Introduction to the community
We are a contemplative community whose particular work within the whole body of Christ is worship, thanksgiving and intercession. Within these ancient Abbey walls, which date back to 1266, we continue to live the Augustinian monastic tradition of prayer, silence, fellowship and solitude. The Eucharist is the centre of our life, where we find ourselves most deeply united with Christ, one another and all for whom we pray. The work of prayer is continued in the Divine Office, in the Watch before the Blessed Sacrament and in our whole life of work, reading, creating, and learning to live together. This life of prayer finds an outward expression in welcoming guests, who come seeking an opportunity for quiet and reflection in which to deepen their own spiritual lives, or to explore the possibility of a religious vocation.
Address: Burnham Abbey, Lake End Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 0PW
Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford
Sister Felicity Mary SPB, Mother Millicent Mary of the Will of God, Macmillan, London, 1968.
Booklets and leaflets on the history and life of the abbey and the Community.
Third Order, Fellowship, Associates
Oblates are men and women who feel drawn by God to express the spirit of the Society, united with the Sisters in their life of worship, thanksgiving and intercession. They live out their dedication in their own situation and make a yearly Promise.
Men and women who desire to share in the prayer and work of the Society but cannot make as full a commitment to saying the Office may be admitted as Companions.
For information about living alongside the Community, please see the website.
Reverend Mother: Sister Victoria Mary SPB
Assumed office 6 August 2011
Sister Mary Bernard
Sister Jane Mary
Sister Mary Laurence
Sister Mary Philip
Sister Mary Benedict
Sister Miriam Mary
Sister Grace Mary
31 Aug 2017 – Sister Dorothy Mary, aged 85, professed 54 years
2 Dec 2020 – Margaret Mary, aged 90, professed 65 years, Reverend Mother 1988-1998