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Chemin Neuf at Lambeth Palace

Four members of a French Roman Catholic community live and pray at Lambeth Palace. 

Watch a short video about the Chemin Neuf community at Lambeth Palace.

In January 2014, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby invited four members of Chemin Neuf - a Catholic foundation with an ecumenical vocation, founded in France - to live and pray at Lambeth Palace.

This is part of Archbishop Justin's priority of encouraging a renewal of prayer and religious communities.

The four members living at Lambeth Palace comprise a married Anglican couple, Ione and Alan Morley-Fletcher; a Lutheran training for ministry, Oliver Matri; and a Roman Catholic consecrated sister, Ula Michlowicz.

Three prayer services are held each day in the Crypt Chapel at Lambeth Place so that the Archbishop’s ministry, as well as the church and the wider world, is held constantly in prayer. The Chemin Neuf community at Lambeth Palace share in this daily life of prayer, while also seeking to further the ecumenical and international dimensions of the Archbishop's work.

The Chemin Neuf community follow in the footsteps of a line of sisters from the Anglican Religious communities of the Order of the Holy Paraclete, the Community of the Holy Name and the Sisters of the Love of God, who have served at Lambeth Palace over the past 24 years.

With 2000 members in over 30 countries, the Chemin Neuf Community consists of men and women, married and single, some who have taken lifetime vows and others committed for a shorter term. Its members, who come from different Christian denominations, are united by their faith in Jesus Christ and the desire to serve the Church, the Gospel and the world.

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Read more about the Chemin Neuf community at Lambeth Palace below 

January 2015

Father, make us one! Join young Christians praying for Christian unity
16 January 2015
Chemin Neuf community launch video prayer project for Christian Unity Week – find out how you can get…

February 2014

Father, make them one: Chemin Neuf community comes to Lambeth Palace
20 February 2014
In a joyful ceremony with guests from Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches, Archbishop Justin…

December 2013

After 25 years, Lambeth Palace bids fond farewell to Sisters
16 December 2013
Archbishop Justin thanks the Anglican Sisters for their service at Lambeth Palace

November 2013

Archbishop to welcome ecumenical community to Lambeth Palace
18 November 2013
Archbishop Justin announces 'an ecumenical step of some significance' as members of Chemin Neuf prepare…