We are open for expressions of interest for people to join us in Community .

If you are wondering what to do after you leave University or College this Summer, are passionate about Jesus and looking to give a year to God or test your vocation to the Ordained or Religious life. We may be what you are looking for.


The Holywell Community is a new monastic community based in the thriving market town of Abergavenny. Working with the four diverse Anglican churches in the incumbency, the Community provides an opportunity for young adults exploring their Christian vocation to live, worship and work together for a year at a time. Over a year living together, community members have the chance to explore their own vocations, innovate, and reflect on how God is calling each of us to live our faith.

The principal work of the Holywell Community is to support the outreach and mission work of the Church, and to provide a praying presence in the local community, including keeping four of the monastic Daily Offices. Inspired by the Rule of St Benedict and the monastic heritage of the Priory Church, community members live a modern monastic lifestyle, including cooking, cleaning and studying together. Lay members support a variety of projects across the area, including Bible studies, a toddler group, and a youth drop-in centre, and have the opportunity to run their own projects.

Based in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, with easy access by train to Newport, Hereford and Shrewsbury, community members can use their day off to explore the beautiful countryside and enjoy the town, which has a castle, independent cinema and plenty of local history. The Community runs from late August to mid-July each year, with an opportunity for a week’s holiday after Christmas and Easter. Food and accommodation is provided as well as an allowance for basic expenses

Lay Concentor position
In addition, we are seeking a  musician/composer to join the Holywell Community – for more information on this click here.

If you are interested in joining the Community why not give our Prior, Canon Mark Soady a call on 07968 753978 to chat about it or email:

We look forward to hearing from you.