The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM) exists to advance the study at various levels of the place of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Church, under Christ and of related theological questions; and in the light of such study to promote ecumenical devotion. Its aim is to show that, in the Blessed Virgin Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.
    Prayer for the Society God our Father, through the Blessed Virgin Mary you gave your Son to be our Redeemer; send your blessing on the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary; so that strengthened by your grace, enlivended by by your Spirit, and renewed in the One whom Mary bore, your Church may grow in the unity You desire. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.
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    General enquiries (UK & international)
    Fr Bill, OSM
    Hon General Secretary

    General enquiries (USA)
    Dr Virginia Kimball, Chapter President

    Membership (UK & international)



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    ESBVM is registered in the UK as a charity. No. 282748

ESBVM AGM, London, June 4th 2016

Posted by esbvm on February 20th, 2016

The 2016 ESBVM AGM will take place at the Carmelite Priory, 41 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BB on Saturday June 4th 2016 at 1.45pm, with Tea at 3.30pm.

The title and speaker for the AGM Lecture will be confirmed in due course.

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ESBVM Council Meeting, Oxford, March 16th 2016

Posted by esbvm on February 20th, 2016

There will be a meeting of the ESBVM Council at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy on Wednesday March 16th 2016 2.00pm-15.30 approx. AOB items to the ESBVM Hon Gen Sec in advance of the meeting, please.

Lunch at Christ Church, Oxford precedes the Council meeting (Drinks in the Buttery Bar From 12.00 noon; Lunch 12.45pm). Please will all Council members who intend to have lunch at Christ Church notify the ESBVM Hon Gen Sec by Tuesday 1st March, indicating any vegetarian or other dietary requirements.

There will be Tea at the end of the Council meeting, 15.30pm approx.

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Birthday greetings

Posted by admin on February 12th, 2016

It is a time of significant milestone birthdays. Some pass unnoticed without a reminder but Members of ESBVM would all wish to send a greeting on her 80th Birthday on 12th February to our great member, Jill Pinnock who has served the Society so well and generously over so many years.

On behalf of the ESBVM we send love and best wishes to Jill. We remember Jill and her loved ones in prayer and wish her the greatest happiness on what we hope will be one of her most happy days.

Ad multos annos!

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ESBVM USA Announces Its 3rd Annual Conference – “Mary in Scripture”

Posted by esbvmusa on February 5th, 2016

ESBVM USA is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Conference:

“Mary in Scripture”

to be held on Thursday, August 4  through Saturday, August 6, 2016.

The conference will be held at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, just one hour from New York City, on a beautiful campus that overlooks the western banks of the Hudson River. The campus is easily accessible. Please see their website for more information on the campus, including a virtual tour, and its location and ease of access:

Details on our speakers and the program for the conference will be posted here soon. If you have any questions, please contact ESBVM USA at the following email address:

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Peter Sibley RIP

Posted by esbvm on January 10th, 2016

One-time ESBVM Archivist, Peter Sibley, died on December 23rd 2015. May he rest in peace.

His funeral Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday January 13th 2016 at 10am at St Elphege’s Church, Wallington, Surrey.

The coffin will be brought into the church immediately prior to the funeral and afterwards Peter will be buried at Bandon Hill Cemetery, Plough Lane, Beddington, Wallington SM6 8JQ.

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Re-Launch of the Chichester Branch of the ESBVM

Posted by esbvm on December 8th, 2015

‘The Re-Launch of the Chichester Branch of the ESBVM’
Venue: The Sherborne Room in the Bishop’s Palace, Canon Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1PY


Saturday 12th Dec 2015 at 2.00pm
Welcome by the Hon Gen Secretary of the ESBVM followed by an address on the
‘The Chichester Roundel’
by The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner MA PhD
Lord Bishop of Chichester.

The ESBVM Office of Evening Prayer will be sung in the Bishop’s Chapel at the conclusion of the meeting.
Refreshments of Tea/Coffee and cakes will be provided afterwards


The Sherborne Room comfortably accommodates 30 and the Chapel seats 40 people.
To ensure availability of places, would participants please register their interest to attend either in person at St Olav’s bookshop, North Street, Chichester
or if unable to come in person one may phone 01243 782790 / email

The Madonna and Child Sculpture: ‘Virgin and Child’ by John Skelton (1988),
presented as a gift by the ESBVM to mark the ESBVM Chichester Congress,
now in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral may be visited by participants who wish to do so.

Click HERE for a poster advertizing this event

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ESBVM USA Call for Papers for August 2016 Conference

Posted by esbvmusa on October 30th, 2015


The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA) exists to advance the study of Mary, the Mother of Christ, in Christian biblical and spiritual perspectives, and in the light of such study, to promote ecumenical interchange and prayer. Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: Jan. 15, 2016.

