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Franciscan Links: UK & Ireland

CIOFS – International Council of the Secular Franciscan Order – the Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis
Ladywell Franciscan Retreat Centre – Godalming, Surrey
Pantasaph Franciscan Retreat Centre – Holywell, Flintshire, Wales
Cold Ash Retreat Centre – Berkshire run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
Park Place Centre – Run by Franciscan Nuns – Wickham, Hampshire

Order of Friars Minor – Great Britain
OFM Conv GB – The Order of Friars Minor Conventual Great Britain and Ireland – Greyfriars
OFM Cap GB – Capuchin Brothers
Friars of the Renewal – Bradford [featured in recent BBC Documentary “Bronx to Bradford”]
Sisters of St Clare – Ireland
Community of Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal – International including England & Ireland
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception – International including UK & Ireland
Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood – International including UK & Ireland
Franciscan Missionaries of St Joseph – Franciscan Sisters – International inlcuding UK & Ireland
Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Littlehampton – St. Joseph’s Convent Littlehampton BN17 6AU
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary – UK, Ireland & Malta
Franciscan Sisters Minoress – UK, Ireland & South Africa
Arkley Poor Clares – Enclosed Order in Arkley, Barnet, North London
The Poor Clare Monastery – Hereford – Enclosed Order at Much Birch near Ross-on-Wye
Poor Clares – Arundel – Enclosed Order featured in the BBC Documentary “The Convent
Poor Clare Colettine – Enclosed Order – Ty Mam Duw, Hawarden, Wales

Franciscan Writers & Speakers

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap – Preacher to the Papal Household
Richard Rohr OFM – Center for Action and Contemplation
Ilia Delio SFO
Murray Bodo OFM Cap
Michael Crosby OFM Cap – RIP August 2017

Anglican Franciscans GB

TSSF – Third Order Society of Saint Francis – Anglican formed about 1936
SSF – Society of St Francis – Anglican – living in community

Portsmouth Catholic Diocese:

Diocese Website : Latest Newsletter
Our Bishop : Philip Egan
The Cathedral – St John’s Cathedral, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3HG

Local Roman Catholic Churches:

St David – East Cowes – 9 Connaught Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6DP
St Mary – Ryde  – High Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2RG
St Michael – Bembridge  – Walls Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight.
Our Lady & St Wilfrid – Ventnor – Trinity Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 1NL
St Patrick – Sandown – Beachfield Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8NE
Sacred Heart – Shanklin – Atherley Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight PO37 7AT
St Saviour – Totland – Weston Lane, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0HE
St Thomas of Canterbury – Cowes – 22 Terminus Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7TJ
St Thomas of Canterbury – Newport – 96 Pyle Street, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1UH

Local Websites

Isle of Wight Catholic History Society – Promoting our Island Catholic history – with photo galleries, talks and sermons
Radio Immaculata – Gosport Franciscans MI – Bringing Forth Life Through Mary

Monasteries, Abbeys, Priories, Centres

Quarr Abbey – Benedictine Monastery – Binstead, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 4ES
St Cecilia’s Abbey – Benedictine Nuns – Appley Rise, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 ILH
Verbum Dei Retreat Centre – Ecclesial Community of Consecrated Life – Nunnery Lane, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. PO30 1YR

St Michael’s Abbey – Benedictine – 280 Farnborough Rd, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7NQ
Dominican Sisters of St Joseph – St Dominic’s Priory, Lymington, Hampshire. S041 8NH

Converting to the Catholic Faith from Church of England:

The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham meet for Vigil Solemn Sung Mass each Saturday at 5pm at St David’s, East Cowes except on every third week when Mass is celebrated at St Mary’s, Ryde on Sunday at 5pm.  For further information about being received into the Catholic Church from Anglican traditions through the Ordinariate have a chat with Father Jonathan Redvers Harris on 01983 292726 [Isle of Wight] or Father John Maunder on 01329 230330 [Portsmouth].

