By Seekers in Reflections & Meditations, Religious Communities & Congregations on 23 May 2011 at 12:49pm
John Main OSB a Benedictine monk opened the first Christian Meditation Centre in London around the 70's. He had innovated and propagated the simple tradition of meditation, through silence and contemplative prayer, from the teachings of the early Christian monks, the Desert Fathers.
This was soon made clear that this tradition was not only for monks but is especially relevant in today's Modern society. He saw it as a way for the renewal of the church and the world.
By Aziz in Religious Communities & Congregations on 10 May 2010 at 7:17pm
'Maronites' is a term given to the early followers of Maron, a priest and a hermit. He followed the path walked by Peter and Paul, and spent his life teaching about the faith. After converting an old pagan temple into a church, he ministered to many people from there with the gift of healing and counsel.
By Sarah in Religious Communities & Congregations on 7 May 2010 at 6:31pm
Taizé, a little village on a hill in the Burgundy region of southern France, has, since 1940 shared its name with an international, ecumenical, Christian community. The Taizé community, originally founded by Roger Schütz (Br. Roger) is now home to over a hundred brothers from many different countries and Christian backgrounds. As with most religious communities the brothers there make a life-long commitment to communal living, celibacy, and simplicity of life. The brothers live by their own work, not accepting gifts or donations for themselves. Some of the brothers live alongside the poorest of the poor elsewhere in the world, in small fraternities in an attempt to continue the pilgrimage of trust on earth.
By Lilian in Religious Communities & Congregations on 1 May 2010 at 2:46pm
The monastic way of life, seen often working within its cloistered walls, or in far flung exotic villages, away from the hustle and bustle of city life is where we often find monasteries. Quite the opposite is where we find the Monastic Communities of Jerusalem.