Welcome to the Society of St. Margaret

We are an Episcopal Religious Order of mission focused Sisters living an ancient tradition with a modern outlook, and are called to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through our worship and work, prayer and common life. Our commitment to God and to one another is expressed through vows of poverty, celibate chastity and obedience.  As we offer hospitality and holy space to individuals and groups at our Convent, work with inner-city children and the indigent elderly, serve in parishes, and lead retreats and quiet days, we seek always to live as Christ’s hands and heart in this world.


Holy Cross Day

Holy Cross Day

On September 14, the church celebrates Holy Cross Day in honor of Christ’s self-offering on the cross for our salvation. Holy Cross Day is one of the 12 great feasts in the Byzantine liturgy and remains a major feast day for the Episcopal Church. Besides being a major feast on the church calendar, Holy Cross Day is noteworthy for the Sisters of the American Convent of the Society of St. Margaret. This day marks the establishment of the Sisterhood in the USA. For it was on Holy Cross Day 1873 at the Motherhouse in England that Sister Louisa Mary was received as the first Superior of the American House of the Society. The Sisters first came to America in 1871 at the invitation of the managers of Children’s Hospital, Boston, which had been founded in 1869. Sister Teresa, who had trained for nursing in the Children’s Hospital in London, assumed charge of the hospital in Boston. By 1873 friends and supporters appealed to the Sisterhood in East Grinstead for a more permanent foundation. Sister Louisa Mary and Sister Jessie volunteered for the mission. As we look back on those early days of the Society in America we give thanks for the generosity of spirit that filled the hearts of the first three Sisters in offering themselves for a life of consecrated service. And we pray that the same spirit will motivate and challenge many other women today to respond with the same generosity of spirit to the call of God to the Religious... read more
Prayers For Sister Margaret Held And Sister Paula Merrill

Prayers For Sister Margaret Held And Sister Paula Merrill

  At noon office today, the Sisters of St. Margaret prayed for Sister Margaret Held from the School Sisters of St. Francis, and Sister Paula Merrill from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth who were both murdered yesterday in MS. We’re saddened to hear of the tragic deaths of these Sisters who were performing necessary and vital work, serving the least of these in the community that they lived in, and showing a wonderful example of what religious sisters do to make a difference in the world. The call to do mission work in areas such as the one they were in, is a calling that carries risk, but those engaged in that work feel a call from God asking them to take risks in his name. The work of being Christ’s hands and hearts in the world is never easy, and we offer prayers of Thanksgiving and for continued safety for all of those engaged in Mission work in the troubled parts of our world. Today as always, we as sisters work toward a world of mercy, justice, and peace. In God’s Service, The Sisters of St.... read more

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Daily Worship of the Community

Guests are welcome to attend the daily worship.

Our schedule is:
6:00 am: Morning Prayer
7:30 am: Holy Eucharist
12:00 pm: An Order of Service for Noonday
5:00 pm: Evening Prayer
7:30 pm: Compline

(There is no corporate worship on Mondays as this is the Sisters’ Sabbath Day. There is no Holy Eucharist or Noonday Prayer on Sunday)

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