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Community of St Mary at the Cross, Edgeware (OSB)

The Anglo-Catholic movement was at its height and the revival of Religious Life in the Church of England was in full swing, when the Community began its life in Shoreditch. 'Let the end of your being be God.', wrote Revd Henry Nihill, co-founder of the Community with Mother Monnica Skinner. Prayer and worship through the offering of the Divine Office and the Eucharist were to be the heart of its life.

Worship found expression in loving care, as the sisters responded to the desperate needs of the sick, poor and disabled around them. This work grew and continued, developing to meet the needs and demands of its time, changing from the simplicity and poverty of a shared community life to the provision today of a high-quality modern Nursing Home, Henry Nihill House, in Edgware.

The abbey at Edgware is seen as a haven of peace, which enfolds its many visitors. Guests are offered Benedictine hospitality with space for rest and renewal, and the opportunity to share in the Community's offering of the Divine Office and Eucharist, which remains central to its life. There are facilities for retreats and quiet times.

Applications are considered from women who wish to spend up to three months living alongside the Community and sharing its life and worship.

Further Information

Mother Abbess OSB
St Mary at the Cross
Priory Field Drive
Hale Lane
Tel: 0208 958 7868
Fax: 0208 958 1920

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