Details of Simon’s Commissioning Service Released

Br Simon will be Commissioned as the Community’s Concentor on Saturday, December 17th at 11am.

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The service will be conducted by the Episcopal Visitor, Bishop Richard, and our sister Community of St Thomas will be in attendance.

We shall also be admitting a new Associate Member at the service,  one of our Lay Clerks, David Fraser.

 

 

As befits a Concentor he has chosen the music for the service which includes:

  • Give us the wings by Ernest Bullock, former Organist and Master of Choristers at Westminster Abbey
  • Let beauty be our Memorial by J.A.C. Redford

SubPrior speaks at CofE Deacons’ Conference

Our Sub Prior Deacon Sarah Gillard Faulkner was one of the keynote speakers at the Church of England’s Deacon’s Conference in York.

She said:

When often asked what he does for a living, one of my best friends says: I don’t DO dear, I AM!

This particular friend of mine is a priest, and a rather fine one, I promised him I’d say that! And of course he is quite right not just about priestly ministry but about all ministry. We are set apart for ministry because of who we are! We have been chosen by God as identified people set aside through the invocation of the Holy Spirit for the purposes of his will. Of course in reality it means we do actually DO things. I am technically on holiday currently and I’ve been here in York for a few days enjoying the surroundings of somewhere I used to be often as a student as I did a music degree at Ripon and York St John! And frankly I’m rubbish at taking leave! But I think somehow I don’t notice the fact that I need time off, because the gift of my life is that I am just fulfilling who I am. That isn’t, in reality, difficult! When one is being truly oneself it is just an extension of the gift of life that God has granted us. But I have given in! We all need time to recharge and rest! So I will have some more time off next week!

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Sarah with Bp Richard and the Community

 

It’s of course, as I am sure, you are all well aware in Acts chapter 6 where the foundations of this historic ministry lay to which I am ordained. The need for people to roll their sleeves up and be practical and yet simultaneously not neglect the word of God, has brought about this amazing style of ministry that at its heart has the one thing: and that is people! But in and through our work as Deacon’s that need and engagement with the rest of human kind is understood in a particularly distinct way in comparison to that of the priesthood, the presbyter or the episcopal ministry. For we have 2 very distinct forms of ministry: that of a liturgical role and what has been termed a ministry of mercy. In its way the diaconate is the ministry that bridges, as a matter of necessity, the church and the world.

I’m sorry if this afternoon I seem a bit random in some of my quoting’s and not having great back up, but sadly I lost my original thoughts and composition for this afternoon when my computer died 10 days ago! So I bring you a great lesson this afternoon – back up everything you do ideally on an external hard drive and in the cloud!

I once read the diaconate described as the chameleon of orders! The Diaconate so easily fits any environment or context in which it finds itself. In the way in which my ministry now functions I think that is a wonderful description!

So what do I do? Well perhaps its best I start with the job titles. Currently I am:

The Parish Deacon of the Parishes of Abergavenny

The SubPrior of the Holywell Community

A Chaplain to Her Majesty’s Prison Service based in Cardiff and Usk and Prescoed.

Well maybe the first of those jobs is quite obvious! Doing the generic work of a Deacon in a parish setting really fulfils a lot of the liturgical role of the Deacon quite well, and also the traditional roles of grace and mercy as they are needed with the people of the communities in the place where I live. Interestingly before I came up here to York on Wednesday I was asked to conduct the funeral of a gentleman whose Son I’m due to marry next year. Now I was asked to preside over their wedding following their attendance of the funeral of a colleagues father I had conducted some 8 months previous. One may say that is just greedy. . . and one may say it’s about personality. . . but I think it says something more about how we are as Deacon’s, in our way of expressing the liturgy that is not over bearing and presidential in its style, but much more in authentic along siding. We read that in the early church their call was to be alongside the Greek widows. . . to see to the needs they had and yet at the same time proclaim the word. Does that mean opening up the bible and sitting and sharing. . . in my opinion not always, but I think it comes into being in Saint Francis of Assisi’s great words “proclaim the gospel always and when necessary use words”. Such a wise man St Francis. . . chose to be ordained Deacon so he could proclaim the gospel!!!

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Sarah with the Prior

My role in the Holywell community is quite unique.

