Abbot Martin Shipperlee is first of all a Christian, a Catholic and a monk. Furthermore, he has been elected for three eight year periods to serve the monastic community as abbot.
He also serves as governor of several schools, (including St Gregory’s School, Ealing) and charities (Ealing Abbey Counselling Service and St David’s Home, Ealing) in the South of England and advisor to several monastic houses.
In January 2014 and again in 2015 and 2016 Abbot Martin participated in an inter congregational colloquium “Born of the Spirit: Generative Communities” at St Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas.
He is a ex officio member of the four-yearly General Chapter of the English Benedictine Congregation that will meet again in 2018.
Born in Chelmsford, Essex, in 1959, Martin Shipperlee first read history at University College London, and on entering monastic life in 1981 studied at Heythrop College, University of London and Benet Hall, Oxford.
After Solemn profession and ordination to the priesthood at Ealing Abbey, he taught in St Benedict’s School and was Head of the Junior School from 1993 to 1999. From January 2000 till his election Dom Martin Shipperlee was a member of the Parish Team at St Benedict’s parish, Ealing.
Abbot Martin was first elected in 2000, then re-elected in 2008 and again on 17 May 2016.
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