Initially members of the community were small numbering just 10 or so brethren. This rapidly increased, and in 1907 there were nearly
fifty fathers in the community.
Although moving to the "industrial north" had been Gore's wish, a site at Mirfield put them very much in the middle of Protestant "non conformist" territory,
especially amongst the working classes. No doubt the unmarried clergymen dressed in their long cassocks and belts attracted a deal of curiosity and suspicion to the goings on of the community.