20 November
Priscilla Lydia Sellon, a Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876

When about to leave England for health reasons in 1848, Priscilla Sellon was led to change her plans at the last moment by a public appela for work among the destitute in Plymouth and Devonport. Here she was gradually joined by others who, with the help of Dr Edward Pusey, created a community called the Devonport Sisters of Mercy. They set up schools and orphanages and tended the sick in the cholera epidemic of 1848. In 1856 they were united with the Sisters of the Holy Cross and Miss Sellon assumed tje title of Abbess of the new community which was henceforth known as the Society of the Most Holy Trinity (present headquarters at Ascot Priory, Berkshire). She died on this day in 1876.


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