Solitude and Communion

Papers on the Hermit Life

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A. M. Allchin, Benedicta Ward SLG, Dom André Louf OCSO, Kallistos Ware, Mother Mary Clare SLG, Roland Walls

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0251-8

LENGTH: 128 pages

Fairacres Publications 176

1977 Rev 2014

These essays were first published to mark the revival of the hermit life in the Church. Prepared for a meeting of solitaries at St David’s in Wales in 1975, both their historical and contemporary content continue to speak to and encourage those called to the eremitic life. For anyone who doubts its validity, they give a compelling and lucid explanation of this way of following Christ. The love of God shines through them; all readers may sense something of the attractive power of that love, whether or not they aspire to such a life.

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These essays were first published to mark the revival of the hermit life in the Church. Prepared for a meeting of solitaries at St David’s in Wales in 1975, both their historical and contemporary content continue to speak to and encourage those called to the eremitic life. For anyone who doubts its validity, they give a compelling and lucid explanation of this way of following Christ. The love of God shines through them; all readers may sense something of the attractive power of that love, whether or not they aspire to such a life.

The contributors include Canon A. M. Allchin, Dom Andre Louf OCSO, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Father Roland Walls, Sister Benedicta Ward SLG and Mother Mary Clare SLG.

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ISBN

978-0-7283-0251-8

Length

128 pages

Author

Dom André Louf OCSO, A. M. Allchin, Benedicta Ward SLG, Kallistos Ware, Mother Mary Clare SLG, Roland Walls

ISSN

0307-1405

Book Size

140 x 210 mm

Subtitle

Papers on the Hermit Life

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Author Bio

Arthur MacDonald Allchin (1930-2010), best known as Donald Allchin, was ordained priest in 1957 and later became a Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He first gained recognition as a writer with ‘The Silent Rebellion’, a study of the nineteenth-century recovery of the monastic life in the Anglican Church. He was Warden for many years of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God and the Society of the Sacred Cross at Tymawr. His interests in ecumenism and in the language, religion and culture of Wales were reflected in his becoming Director of the St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality in Oxford 1987-94 and subsequently an honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales in Bangor.

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Sister Benedicta Ward SLG entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1955. She teaches spirituality in the University of Oxford and is an Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She has written a number of books on early monasticism and on the Middle Ages, and is one of the world’s leading writers on the legacy of the Desert Fathers. Her published works include books on the Desert Fathers, the Venerable Bede and St Anselm, and on miracles and relics in the Christian tradition.

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André Louf, OCSO, served as abbot of the Cistercian Abbey of Mont-des-Cats for thirty-five years until his retirement in 1997. His previous books in English include The Cistercian Way, Tuning in to Grace, Mercy in Weakness, Grace Can Do More, and The Way of Humility,all published by Cistercian

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia, who has charge of the Greek Orthodox parish in Oxford, was Spalding Lecturer in the University of Oxford until 2001 and is Chairman of the Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue. Born in 1934 and raised in the Church of England, he became Orthodox in 1958, a priest and monk eight years later, and Bishop of Diokleia in 1982. He has written many books, including ‘The Orthodox Church’ and ‘The Orthodox Way’, has contributed to the translation of Orthodox service books and is a translator of ‘The Philokalia’.

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Mother Mary Clare SLG (1906-88) entered the religious life in 1930, and was Reverend Mother of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God from 1954-73. She was highly regarded by Anglicans and Roman Catholics alike as a spiritual teacher in the tradition of the Carmelite saints.

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Roland Walls (1917-2011) was ordained priest in the Church of England in 1941 and for some twenty years worked with the Sheffield Industrial Mission and held academic appointments in Cambridge and Edinburgh. He became priest in charge of Rosslyn Chapel at Roslin, East Lothian, Scotland in 1962, and a founding member of the Fraternity (later Community) of the Transfiguration in 1965. While remaining a member of the Roslin community, and with its agreement, he was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1981 and became a Roman Catholic priest two years later.

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