Conference Theme: Mary in Scripture
Conference Dates: August 4, 5, and 6, 2016
Conference Location: Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY

Submission Guidelines and Requirements:
The paper proposal should be in DOC or DOCX and must include:
1. Presentation Title
2. Presenter’s name, professional affiliation (e.g., university or church name), and status (undergrad, grad. student, Ph.D. candidate, faculty, pastor, etc.)
3. Contact information (e-mail address, daytime telephone)
4. Abstract (350-500 words)
5. Equipment needs.

The overall theme for the conference is “Mary in Scripture.” As such, the ESBVM is looking for papers that discuss viewpoints on Mary, the mother of Jesus, as presented in various Christian traditions or by individual theologians. This theme may be approached through a variety of avenues such as:
 Biblical typologies of Mary
 Biblical texts used for Marian feasts in the Lectionary
 The Biblical Mariology of a particular theologian (e.g. Hans Urs von Balthasar, Luther, Calvin, John Meyendorff)
 Mary in extra-biblical sources (such as the Protoevangelium of James)
 Systematic, historical, or spiritual reflections on the narrative of Mary in scripture
 Systematic, historical, or spiritual reflections on the words of Mary in scripture
 Reflections on the use of biblical Mariology to further ecumenical or interreligious dialogue
 The relationship between Christology and Mariology as understood from scripture study.
 Biblical Mariology during certain periods of history (e.g. the Patristic Era, Reformation, or After Vatican II)
 Biblical portrayals of Mary in literature, film, hymnody, and the visual arts
 The development of Mariology and scriptural insight

Please submit proposals to the review committee at

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1st Sept 2015 News of ESBVM Minute Secretary

Posted by esbvm on September 1st, 2015

Pat O’Sullivan has continued his fight, though his situation is not entirely clear and has been changing by the day. His dependence on oxygen has gradually been reduced, allowing his breathing to become independent and he is conscious and able to communicate in a limited way. At times he is unresponsive and it is hoped that this is simply down to fatigue and while his condition keeps changing this may not necessarily be unexpected.

Limited visiting continues on the ward to which he has been moved.

He has had some ESBVM visitors in addition to daily visits by the faithful Anna Crowley and visits from his sister, Noreen and his relatives.

ESBVM and a wide range of friends continuing to pray for him is gratefully appreciated. We are asked to continue to remember him. Prayer is clearly securing miracles at the moment though it is a long road ahead and he is in the Lord’s hands. Deo gratias for progress so far.

Further information from

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Mr Pat O’Sullivan – request for prayers

Posted by esbvm on August 14th, 2015

We ask your prayers for our dear member, Pat O’Sullivan, who has served the ESBVM so devotedly over many years as our Minute Secretary and enthusiastic organiser at so many of our conventions and meetings.

Pat was badly injured in a road accident near the Padre Pio Shop at Victoria, London on Monday 10th August around 5.15pm and was taken to King’s College Hospital, where he has been since, critically ill.

Miss Anna Crowley has been indefatigably caring for him and representing his interests with the Hospital. Only relatives, to whom we send prayers and sympathy at this time. are permitted to visit. Let us hope he can be kept free of pain and restored to health in God’s good time. We pray he may make a good recovery.

Any necessary enquiries by members of ESBVM are to be directed, please, to and when appropriate further news bulletins will be circulated.

Other members of the ESBVM Council and wider ESBVM membership have also been coping with serious illness over recent months and we send prayerful support to them too.

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Annual ESBVM AGM Lecture: ‘An Anglican observer at Vatican Council II and the Declaration of ‘Mater Ecclesiae’ – Mary as Mother of the Church by Pope Paul VI’

Posted by admin on June 2nd, 2015

The Ecumenical Society of The Blessed Virgin Mary


ESBVM logo (c)

‘An Anglican observer at Vatican Council II and the Declaration of ‘Mater Ecclesiae’
– Mary as Mother of the Church by Pope Paul VI’
The Rt Revd Bishop Christopher Hill [Bishop Emeritus of Guildford].

Saturday 6th June 2015 at 11.30am
In the Refectory Hall of The Carmelite Priory
41 Kensington Church Street
London W8 4BB
[By kind permission of The Prior. O.D.C.]

Free admission / All welcome

Please bring packed lunch for a lunch break from 12.45pm until 13.30.
Coffee and tea provided by ESBVM

The Annual General Meeting is at 13.45 until 15.30pm

There is a large range of bus and Underground services going very close to the Carmelite Priory

Click here to open the TfL Journey Planner

Further information from Hon General Secretary / e-mail:

Click here for a PDF poster advertizing the AGM Lecture

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