Ten months in community just wasn't enough. Though I'm not sure I'm called to a lifetime commitment in a religious community, the next step for me is to spend another year in one such community.
The Chemin Neuf Community, a Catholic community with an ecumenical vocation, has offered to welcome me at one of their main formation centers in France. I got to know the Chemin Neuf over the past year in CoSA; seven members of their community lived with us at Lambeth Palace, guiding our year together and our retreats. I also had the opportunity to visit Hautecombe Abbey over Christmas, when the celibates of the Chemin Neuf welcomed us resident members of CoSA to spend the week with them.
I have been invited to begin as a helper in Hautecombe this September. I'll spend the year in the daily rhythm of prayer observed by the community. I'll be deepening in spiritual formation as I journey with a spiritual companion and a sharing group. In the mornings and afternoons, I'll have practical jobs to assist the daily work of the abbey.
I feel blessed by all who supported me as I made my way to the Community of St Anselm, and I thank you for considering supporting me in this coming year's journey. Your prayers are always appreciated.
Though my stay at Hautecombe will be free, with room and board provided, I am in need of some extra money to cover the costs of travel, health insurance, and my phone bill.
Thank you for your encouragement, and God bless you!
(Here's a picture of Hautecombe, and a link if you'd like to read more)
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