David Dowland

in Nineteenth-Century Anglican Theological Training

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269298
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683589 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs


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This chapter focuses on Father Herbert Kelly, a recluse who founded the Society of Sacred Mission in 1892. This recluse and shy priest believed that social groups have unique value to the Church and that the Church must appeal to all classes in order to carry out an effective ministry. After his resignation as a curate at Southfields where he worked closely with the lower classes wherein he saw their unexploited talent, he established the Korean Missionary Brother which was eventually known as Society of Sacred Mission. Through the Society of Sacred Mission (SSM) in Kelham, Kelly imposed frugality, discipline and devotion among his students. Many criticisms were thrown against him and his SSM, the most of which was his dictatorial and authoritative stance. Although he denied the concept of dominance, his personality was crucial. He remained the key determinant, the powerful and ebullient man who founded, operated and nurtured SSM during its formative years. His inability to attract senior members to become deputies hindered him to reduce the impact of his leadership.

Keywords: Father Herbert Kelly; Society of Sacred Mission; Southfields; Korean Missionary Brother; Kelham; lower classes; frugality; discipline; devotion

Chapter.  17505 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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