The Society of Mary began in 1931 as the combination of two other societies: The Confraternity of Our Lady (formed in 1880) and the League of Our Lady (formed in 1902). The American region of the society received its independence in 1962. Although Anglican in origin there are non-Anglican members of the society and they can be found all over the world. The main regional organisations are in England and the United States.

The Society of Mary, whilst being one of the Catholic Societies of the Church of England, has members in churches and countries all over the world. The objects of the Society are:

  • to love and honour Mary;
  • to spread devotion to her in reparation for past neglect and misunderstanding and in the cause of Christian Unity
  • to take Mary as a model in purity, personal relationships, and family life.

Membership is open to all who are willing to keep the Rule, which includes:

  • Members shall keep a Rule of Life, which will include such special devotions as the Angelus, the Rosary, the Litany and Anthems of Our Lady.
  • They will pray for departed members of the Society and offer Mass for them.
  • They will take part in the Mass on the principal Feasts of Our Lady.
  • They will engage in apostolic and pastoral work, according to opportunity, under the guidance of the local Ward Officers and the General Council.

Where there are enough members of the Society, they can form a Ward, with a priest as Superior and a Secretary.  Where there are fewer members, a Cell can be formed. Isolated  members can be attached to the Headquarters Ward. Wards and Cells may gather for prayer and worship, for fellowship and fun.

The Society of Mary is not affiliated to any individual Marian shrine or institution and is keen to promote equally all the different aspects of devotion to Mary.

The Society publishes a yearly Magazine called “Ave”, back-issues of which can be downloaded from the Society’s website.

Prayer of the Society:

Lord Jesus Christ, upon the Cross you entrusted us to you Mother's loving care: send down upon our Society the blessing and guidance of your Holy Spirit, that in all we say and do we may promote her honour, to your glory, the good of your Holy church and the extension of your kingdom, where you live and reign, God, forever and ever. Amen.

St Paul's

St Paul’s is a lively, forward-looking Anglican church in the Catholic tradition. We are affiliated to the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda and our PCC has passed the resolution seeking episcopal oversight from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

We are part of the diocese of Salisbury and the Deanery of Weymouth and Portland. We maintain very close links with our Voluntary Aided School, Beechcroft St. Paul’s. 

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