The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is inviting young Christians to spend a year living the monastic life at Lambeth Palace, his official London residence.
This could be a young person’s Gap Year with a difference (God And Prayer?). This “Community of St Anselm” will launch in 2015. The intention is that this will gather an adventurous group of young adults from across the Anglican Communion and beyond who are hungry for the challenging and formative experience of vowed community life.
You can apply in February 2015. The first intake will run from September 2015 until June 2016, and repeat each year after that. There is room for 16 full-time members and 40 part-time members. And the Archbishop is also seeking a prior to lead this community.
I have already mentioned that Archbishop Justin has a community of prayer, Chemin Neuf, living there already:
The Archbishop is a Benedictine Oblate with an appreciation of Ignatian spirituality who invited Chemin Neuf, a French Catholic community with an ecumenical vocation, to live with him at Lambeth Palace.
This new venture appears another very exciting development in this direction.