All Saints Sisters of the Poor Oxford

Sanctuary of peace in a busy world



Behind high walls, just off the busy Cowley Road, lie the grounds of All Saints Sisters of the Poor, an Anglican community, that has been caring for vulnerable people for over 140 years.


This site will tell you about us and our work.

Our background



In 1879, the All Saints Sisters of the Poor were invited to run St John’s, a hospital , on a 4 acre site in Oxford, and we have been here ever since.


Within these walls, St John’s Home now care for the elderly, while  Helen House, the world’s first childrens hospice, welcomes children with life shortening conditions, with their families. Douglas House offers the same care for young adults.


Roman Catholic Franciscan Friars have now made their home in the original convent building.


Across the road, the Porch Steppin Stone Centre gives daytime support to homeless and vulnerably housed people.




Care for others has always been at the heart of our work, and much of this is expressed in St John’s Home, Helen and Douglas House and the Steppin Stone Centre.


Pastoral visiting, preaching, public speaking and ordained parish ministry are some of the ways in which we live out our calling.


Through our presence here, we are available to respond to the needs of the day and those in need.

The Gardens



At the heart of All Saints are our beautiful gardens offering peace and serenity to those whose home this is as well as those who visit.


The kitchen gardens provide an important focal and spiritual point representing the natural cycle of life.




From the earliest days, religious communities have seen hospitality as an important expression of their calling.


Our modern well equipped guest house provides much needed space for retreat, for small groups, for time ‘just to be’, and we have a small retreat house in the Cotswolds.




We welcome people who feel called to explore their vocation whatever form that may take.


We believe that the charism of our Founder is as relevant now as it was in 1851 and we pray that those who may join us will help us to explore how to live that same charism today in caring and reaching out to the poor in body , mind or spirit. All rights Reserved.

All Saints 15A Magdalen Road Oxford OX4 1RW  01865 249127