Mother Millicent Mary
S.P.B. religious founder, 19 January 1956
Millicent Taylor was born in India in 1869, the daughter of a general. At the age of 22, she declared her wish for the religious life but became a parish worker in poor parishes in east London, Reading and Birmingham. In 1905, she made her first profession as the founding member of the Society of the Precious Blood committed to serving the poor. As time when by, she felt more drawn to the contemplative life and to pray for the needs of the world and in 1916 moved to Burnham Abbey where the community became an enclosed convent following the Augustinian Rule and dedicated to intercession. The community grew under Mother Millicent’s leadership and the sisters spoke of her wisdom, joy, humour and liberty of spirit as well as her love for beauty. She resigned as Superior in 1942 because of ill health and died in 1956.
Picture courtesy of Burnham Abbey.