Declining order holds crisis talks Premium06 August 2015 | by Christopher Lamb
One of England’s leading religious orders has turned to its younger members to help address the difficulties posed by ageing communities and scarce vocations.A forum of 30 monks and nuns of the English Benedictine Congregation (EBC) aged under 55 met last month to galvanise their thoughts, the result of which was passed on to a subsequent meeting of the Extraordinary General Chapter of the order. The general chapter is made up of abbots, abbesses and delegates from the 13 English Benedictine abbeys, the United States and missions in Peru and Zimbabwe. The EBC itself is the world’s oldest grouping of Benedictine communities and has been a presence in the British Isles since its foundation in the thirteenth century (bar the Reformation).The rationale behind asking the younger me
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