Convent,
East Street,
BN17 6AU
Tel: 01903 711326
Registered charity number: 232931


On 27th October, 2021, the FMSL closed Monte Bre Convent and withdrew from Canterbury, as decided at the General Chapter in May 2017.  The Sisters keep all our friends in the area in our hearts and prayers and maintain many happy memories of ministry in Canterbury since 1973.


Hollington near Hastings is the new location of our Novitiate Community. In July 2019, the Sisters took up residence in a house belonging to the Parish of the Good Shepherd opposite the Holy Redeemer Church and the Convent of Poor Clares. This new venture enables a Franciscan collaboration with the Poor Clare Sisters in some prayer and community activities and a joint witness in the local community.

La Verna Franciscan Convent,
31 Upper Church Road,
East Sussex
TN37 7AS


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 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.

St Mary of the Angels
Co Mayo
Tel: 00 353 9493 88302


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.

St Anne’s Franciscan Convent
92 Mill Road
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 8EL
The Convent Tel: 01444 462 929


Our 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. Now three of our Indian Sisters are finally professed and some of the community members are engaged in teaching. The presence of our Community has sent a ray of hope to all in the locality and above all to the poor.

St Francis Convent FMSL
141 Tank Road
4th Cross (R)
N.R. Mohalla
MYSORE 570 007
Karnataka State
South India
Tel: 00918212450029


The first stage of building on the FMSL land in Belwadi, about 10km from Mysore, was completed in January 2019. It is needed to accommodate and train new vocations to our growing community. Please keep both Communities in prayer as we develop the FMSL presence of prayer and service in India.