St. Joseph’s Convent  

Contact Person: Sr. Joan Kerley, FMSJ

Origin/roots of organization:
Alice Ingham, later Mother Mary Francis, gathered a small group of women around her in Rochdale to live a simple Third Order Franciscan rule, share all they had in common and serve the poor. In 1883, the Congregation was officially founded in Mill Hill, having moved there under the direction of Cardinal Herbert Vaughan to work in the newly founded seminary of the Mill Hill Fathers.

Local origins/ date of foundation:
The sisters have been in the Salford Diocese since their beginning, with many of them working in the Salford Rescue Society, Patricoft Convent and Children’s home as well as other activities. The sisters moved to Greenleach Lane in 1960.

Activities it undertakes:
St. Joseph’s Convent is the Generalate, the official business centre of the Congregation, a registered Charity. Community members work in various apostolates in the Salford Diocese. The convent provides accommodation for monthly meetings of the C.W.L. and occasional other meetings as well as a meeting place for the FMSJ Associate Programme.

Membership locally/nationally/worldwide:
There are convents in Salford, Canterbury, Liverpool and Leyland as well as Ireland, Ecuador, Holland and Kenya.

St Ambrose Barlow, Moorside Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 9PD
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr Paul F Smith STL

Tel: 0161 794 1089 Email:



 The Week Ahead …..

 Sunday 22 November.   Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. World Youth Day.   10.00am Zoom Mass.  (access code in newsletter)                                     

Monday 23 November .    10.00am - 12.00noon Saint Mark's church open for private prayer.

Tuesday 24 November.   Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and companions, martyrs. 10.00am - 12.00noon Saint Charles church open for private prayer.

Wednesday 25 November.  Saint Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr. 10.00am - 12.00noon Saint Charles church open for private prayer.

Thursday 26 November.  Weekday in Ordinary Time.    10.00am - 12.00noon Saint Charles church open for private prayer.

 Friday 27 November.    Weekday in Ordinary Time. 10.00am - 12.00noon Saint Mark's church open for private prayer. 12.30pm Funeral Mass in Saint Charles church for Mavis Helena Roberts RIP.

 Saturday 28 November.    No Mass in the parish this Saturday, including Saint Mary's chapel, Wardley

Sunday 29  November.  First Sunday in Advent.    11.15am Mass live-streamed from Saint Charles church. Details for access in next week's newsletter..


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