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William John Butler, the Tractarian vicar of Wantage, founds the Community of St Mary the Virgin (CSMV)
Butler creates an order of Exterior Sisters (“Externs”) to assist the nascent community in work and prayer
The community welcomes priest and women Associates
The Exterior Sisters’ rule of life is altered to emphasize its spiritual aspect
This experimental community breaks up due to ill-health and other circumstances.
A second attempt at forming a community of cloistered Tertiaries is made at St Thomas’ Convent in Oxford. In March four women are admitted as Postulants of the new Third Order Regular CSMV. The first Novices are clothed. In December they are re-named the Society of the Salutation of Mary the Virgin.
The Community moves again to St Agnes House, Wantage.
The Community take up residence at the Bishop’s Palace, Cuddesdon. There is a gradual shift towards Benedictine monasticism
The Society gains its independence from CSMV and acquires Burford Priory in Oxfordshire
The first Prioress, Mother Mary Gabriel, and four other Sisters make their Solemn Vows as Benedictines.
Mother Mary Gabriel dies and is suceeded by Mother Joseph
Mother Mary Bernard is elected as the third Prioress
Mother Mary Bernard is asked whether the Community would be willing to offer space to an emerging men’s community
The decision is made to admit Thomas Quin and Robert Atwell as Postulants of SSMV, forming a mixed community
Br Stuart is elected the first Prior
The Constitution is revised and Prior Stuart becomes the first Abbot
The Community sells Burford Priory and acquires Mucknell Farm near Worcester. A temporary home is found at Broad Marston in Warwickshire.
The Community moves into the newly-built Mucknell Abbey. The monastery was dedicated by Archbishop Rowan Williams the following year.
Br Thomas is elected as the second Abbot