From the Director of Vocations
I am writing this on the Feast of Saints Maurus and Placid; they are the patron saints of Benedictine novices and were among the earliest followers of St Benedict. Most of what we know about St Benedict comes from the Dialogues of St Gregory the Great and it is there too that we can learn about Maurus and Placid. Here we learn about the beginnings of the Order of St Benedict. Benedict was born about the year 480, so the roots of Benedictine life go back many centuries. It is a fascinating story and Benedictine monks have established their presence all over the world. If you want to read more about the places in the Britain where there are monastic communities, you find this information in the current Benedictine Yearbook, which is on sale in our bookshop.
One of my roles in the monastic community is that of being the Novice Master. At the moment we do not have any novices, but we do have some people who are at the stage of making tentative enquiries about the life of monk. Please pray for them and for the monastic community as we seek to discern the will of God for them and for others at this time.
Each Thursday evening during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament we pray particularly for vocations. Perhaps those of you who are unable to attend that might pray in your own homes for vocations to the priesthood and to religious and monastic life. Here is a prayer that can be used for all ministers of the Church.
‘O, God, who have taught the ministers of your Church to seek not to be served, but to serve others, grant, we pray, that they may be effective in action, gentle in ministry, and constant in prayer. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.’
Yours in Christ,
If you would like to know more,
or if you would like to stay at the monastery with a view to discerning your vocation, (either for an organised weekend or at some other time) please write to:
Abbot Martin Shipperlee, Ealing Abbey, Charlbury Grove London W5 2DY –
You may also contact Abbot Martin by telephone or email, but a written letter is preferable.
tel. (020) 8862 two zero zero zero
e-mail: Abbot Martin Shipperlee, dmartin AT ealingabbey.org DOT uk
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