Don’t take our word on it, take our companions’ word!

It’s easy to see here what other’s say. Here’s what other people think about our community:


“St Benedict in his Rule has many regulations for how a community should live; he regulates times of prayers, the manner of formal and private prayer, work, food, clothing, the various officials in the monastery and the interaction of the monk with others, both inside and outside as well as tools of good works, those things necessary to climb the ladder of humility.”

Fr Robin Gibbons

Chaplain Greek-Catholic Melkite Church in the UK and Ecumenical Canon Christ Church Cathedral Oxford

“Because it is short, 72 small chapters, and because it appealed to moderation and balance, Benedict’s Rule has been enormously influential in Western Monasticism, but it has its flaws and has been frequently modified, and there are other Rules including the more expansive Ways of Life of the Eastern Churches.”

Fr Robin Gibbons

Chaplain Greek-Catholic Melkite Church in the UK and Ecumenical Canon Christ Church Cathedral Oxford

“Benedict likes community, accepts eremitical life, but does not like other forms of life which we do find in other traditions, so he is not the only Way just an important one! Yet, like all good Gospel ways, the RSB is powerful, because running throughout the text is the deeper refrain of loving and following Christ! One of the most quoted and deeply loved phrases comes in Chapter 72, On the Good Zeal Monks Should Have!”

Fr Robin Gibbons

Chaplain Greek-Catholic Melkite Church in the UK and Ecumenical Canon Christ Church Cathedral Oxford

“Right at the end comes this; ‘…prefer nothing whatever to Christ.

And may He bring us all together to life everlasting!’ That, in the end, is what all Christians must learn, not easy because as the Beatitudes show us, Christ cannot be pinned down, we encounter him in so many various ways.”

Fr Robin Gibbons

Chaplain Greek-Catholic Melkite Church in the UK and Ecumenical Canon Christ Church Cathedral Oxford

“So the phrase, ‘Nothing is preferred to the love of Christ’ is the reminder that no rule, no way of life is absolute, the only certainty we have as Christians is the hope and trust in the Gospel Lord, who calls us to walk alongside with him, to eat and drink at his table both in Church and with others, to find him through the Life-Giving Spirit, to enter a life of faith which is as exciting, dangerous, problematic, boring and joyful as any other adventure.”

Fr Robin Gibbons

Chaplain Greek-Catholic Melkite Church in the UK and Ecumenical Canon Christ Church Cathedral Oxford

“To discern that on our way the scenery changes, things can be difficult, we are sometimes alone but also supported by others. The Little Way of SS John and Mary, fits into this tradition of moderation, a bit of solid regulation in is principles, those five foundations of their way, Availability, vulnerability, Openness, Honesty, Obedience roots us firmly, but with an openness to change, for lest we forget, our great English saint, John Henry Newman reminds us:’ To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often’, and this Little Way helps those who seek some form of gentle structure for their lives to seek perfection as Jesus asks.”

Fr Robin Gibbons

Chaplain Greek-Catholic Melkite Church in the UK and Ecumenical Canon Christ Church Cathedral Oxford