St Benedict Week - News
Be excited for another St Benedict Week Podcast, this time with Sarah Morgan. Sarah is truly a citizen of the world. Born in New Zealand, raised in Northern Ireland until her family immigrated to Australia when she was 10. Sarah has been working in the UK for the past 5 years and hasn’t stopped travelling for a minute. She now hails in Brighton working full time as a barista serving the elixir of life. Sarah was raised Catholic and at 18 experienced the personal and profound love of Jesus that changed the course of her life. She has been involved in ministry for 10 years including 2 years serving on NET Australia and 2 years as a Forerunner - the Worth School chaplaincy team. This is when she discovered St Benedict and found a love for the Benedictine charism. She loves anything pink, being in the sunshine, swimming, reading and going to as many concerts as possible.
Br Aidan, a monk of Douai Abbey, will be sharing his thoughts on celebrating St Benedict. Br Aidan joined the monastery on the 30th September 2019 and took simple vows on 27th March 2021.
He is pursing his studies for the Priesthood at Blackfriars Studium, Oxford, and is about to start theology, having finished two years of philosophy.
Abbot Mark Barrett will be a guest in the series of special podcast episodes released for St Benedict week. Abbot Mark has been a monk at Worth since 1979 and was elected Abbot in 2021.
He has worked as a teacher both in school and University contexts, and is the author of several books including Crossing: Reclaiming the Landscape of our Lives and the Bloomsury Lent book of 2020, The Wind, the Fountain, and the Fire. Abbot Mark had a role in crafting the EBC’s congregational statement ‘To Prefer Nothing to Christ’.
Stuart McPherson will take part in one of the week's podcasts. He has been head master of Worth since 2015. Before that, he was a house master and teacher of English at Eton College, having been a teacher at Sydney Grammar School for the first ten years of his career. He is married to Johneen (head mistress of St Catherine’s School, Twickenham) and has four adult children. Stuart represents the Benedictine schools of the UK and Ireland on the Board of the International Conference of Benedictine Educators.
We are delighted that Esther de Waal will be one of the blog writers for St Benedict's Week. Since writing “Seeking God” in 1984, Esther has inspired generations of people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the timeless inspiration of the Rule of St Benedict. In numerous writings, she has established an extensive oeuvre as the pioneer lay commentator and teacher on the Rule.