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Sisters at Burwash 1959Fr Carey, Director and Chaplain General 1915-1950Refectory circa 1950

Our history ...

The Sisters of the Love of God began in 1906 as a group of women who had heard God’s call to lead a life in community, dedicated wholly to prayer.

Our first convent was a small house in East Oxford. The ground floor windows were whitewashed and the library was a row of books on the mantelshelf. In 1911 we moved a little further from the centre of Oxford. As the community grew, we added to the original nineteenth century house: first a small chapel, in 1923 the present chapel and more living accommodation, and most recently a purpose built area where elderly and infirm sisters can be cared for.

Between 1928 and the 1970’s our numbers increased and houses were opened in Hemel Hempstead, at Burwash in Sussex and near Staplehurst in Kent. There were plans for us to go to Ein Karim near Jerusalem but the outbreak of war in 1939 made this impossible.

In 1995, at the invitation of the Bishop of Auckland, a group of sisters went to the far north of New Zealand to act as warden of a small retreat. One sister remains there in a supportive role. By 2005 falling numbers and our increasing age had brought about the closing of the other houses and the centring of our life in Oxford where we began.

Convent of St Mary and the Angels 1928-2005

Boxmoor: Convent of St Mary and the Angels 1928-2005
Burwash: Dudwell St Mary 1935-1991

Burwash: Dudwell St Mary 1935-1991
Bede House: 1967-2003 (1967 was the Dedication but SLG moved in 1966)

Bede House: 1967-2003 (1967 was the Dedication but SLG moved in 1966)

Bede House: 1967-2003 (1967 was the Dedication but SLG moved in 1966)
St Isaac's Retreat 1995-2006

St Isaac's Retreat 1995-2006