This week’s cover story in the Tablet takes a deeper look at the Community of St Anselm, the radical new monastic programme for young Christians at Lambeth Palace being launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury next year.
The article describes the “bold risk” of searching for 16 young people “prepared to dedicate the vast majority of a year to prayer”.
When applications open early next year, the Community will be recruiting young Christians with “a longing to go deep and the willingness to make sacrifice and undertake the discipline that monastic life will demand”, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s chaplain, the Revd Dr Jo Wells, explains.
The hope, she adds, is that the experience will allow participants to travel for the rest of their lives “in deep communion with God” – whether they work in business, education, the church, or elsewhere.
The Tablet also spoke with a member of the existing Chemin Neuf community at Lambeth Palace, Alan Morley-Fletcher, who is confident that young people will be up for the challenge.
“My experience is that they are really happy to be engaged in something that takes them beyond themselves, in terms of their relationship with God,” he says. “They are very prepared to take this sort of programme really seriously.”