Community of St Mary the Virgin

Community Of St Mary The Virgin

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The Community of St Mary the Virgin (CSMV) is an Anglican religious order founded in 1848 by the vicar of Wantage, William John Butler.

Its current Superior is the Reverend Mother Winsome CSMV, a former Baptist Christian, who converted to Anglicanism in order to become a nun.

William John Butler (1818-1894)

A High Church Anglican priest, Butler was Vicar of Wantage from 1846 and several of his curates became notable churchmen (e.g. Henry Parry Liddon). In 1880 he became a canon of Worcester and in 1885 Dean of Lincoln. He was nearly appointed to the bishopric of Natal in 1864 but did not accept it. He was the founder of the Community and continued as Warden until his death,


  • Butler, William John (1897) Life and Letters of William John Butler; ed. by A. J. Butler. London: Macmillan

  • Annie Louisa, Mother C.S.M.V. (1948) Butler of Wantage: his inheritance and his legacy; an offering from his Community of S. Mary the Virgin. Westminster: Dacre Press (author identified as A. L. Hoare in ODCC)
  • Cross, F. L. (ed.) (1957) The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. London: Oxford U. P.; p. 212 (gives foundation date as 1850)

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