"So that your essential gaze may be focussed on God"
"Be still and know that I am God."
"Be devoted to one another in love...keep you spiritual fervour, serving the Lord."
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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Sister Elizabeth Jane (CSMV) and Brother Philip (Community of the Resurrection, Mirfiled) will lead this silent retreat. It will include four addresses and the opportunity for individual conversations with the leaders. The retreat will begin at Mirfield on Friday...read more
Are you a committed Christian woman wanting to express your faith in new and deeper ways? Come and be part of a small group of women invited to spend some time with the Community of St Mary the Virgin (CSMV) at St Mary’s Convent on 10th March 2018 at 11.0 am for...read more