Isle of Fetlar, Shetland

                                                                                                            


 
 
THE CHAPEL OF CHRIST THE ENCOMPASSER AND ALL HIS HOLY ANGELS


    The Society of Our Lady of the Isles is a religious community of the Scottish Episcopal Church and is currently based on the Island of Fetlar, in the north of the Shetland Isles.  Prayer is at the heart of the community's existence and its rule is partly Celtic and partly Carthusian, enabling a life of solitude within a community.



The origins of the Society go back to 1984 when The Reverend Mother Mary Agnes came to Fetlar to live a life of prayer . In time she was joined by others and the Society was founded in 1988.  Mother Mary Agnes was installed as Mother Guardian in 1993 and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney in 1998.  She is the author of four books which tell the story of the community's life.
 
 
 
 At present the community consists of two sisters in life vows; two Companion Oblates - women who live in their own homes on the island of Fetlar, close to the Chapel; External Oblates, who live at locations across Britain and who keep a Rule of Life inspired by the Community; and many members of the Caim, both men and women, who wish to be associated with the Society.  However, the increasing frailty of one of the sisters requires a partial relocation  of the Community to the Island of Unst, the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, where there is more assistance  available than is possible on Fetlar. Sister is likely to move into sheltered care in May 2014 and Mother, to a house on Unst, later in the summer. The Companion Oblates will remain on Fetlar and, in the meantime, Mass in the Chapel and the prayer offices will be maintained as normal. Following the move, a revised timetable for Mass will be available.
 
 
    The Warden of SOLI is the Very Reverend Gerald Stranraer-Mull, Dean Emeritus of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney. Father Gerald lives in Ross-shire but makes regular visits to yjr Community.
 
  
The life of the community centres around the Mass and the members also meet in Chapel for some of the Prayer Offices, others being said privately.
In recent years it has not been possible to accommodate visitors within the community.  Visitors are, though, very welcome to come to the Chapel for private prayer (and to make themselves tea or coffee in a room close-by). Those visiting are asked to respect the quiet, solitary and prayerful life-style of the Sisters and Companion Oblates.
 

 A special welcome
is extended to anyone able to come to the 10-0am Sunday Mass, which is usually followed by coffee, cake and chat - bringing  together visitors, those from the island who have made the Chapel their spiritual home, and members of the SOLI community.
 


 
 
THE COMMUNITY'S HOME ON THE ISLE OF FETLAR