“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.”

Luke 1:46-47

“Earthly kingdoms and all the glory of the world I spurned for the sake of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…”

From Vespers’ Respond for a Religious

"So that your essential gaze may be focussed on God"

CSMV Rule of Life

"Be still and know that I am God."

Psalm 46:10

"Be devoted to one another in love...keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord."

Romans 12:10-11


We invite you to draw near to our community and learn something of its soul. Founded in 1848 by the 29 year old vicar of Wantage, William John Butler, it is one of the earliest traditional Church of England Religious Communities. It is dedicated to Mary the Mother of Jesus, the pondering one. Like Mary we want to draw closer to God:

• through our daily five-fold Office and in the Eucharist
• through waiting on God in our personal prayer
• in listening to God in our relationships with our Sisters
• by looking outwards to God’s presence in our guests and neighbours and in the joys and sufferings of contemporary society.

We invite you to visit or come and stay on our Guest Wing for quiet and reflection, to share, as you wish, in our worship in Chapel. We offer spiritual guidance and we host groups for quiet days and retreats.

There may be an opportunity to be with the Community for an extended time as an Alongsider.


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Extinction Rebellion arrests touch CSMV

A Vicar from Oxfordshire, the Revd Tim Hewes, was amongst climate activists arrested as part of the recent mass protests in London. Tim, a friend of CSMV, who regularly participates in our worship at St Mary's Convent, was amongst five protestors from Extinction...

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Sister Stella re-elected

Sister Stella re-elected

Sr Stella has been re-elected as Sister in Charge for a further 4 years. She was blessed with her Sisters by our Warden, the Ven Caroline Baston, during the Eucharist for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15 August. There was a most supportive group of friends...

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