What We Do
The Poor Servants of the Mother of God work in a wide range of ministries. The Sisters provide services in the fields of Social Care, Health Care, Education, Pastoral Care and Spiritual Development, Chaplaincy and Catechetics, as well as missionary projects and collaborative projects with other providers.
- Social Care
In the UK, we deliver Social Care services through our Frances Taylor Foundation and include Care Homes, Nursing Homes and Supported Living, serving older people and people with a learning disability.
- Pastoral Ministries
The Sisters work in many pastoral ministries working with refugees and asylum seekers, prisoners, the homeless, in chaplaincy work and in catechetics and parish work wherever they are based.
- Retreats and Spiritual Development
There are retreat and prayer centres at The Kairos Centre in Roehampton (London) and St Josephs in Freshfield, Merseyside. Many sisters also offer prayer and support to small groups.
- Collaborative Projects
The Poor Servants are involved in two collaborative projects working with vulnerable families. In Bayswater, they are collaborating with Field Lane in the Andrew Proven House project.
In Warrington, Sisters work with St Josephs Family Centre which provides mediation and counselling as well as contact facility for children to meet non-resident parents.
In Euston, the Congregation forms part of a joint project with the Hospitallers of St John of God, working with vulnerable migrant workers in the Olallo project.
The Sisters retain their links with the schools they ran in Banstead, Chippehnam and Chesham Bois. A number of sisters also continue to teach English.
The Congregation has worked in both primary and secondary schools in Ireland. Two Secondary Schools St Aloysisus, Carrigtwohill in Cork and Manor House, Raheny in Dublin now form part of the La Chéile group.
The Poor Servants of the Mother of God have joined with thirteen other Religious Congregations to form the Le Chéile Schools Trust. This is a collaborative project whereby the Congregations involved are committed to retaining the Catholic ethos of their schools – an important development in what is now a multi-faith, multi-cultural, and multi-racial society.
Sisters continue to work in education in Castledermot, Co. Kildare
- Health & Social Care
The Congregation has a Nursing Home in Dublin at Maryfield Chapelizod.
- Collaborative Projects
Desmond Centre, Newcastlewest
Addiction Centres, Cuan Mhuire at Athernry, Co. Galway and Athy, Co. Kildare
Methodist Sheltered Housing, Adare, Co. Limerick
Day Care Centre, Drumcollogher, Co. Limerick
Pastoral Care, Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry, Co. Down
SMG Sisters have worked in Rome since 1886. Frances Taylor/Mother Magdalen lived part of her life in this convent in Rome.
The School has now been leased to the British Council and continues to be used for education. The Sisters work with the union of International Superiors General and with Propaganda Fidei.
One of the Sisters is working to bring the life and works of Frances Taylor/Mother Magdalen to a wider audience through the process of beatification.
The Sisters first went to the United States in 1947. The current work is now in High Point, North Carolina at Pennybyrn at Maryfield. This is a Continuing Care Retirement Community providing independent living, assisted living, memory support and nursing care all within the same complex.
The ministry includes the provision of dispensaries, outreach clinics, a family centre, development, and education with an emphasis on the empowerment of women and children through education and support.