The Community’s original convent, St. Hilda’s House, was established in 1950 on the upper west side of Manhattan on 113th Street. Evolving over the years into a trio of joined brownstones spread over six floors, the original St. Hilda’s had tremendous charm. Its multiple staircases, high ceilings and innumerable nooks and crannies were much beloved for 60 years.
In 2009-2010, in keeping with the Community’s dedication to living sustainably and with respect for our mother Earth, a new “greener” convent was designed and built. (See the 2009 New York Times article about the process.) St. Hilda’s House now has a smaller footprint—both literally and figuratively. With the incorporation of rooftop gardens, solar panels, composting and as many salvaged or renewable building materials as possible, the Community is able to live out our ecological values in a new way.
The Sisters living in St. Hilda's house include Sisters Claire Joy, Élise, Faith Margaret, Jerolynn Mary, Leslie, Mary Christabel, and Mary Elizabeth.
The new convent was completed in the fall of 2010, and consecrated by Bishop Catherine S. Roskam on December 18, 2010. You can find more sketches and photos in our photo galleries.
St. Hilda’s House is now located at 454 Convent Avenue, at 150th Street. If you'd like to visit, please contact us by email at: Inquiries@CHSSisters.org. Or you can phone us at 212-666-8249 x200. One of us will respond to your inquiry as soon as we can.