Society of Saint Margaret

Society Of Saint Margaret

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The Society of Saint Margaret (SSM) is an order of women in the Anglican Church. The Sisters of St. Margaret were founded in 1855 by Dr. John Mason Neale at Rotherfield, England. As their numbers increased, they moved into their first convent, Saint Margaret's in East Grinstead, Sussex. The society began its overseas activities in 1873.

The Sisters' work is the worship of God, expressed in their life of prayer and service. The order was originally dedicated to nursing the sick. At Chiswick they care for elderly women in a nursing home and have a guest house. In Sri Lanka, the Sisters run a retreat house, a children's home (mainly for those orphaned in the ongoing civil strife), a hostel for young women, a home for elderly people, and are involved in parish work and church embroidery, from St Margaret's Convent, Polwatta, Colombo.

The society had a difficult start. Many Anglicans in the mid-19th century were still very suspicious of anything suggestive of Roman Catholicism. Once Neale was attacked and mauled at a funeral of one of the Sisters. However, his basic goodness eventually won the confidence of many who had fiercely opposed the order, and the Society of St Margaret survived and prospers to the present day.

Mother Cynthia Clare SSM is the present Mother Superior, she assumed office 2 March 2000, and is based at Hooke Hall, 250 High Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1EN, UK


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