Journeying with us ... in discernment

Is there anyone here who longs for life?

Rule of St Benedict: Prologue, and Psalm 33: 13

A Christian vocation is a call to fullness of life in Christ: a call heard in
the deepest part of a person; sown at baptism, it invites a free and a
whole-hearted response.

A Benedictine vocation is often portrayed as a search for God but is, first of all, God seeking us, 'the Lord seeking his workers' as it says in sixth-century Rule of St Benedict (Prologue). The image is of someone in the market place offering not a product but Life; eternal life; fullness of life, life in Christ, which brings
deep joy.


Benedictine life is:

  • Lived at the heart of the Church
  • Sustained by the sacraments
  • Nourished the Word of God
  • A life of service in Community
  • Fed by personal and liturgical prayer
  • Focussed on God
  • Reaching out to others through prayer & hospitality
  • Highly challenging

Benedictine life at Stanbrook is:

Rooted in tradition: contemplative prayer, lectio divina, Gregorian Chant
(Latin and adapted to English), study, manual labour, arts, crafts,
literary work, hospitality.
For a typical day please see A Day in the Life of page.

Open to the Spirit: working to adapt the 6th-century Rule of St Benedict to a 21st-century setting, we try to respond to current needs in the Church and the world, especially evangelisation, ministry to young people and openness to those of no faith who are seeking meaning in their lives.
Ecological concerns are also a priority.

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Contact us:

For more information or to arrange a visit, contact:
Sr Josephine: josephine@stanbrookabbey.org.uk