Sclerder Abbey

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Sclerder, near Polperro, Cornwall
RC Diocese of Plymouth

Sclerder Abbey (pronounced: sklerder abby; Cornish: Abatty Clerder, meaning Abbey of Clarity) is a Roman Catholic monastery in Cornwall, England, UK,[1] located between Looe and Polperro, which accommodates an order of enclosed nuns, whose role is to pray for the Church and the wider world.[2]

The Abbey was founded in 1843 by the Dames de la Retraite who left in 1852, and was then occupied successively by the Franciscan Recollects (1858-1864); Carmelite nuns (1864-1871); Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (1904-1910); Minoresses from Rennes (1914-1920); Minoresses from Bullingham (1922-1981), including Franciscan nuns (from c. 1925). Carmelite nuns from Quidenham resided at Sclerder Abbey from 1981 until 2014.[3] In September 2014, Chemin Neuf an ecumenical Christian community, moved to Sclerder when Bishop Mark O’Toole (RC Bishop of Plymouth) celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for the life of prayer and service of the Carmelite community and welcomed the new community of Chemin Neuf.[4]

Sclerder Abbey serves the Cornish Roman Catholic community and a resident priest lives next to the monastery. Mass is celebrated daily.[5]

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Coordinates: 50°20′53″N 4°30′18″W / 50.347987°N 4.505089°W / 50.347987; -4.505089 (Sclerder Abbey)