How old is the Lay Community of Saint Benedict?
The LCSB was founded in August 2003 from the Worth Abbey Lay Community, which for 30 years existed under the auspices of the monastic community at Worth Abbey to offer hospitality and Christian formation.
Is the LCSB a part of Worth Abbey?
Not anymore. The LCSB was granted independence from Worth Abbey in August 2003. However, we maintain a close working relationship with the Abbot and monastic community of Worth. We continue to make use of the facilities of Worth Abbey to host a number of Lay Community events there.
Where is the Lay Community of St. Benedict located?
We are a community with members scattered throughout Great Britain and abroad. We do not have a central location.
Is the LCSB a monastic community?
No. The LCSB has no monastic enclosure and is not run by the clergy.
Do members take vows?
Although the monastic vows of obedience, stability and “conversion of life” are an inspiration to the Lay Community of St. Benedict, we do not ask members to take formal vows. Our members do, however, embrace the promise to live holy communion, create holy space and offer holy service.
Who can join? Are there any requirements?
The LCSB is open to men and women of all ages, single or married, lay or religious. Our members include families with young children, teenagers, students, working men and women, and retired people.
Is the LCSB Roman Catholic? Where does it stand on ecumenism?
The roots of the LCSB lie in the English Catholic church, however members of all denominations are welcome to join the community and have always played a full part in the life of the community. The majority of our members are Roman Catholic. However the community is committed to ongoing ecumenical dialogue and seeks to create a holy space in which members of different Christian denominations can learn from one another and grow together.
Does the LCSB have an Abbot?
The leadership structure of the LCSB is based around the Benedictine model of a leader, an assistant to the leader, and a Council with responsibility for specific areas of the Lay Community’s ministry and mission. The whole community is responsible for the election of a Leader, after an appropriate period of prayer and discernment.