I guess it would help to have a bit of the history of the community and how it came into being. Around 2011 the parish came in the ownership of a house from the estate of a former parishioner. The legality of which was definitely tied up in only being used for the purposes of the parish. The Priory church of Saint Mary has its foundation in Benedictine tradition. The previous ministry team in the parish had used this as a basis to hone the spirituality of the parish and they regularly held monastic days in that tradition.

It was about this time that I had begun to ask questions of our senior staff in the diocese about provision for encouraging young people into vocation and discipleship. And the same thoughts were going through the mind of Fr Mark Soady, the prior of the community. And so one summer evening on his patio the then ministry team for the parish decided this was a way in which they could use the resources they had to them in continuing to develop the parish spirituality in the Benedictine tradition and offer hospitality to young people trying to test their own vocation and discipleship.

So a little over 2 years ago now the Holywell community was formed as a group of young people with a prior living in the spirit of the rule of Saint Benedict. Its original members were 2 lay people, one male and one female, and the prior. The diocesan bishop was invited and accepted to be the episcopal visitor to the community and this is strangely how I came to be added to the number. As his liturgical chaplain I accompanied Bishop Richard to the final day of their retreat leading into the inauguration of the community over which he would preside. When we gathered at their retreat there were 2 very nervous young people, the prior and their retreat leader sat in a room not really talking to each other! It’s the inevitable outcome of sticking a load of introverts together. And so my bishop and I come bounding in and start enlivening the situation. And then an older lady turned up. The Prior introduced this lady as a sort of house mother. . . someone who the lay members could turn to if they needed someone to talk to in confidence. Oh well thought out we thought. So the conversation turned to modern technology as the Sam, the male lay member had recently completed a degree in robotics! And we started talking about Apps! Well this lovely lady didn’t have a clue what on earth we were talking about.

Well bishop Richard and I got back into the car – which I was always charged to drive, apparently that was the modern interpretation of waiting at table! – and conversation turned to the community and the hopes he had for it. In my mind questions had started to be raised about appropriate nature of an along sider who didn’t understand the world in which these young people inhabited. He agreed with me and the next thing I knew I had a new job!!!

Yes it was almost like a light had gone off between us and we’d found the next thing for me. There was an empty house, a job that needed doing and the right ministerial expression once again to let the Diaconate thrive! Within 8 weeks I was licensed and actively ministering in Abergavenny! The quickest appointment in Anglican terms ever I think!!

But I’m there to serve quite a few purposes in the community. I suppose I’m the maternal one of the young people. One of our members described it to me in this way “Provide care for those who need it in whatever form you can.”

So what does that mean in practice? I function quite like the novice master of a monastic community. In that I come alongside to see to the needs of the lay members so that their focus can be on the monastic life. This sees me doing a huge range of different service tasks from taking them to buy duvets to accompanying them to medical appointments! From praying with them to cooking for them when they are tired and low. I really see that role as one that is so multifaceted. But in essence its one to ensure that they are well supported so that they can live this chosen life to the best of their ability.

That is not about taking from them the necessities of their lives that they have to deal with. In the words of one of the lay members they describe my role in this way: “You provide a comfortable space for us all to just be, you support each of us and encourage us to find ourselves you make the community a family and a home for people who probably not only would never have crossed paths but wouldn’t have given each other the time of day You make me laugh and smile and can take my mind of whatever problems are troubling me”

I also within the community setting have a catechetic a teaching role, helping them fine tune skills for ministry be it putting it liturgy together for specific occasions, helping to plan and extend ideas for the mother and toddler group we run,   to expoloring with them and making a reality the new ideas of ministry in a context call “church without walls”.

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Revd Sarah Gillard-Faulkner

Well that is half my life. . . what about the other bit of it??

Well yes I work at Her Majesty’s Pleasure! And yet again as is the way with me I fell into it completely by accident and need. Isn’t it strange how the Lord works in mysterious ways? Just like my coming into the Holywell community so was my story for joining the civil service! Four years ago now my spiritual director was the managing chaplain of HMP Cardiff and said to me, “well I’m not having you sat around doing nothing with your life!” as my curacy had come to an end and so he offered me 4 hours a fortnight to work in the prison on a Saturday morning. It wasn’t exactly the thing I thought I’d find myself doing, but for the need of something to do and the money I went along with this grand plan! 6 months later I was working half the week!

