Community of St Mary the Virgin
One of the oldest traditional Religious Communities in the Church of England
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The 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.
CSMV 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.
In addition, the Community engages in spiritual direction and in welcoming and hosting retreats and day groups. Individuals may also be accommodated in the Convent's Guest Wing and all are welcome to join in the Daily Office.
There may be an opportunity for certain individuals to live with the Community for an extended period as an Alongsider.
Through "Wantage Overseas" the Community maintains links with projects in Botswana, India and South Africa, these being periodically reported in the "Wantage Overseas Review".
There is an active network of CSMV Oblates and Associates 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.
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