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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