Well the role of chaplain with in the service is possibly not one you may expect. It with the role of the governor and the medical officer is enshrine in the prisons act of 1952. It has a two level required need. One of faith specific provision and also of pastoral care. And within that there are certain statutory duties that a chaplain has to complete by law every day. Those duties include seeing all those who are segregated from the main population and seeing each prisoner within 48 hours of their arrival in to a new prison. In terms of faith provision we are to provide Anglican worship every week in adherence to the prison statutory instructions.

Now within in that framework a whole manor of other things get thrown into the mix in terms of the needs of prisoners in regard to pastoral care. The need to contact home, the goings on of family life that continues whilst a prisoner is inside. It is often the chaplaincy staff who inform prisoners of the hatches and despatches of a family. I think it would be fair to say that I inform prisoners almost once a week that a loved one in their family unit has died.

But not only does it work that way it also works the other. In the last year I’ve become involved with 2 families following the death of their loved one whilst in custody. The later one was quite an experience. When there occurs such an incident there are key members of the establishment who visits the family of the deceased and such was my privilege back in May of this year. It was an interesting encounter to say the least and one that you wouldn’t quite experience from a parish perspective likely. But the safety and care of prisoners is paramount to the governor of any establishment and so when these happenings take place, the governor, with a family liaison worker and a chaplain often attend. And here comes the numb of why the along siding work is so important, not only for families but for staff to. The governor I attended with on that particular day reflected this: “Chaplains are also a massive resource to Governors in the event of certain operational events that affect prisons. While it’s somewhat cliche to turn to death and end of life, my own experience is that my Chaplaincy Colleagues have an approach, attitude and experience that us operational folk simply cannot hope to match. The way in which we inform, support and care for those affected by death or illness in the custodial setting is a bell-weather for the prison. I know that I have achieved better outcomes for families and men in custody because of the skills that my chaplains possess

But the needs of the prisoner differ in the institutions I work in. HMP Cardiff is a local B Category prison, so the majority of prisoners there are on very short term sentences or are remanded in custody. Here they seem to be much needier of things immediately such as phone calls home because they haven’t sorted out their weekly budget of money well! The number of times I’ve said: “no checking if your recent girlfriend has dumped you is not a matter of life and death!” is unbelievable! But, that is our normal. Not quite the nice sitting down having a cup of tea and discussing reasonably the merits of Paul’s letter to the Romans! The needs of men there differ from the C and D cat prisons I work with in my own diocese at Usk and Prescoed, where prisoners are much longer term men.

Prescoed is an open prison, where men have less than 2 years to serve of their sentence, so here the needs are about how to we help resettle men ready for re-joining of society. I remember a distinct conversation with a man in Prescoed some time ago, he had been in prison for 17 years, he had been home for a visit prior to his release and he didn’t recognise the world he had gone out to. There were houses where there used to be fields, the technology he had encountered on that 4 day visit had completely blown his mind, and he came back into prison and sat in an almost daze at all he had encountered and we spent a long time talking this experience through.

As a chaplain in this secular place though one doesn’t only give support and help to prisoners but also to staff. As I’ve become more established in the establishments in which I find myself I have become more and more a sounding board for senior management with in them:

“Governors know that their Chaplains play a pivotal role within the prison, fulfilling a range of roles, functions and acting as counter-points and counsel in equal measure.”

I have to say though as a person I’m a slight enigma to the staff! I’m not archetypical “vicar” material!! And somehow that works in this context. . . And here particularly in this way I think it impossible to distinguish the person from the ministry. . . I AM a deacon. That is my personality, my body shape, by spirit! One member of staff, in Cardiff who is constantly trying to get me to go out on the lash, says to me “oh, you’re only a vicar 9 – 5”! Well no I’m not!   There can be no switching on and off who you are! My collar doesn’t provide me with an alter ego! But the presence of the “vicar” in such a place can be quite contradictory in some ways. As one of our officers said of me recently: “A lot of officers don’t think religion has a place in prisons but you don’t shove it in people’s faces so you are accepted by a lot more people” The deacon is there to alongside. . . not to slam the fear of God into people. . .!!!

