Members of female apostolic orders are called apostolic sisters, and their vocation is to be the hands of Christ among His people, carrying out acts of charity and love among the poor and marginalised in society, as well as working in schools, care homes, conferences, and wherever else the Church's Mission takes them.
Often confused with nuns, apostolic sisters wear either habits or ordinary clothes, and live in small communities within society. Nuns, however, always wear habits and usually live solely within their convent/monastery. Both types do essential work, but apostolic sisters are the face and hands of the Church in society.
There are many female apostolic orders in the UK, ranging from small local communities, to groups representing international movements. There's something for everyone, whether you're globetrotter or more comfortable on your home soil!
At the bottom of this page you will find links to some female apostolic communities in the UK.
24,600 Dominican Sisters, belonging to 150 Congregations in 109 countries.
1000 Daughters of Divine Charity in over 20 countries
Over 55,000 Catholic apostolic sisters worldwide.