Thirty-six young men and women from across the UK and around the world have become the first members of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s new monastic-inspired community at Lambeth Palace.

The Community of St Anselm – a programme for Christians aged 20-35 to spend a year praying, studying ethics and theology, and serving the poorest in local communities – was officially launched on Friday in a special service at Lambeth Palace Chapel.


The first intake of the Community has 16 residential members from around the world – including the USA, Kenya and Australia – who will live at Lambeth Palace.

They are joined by 20 non-resident members who will be living in London and continuing their jobs in finance, media, education, the civil service and elsewhere.


During the service the members committed to a year of prayer, study and service to the poor, during which they will live by a challenging Rule of Life inspired by the monastic traditions.

Listen to the BBC Radio 4 broadcast of the service 

Listen to BBC interviews with members of the Community (starts 5mins 5secs) 

View pictures from the service