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The Order of the Holy Paraclete, Whitby


St Hilda's Priory, Sneaton Castle, home of The Order of the Holy Paraclete







The Order of the Holy Paraclete is an Anglican religious community for women.  In 1915 Margaret Cope was inspired to found a community dedicated to the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, with education as its chief ministry in a framework of monastic prayer.

As the Community grew its work extended not only in England but also in West Africa and Southern Africa. Over the years the scope of the Community’s ministry has widened and today includes retreat conducting, spiritual direction, parish work, hospitality and working with and praying for staff at York Minster and Bishopthorpe Palace.  Overseas the ministry includes vocational training and teaching, working with HIV/AIDs awareness, support of children who are blind and also an eye clinic.

Prayer and worship are the centre of the lives of all members of the OHP.  The Divine Office is said in each Community house and by it the natural divisions of the day are hallowed and dedicated to God. OHP follows the Benedictine tradition in a balanced daily life of prayer, work and common life.

The Order of the Holy Paraclete values the support and prayers of our many Tertiaries, Associates and Friends. Guests and those discerning a vocation to the religious life are welcome.

As for the future we remain under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and as the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said recently: ‘Astonishing possibilities open up when that call (to the religious life) is answered with generosity and commitment.’

Sisters Erika and Alison OHP at Bishopthorpe

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