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March 2024

The Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor was founded in 1851 and has had a presence in Oxford since 1879.

The site in Oxford became the Mother house in 1976.

In 1982, the Sisters founded Helen House, a hospice for children with life-shortening conditions, followed by Douglas House in 2004 for young adults.

Earlier this year, Helen and Douglas House acquired from ASSP the freehold of the land they stand on , thereby securing the presence of the hospices. In 1986, the Porch drop-in centre for homeless and vulnerably housed people moved from a café within the property of the Convent to a house across the road and operates independently.

Established in 1873,St John’s Home was run by the Sisters for many years. It continues to operate under independent management as St John’s Care Home. The site comprises a number of substantial buildings which need to be managed.

The Sisters, after consultation with the Trustees, have now reluctantly taken the decision to vacate the site during 2024. Their intention is to move back to London where the Community was originally founded and where they can continue their ministry , without the burden of managing such a large property- based estate.

They do so in the knowledge that they leave behind in East Oxford an important legacy comprising thriving and relevant institutions which will continue to support the local community long after they have moved away.


January & February 2024

Here is Frances Dominica on a cold morning in January. We are waiting for the Mass to start in St Alban’s church on a Friday morning and she is the first to arrive!

We were invited to the Friary for Evening Prayer and supper one evening. Here is Helen Mary enjoying a chat with Fr Andrew OFM.

We were delighted to see Br James SSJE when he visited Oxford recently. He is the Superior of SSJE in America and loves to visit Oxford where the community started.

Our Companion, John Hammock, who lives in America, was over for a visit and here he is enjoying supper with Frances Dominica and Helen Mary. We love to have him come to the Office in our Chapel when he is here.

Our good friend, Janet from church , enjoying Sunday lunch with us. Frances Dominica and Helen Mary yet again got themselves in the photo!

It was good to visit Margaret in Worthing where she lives – very near the sea! Here is David, our Chaplain with her on a dry but very cold day by the beach.

Contact Us

All Saints Sisters of the Poor
15A Magdalen Road

T: +44 (0)1865 249127
E: Vocational enquiries: leaderassp@socallss.co.uk
E: Hospitality enquiries: guestsister@socallss.co.uk
W: www.allsaintssistersofthepoor.org.uk