The latest updates from and about the Community are in Jottings
on the theme of Christian symbolism in a modern society
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April 2015 and Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May 2015.
Lead by the Revd David Wippell, the weekend will explore the development
and use of symbolism in the Christian Church, with a particular
emphasis on embroidery. There
will be workshop sessions in which the participants will be able
to embroider a canvas work panel, reflecting the theme of the
weekend, in the Convent embroidery workshop.
The weekend will be suitable for all levels of embroidery
expertise and the cost will include all materials.
It will be an advantage but not a necessity if
participants supplied their own scissors, tapestry needles and
The retreat is aimed at those who have never experienced a retreat before
and those who are familiar with the concept.
Guest Wing Costs
£45 per person per night
Initial booking enquires to the Guest
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Community of St Mary the Virgin was founded in 1848 by William John
Butler, then Vicar of Wantage in Oxfordshire. It remains one of the
oldest traditional Religious Communities in the Church of England.
Sisters are called to respond to their vocation in the spirit of Mary,
Mother of Jesus: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be
to me according to your word". The common life is centred in the
worship of God through the Eucharist, the Daily Office and in personal
prayer. From these all else flows.
Community also concentrates on engaging in spiritual direction and in
welcoming and hosting retreats and day groups. Individuals are also welcome to visit and stay at
in the convent's Guest
Wing and all are welcome to join in the Daily
"Wantage Overseas" the Community maintains links with projects
in Botswana, India and South Africa, these being periodically reported
in the "Wantage Overseas Review".
is an active network of CSMV Oblates
in the UK and
overseas, who adhere to a Rule of Life and who endeavour to live out the
charism of the Community wherever they are in the world.
Almighty God, by your
angel Gabriel you chose Mary to be the Mother of your only Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord, filling her with grace and calling her
blessed. Give to us who are gathered into one Community under her
name grace to walk in her footsteps, to be lowly, obedient,
faithful and to say in all things and at all times "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be
to me according to your word".
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
of the Cross