Society of the Sacred Mission


1893- SSM founded by Father Herbert Kelly

1902- Missionary work stated in S . Africa

1903- SSM set up the main centre and Theological college at Kelham, Nottinghamshire

1914-1919 - Kelham Hall occupied by military forces during the First World War.

1919-1925- Years of recovery after chaos left by military occupation in Kelham.

1928- Great chapel built in Kelham to take place of the entrance court.

1929- Kelham Rood completed

1939-1945- Military units stationed at Kelham during Second World War.

1962- SSM reaches numerical peak of more than 80 members and a large novitate

1972- Theological college at Kelham closes as numbr of student applications drop. SSM decides to take 'time out' for rethinking future of SSM.

1973- A subgroup of SSM move to Willen to run priory

1997- SSM members move out of Willen priory to a smaller house in Willen.