This for me is the joy thought of the ministry in which I inhabit! The diaconate gives me the joy to be able to in the power of the Holy Spirit proclaim his gospel in so many and varied ways that frankly its scary. Try presiding over a communion by extension at 6pm in a vulnerable prisoners establishment and then setting up for a toddlers group at 9pm the same night!! That is pretty odd!

I recognise that my story as everybody’s story is quite unique and I’m certainly an enigma wrapped up in a mystery!! But I return to my original points about this wonderful ministry. The Deacon is the one who responds to the needs of the world they inhabit the context in which they find themselves. Being the chameleon that blends in the community in which they find themselves. Being the bridge between the community of the church and the wider world to engage the body of Christ to respond to the needs of those who are yet to hear of the good news of the gospel, is what those first deacons were called to do and what we are still charged to do today. If anything we have a massive role in reminding our faith community that, that is what we are called to do and not be unfulfilled priests or presbyters.

 

A reflection on Prayer by Sister Jennii

Growing up in Haydock was hard. Growing up Haydock and actively being part of the church even more so. The type of people there who were acquaintances of mine would be the least likely people you would find in church and they make this very clear. Never the less we got by as a group with only the occasional disagreement and remarks about me attending church. The reason I’m mentioning this is simple, there are many passages and quotes from the bible that reading I am reminded of a particularly more constructed challenges and how he was eluding to prayer being futile especially petitionary prayer. In my friend’s view if someone was to ask God for something, if what they asked was in God’s plan, it would happen anyway therefor praying was pointless, if it wasn’t part of God’s plan it wouldn’t happen therefor prayer is pointless.

This person was wrong.

Here are just a few verses of scripture that highlight this:

Matthew 21:22

‘what ever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.’

John 14:13

‘whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the son.’

Matthew 7:7

‘Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it will be opened to you.’

These are just a few examples of phrases and testimonies that the bible is full of. One of the ones that for me stands out the most is in the first book of kings chapter three where in verse 5, we hear God asking Solomon what it is he wishes God to do for him. I don’t doubt for a second that God already knew exactly what Solomon wanted and needed. God wants us to be close to him, to feel comfort around him, and to be able to be open with him.

This is what prayer is.

Last November I was sort of on pilgrimage…. I lived at the shrine so not really a pilgrimage but rather than working like any normal week I took part in Adoremus which is the young adults retreat. The retreat was in Jesuit spirituality and we were taught various ways to pray, but above all we were taught that there isn’t a one size fits all for prayer, different people pray in different ways. But most if not all of us if we are truly honest have at some point found it hard to pray. Praying can be hard. Praying is a conversation with God, which is why different people find different ways that they are more comfortable with, it’s a personal relationship with God and that relationship will be different for each of us, talking to God should be the simplest thing in the world but it’s difficult and emotional.

And why is that so?

Simply because for prayer to be done correctly the only thing that is needed is to be open and honest with God. That makes us vulnerable and no one likes feeling vulnerable. I know I don’t, it’s something I struggle with.

God has a plan for us and God knows all we need before we ask for it.

This may be sounding like I’m agreeing with my friend who made the comment about prayer being pointless but that is far from the case.

Think of a person who you love, could be a partner, a parent, sibling, a child or even a friend. That person knows you love them. And you know they love you and yet you still tell each other this. Why? Because we as humans need that intimacy we need the closeness that comes from sharing our emotions. But think of a person whom you love and would you still tell them you loved them if you weren’t sure they felt the same way?

That fear of rejection… The anxiety of opening up to someone.

This is what makes prayer difficult.

Putting ourselves in a position where our emotions are on show is hard because once it’s done there’s no going back. Hopefully the other person in the situation meets your vulnerability and builds you back up and this is what happens with prayer but so often what we pray for is not the root of our needs, it’s a cure of the symptoms not the illness.

Just imagine for a moment you have invited someone round to your house for a meal, you put your best china out, make sure the dinning room, kitchen and sitting room are spotless. Everything is great.

