In the year 1873, the Sisters took the tremendous step of moving from Wiltshire to South Wales. During her Novitiate, Sr. Mary Joseph had stipulated that part of her dowry was to be allocated to developing the mission of the Sisters in England – extending it beyond Devizes.
About this time, a priest from St. Mary’s Parish in Newport, on a visit to Mother Margaret Mary Weld, at Westbury, spoke to her of his deep desire to have, in his Parish, some teaching Sisters who could also visit the poor and the sick, as well as help in giving instruction to converts. Mother Margaret Mary told him about the Sisters of St. Joseph in Devizes. Fr. Bailey was interested and got in touch with Mother Athanase. The project was then discussed with Sr. Mary Joseph Murphy, who saw in it an opportunity for widening the sphere of activity for the Sisters, and a solution to her desire to fund a furthering of the mission field of the Sisters. With her financial contribution to the project, it was possible to purchase Arundel House (Stow Hill) in Newport. The Novitiate and Provincial House were opened there in 1873.
Fr. Bailey I.C.