The Society of the Sacred Cross, SSC, was founded in Chichester in 1914. In 1923 the move was made to Tymawr and the contemplative life was developed and strengthened. The Society is part of the Anglican Church in Wales, and the former Bishop of Monmouth, the Rt. Revd. Dominic Walker OGS, is the Visitor of the Society. The Rt. Revd. Rowan Williams is our Warden, Revd. Dr. Jean Prosser is Chaplain.
Tymawr is an Anglican community living under monastic vows in the beautiful Welsh border country near Monmouth in Gwent. We are often joined for the services by people living in the locality, in addition to our visitors, and the Chapel is always open for prayer.
The members of the small Community, dedicated to the Cross, live a monastic, contemplative life of prayer based on silence, solitude and learning to live together under vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Daily Offices and other times of shared and private prayer span each day, together with a common life which includes study, recreation and work in the house and grounds of the Convent.
At the heart of the corporate life of the community is the Eucharist and the crucified and risen Lord is the focus of its life and the source of the power to live it.