Ant Grimley M.A.
A Roman Catholic, Anthony is married with five children, he is a Director of Monos Foundation has been working in the field of New/Secular/Lay Monasticism for 16 years with a specific interest in contemporary spiritualities and postmodernism. Having worked under the direction of Rev. John Skinner for many years in research of monastic spirituality and contemporary Christian living, and as an early disciple of new monasticism; in 1998 he started to develop what has become Monos Foundation. He has published work in monastic spirituality in various publications including co-writing a book called ‘Living the Hours’ which looks at how monastic spirituality can inform everyday Christian living. His current research includes amongst other things critiquing the current new monastic movement in relation to the early work of John Skinner and exploring the ecumentical nature of Christian monasticism. Other interests lie in Early Irish Christianity, which he holds an M.A. in from the University of Wales Lampeter and the dramatisation of saints lives and Christian and cultural dialogues through various performing arts. He has a keen interest in sport, both playing and watching.
Rev. Steven Howe
A Director of Monos, has been an ordained Baptist Minister for the last 21 years. Steve was introduced to the concept of New/Secular/Lay Monasticism in 1990 and since that time has sought to help the church develop its links and ministries with New Monastic communities. In 1998 Steve along with Ant, started to develop what has become Monos: ‘A centre for the study of monastic spirituality and culture’, which is concerned with the current fusion of monastic spirituality and contemporary society.
Monos Foundation Community
Kevin Grimley & Ellen Grimley
We met at 16 years old in 1964 and got married in 1969. Having 2 boys, we lead a very active social life as well being very active in our Catholic parish church. It is here that we were nurtured in looking after people, particular helping people to see their own value as individuals and also as part of a team/community. We were involved in a Catholic organization called Marriage Encounter, which was for people who had good marriages but wanted to go deeper into this vocation. This equipped us for our journey to come, which led us into Community and Missional work. We worked extensively in mission with Zion, a Catholic Community which took us to many different parishes and schools. Our work with them had a great influence on our emerging ecumenical Community that was growing up around a number of local churches.
We then travelled North to Northumberland to train as wardens for a year in a retreat house belonging to the Northumbria Community. Having helped form a team around us to run the place, by the end of the year we were beginning to see and respond to our own vocations and vowed to do the same thing in the Midlands for the people of the Midlands. In 2008, we moved to St Joseph’s along with our small family orientated Community. Three years later we acquired Abbey Grange, which has become the place in the Midlands that we vowed to establish, now called the Mercian Centre. We are seeing a Christian Community extend around us again and along with the work of Monos Foundation; we hope our journey and experience brings others to Christ in a barrier-less environment, through knowledge of themselves, others and ultimately God.
Monos Foundation Resources
Rev. Steve Howe: Director of Resources (see above)
Carey Grimley: Resource Assistant
Carey is married to Anthony and between them have five children. She currently manages a tearoom in the Mercian Centre. Ever since her teenage years she has worked on commissioned pieces of art for family, friends and for a while the Northumbria Community, a Christian Community based in the North of England.
Her main medium is pencil drawings, until in 2002; when she started a foundation and later a degree course, and developed an interest in art installation and in particular video art. She graduated from the Bournville School of Art in 2006 with a BA in Fine Arts.
Carey has been involved in Monos since its early beginnings working on cartoons and cards to accompany its educational courses and has also run various art workshops for children and adults. She has a particular interest in how spirituality and art combine to deepen people’s faith.
Andrea Howe: Resource Assistant
Andrea has been working with parents, carers and families for over 25 years and given her life to ministry with and through the localchurch. Andrea currently works full-time in New College, Swindon. Andrea also supports Steve as a ‘Parenting Consultant’ and offers support to some of the most vulnerable parents and families across Swindon & Wiltshire, most of whom are looking for help, support and strategies to cope with very challenging issues around parenting.
Monos Foundation Education
Ant Grimley: Director of Education (see above)
Rev. Gary Stuckey: Tutor
Diploma of Divinity (MCD); Bachelor of Arts (Murdoch); Master of Ministry (ACD): Doctor of Ministry (ACD).
Gary is a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia. He serves as the Director for the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Minister of the Stillpoint Faith Community. He also serves as a retreat leader, spiritual director and teaches Christian Meditation. As an adjunct lecturer with Flinders University he teaches topics in the area of Christian Spirituality at the Uniting Church’s Theological College.
For nearly 20 years Gary was a domestic monastic member of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, who are an integrated monastic community based in the USA. In April 2015 he transferred his vows and is now a Brother in the Community of the Transfiguration, a Baptist Monastery in Victoria (Aus). The Stillpoint Community, which is located in the Adelaide Hills, seeks to draw its inspiration from the monastic arm of the Church.
Gary trained for the Baptist ministry at Burleigh College and was ordained as a Baptist Minister in 1982. He has served congregations in Port Pirie in South Australia and Claremont and Byford in West Australia. Returning to South Australia he transferred into the Uniting Church and has ministered in the Taperoo, Marion and Colonel Light Gardens congregations prior to his current settlement at Stillpoint.
In 2006, he and Ann Siddal wrote about nurturing our spiritual life in a book called Tending the Seed, which was published by Upper Room.
In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing the guitar and singing, walking in the hills near his home or on the beach and sometimes likes gardening.
Gary is married to Marilyn. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Fr. Dermot Tredget: Tutor
For over fifteen years Fr Dermot has been facilitating workshops and delivering seminars on the spirituality of work and leisure to leaders and senior managers. Before becoming a priest in 1987 he held senior management positions in industry and Higher Education teaching at the management school of the University of Surrey, Guildford. He has an MBA from the University of Bath and an MA in Applied Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. Currently he is engaged in research on the theology and spirituality of leisure with particular emphasis on the Rule of Benedict and its relevance to contemporary leadership and ethical decision making. He has been a visiting associate lecturer at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Italy and St Mary’s University, Twickenham . Fr Dermot is a tutor on the MA in Monastic Spirituality accredited by the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana, USA and offered by MONOS.
Monos Foundation Administrator
Community and Educational Advisor to Monos Foundation
Fr. Robin Gibbons
Rev'd Canon Dr Robin Gibbons is a greek-catholic Melkite priest (and one of their parish clergy in the UK, known to them as Fr Robert). He teaches at Oxford University, the Theology and Religion Faculty, and is also Director of Studies for Theology and Religion in the Department for Continuing Education. A Senior Member of Regent's Park College Oxford he is now one of the co-Directors of the Religious Diversity, Freedom and Society programme in their Centre for Christianity and Culture. A liturgist by training and a monastic by vocation he has written and lectured extensively. He was installed as the Ecumenical and International Canon for All Saints Cathedral and Diocese Edmonton Canada, and is a Fellow and Professor of the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana USA. He is currently finishing a book on Eastern Christian perspectives on the Environment!