Interns can try life at Abbey

By Jamie White

Published on Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 11:00

 

IF you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the life of a monk and their spiritual values — now is your chance.

Quarr Abbey is inviting applications from men between the age of 18 and 25 for a limited number of monastic internships.

The internships will offer the successful candidates the possibility of living in the monastery for two months, following a way of life similar to the monks.

During this time, they will learn about the Benedictine tradition and have the opportunity to deepen their prayer and reflection on the Bible. They will be expected to contribute to the welfare of the monastery by their work and in return will receive board, lodging, teaching and guidance.

There are currently nine monks at the abbey.

Father Luke, from Quarr Abbey, said: "The programme exists for people who want a spiritual foundation for their lives but do not want to make a commitment to becoming a monk. It offers something intermediate between spending a week or two in our guesthouse and entering on a path that leads to life-long commitment.

"This initiative is in response to a specific request to share something of what we have in a way that does not put those involved on the path to becoming monks.

"We hope that those who have benefited from it will be empowered to lead God-centred lives and that they will benefit throughout their lives from the wisdom of the Benedictine tradition."

There is no charge but interns will be expected to do four hours work a day, except on Sundays and holy days, with the idea they share in the balanced life of prayer, work, reading and recreation that monks follow.

The first intern programme will run from Saturday, September 1, to Wednesday, October 31.

People interested in applying can e-mail Father Luke Bell at interns@quarr.org

Reporter: jamiew@iwcpmail.co.uk

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