The Convent in Newport opened in February, 1996 when the house in Carisbrooke closed. Two Sisters lived in the house in the beginning and worked in the school, in the parish and in the prison. The sisters also visit the sick in the hospitals and the elderly at home. Sometimes the elderly are invited to the convent for an evening of conversation and friendship. Compassion for people in their need and a desire to help them is rooted in the prayer of the community.
Founded from St. Anthony’s Convent in Shanklin, the convent is a semi-detached, red brick house, similar to others in the same area in which one of the rooms is used as a Chapel. It is conveniently situated for work in the hospital and the prisons and is near to the centre of the town.
Today Prison Chaplaincy and its outreach is the ‘mercy business’ in Newport. As Chaplain, Sister Teresa attempts to bring peace, joy and solace to the lives of the prisoners and their families by prayer and ministry to them, by visiting the prisoners when they are in hospital and being present at the time of death when possible. Providing help to bereaved families is an important part of this ministry..