Where We Are



The convent at Derby is the main house and administrative centre of the Community in England and is set on the edge of the city of Derby in the suburb of Oakwood.  


The convent buildings are surrounded by lovely grounds that provide a place of peace and beauty both for the sisters and for our visitors.


The sisters continue to exercise their vocation by being part of the local parishes in the area and by joining in with local activities and by caring for visitors.


Visitors are warmly welcomed either as day visitors or residential guests.  Everyone is welcome to join the sisters at the daily Eucharist or Daily Office.  


Day visitors and residential guests may also like to make use of our library.


Lesotho - The Kingdom in the Sky


A land of mountains, and stunning views, a land of friendly people.  


The CHN sisters who make up the Lesotho Province are drawn from those friendly people.


They live their lives for God, through prayer and care for people. 


Their varied work includes nursing, visiting people in their homes, especially families affected by HIV/AIDS, and looking after secondary school girls in a hostel near the convent.


The convent is often the first place people turn to when they need a listening ear.

Often the elderly sisters are the first to help such visitors.

CHN first went to Lesotho in 1962 in response to a request to take over the work of another community.  In doing so CHN joined with a community that had been set up specifically for the indigenous women - the Community of St Mary at the Cross - to create a multi racial community that was an important witness in the face of the divisive apartheid regime being set up in South Africa just across the border.


Three CHN sisters who had journeyed from Kwa Zulu, Natal to join CHN in Lesotho returned home in 1969 to help to set up a Holy Name Community there.  

The convent in KwamaGaza which is near to Melmoth is a place of hospitality and prayer where many find strength and grace.  Sisters are often called upon to take part in evangelistic work like missions in parishes.


The sisters work as teachers or nurses in local schools and hospitals.  


Like Lesotho, they make vestments for local clergy at a reasonable cost.