More and more young
Catholics seem to be giving serious consideration as to the best
way that they can live out their faith, whether as lay members
of the Church, or as priests, or in one of the religious orders.
One of the responses that the monks of Ealing Abbey make to this
welcome situation is to offer Monastic Experience Weekends to young
Catholic men. Over a 48-hour period they 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
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.
The format of the weekends is as nearly as it can be '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
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: Abbot Martin Shipperlee, Ealing Abbey, Charlbury Grove London
W5 2DY - Tel. (020) 8862 2100 e-mail: Fr Abbot c/o "dmartin@ealingabbey dot org dot uk".