Liturgical prayer is at the heart of our life.
Each day the Sisters chant the Divine Office in community, which includes Matins (on specific Dominican feasts & solemnities), Lauds, Midday Prayer, Vespers, and Compline.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the very centre of our day (noon) from which all our actions tend towards and flow from.
Each Sister has two hours every weekday of individual theological study.
Throughout the year all Sisters participate in community study weeks.
For those in initial formation, there are additional classes given in house.
Striving to be of "one heart and one mind in Christ" in imitation of the early Church of the Apostles and the early Dominicans, the Sisters hold all things in common:
- common table
- common apostolate
- common purse, and
- common way of life, including daily recreation
Wholly dependent upon Divine Providence and in fidelity to the lived mendicant tradition of the early Dominicans, we do not hold salaried jobs nor engage in full-time employment through educational and/or health institutions.
The Sisters are committed to the explicit preaching and teaching of the Gospel using every possible means to people of all ages and circumstances, and all levels of faith development for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
The congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph contributes to the mission of the Order of Preachers by preaching and teaching the Catholic Faith, in communion with and under the supervision of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.
The sisters' apostolate of explicit proclamation of the Gospel flows from a common life of prayer, study and monastic observances, centred on the liturgical celebration of the mystery of Christ.
This preaching and teaching apostolate is wide-ranging, aimed at people of every age, at every level of faith development, in every circumstance, using every possible means, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
Sisters Featured on Shalom TV's "The Journal"
Blog of our News and Events
07:00 Office of Readings & Lauds
12:00 Angelus & Midday Prayer
12:15 Holy Mass (Sunday 11:00)
17:00 Rosary & Evening Prayer
20:15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Compline (Sunday 19:30)
Bank Holiday Cream Teas:
26 August - Bank Holiday Monday, 2-4pm
Christmas Market: 30 Nov. (Sat), 12-2pm
In Corde Christi Study Retreats:
11-13 October 2019
Amata Dei Retreat (Discernment)
22-24 November 2019
Sacred Triduum Retreat:
9-12 April 2020
We welcome guests throughout the year who wish to spend time with God and share our prayer in the beauty of the New Forest.
In addition, if you wish to come for a time of retreat we offer the following:
--> Basic Cost: £50 per 24 hours (full room & board)
--> For spiritual direction or guided retreat: £70 per 24 hours (all inclusive)
--> Non-residential spiritual direction or guided day-retreat sessions: £20
The old stables on our property
are falling apart
Safeguarding Issues and Enquiries
The Dominican Sisters of St Joseph are a congregation of Diocesan Right, subject to the Diocesan Bishop of Portsmouth, and follow the National and Diocesan Guidelines for safeguarding issues
Social Media Gallery
Fr. Richard's Homily Blog:
Shirley Holms Road