The Community of St. Mary the Virgin


No public services as such, but visitors to the convent are always welcome.\n\nRetreat facilities are available.\n\nThe Community of St Mary the Virgin was founded in 1848 by William John Butler, then Vicar of Wantage.  As Sisters, we are called to respond to our vocation in the spirit of the Blessed Virgin Mary: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  Let it be to me according to your word.”\n\nOur common life is centred in the worship of God through the Eucharist, the daily Office and in personal prayer.  From this all else flows.  For some it will be expressed in outgoing ministry in neighbourhood and parish, or in living alongside those in inner city areas.  For others, it will be expressed in spiritual direction, preaching and retreat giving, in creative work in studio and press, or in other forms of ministry.