Eleven sisters from one of the first orders of Anglican nuns to be established after the Reformation were received into the Catholic Church at the Oxford Oratory this past Tuesday morning.
The sisters, from the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage,
Oxfordshire, have joined the Ordinariate established by Pope Benedict
XVI for former Anglicans.
Following their reception the new community - made up of nuns
aged between 45 and 83 - will be formally known as the Sisters of the
Blessed Virgin Mary.
They will return temporarily to Wantage until a
permanent home is found.
In his homily Fr Daniel Seward, Provost of the Oxford Oratory,
welcomed the sisters into the Church and said that they had come home.
He said: "What you are joining is not anything alien or foreign, but
your own birthright. The spiritual genius of St Benedict, under whose Rule you are to
live, the study and practice of the sacred liturgy, and the veneration
and love given to the Mother of God - Our Lady of Walsingham - these are
all part of the ancient glory of this country, which was once an island
of saints and Mary's dowry."