“Ad gloriam Dei in eius voluntate”
To the glory of God in the doing of His will
The Society of the Sacred Mission (SSM) is an Anglican Religious order, founded by Fr Herbert Kelly in 1893. It currently has three provinces based in the UK, Australia and Lesotho, Southern Africa.
Since its inception, the Society of the Sacred Mission has endeavoured to serve the Church by means of the following three principal aims:
- to increase the number of those who give their lives to the divine service
- to labour for the conversion and perfection of souls
- to have regard for the cultivation of divine science
Today, we seek to advance those aims by “promoting vocation, nurturing faith and spirituality, and encouraging theological learning”.
Currently, the work of SSM is primarily centred at St Antony’s Priory in Durham.
SSM remains a recognised religious community in the Church of England. Professed members of the Society are men and women who dedicate their lives to the service of God and who make a commitment to live under the conditions of poverty, celibacy and obedience. They may undertake various forms of work either directly for the Society or within Parishes.
Today there are currently only three remaining professed members of SSM in the UK and, sadly, it is no longer possible to admit enquirers to the noviciate.
Members of SSM at the Parish Church of St John the Divine, Kennington, in front of the Jagger Rood, formerly at Kelham.
The Society of the Sacred Mission (SSM) is an Anglican Religious order, founded by Fr Herbert Kelly in 1893.
St Antony’s Priory is a Christian spirtuality centre in Durham, offering regular services, spiritual direction, retreats and quiet days.
The Kelham Theological College fund exists to support training for ministry, broadly understood.