Latest news and events

Online Retreat and Quiet Day

St. Mary’s Convent remains closed due to Covid-19 safety procedures and ongoing building works. Consequently, no residential stays or group visits are possible until further notice.  But the Quiet Day and Retreat planned for Autumn 2020 will now be offered... read more

Sculpture nears completion

Artist and sculptor Nicholas Mynheer has been commissioned to carve a two metre statute of the Holy Mother and Child for the Community of St Mary the Virgin, Wantage. The Covid-19 lockdown has meant that he has made real progress on the sculpture, which will welcome... read more

Habits into scrubs

Material bought for the Sisters’ habits at CSMV has been put to a new use – Medical Scrub sets. Anna Bradford has been working with the Community for over 15 years, sewing bespoke habits for the Sisters. She also works on their “finery”, caps and veils.... read more

The hard work continues

While many of us have found ourselves at home with extra time on our hands, at St Mary’s Convent, Wantage some of the staff have been safely maintaining the gardens. The gardens surrounding the Convent look at their finest in May. The Sisters have been able to... read more

Renewed sense of calling

“Roll up, roll up. Come and hear about a renewed sense of being called to the Religious Life in Wantage.” That was how Sister Stella, began a recent report of the Community’s life under Covid-19 lockdown to the CSMV Trustees in May. They found it so... read more

CSMV – driving force behind the creation of Wantage Rec

Wantage Recreation Ground celebrates its 100th anniversary this month (May 2020). But one of the driving forces which brought about this important public space for the town was the Community of St Mary the Virgin. According to local historian Trevor Hancock, writing... read more