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 Charles' Parish, Moorside Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 9PD
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr Paul F Smith STL 
Assistant Priest: Fr. Gavin Landers BA(Hons) STB

Tel: 0161 794 1089 Email:

The Week Ahead

 Sunday 25 March .  Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Mass 6.00pm (eve), 8.45am and 11.00am.   

 Monday 26 March.    Monday of Holy Week.  8.30am Mass.     

Tuesday 27 March  Tuesday of Holy Week. 8.30am Mass .  

 Wednesday  28 March.  Wednesday of Holy Week. 8.30am Mass.

Thursday  29 March.    Maundy Thursday.    7.00pm Mass of the Lord Supper.

 Friday  30 March.   Good Friday.  12.15pm    Walk of Witness in Swinton Precinct. 3.00pm celebration of the Lord's Passion.

 Saturday 31 March.  Holy Saturday.   No Mass in Saint Mary's cemetery chapel today.  (no 6.00pm Mass this evening)                                       8.30pm Mass of the Easter Vigil.

Sunday 1 April.  Easter Sunday. 7.00am   Dawn service on Town Hall steps.   Mass  8.45am and 11.00am. 





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