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St Mary's Convent, North Cheam

A new era began for the Sisters in Cheam when, on the 1st August 2011, they moved into a refurbished building which became St. Mary’s Convent.

They had previously lived in a large four storey building on the same site which now houses the International Generalate of the Daughters of the Cross.

Currently seven sisters belong to St. Mary’s community, one of whom lives and works for the Church on Holy Island (Lindisfarne).

Some sisters visit patients in Spire St. Anthony’s Hospital which is on the same site.

Sister Francis-Anne's main role is Pastoral Care Sister in St. Raphael’s Hospice but she also offers Eucharistic Ministry in both the hospital and the hospice.

St. Raphael’s Hospice has a bereavement support team and Sister Lucy works with that group.

A large group of Associates of the Daughters of the Cross is attached to this community, brought together by Sister Caroline and Sister Lena initially. Sister Rose now leads the group helped by Sister Francis Anne.

The English Province of the Daughters of the Cross has an On-Going Formation Team for the Sisters and Sister Rose is a member of the team.

International Generalate of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege

On the same campus as St Mary’s is St Joseph’s convent which is the head quarters of the Daughters of the Cross. Sr Kathleen O’Reailly, the head of the congregation, and her three assistants live there with a small support community.

Sr Tessa & Holy Island

LindisfarneSince 2004, Sr Tessa has lived and worked on Holy Island. She became the first female religious to live on the island. Sr Tessa makes regular visits to her base community in North Cheam.