“Stay for life” –
we are always happy to talk with Catholics, men and women, young and old, who sense that they have a vocation to priesthood, married, single or the religious life.
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it in abundance.” [John.10:10] and this is what a vocation from God implies; we learn new practical, professional and interpersonal skills in order that we may live to the full.
Everyone needs life, but with particular regard to those who may have a vocation to the Benedictine life in Ealing Abbey, experience has shown that after one’s mid to late thirties, it is difficult to adapt to monastic life, to submit to the process by which one yields to the demands of life “under a Rule and an Abbot” (Rule of Saint Benedict 1:13).
If you would like to know more, or if you would like to stay at the monastery with a view to discerning your vocation, (for Holy Week, an organised weekend or at some other time) please phone or write to:
Abbot Martin Shipperlee, Ealing Abbey, Charlbury Grove London W5 2DY –
tel. (020) 8862 two zero zero zero
e-mail: Abbot Martin Shipperlee, dmartin AT ealingabbey.org DOT uk
The photo inserted for the widget is of Dom Dunstan Watkins of Ealing Abbey in August 2012. At only 92 years young he was a fine example of what good environment, good relationships, good food, good health, good responses to new challenges have produced in him, and how all these dimensions of living are indispensable to us as Christians and monks, indeed to every other living thing too, if we are to continue to live and grow well – even for ever.
Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of
Dom Dunstan Watkins
monk and priest of Ealing Abbey
who died on 17 October, 2012
in the 93rd year of his age, the 63rd year of his monastic profession
and the 60th year of his priesthood .
May he rest in peace
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