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Relocation of our Archives

The Community has made the momentous decision to move the bulk of our Archives to Durham University where they will be cared for professionally and made accessible to students, researchers and anyone else interested in our history.   The collection was packed and moved by specialists in early December and includes books, manuscripts and letters dating back to the 17th Century.  The collection is recognised as being of great significance to social and church history and thanks must be given to the scores of archivists over the centuries who have kept the material so well.      

Until further notice, any researchers please contact Pauline McAloone at


New work by S.M. Stephen

Four new stained glass windows were commissioned from S.M. Stephen by the Church of the Holy Spirit at Fetcham, Surrey to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of this church.   The four panels represent 'The Wind of the Spirit', 'The Tree of Life', 'The Resurrection' and  'Fire of the Spirit'. If you are in the area do go and see them in situ! 

Quiet Day

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Quiet Day

At 74 Howe Close, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3XD.  
Each is 10am - 3pm, please come for the day or call in for part of the day -
bring a packed lunch if staying all day, tea and coffee provided.
All welcome and it would be helpful to know that you are coming if possible. 
Please call 01206 867296 for further information.  
Or contact   

Scripture Study - 

Scripture Courses:- 

Wednesdays: 10:00 - 12:00 February - June 2019. Priory Street, in the Crypt.
Topic; Development of understanding of Jesus, the Christ, after New Testament times.
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10 (break for Easter)
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26 

Thursdays (except for the first in each month) 10:00 - 12:00 in the Parish Hall. January - June 2019
Topic: Christology of the New Testament and the early Christian centuries.
January 17, 24, 31
February 14, 21, 28
March 14, 21, 28
April 11 (break for Easter)
May 9, 16, 23, 30
June 13, 20, 27 

Please note, the sessions in Chelmsford have been discontinued.

Just bring your Bible and an open mind and heart!

For more information - Responding to the needs of spiritual searching




A question at the heart of the Christian gospel
and the charism of the Community

The Community held an afternoon on Sunday 27th January 2019, with
Fr Michael Winstanley SDB.

Copy of the Texts and Outlines


Annual Mass for the Dead 2017 book cover            Annual Mass for the Dead 2017

Annual Mass for the Dead held at New Hall Chapel on
Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 2pm

Each year, the Community gathers in the Chapel at New Hall to celebrate a Eucharist to remember people who have died especially family, friends and colleagues who have died in the past year and people whose remains are in our cemetery.

We also pray for people who have been bereaved ---- people known to us and people across our world.
In this way we support each other and pray for peace in our hearts and in our world.

This annual service usually takes place on the first Saturday of November at 2.00pm and everyone is welcome.
This year it was on Saturday 3rd November.  

New Hall, Boreham, CM3 3HS (note satellite navigation instructions below).  Please be aware that the entrance to New Hall School is found off White Hart Lane.  Older satellite navigation systems may require an alternative postcode of CM1 6GY which will take you a road opposite the entrance for New Hall School.


A question at the heart of the Christian gospel
and the charism of the Community

  The Community held an afternoon talk on Sunday 7th October 2018, by
the Right Reverend Roger Morris (Area Bishop of Colchester). 

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A Biblical Reflection

by Dr Lea Verstricht

Held at Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, Melbourne, Chelmsford, CM1 2DU 

Held on 18th February 2018 a biblical reflection on our General Chapter XI theme - 'Finding Hope in Fragile Places'.   

Lea Verstricht, is a Doctor of Theology (Louvain, Belgium) and has worked with the Community and the Association since 2011.  She has acted as facilitator at two General Chapters and delivered a talk to us here in the UK in 2012, on the theme of Weaving Threads of Solidarity.  As a theologian, her perspective has helped deepen our reflections on the theme of hope. 

Lea has worked in education and research.  She gives lectures and writes on topics such as religious life today, religion in the city, the future of the Church and the care for creation.  Her talks are inspiring and thought provoking.

Choosing two stories, from Old and New Testament, Lea explored how the Bible teaches us that life is vulnerable from beginning to end and that there are always opportunities for life. 

Poster - Lea Verstricht Feb 2018


  Coffee and cake go down a treat at
Greenstead zone warden tea party
21st January 2016

Coffee and cake went down a treat at the fifth anniversary of the Greenstead zone warden tea party.

The parties are set up and run by the community zone wardens who work with nuns in the area, the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre.

The self-funded club meets on Thursday mornings at the meeting hall in Forest Road, Colchester.

The party, which was held at the nuns' base in Howe Close, celebrated the group going from strength to strength, growing from around 15 to 30 members.

Zone manager Lee Copping said: "It's a huge celebration.

"It's just great for people who are feeling isolated in the community and they are such a tight-knit group.

"It's a fantastic atmosphere and it's like a little family.  It's a point of contact for them and there is always a familiar face."

The club holds raffles, bingo and other weekly activities and during the spring and summer coach trips are organised.  

These trips also include other older residents on Greenstead living in sheltered housing, funded by money bid for through Colchester Borough Homes' community budget group.

To find out more visit

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Colchester Evening Gazette / Posted: January 22nd, 2016
Katherine Palmer, Reporter  


    Remember the Summer...

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 Women's World Day of Prayer 2013

S. Margaret Mary was the speaker at St Mary's Church, Broomfield, Chelmsford, for Women's World Day of Prayer 2013.  To read the text of the talk, please click on the link below:

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See our prayer page


   Remarkable Rebirth in China

At Christmas we heard the news of the long-awaited birth last summer of a new Augustinian monastery in China, the first and only one to appear there in the past sixty-five years! The foundress Sr Mary Niu had been in England for a few years before to learn about living religious life in community and she had spent some time with us at New Hall, later sending her niece Martha to our school as a student. Sr Mary returned to northeast China in 2008 to start her new life, forming a fledgling contemplative community, currently five, and plans for building a monastery, now officially opened. The full press account of this unique foundation is given on the link below:

Remarkable Rebirth in China