At present the Community of St Anselm is only open to applicants between 20 and 35 years old. There are two reasons for this:
- By focussing on adults at the beginning of early in their careers or ministries, Archbishop Justin Welby hopes the Community will help reintroduce a lifestyle of prayer and spiritual formation to a generation which, by and large, has never experienced it.
- By gathering young adults from around the world, the Community will be bringing together people who may have very little common ground other than their love for Jesus. Being in a roughly similar stage of life (20-35 is still a wide span in that regard) will help people relate to one another as brothers and sisters.