Monastic experience weekend 2018

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The Sacred Triduum:  Thursday 29 March 2018 – Easter Monday 2 April

We invite men (18 – 45) to join us for a ‘Monastic Experience Weekend’

To book a place or for further information contact:

Dom Dominic Taylor, at Ealing Abbey, Charlbury Grove, London W5 2DY

Tel. 020 8862 2100 e-mail ddominic AT ealingabbey.org DOT uk

In the Sacred Triduum, the Church solemnly celebrates the greatest mysteries of our redemption, keeping by means of special celebrations the memorial of her Lord, crucified, buried and risen. At Ealing Abbey to mark this we will be hosting a Monastic Experience Weekend.

The weekend offers young men a chance to meet the monastic community, to learn more about the life and ministry of a monk and to join with them in the celebration of the Divine Office and Mass.

Jesus said, ‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’ (Jn 10:10)

In monastic life we learn new practical, professional and interpersonal skills in order that we may live to the full.

Monastic Experience Weekends 2018

monastic experiences

monastic experiences

Monastic experiences for Catholic men (18-45) are ways that the monks of Ealing Abbey respond to the current interest in forms of life consecrated to God. Over a 48-hour period or longer men have the opportunity to spend time with other enquirers who are also seeking to know God’s will in their lives, to have some quiet time away from their everyday activities, to pray and to have a taste, at least, of Benedictine life.

The feedback that we have received is that these weekends are a worthwhile exercise in helping our visitors to clarify their thinking about many important decisions in their lives, not least with regard to a possible vocation to the religious or monastic life, or to the priesthood.

Monastic experience – Holy Week format

The format of the Holy Week is as nearly as it can be to ‘the monastic experience of Holy Week’. The monks simply invite men to come and experience the richness and tradition of a Benedictine Holy Week. If they do, they will have the chance to share in the community’s liturgy at Mass and in the Divine Office, and to spend some time in private prayer and private reading. They are invited to have a taste of the community’s life and, if they wish, to speak about their own lives.

Monastic experience – weekend format

monastic experiences

monastic experiences

The format of the weekends is as nearly as it can be to ‘the monastic round’ and is based on what monks have always done for men who think that God may be calling them: simply invite them to come and see. If they do, they will have the chance to share in the community’s liturgy at Mass and in the Divine Office, and to spend some time in private prayer. There are usually a few short talks and an opportunity for reading. They are invited to have a taste of the community’s life and, if they wish, to speak about their own lives.

What do I need to bring?

  • Work clothes and shoes
  • Smarter clothes for prayer and Mass with monks (i.e., a collared shirt)
  • Toiletries
  • Recreation clothes
  • Alarm clock
  • Bible
  • Favorite book or leisure reading
  • Notebook for journaling

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 phone or write to:
Dom Dominic Taylor, at Ealing Abbey, Charlbury Grove, London W5 2DY
Tel. 020 8862 2100 e-mail ddominic AT ealingabbey.org DOT uk

or:
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

Ealing Abbey, updated (JL) 8 February 2018