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 coffee/tea and stay for lunch.
The Trustees of the Community of St Mary the Virgin at Wantage propose to make a number of changes to the charity’s governing document. This consultation notice is intended for the Sisters and employees of the Community,
and for any other person who considers they would be affected by the changes proposed.
Any views should be received by 8 January 2018.
The full document: CSMV consultation on governance changes.
St Mary the Virgin Convent in Wantage is planning a major renewal of parts of the property, the first in many years.
The Victorian building has been home to Sisters of the Community of St Mary the Virgin (CSMV) since the religious community, part of the Church of England, was founded in the middle of the nineteenth century.
Now the Sisters and Trustees of the Community have announced plans to build a new glass-fronted entrance and reception area to the main building between two wings of the existing Convent buildings. The Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST) will occupy office space on one side of the new entrance, while new conference and meeting rooms will be created on the other.
Alastair Hunter, chair of the CSMV charity trustees, said: “Supporting education in local communities was one of the founding objectives of the Community. We are delighted to be putting the resources of the charity to use to meet this objective in the 21st century.”
Reflecting on the developments at the Convent, Sister Stella (the Sister-in-Charge) said: “By sharing parts of the Convent buildings with other organisations which share our ethos and objectives, the Sisters are finding exciting new ways to reach out into the local community.”
This initiative follows two other recently completed projects on the Convent site, supporting local schools. St Mary’s Lodge on Challow Road has been converted into six flats for newly qualified teachers, helping local schools to attract new staff. The first residents are about to move in. Another building on the Convent site, known as the Studio, has been converted into offices for the Vale Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust with eight schools in Wantage and Abingdon.
Alongside the new activities, the Sisters of CSMV will continue to live at the Convent and to welcome guests from around the country who regularly come to the site to enjoy religious retreats and quiet days in the beautiful surroundings.
A planning application has been submitted to the Vale of the White Horse and it is hoped that work on the project will start in the middle of 2018.
The trustees of the Community of St Mary the Virgin have published their annual report and accounts for the year ending 31st March 2017. It is available for download
The Maasai Warriors
This last week we have had the delight of a troupe of Maasai warriors staying with us from Kenya. They are currently on tour, sharing something of their music and living oral culture in schools, churches and other venues. Through their tours they have been able to raise money to improve the life of their own community in Kenya, through the provision of clean drinking water, a clinic, an orphanage and a wonderful new school.
Whilst with us, they gave two very lively, joyful and colourful performances which Sisters, staff and guests greatly enjoyed! The photo shows the warriors with some of our staff and the Cistercian Brethren who were staying with us at the time.
Do look at the Maasai Warriors’ website to learn more about them and their charity: www.osiligi.org
A very happy gathering at Mucknell Abbey
On Tuesday 8th August, Sr Stella and Sr Elizabeth Jane gathered with other Religious at Mucknell Abbey to witness and celebrate the Solemn Profession of Sr Alison OSB and the Simple Profession of Brother Aidan OSB.
It was an inspiring and joyful occasion at which Bishop John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, presided and preached; and afterwards we enjoyed a buffet lunch and cake cutting amidst much chatter and laughter.
Photographs taken by Elizabeth Cole at the Associates’ Day held at the Convent in Wantage on 17 June 2017.
At the beginning of July, Sr Stella and Sr Elizabeth Jane went down to Lee Abbey in North Devon for a Conference of Anglican Religious Communities. The location was stunning as you can see from the photo, and the weather was beautiful sunshine and blue skies.
The Conference was a gathering of both traditional and newly emerging religious communities in the recognition that we can learn from one another. It was a rich time as we shared together in conversation and worship. There were also pilgrimage walks, and on the final evening, a Eucharist down by the beach.
FABRICS, THREADS, VARIOUS ODDMENTS OF CORDS, BUTTONS, FRAMES & WEAVING EQUIPMENT – ALL SUITABLE FOR ENTHUSIASTIC CRAFTS PEOPLE, ALL AT CLEARANCE PRICES.
15 JUNE 2017: 10.0 am until 12.30 pm
At ALL SAINTS WORKSHOP, ST MARY’S CONVENT, WANTAGE
For further information contact: SUELLEN PEDLEY,
tel. 01367 710680
On Sunday 4 June, on the Feast of Pentecost, the Church Choir of the Parish Church of St Peter & Paul, Wantage will be singing Choral Evensong at 4.0pm in St Mary’s Chapel here at the Convent, followed by a simple tea. Please let Reception know if you are able to join us.