A Short History of MMM in England

The MMM connections with England go back to the early years of the twentieth century, when the woman who founded MMM, Marie Martin, went to school in Harrogate, outside London.

Coming from a wealthy Irish family, her cultural links with England were very strong. This led to her volunteering as a VAD nurse when World War I broke out, and to her service in Malta and France.

It was not until the 1960s, though, that MMM established our first community in England, at Muswell Hill, and later moved to the parish at Ealing, where the famous Benedictine Abbey is located.

Over the years MMM also had communities in Silvertown in East London; Romiley, Stockport; and Solihull in the West Midlands, in the parish of Saint Augustine of England.

It was from Hardelot, France, the very estuary where our Foundress, Marie Martin served in France during World War I, that it is believed that Saint Augustine left mainland Europe in the year 596 to sail for his work of evangelisation in England.