The Lay Community Of St Benedict
Welcome to the Lay Community of St Benedict (LCSB).
We hope that as you explore our website, you will be touched as we have been touched by the wisdom of St Benedict and all those who have lived a life of community and prayer under his Rule.
Everyone has a place in our inclusive community. We are young and old, lay and religious. Our historical roots are in the Roman Catholic church and the monastic tradition. Now we are made up of members from a number of different denominations and christian faith traditions. Every member of our community is a unique gift from God. We respect differences and, in listening to others, we come to a fuller understanding of our own beliefs. In our own weaknesses, we journey together as a community on our path to closer communion with God. With St Benedict as our guide, we run on the path of God’s commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love (Prologue to the Rule of St Benedict).
Our community is a safe place where we express our joys and sorrows, our journey through life, framed by the Gospel values of God’s love and our love for our neighbours. It is a place where we can work for the Kingdom of God, not alone but surrounded by a loving and supporting community.
Most of our members live in the UK but some live further afield for example in Ireland, Germany and the United States. There are opportunities to come together in the UK throughout the year, whether for our celebration of Holy Week and Easter, our annual meeting, in local groups and regional groups around the country and for retreats at different monasteries. We offer programmes both for teenagers and for young adults.
Geography is not a barrier to participation in the community. You are welcome to join us online in our virtual church for daily prayer and for study and formation. We pray the Office several times a day in a format which allows everyone to participate. We invite you today to come and join us in this regular pattern of prayer, or St Benedict puts it, the Work of God.