ABC Invites Christian Youth into Community

Young Christians invited to spend ‘a year in God’s time’

Posted on: March 2, 2015 5:46 PM

The Community of St Anselm will initially consist of 16 people living at Lambeth Palace full-time, and up to 40 people, who live and work in London, joining part-time.
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From Lambeth Palace

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has opened the application process for young Christians around the world to spend ‘a year in God’s time’ at Lambeth Palace in London.

Christians aged 20-35 have the opportunity to spend a year living together as a community inspired by the ancient monastic traditions of St. Benedict, St. Francis and St. Ignatius. They will live according to a shared Rule of Life and follow a pattern of silence, prayer, worship, study and service to the poor.

The Community of St Anselm will initially consist of 16 people living at Lambeth Palace full-time, and up to 40 people, who live and work in London, joining part-time.

Young Anglicans from around the Communion are invited to apply to join the community – with both male and female applicants welcome.

Archbishop Justin Welby, who is the Abbot of the new community, said: “I expect this venture to have radical impact – not just for the individuals who participate but for life at Lambeth Palace, across the Church and in the world we seek to serve. This is what we expect in following Jesus. I urge young people to step up: here is an open invitation to be transformed and to transform.”

The Prior of the community, the Revd Anders Litzell, said “there will be will be sacrifices required. People will need to leave things behind.”

He added: “This is a question of how we can model a life of prayer and deep commitment shaped in the likeness of Christ for people who aren’t going to be monks and nuns, but who want to embody the monastic traditions, who want to draw from those deep wells and live a lifestyle influenced by that spirituality.”

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I’m more than excited at this initiative of the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Rt. Revd. Justin Welby, inviting young people of the Church and other young Christians to take up residence at Lambeth Palace, as part of the new Community of Saint Stephen.

The Community will be headed by Archbishop Justin himself, as Abbot, and will be led on a daily basis by the Prior, a former Swedish Lutheran, now a Priest in the Church of England – already in residence at Lambeth Palace with his wife and children – and who will be engaged in the work of teaching and mentoring the Community of 20 to 35-year-olds in the daily round of prayer and sacramental life – at the heart of a wider group of young people who will be living in the City of London, taking the life of the Religious Community into the secular world.

Having myself experienced life in Community – with the Anglican Franciscans, in Australia and New Zealand – I am acutely aware of the effect upon one’s spiritual life – to be part of a praying community and sharing a common life with other people. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people of our Church and one hopes it will bear the fruit that the titular Head of the Anglican Community has in mind for it.

Father, Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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