Anglican head to live with young people in monastic community

The Archbishop of Canterbury is starting a new community of young people who will live with him in a monastic lifestyle at Lambeth Palace.

The Tablet reported that the 16 young people, who are yet to be selected, with study, live and pray at the London palace from September, 2015.

To be known as the Community of St Anselm, they will live in a monastic lifestyle with the Church of England primate, Archbishop Justin Welby, who will be the community’s abbot.

The French Catholic community Chemin Neuf, which moved into Lambeth Palace this year at the Archbishop’s invitation, will support the project.

Archbishop Welby predicted the venture would have a radical impact on the Church.

The 16 will be supported by up to 40 part-time community members who live and work in London.

Applications for community members from anywhere in the world, full- and part-time, will open early next year and must be from people aged between 20 and 35.

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