St Benedict Week 2023
Dom Christopher Jamison
Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation
9th July 8pm
Well known for his appearances on TV and radio, as well as for his books Finding Sanctuary, Finding Happiness, and, published in September 2022, Finding the language of grace: rediscovering transcendence, Abbot Christopher is Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation. Previously Abbot of Worth Abbey, Headmaster of Worth School and Director of the National Office for Vocations for England & Wales, he is celebrated for communicating monastic wisdom.
11th July 8pm
Mary is married and is a promised member of a lay Benedictine community, the Manquehue Movement. She is an ex-pupil of Ampleforth College, has worked in the chaplaincy at Downside School and is currently the Discipleship Coordinator of the LCSB. She is passionate about prayer and Lectio Divina and sharing these with others.
Anne Clarke OSB
Abbess of Malling Abbey
16th July 6.30pm
Anne Clarke OSB is Abbess of the community of Anglican Benedictine Nuns living at Malling Abbey in Kent. Before joining the community in 2009 she had a long career writing software for the Internet but came to realise that wisdom was not to be found in that fragmented deluge of information. Her passion for the healing of people and planet led her to embrace a contemplative path and ultimately to the simple and focused life of a traditional monastic.
Pentecost Talks 2023
Easter at Cefn Lea - 2023
Our Easter theme was 'Awake O Sleeper'
This recording of a talk that
Anna Bland (live at Cefn Lea) and
Mary Hirst (online at Downside)
gave us on Holy Saturday.
See our Easter Booklet for more details and bios.
Spring Talks 2023
On being Christians in today's world
Thursday 16th February 7pm
Assistant Professor at Boston College, Researcher into Migration and Migration Policy
Caring for Creation
Sunday 26th February 6pm
Bishop of Salisbury from 2011 to 2021 and, from 2014 to 2021, the Church of England’s lead bishop for the environment.
Author of 'Sleepers Wake'.
In collaboration with Root and Branch
Theme: Laudato Si'
- Care for our common home
Thursday 23rd February 8pm
Executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart Inc.
Thursday 30th March 7pm
Chaplain, Fellow & Lecturer in Theology, Pembroke College Oxford