In 1879, the All Saints Sisters of the Poor were invited to run St John’s, a hospital on a four acre site in Oxford, and we have been here ever since.
The community consists of five sisters in life vows, one of whom is undertaking ordained ministry in London. In Oxford, the Sisters pioneered several programmes. These include Helen House and Douglas House (hospices for children and young adults), and also The Porch (support for the homeless and vulnerably housed).
Within the grounds, St John’s Home now provides independent residential care for the elderly, while Helen House, the world’s first children’s hospice, welcomes children with life shortening conditions, with their families. Douglas House offers the same care for young adults.
We provide the peace and enjoyment of the grounds and gardens for residents and families visiting St John’s Home and adjacent Helen and Douglas House Hospices.
We offer hospitality to groups and individuals, including those who want an alongsider experience.
We are active in our local parish. Pastoral visiting, preaching, public speaking and spiritual direction are some of the ways we live out our calling.