Catholic Church – England and Wales
Catholic Church – Scotland
The Vatican – Holy See
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church
Vatican Radio – English
Catechism of the Catholic Church – English
Laudato Si’ – Pope Francis – Care of Our Common Home
The Catholic Shrine & Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham – England’s Nazareth – St Clare Media (EWTN) Limited – Annunciation House, Walsingham, Norfolk



Mary’s Meals – Helping every child receive one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.
CAFOD – Official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales – standing beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture
Fairtrade – Aims to connect disadvantaged producers and consumers, promoting fairer trading conditions and empowering producers to combat poverty.
Christian Concern – has a passion to see the United Kingdom return to the Christian faith. Our nation has been shaped and defined by this faith for hundreds of years. Yet in the last few decades, the nation has largely turned her back on Jesus and embraced alternative ideas such as secular liberal humanism, moral relativism and sexual licence. Christian Concern believe that this nation has a hope, and that hope can be found in Jesus Christ.
Care not Killing – UK alliance bringing together disability and human rights groups, healthcare providers, and faith-based bodies, with the aims of ensuring that existing laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide are not weakened or repealed
St Vincent de Paul Society – Volunteers, motivated by their faith, are committed to long term befriending of people in need – visiting homes, hospital and in care homes offering support such as food, furniture or financial help where needed.
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children – Aims to protect human lives and to build a society free from abortion that values the lives of all human beings equally – the foundation of this is recognising the humanity of the child in the womb
40 Days Prayer – campaigns that are a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighbourhoods. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion.
Catholic Truth Society – The CTS publishes books and resources that Catholics need to help them gain a deeper understanding of their faith and to share it with others. Their publications reach schools, hospitals, prisons, seminaries, missions, the media, enquirers not just in the UK but worldwide.
Catholic Herald – News and opinion from the online edition of Britain’s leading Catholic newspaper

Other Catholic Websites

Catholic Family – Celebrating Family – Marriage & Family Life in England and Wales
Diaconate – UK and World news about the Permanent Diaconate and the Church
UK Priest – National Office for Vocation England & Wales
British Province of Carmelites Arrived in Britain during 1242 – today has over forty communities of friars, religious sisters, and lay Carmelites in England, Scotland, and Wales.
Dominican Friars – Order of Preachers – English Province – Religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church since 1216.
The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham – A Catholic Ecclesial Family of Consecrated Life
Pope Saint John Paul II – Talks and PDFs to download including Theology of the Body
Theology of the Body – John Paul II’s Theology of the Body – His theology is not only for young adults or married couples, but for all ages and vocations, since it sums up the true meaning of being a person.
Pray as You Go – Listen to daily prayers designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. Pray as you go is by Jesuits in Britain from their Jesuit Media Initiatives office in London.

International Franciscan Links:

Franciscan Intellectual Tradition – Commission for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition is a resource for anyone interested in the spiritual heritage of Francis and Clare of Assisi.
Friars Minor Conventional – Rome
Ordo Fratrum Minorum – Franciscan Friars – Rome
Franciscans of the Renewal – USA with GB Friars in Bradford
Community of Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal – USA with St. Clare’s Convent in Leeds and St Anthony’s Convent in Drogheda, Ireland.
Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate – USA
Franciscan Fraternity of Bethany – International Catholic Ecclesial Communitiy of Consecrated Life

International Franciscan Orders & Groups

Differing Denominations

Lay Order of Lutheran Franciscans – Affiliated to  Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Lay Order of Ecumenical Franciscans – Lay order based in America
The Little Brothers of St Francis – Anglican in Australia
Order of Lesser Sisters and Brothers – Ordo Sororum et Fratrum Minorum (OSFM) Geographically Dispersed Ecumenical Franciscans – based in the US.
Order of Saint Francis – OSF – Geographically Dispersed Brothers from any of the following Anglican Traditions : Church of England, the Episcopal Church the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Elizabeth is a member of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. She has had an interest in Franciscan Spirituality for over 20 years.