Except, what if I was to say, your house is your heart and the person you’ve invited round was God. While you’re off preparing the meal God looks around, he then comes across a door marked Private. This is the room where you’ve quickly piled up all the mess from the other rooms. This is where all your worries are. And this is where God is most needed and yet we try to hide this aspect from him. We hide them because we don’t want him to see our flaws and failings; this is our God so naturally we want to present the best version of ourselves that we can be.

But consider Luke 18:9-14

‘He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

God doesn’t want us to boast about our talents, he already knows as all our gifts come from him, he wants us to acknowledge our weaknesses as through that we come closer to him.

The worst part is we don’t even know what we will find in that room, it’s been so long since it’s had a clear out. It’s been so long since we have opened the door. But how can you clear the mess if you never open the door? How much easier would it be to clear that mess if you had help? All we have to do is ask God for what we need and he will deliver

But to truly know what we need, we must know ourselves not just the fine china of our strengths but we must also know the piles of clutter that hide behind that door, that are our weaknesses. Solomon knew his weaknesses; he prayed not for wisdom, he instead prayed that God would give him a listening heart. He went to the root of the problem rather than the symptom of the problem. If we only ask for help with the symptoms it may seem as though our prayers are not being answered when in fact they are… just the root is being helped rather than the symptom after all God does not want us to suffer.

And you may be wondering where my came into this… he was wrong about prayer being pointless as when you open yourself up to someone your relationship grows and whole new opportunities and memories come from them. And when you pray to God you grow closer to God but you also grow closer to yourself and you begin clearing out that back room.

So I pray that we may all be open and honest with God, that we may know ourselves and be able to ask for those things that we need.

Concentor appointed

Simon Pratt will join the Community as its Concentor from mid-December announces the Prior.

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Simon is taking a year out from his music degree studies at Leeds University to join the Community in this new role. What is a Concentor?

Welcoming the news the Prior, Canon Mark Soady  said:

Simon is well known to us as a former Choral Scholar at the Priory and a Tithe Barn staffer he will be a great addition to the ‘team’. Welcome!

Simon will be Commissioned by our Visitor Bishop Richard at 11am on December 17th at St Mary’s Priory Church.

A farewell message from a monk.

Adrian has these words to say before leaving the Holywell Community for six months on secondment  to Mucknell Abbey to discern his vocation to the religious life:

Before embarking on the next tacking manoeuvre on the great ship of life, turning toward and dipping my feet into the religious life I wish to say a few words to the people of Abergavenny and any other followers of this Blog.

Over the last week or two I’ve said to people that phrase that we tend to use when people move on…”I’ll miss you.”  I have also had it said to me, and what do we mean when we say it, it can be a social nicety and a way of saying goodbye but it can also mean something much more profound that touches the very deepest part of the soul. What it can mean is that the recipient of such a message has a perceived quality that someone else hasn’t seen before in another person in quite the same way.  That person has a gift that is admired.  What this could actually be is an aspect of God that we see in a person and it touches us in a unique way.  God revealing part of himself in those around us.  I think it is worth taking some time to reflect further on this but if missing someone is more than just a nicety then it is worth working out what it is that you are actually missing and then once that’s been found trying to emulate it.  For it is not the person themselves that is missed but the aspect of God that is revealed.

Whilst I’ve been in Abergavenny, and indeed prior to the move, in my previous work, what I’ve tried to do is keep God at the centre of my decisions, I’ve always tried to take time to pray and ask for guidance before taking any steps or preaching a message or indeed anything that is worth undertaking.  God should be at the centre of our thoughts.  I often fail in this regard but it is what I endeavour to do and continue to search for.  It is God, who is revealing himself through us, and not us ourselves who makes situations change for the better or change direction suddenly.  It is through God that I am now taking this next step on my journey, not for my own desire but to please God.  I may get it wrong but because the focus remains on God he will work through that.  What I do know is that no time is wasted, every step, right or wrong God will use to form us into the people he wants us to be and therefore there need be no fear in taking that step into the unknown provided the focus remains on God.

