“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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Sisters support the new Bishop of Dudley

Sisters support the new Bishop of Dudley

Martin Gorick became the new Bishop of Dudley, after being ordained and consecrated as a bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a service at Southwark Cathedral recently. Five members of the CSMV Community were invited to the ceremony, which saw the former...

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Sister Bridget Mary’s chisels bring new life to stone

Sister Bridget Mary’s chisels bring new life to stone

Artist Nicholas Mynheer has started work in his garden on three large blocks of English limestone taken from a quarry near Bath. By September he will have chiselled and worked the blocks into a slightly-larger-than-life size sculpture of a working Mother holding up...

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