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Anglican Religious Communities


Order of St Benedict Malling Abbey

Founded 1891

Christians are called to seek and serve God in many different ways. The Rule of St. Benedict provides a way of life for those whose vocation is to seek God through prayer and life in community. We express this Benedictine tradition in our daily Eucharist and seven-fold sung Office, in personal prayer and lectio divina. These are complemented by work in the house and large gardens and hospitality to our many guests. Times for recreation, study, literary and artistic work and various crafts complete a full and satisfying day. A newcomer who wishes to explore her vocation to the enclosed Benedictine life is welcomed, first for several weeks as an aspirant, then for at least six years of training and discernment before she makes her solemn life vows. Each novice is encouraged to make her own unique contribution to the common life, while also entering into the community's heritage and traditions. These include our concern for God's creation, our work for Christian unity and interfaith dialogue, and the practical care of the Abbey's Norman and medieval buildings.

Contact Details

Name: Mother Abbess Mary David Best OSB  (elected 16 September 2008)
Address: St Mary's Abbey, 52 Swan Street, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6JX , England
Tel: +44 (0)1732 843309
Fax: +44 (0)1732 849016



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