Our mission: Constance Abbey is an intentional community dedicated to serving our neighbors who nobody else will help. By living in the community we serve, we are able to build relationships and connections with our neighbors and friends.
Constance Abbey is an intentional community of Episcopalians who practice prayer, study, and action in the Memphis, Tennessee, medical district near St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. Visit our Stories blog for timely updates.
Constance Abbey acts as a cornerstone of relationships by hosting social gatherings and worship services, distributing goods, and advocating for neighborhood causes.
Jesus spent time with people—answering questions, healing, and giving hope. Constance Abbey follows Jesus’s model of ministry by spending time with people, listening to them, and seeking the Good News of God together:
- We invite neighborhood friends over for family-style dinner and conversation.
- Our showers and laundry machines are available to those who have none.
- We feed and clothe guests in need.
- We guide neighbors to the services that will help them and advocate for them in those systems.
As we serve our neighbors, we also listen for Christ’s spark in their voices. Through relationship as siblings in the family of God, we learn what the Holy Spirit is doing in our neighborhood, and what we are called to do to prepare the way.
Our chapel hosts daily Morning and Evening Prayer, open to all.
- Morning Prayer: 7:00 a.m. (Daily)
- Evening Prayer: 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
- Eucharist: Following Morning Prayer (Monday & Thursday)
- 12-Step Borderline worship and Eucharist: 9:00 a.m. (Sunday)
Other scheduled activities:
- Hospitality mornings: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We offer coffee, sandwiches, clothes distribution, and laundry.
- Pathways to Peace (Open AA group with literature): 8 a.m. on Monday, 10 a.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. on Friday.
- Writers group: 9 a.m. on Thursday (Ellen Prewitt)
- Advocacy afternoons: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Assistance with housing, legal, medical, addiction and employment services.
You may support Constance Abbey by:
- Volunteering. On-going and seasonal opportunities include our clothes closet and community garden.
- Donating goods, especially toiletries and clothing (see below).
- Making a financial contribution (Constance Abbey is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c3) organization).
- Worshiping with us and our neighbors.
Our on-going needs:
- Men’s underwear
- Men’s T-shirts
- Women’s underwear
- Outer coats
- Men’s jeans and pants
- Men’s sneakers size
If you would like to learn more, contact us! Ask about opportunities to participate in the Constance Abbey community and about membership criteria.
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About our name:
Constance was a nun who was martyred while caring for the victims of the 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic. She remained in Memphis because of her commitment to the poor who could not leave the affected area. An abbey is a place where people pray, work, and live together. We are called Constance Abbey as we pray and work together for the good of Constance’s neighborhood.
About our history:
Constance Abbey was formed as a ministry of the Rivendell Community and is currently operating under their sponsorship. Constance Abbey founders, Roger & Margery Wolcott, and Constance Abbey board member, Murray McKay, are Companions in the Rivendell Community. The local Emmaus Chapter of Rivendell invites your participation in our ministry of prayer and hospitality.
Our worship community: St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral
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