A new religious community called the Holywell Community and following the Rule of St Benedict will come in to being in September , 860 years after St Mary’s was raised to a Conventual Benedictine Priory.
On September 1st the community consisting of one Priest (The Vicar) and three lay members ( two girls and one boy) will come in existence. The Lay members of the Community will live in a house on the town’s Holywell Estate.
Welcoming the news the Vicar, Fr Mark said, “It is exciting to be re-creating a Benedictine community here after a 500 year gap- and thus going back to our roots.”
A Benedictine priory was established on the site in 1087 and remained in existence until the reforms of King Henry VIII when the Priory Church became the Parish Church of Abergavenny. It was raised to a Conventual Priory 860 years ago,
The Rule of St Benedict speaks of ‘ a school for God’s Service’, this is the foundation of all the Community does. The Community, like any monastic community, will be rooted in prayer.
In return for their keep the Community Lay members will assist with tasks such as caretaking and gardening at St Mary’s Priory.
They will also do Outreach and Mission work, with schools, community groups and elsewhere, encouraging a new generation of young people from the area to engage with our community.