About Us

The Sisters at St Michael’s Convent, Gerrards Cross are members of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, a worldwide Anglican Religious Order with ministries as far afield as the Solomon Islands, Australia and Canada, as well as those in the UK.

Founded by Emily Ayckbowm in 1870, our history is associated with child care, religious education, teaching and work with the marginalised. Today, many who come here for a time of quiet reflection are, themselves, involved in outreach to others.

For over 65 years, St. Michael's Convent, Ham Common was home to many of the Sisters in the UK Province. Over the years a ministry of hospitality evolved and we felt privileged to welcome guests into our Convent home. Sadly, it became clear that our life at Ham was not sustainable. More importantly, perhaps, it also seemed that God might be calling us to something new. Our discernment led us to the house formerly known as Howard House (Perseverance Trust) - now St. Michael's Convent in Vicarage Way, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.

After a long period in transition, we are now settled in our new home and, again, feel deeply privileged to be stewards of a beautiful house and garden – dedicated to prayer and Religious Community – which we are able to share with others.

We are also committed to renewing interest in the Religious Life and welcome enquiries from those interested in joining us, or in living alongside the Community without lifetime commitment.


Is God calling you to be a monk, a nun, a brother or a sister in an Anglican Community? Have you ever wondered if this life was for you? In association with Anglican Religious Communities across the UK, we are very pleased to welcome anyone interested in exploring these possibilities for a day, or longer.

Please contact the Hospitality Team for further information.