I will miss the people of Abergavenny hugely.  Why? Because in spite of all the frustrations and personality clashes we can all have from time to time, the welcome that I, as a member of the Holywell Community, received was one that was warm and heartfelt and full of sincerity and the love of God.  It is from here that the fruit grows, that love so pure is in the hearts of people in Abergavenny and is being revealed every day through the little conversations, through the hospitality shown, through the effort undergone to look after the churches, from the continued efforts to reach out beyond our walls to the communities in which we serve, through the care for each other.  Yes we all have attributes about ourselves that we wish didn’t exist but these pale into insignificance compared to the warmth and the sincerity of our deeds for God’s Glory.

If there is one thing I’ve tried to encourage it is that focus on God rather than on our weaknesses and failings and keep that sincerity of heart pointed firmly towards the Lord through prayer.  I am now moving to a new location at Mucknell Abbey where prayer and community remains the focus and will form a strong platform for further formation.  The people of God within Abergavenny will also continue to be formed into the people God wishes you all to be and identifying those rare or unique attributes we will miss in other people if they weren’t there and then trying to emulate them is a great way to allow God to work through us because those attributes are of God and not just the people themselves.

That leaves me to close by saying a fond farewell to all of you and hope to see you again in the future.

Ego vobis valedico.

Adrian

Community links up with the Ty Mawr Convent

Following an invitation from the SSC Sisters at Ty Mawr we today spent the afternoon with them, we joined them for tea and stayed for Vespers.

The Prior, Canon Mark Soady commenting on the visit said, “Being a ‘New Monastic Community’ it was good to spend time with the only Anglican ‘Traditional Religious House’in the Diocese and to share about life in Community. They have much to teach us about the contemplative life, but they were also very interested in the work of outreach we do”.

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Fr Mark presents Sr Veronica SSC with a Plaque contaning our pectoral cross

Our Episcopal Visitor, Bishop Richard has been a Companion at Ty Mawr for many years, so there was already a link between the communities at that level, but today we agreed to find ways we good continue to build on our working together for the kingdom of God.

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The Society of the Sacred Cross, SSC, was founded in Chichester in 1914. In 1923 the move was made to Tymawr and the contemplative life was developed and strengthened. The members of the small Community, dedicated to the Cross, live a monastic, contemplative life of prayer based on silence, solitude and learning to live together under vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

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Reflecting on the New Monastic Conference

Our Prior, Canon Mark Soady  this weekend attended a Conference entitled ‘New Monasticism: A UK gathering of new forms of mission all and religious life’ at St George the Martyr at Southwark.

Over 60 existing or emerging communities were represented, all doing ‘ new monasticism’ in a slightly different way. Some are large and international like L’arche or Northumbrian Community others like St Thomas Community, Ipswich are very small. Some have a house and are a resident community others are dispersed.

Canon Phil Potter, the Archbishop’s advisor on ‘ fresh expressions’, speaking at the Saturday morning service challenged us with the need to be refreshed if we are truly ‘new’.

Fr Mark reflected in response to this challenge, that as we as a Community have a rolling change of membership we are always refreshing. New members bring new skills and new gifts which enhance the Community. This is balanced with the stability of the Prior and Sub-Prior knowing the narrative of the community- knowing what has been tried before, what are the pitfalls of the previous trials and the like.

Canon Potter went on to claim that an “Imagination of the Spirit is  needed to enable the church to go to where it needs to be.”

Fr Mark reflected that a  community like ours is freer to do the imagining and has the space to reflect and so imagine what the Spirit is calling us to do.

The beauty of such conferences as this are the little gems that come out our chat and discussion, while it is not possible to mention them all, here are two.

Blended- How New Monastic Communities are a blend of contemplation and active mission. We have noted a ‘ fault-line’ in our Community which is that we tend to attract introverts, people for whom contemplation comes easier than ‘ active mission’ . For we have found that one needs to be extrovert in order to engage with strangers, especially about such issues as faith. The Community has done well to fight against its members natural reticence to be out going and ‘force’ itself in to mission and outreach.

The Roman Catholic Canons speak of religious communities role is to support the sanctification of the church and not its structures. In the two plus years of our existence there has been that tension between serving the church and growing us and our mission. How much time do we spend talking internally to church bodies about what we do: rather than do it? How much time do we spend on ‘church maintenance’: rather than growing disciples?

Fr Mark concludes such a conference as this has given  him a time to stop and reflect what has been created over the last two years and the direction we should move on in.