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Society of the Sacred Mission and Willen

The Society of the Sacred Mission came to Willen from Kelham in 1973, and among those who left Kelham for Willen was Fr Sydney Holgate, who had arrived at Kelham from Mildenhall, some 50 years earlier. Brothers Bertram and Jimmy, too, along with Fr Ralph, joined the new community, with Ralph as the first Prior.… Continue Reading

Society of the Sacred Mission Spring 2019 Newsletter

The Spring  2019 edition of the SSM Europe newsletter is now available. Please visit: to download. Continue Reading

Volunteers needed

The Society of the Sacred Mission welcomes volunteers to help with the work at St Michael’s Priory as well as our other houses in the UK. Continue Reading

Thomas Merton Society

A day to celebrate the Thomas Merton library collection (here at St Michael’s) and to celebrate Michaelmas. Talks, recordings, music and conversation, with midday Eucharist and simple lunch. ALL welcome! Merton’s diary, October 1958 “These [autumn] days are the most beautiful days of the year …. Sun every day now, and very bright sky, clear,… Continue Reading

The young are our future

It was lovely to welcome the young church from St Michael and All Angels Church, Stewkley at the Priory this weekend. The children had a fun day and presented Brother Anthony with a thank you card and a box full of individually wrapped parcels of gloves and hats to give to the homeless of Milton… Continue Reading

Franciscan Icon Retreat

Constantina Wood, icon writer and artist, led a retreat at Willen this summer. Continue Reading

Sorry but we are temporarily unable to offer residential retreats. Ask us about a day retreat!