Meet the Team
The Community’s Core Team serves Archbishop-and-Abbot Justin Welby in the leadership, administration and care of the Community. Several members of the Core Team are also members of the Chemin Neuf Community (see below), which supports the work of prayer and welcome at Lambeth Palace, as well as helping to facilitate the Community of St Anselm.
What is the Chemin Neuf Community?
In January 2014, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby invited Chemin Neuf – a Roman Catholic Community with an ecumenical vocation, founded in France – to live and pray at Lambeth Palace.
The Chemin Neuf Community shares in the daily life of prayer and hospitality at Lambeth Palace, while also seeking to further the ecumenical and international dimensions of the Archbishop’s work. It also plays an essential role in the life of the Community of St Anselm, with three Chemin Neuf members serving on the Community’s Core Team: Sr Sonia Beranger (Sub-Prior), Estelle Kim Lim (Community Manager) and Olivier De Gersigny (House Manager). The Chemin Neuf Community also holst the various retreats that are central to the St Anselm ‘Year in God’s Time’ and provide spiritual accompaniment to members of the Community of St Anselm over the course of the year.
The Chemin Neuf Community now has about 2000 members in over 30 countries – men and women, married and single, some of whom have taken lifetime vows and other committed for the shorter term. Its members, who come from different Christian denominations, are united by their faith in Jesus Christ and the desire to serve the Church, the Gospel and the world.
Chemin Neuf spirituality primarily draws from two sources – the Ignatian tradition and the experience of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. For more information on the Chemin Neuf Community, please see www.chemin-neuf.org.uk.