Monos Down Under!
Over the last ten years or so there has been a change in the Church landscape which, I think, many people have found surprising. I am referring to the growing interest in monastic spirituality.
For some people this finds expression as they align themselves with one of the established monastic orders, for example, as a Benedictine Oblate. For others it has led to becoming part of the new monastic movement. The expanding collection of literature on the topic has been fruitful for others as they seek to nurture their spiritual lives. Whatever the expression, monastic life and spirituality is emerging from behind cloistered walls and becoming a guiding wisdom for many who find within it a path which deepens their union with God on their spiritual journey.
I have had an interest in monastic spirituality for over 30 years. In 1994 this interest eventually led me to join the monastic community of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity as a domestic member, that is, someone who seeks to live a monastic lifestyle in the context of their day to day lives. Just recently (April 2015) I transferred my vows so that I am now a Brother of the Community of the Transfiguration based in Teesdale, Australia.
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a conference in the UK presented by Monos. Monos was established in 2004 by Anthony Grimley, the fulfilment of a dream to have an organisation dedicated to the promotion of and nurturing people in monastic spirituality. Monos offers workshops, retreats and consultation for those exploring monastic spirituality, with an emphasis on how it can be applied in daily life. Another significant aspect of their work is in education through distance learning courses on monastic spirituality and the opportunity for post-graduate studies in monasticism.
Monos in Australia.
Since I met Anthony in 2010 our friendship has grown as we have supported and encouraged one another along the monastic path.
We are now delighted to announce that our friendship has become a partnership as Monos is established in Australia. Monos-Australia will offer the same programmes that are currently available in the UK, such as, An Introduction to the History of Monasticism, Monastic Traditions (e.g. Benedict, Francis etc.) and Developing the Inner Life through Monastic practices. Workshops in meditation, developing spiritual practices, growing in prayer and more will also be available, as will leadership for Retreats and spiritual direction.
If you would like further information on how Monos-Australia can serve you, please get in touch via the CONTACT page.
Rev. Gary Stuckey is an ordained minister in the Uniting Church in Australia. He is a spiritual director, retreat leader and meditation teacher. He recently completed Doctoral studies in the area of Benedictine spirituality.