THE LIFE AND WORK OF
The Society is organised into
three provinces: the European Province, which includes England, the
Southern Province, based in Australia and the Southern African Province,
with priories in Capetown and Lesotho. Members of each province meet
regularly together in chapter, under the leadership of a Provincial.
Most members of the Society live in
community, where they are able to give each other companionship,
encouragement and mutual support. Other members, including those who
have retired from active involvement with the life of the priories,live
independently, sometimes acting in a chaplaincy role for other religious
communities. Central to the life of each house is its daily worship:
coming together for the Eucharist and divine office.
Members and associates of the Society in
England are engaged in a variety of works. The two prominent works are an ecumenical spirituality
centre is based at St Antony's Priory in Durham, and a residential lay community, based at The Well in Milton Keynes (formerly Willen Priory). Both projects welcome many people
for spiritual direction, quiet days, retreats and other activities. In
Milton Keynes there is a priory of the Society. Members of the Society are involved in the life of local
parishes, deaneries and dioceses. They engage in a wide variety of
ministries, including consultancies in parishes, spiritual direction,
and leading quite days, retreats and study days. Most houses of the
Society provide hospitality for guests to stay for shorter or longer
periods, for rest and refreshment, retreats and times of quiet.
In addition to this, the Society is able
to make grants to support theological education: a number of students
from former eastern-bloc countries have been helped to study theology in
Durham. Support is also given to the educational work of a Christian
ashram in south India.
The European Province of the Society
publishes a magazine twice a year. If you would like to receive it
please contact any of our priories.