“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

Welcome

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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Epiphany carols on Sunday 26th January

The choir from Wantage Parish Church will be presenting a programme of carols and readings for the season of Epiphany in St Mary's Chapel at our Convent in Wantage at 3.30pm on Sunday 26th January. The Sisters warmly invite friends of the Community and local people to...

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Visit to Pune

Visit to Pune

In 1877, four CSMV Sisters set off from Liverpool to travel by ship to India, answering a call from the Bishop of what is now Mumbai to help him in Poona (now Pune). Over the next 100 years many Sisters answered the call to serve God among the people of Pune, founding...

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