Mother Harriet C.S.M.V. religious, 29th January 1892

That she was always the same, timid, diffident, and yet full of simple faith. Humility, faith, love simplicity were the characteristics of her whole being…

Mother Harriet

Harriet Day was born in 1811 and in 1849 went to assist William Butler, the vicar of Wantage who had gathered a small group of women to help in the parish. They developed into a Sisterhood and in 1854, the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce installed Harriet as Reverend Mother and the first episcopally installed Anglican Religious Superior since the Reformation. She was Superior for 33 years and lived in Wantage from 1849 until her death in 1892. Dean Butler said of her ‘that she was always the same, timid, diffident, and yet full of simple faith. Humility, faith, love simplicity were the characteristics of her whole being. Never was anyone more humble than she of whom we speak’.