Alongsider Programme - Mucknell Abbey
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Alongsider Programme

We welcome enquirers to our Alongsider programme for those who wish to share our life for a period of 3 months to a year. This may be to take “time out” and reflect, to get a grounding in Benedictine spirituality, or with a view to exploring a monastic vocation.

It is our hope that more and more young people can experience the monastic path within Christianity in a way described by Abbot Patrick of Gethsamane in his Monastic Vision for the 21st Century:

A kind of monasticism in the Christian West that would be open to young men and women who after completing their college work, and before deciding on a life situation, would retire to a monastery for (a time) as part of their growth process, much like Hindu and Zen Buddhist monks have done for centuries. Most of these men and women would return to ``the world`` following their monastic training, which hopefully would deepen their Christian commitment, and would prepare them for the awesome responsibilities of raising a family in a secular culture with its emphasis on doing and having rather that on being. It was my hope that (a year) in a monastic setting would deepen the person's commitment to Christian principles and develp moral values that would remain with these young men and women for the rest of their lives. I also hoped that some of these ... would decide to make it their life's vocation and enter the monastic way as a permanent commitment.

For further information, questions or to make an initial enquiry please write to us at: Mucknell Abbey, Mucknell Farm Lane, Stoulton, Worcestershire, WR7 4RB or email the Abbot at