New Lay Members Commissioned, as Holywell Community enters its Fifth Year.

Bishop Dominic’s Address

Speaking at the Commissioning of Br. Seb  and Br. Josh  today, Bishop Dominic Walker OGS said: “We are not here to build our own kingdom but the kingdom of God”.


Bishop Dominic (2nd right) with the Community and the Archdeacon of Monmouth (right)

“St Benedict knows what builds and what destroys communities and that applies to parishes as well as monasteries and I would hope that with its historic Benedictine roots and the presence of the Holywell Community, that the congregation as well as the Community will be Benedictine in spirit. Benedict taught that learning to listen – to listen to God and one another is at the heart of Christian life and the longest Chapter in the Rule is about following the path that leads to humility”.

Sermon in Full here.

Who are the new members?

Br Josh  comes to us from Sheffield. A native of Christchurch New Zealand, Josh has just completed his PhD in Philosophy. Whilst in Sheffield Josh was baptised and worshipped at St Matthew’s Carver Street. He arrived by bicycle having travelled as a pilgrim through Wales to engage with the Welsh saints before undertaking his commission with the Holywell Community.


Dr Josh Black enroute to Abergavenny

Br Sebastian comes to us from Colchester where he worships at St Michael’s Church in Thorpe-le- Soken. Sebastian recently featured in a Church of England campaign to raise awareness of living with autism and exploring vocation.


Sebastian Sands before her left Colchester

The Prior and Sub Prior have welcomed the new lay members:

“We look forward to our Community life together and we hope that you will join us in affording them a warm welcome along with your support, encouragement, and prayers as they journey with us in their process of discernment and seek to serve Christ amongst us.”



Prior(left) and Sub Prior(right) put the finishing touches to the Induction programme

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