Thursday, 20 March 2014

60 Years of Care - Sisters Community Founded in Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Sister Kathy (centre), pictured after her re-election, with Bishop Kieran and the General Councillors.
Sister Kathy Yeeles OSB was re-elected as Prioress General of the Grace and Compassion Benedictines for a second eight-year term of office, at the General Chapter held in early this year. Sister Kathy was first elected in 2005, when she succeeded the late Mother Mary Garson, the foundress of this international congregation, which has 217 members in five countries – England, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Uganda.

The Sisters are this year celebrating the 60th anniversary of the start of their work of caring for the elderly in this country. This began at St Mary’s House, Preston Park Avenue, Brighton, which is still today a highly regarded care home for the elderly. They run two other care homes in this Diocese – at Holy Cross Priory in Heathfield and St Joseph’s, Bognor Regis – as well as homes in Bury St Edmunds and Stroud. A major development recently completed at Holy Cross Priory is a retirement village, which comprises a 60 bed care home, together with 58 apartments and ancillary facilities.

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