Community of St Mary the Virgin

One of the oldest traditional Religious Communities in the Church of England

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A417 Mill Street,  Wantage - Road Works

Gas main works are currently taking place on Mill Street (A417) both ways between Challow Road / Denchworth Road and Grove Street / Market Place. This involves temporary lights and road closures at times. When required, the diversion (about four times longer) is via Denchworth Road, Mably Way and Grove Road. Works will be removed from 7 December 2015 but will return on 10 January 2016 to 25 March 2016.

All visitors to the Convent should allow extra time for the journey and for those with satellite navigation you may wish to use the postcode OX12 9AU which should direct you nearer to the main Convent entrance on Denchworth Road.

Saturday 28 November: Quiet Day led by Oblate Anne Sear, Obl CSMV. As at 12 November there is still space for another one or two on this day. Oblates and Associates are most welcome to make a late booking with the Guest Wing.
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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.

The Community Prayer: 

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.



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