Poor Clare Colettines -- Ellesmere, UK

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Contact Information
Please write to:

Mother Abbess
Poor Clare Colettines
Monastery of Our Lady and St Joseph
SY12 0PA
Telephone (from the UK): 01691 622270
The number to call from the U.S.A: 011 44 1691 622270
If calling from abroad please be aware of time zone differences.
Visitor Information

Visitors are very welcome to attend the Church for Mass, which is available every day.
If visitors wish to speak to a Sister, please write or telephone to arrange an appointment or enquire at the convent entrance.

A small number of Guest rooms are available in the convent Guestwing for retreats, priests/religious, and those exploring their vocation. Towels and meals are provided.
Guests will find it useful to bring a mirror and an alarm clock with them. If you have long hair please bring your own hair-dryer.
Please note that to preserve the peace of the Guestwing there is no television or radio. There is no wi-fi and some mobile networks (such as O2) do not work in this area. Guests who bring their own music equipment are asked to use them only with earphones.
If you would like to spend some time in the beautiful, prayer-filled surroundings of the monastery (with access to the Church for Mass and prayer, if desired) please write to the monastery.
If you are attracted by the religious life and feel it may be for you, please contact the sisters. They will be happy to provide information or speak to you about religious life and their community.
How to find the monastery

The monastery is on a small hill on the edge of the town of Ellesmere, very close to lake Mere. A large lawn and driveway separate it from the road and preserves it's peace.
There is a sign at the entrance of the driveway, displaying the times of Mass.  On the lawn is a large white cross. A second cross can be seen on the outside of the Church, and a round flowerbed with a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus also confirms that you have found the right place.
The closest local (small) train station is called Gobowen (6 miles away) .
The nearest main station is Shrewsbury, which can be reached from London Euston via Birmingham.
A bus from Shrewsbury (which takes about 45 minutes) stops right outside the convent. An Extern Sister might be able to meet you.

National Express runs a daily coach from London Victoria Coach Station to Oswestry.  This is cheaper than the train, but takes longer and arrival is in the evening (at present 8:30pm) which will mean arriving in the dark in the winter.
The sisters recommend that overseas visitors try to fly into a local airport if possible, as the cost of rail travel is high and Ellesmere is a long way from London.  Birmingham International Airport, Manchester Airport, or Liverpool Airport are the names of the three closest options.  With enough notice, an extern sister could meet you.


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