Fr Mark Soady , Vicar of Abergavenny has announced the launch of a new exciting outreach programme.
“I am pleased to be able to announce two pieces of good news today, we will continue to have two full time priests serving Abergavenny and also there is an new exciting venture that will be launched as well.
With the encouragement of the Bishop I have been looking at ways in which we can bring the Monastic days in to the whole life of the parish. At a Staff Meeting last September Bernard, Tom Bond (PHC Manager) and I came up with the idea of having a small community (say 4 ) gap years students who would live their lives according to the Benedictine Rule ie daily round of prayer, working on the site in return for their keep, but crucially doing outreach and mission work in the town.
We have called this programme the Young Benedictines (YB)
The Bishop has agreed that some one on a full stipend will replace Bernard, but who will have care for this scheme. That person will live in Holy Trinity Vicarage. Other members of the Community may live there, in Priory Lodge or the Curate’s House.”
The Bishop of the Highveld, Bishop of our link Diocese, on a visit to Abergavenny Wednesday afternoon will be briefed on the YB scheme.