The Story of the House

The year 2005 saw the celebration of the Sisters of Mercy having been in Tilbury for 100 years. Founded from Macklin Street in London in 1905 the Sisters came to an area of great poverty and deprivation as Tilbury, situated in the Thames estuary, was rapidly becoming the main docks for the City of London. The poor depended almost solely on employment in the docks, so during the Great Depression of the 1930s the situation was desperate and the Sisters were often called on for food and clothing.  Dockers did not have any security of employment and were dependent on what they could get from day to day.


Over the years the Sisters committed themselves to both Primary and Secondary education and the visitation of families and with no social welfare system in place, the relief of the poor. During the war they were evacuated, along with the children, to Holt in Norfolk.

 The Sisters today

In more recent times the ministry of the Sisters has changed as they no longer teach in the school. However, they are very much involved in all aspects of Parish activities. Holy Communion is taken to the housebound; various parish groups meet in the convent and the Sisters visit Homes and Sheltered Accommodation in the local area.

 Help is given to groups in the school and one Sister travels daily to Stanford le Hope parish where the Mercy house has recently closed thus continuing a mercy presence there too.

Mercy Needs in Tilbury



Perceptive Eyes
Outreaching Hands
A Heart of God

Sr. Christine
Community Administration
School – Religious Education and Remedial Work
Organ – Funerals and Alternative Sundays
Baptism Programme
Holy Communion Ministry and Services

Sr. Deborah
Cooking and baking
Display Work
Member of the Legion of Mary
Parish Visiting
Mary’s meals Project
Holy Communion to the Sick, Elderly and Housebound


Sr. Monica
Sacristan in the Parish Church
Holy Communion to the Elderly, Sick and Housebound
Member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society
Parish Council Member 

Sr. Paula
Nursing Care (under 65Disabled) Marillac
Advocacy/Befriending/Facilitation to Asylum Seekers/Socially Disadvantaged
Shared Responsibility for Community Catering Needs
Driving/Accompanying for Hospital Appointments, etc.
Support to Prisoners

Sr. Teresa
Mercy Associates
Mary’s meals Meetings
Pro-Life Involvement
Correspondence to the Travelling people and the Sick and needy