Adapted from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website:
The Archbishop of Canterbury has invited more young Christians to join the Community of St. Anselm at Lambeth Palace.
Applications opened Dec.15 for the second year of the program, which offers people ages 20-35 the opportunity to spend “a year in God’s time” as they live together as a community inspired by monastic traditions.
The participants commit to a year of prayer, studying theology and ethics, and serving the poorest in local communities, adopting a pattern of life devoted to Jesus Christ that monastics down the centuries would recognize.
In the first year of the program, 36 young men and women have formed a community based at Lambeth Palace. Sixteen members from around the world, including Australia, Kenya, and the United States, live at Lambeth Palace. Another 20 live and work in London.
“I’m looking for people who above everything else want to follow Jesus, grow in likeness of Jesus by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father,” said the Rev. Anders Litzell, prior of St. Anselm. “It is as simple as that. You can come from any Christian denomination and any part of the world.
“Our first intake have been here for three and a half months, and it’s been an extraordinary journey. It’s been beautiful, it’s been challenging, it has been of God, and I am deeply humbled, very excited for what the rest of this year will hold for the current members.”