Prayer & hospitality


209 Hamlin PlaceConstance Abbey is an intentional community of Episcopalians who practice prayer, study, and action as a new monastic community in the St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral neighborhood in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Constance Abbey acts as a cornerstone of relationships between the Cathedral and its neighbors by hosting social gatherings and worship services, distributing goods, and advocating for neighborhood causes. As an intentional community, we give each other mutual support and accountability on our journey with the Cathedral.

Our mission: to journey with the St. Mary’s¬†neighborhood through prayer and hospitality.¬†Constance Abbey envisions a neighborhood united with its Cathedral so that each may help the other to be well.

Constance Abbey germinated in the fertile soil of St. Mary’s Cathedral, whose active proclamation of the Gospel inspires us. St. Mary’s is our Cathedral, our clarion call to action, our worship home, and our spiritual rudder. We are enthusiastic advocates for the Cathedral’s services and ministries.

God loves our neighborhood, we love our neighborhood, and we want all our neighbors to know it:

  • 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.
  • When guests want something we don’t provide–such as housing–we help them find the right person to talk to.
  • We collaborate with all who will help us announce the year of God’s favor in Memphis.

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: 7:30 a.m.
  • Evening Prayer: 5:00 p.m.
  • Silent Meditation: 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays

You may support Constance Abbey by:

  • Volunteering in the community garden or the clothes closet
  • Donating goods, especially toiletries and clothing
  • Making a financial contribution¬†(Constance Abbey is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization)

If you would like to learn more, contact us!

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