Spirituality & Monastic Studies

developing a programme in Ealing

Monastic Studies

Spirituality & Monastic Studies

It would be great if we could offer something that would complement the License in Spiritual Theology
with a Benedictine and Monastic character
 that is taught at  the Istituto Monastico, Sant’Anselmo, Rome.

Monastic Studies traces its descent from the early traditions of monastic learning that are ‘sapiential’, rather than ‘scholastic’. Pope Benedict XVI referred to the value of ‘monastic theology’ in a General Audience of 28 October 2009. Monastic theology also has its home in medieval Benedictine and Cistercian monastic colleges of Oxford and Cambridge. At Oxford St. John’s, Trinity and Worcester are colleges which descend from such foundations. The monastic colleges aimed to provide the monks of their time with a formation in theology, philosophy or other useful subjects, such as canon law.

We would like to make the sapiential tradition available to a wider public than monks and to include great diversity.



The monastic core of St Benedict’s Abbey in Ealing is part of its essential character or ‘spirituality’, appreciated by employees, neighbours and tutors alike. While students and tutors of the Benedictine Institute come from all religious traditions and none, living and working alongside monks always proves to be a positive experience for them. In turn, monks can gain from mingling with a very diverse student body, while maintaining the monastic character of their life.

It would be great if we could offer a programme adapted to our contemporary European cultures.

The following courses will be offered in the future at unspecified dates

Module: MS 401  Understanding Spirituality: An Introduction : (offered 2016)
: MS 402  New Monasticism: (offered 2016) : Michael Casey OCSO 
Module: MS 403  World Spirituality: Historical Figures : tbc
Module: MS 404  Monastic traditions: Fundamentalism & moderation : tbc
Module: MS 405  Interfaith Dialogue: Conflict resolution :  xxx xxx
Module: MS
406  Contemporary Europe: Traditions of religion and non-religion: tbc
Module: MS 407  Understanding Spirituality: Community & Maturation : tbc
Module: MS 408  Religious Fundamentalism: James Leachman OSB, Giorgio Pittalis OP, Paul Ellis (offered 2016)

optional: MS 409  Desert Fathers & Mothers : (offered 2014, 8-11 October 2018) Ephrem Carr O.S.B.
optional: MS 410  John Cassian‘s Institutes and Conferences : (offered 2015) Ephrem Carr O.S.B.
: MS 411  Rules of St Basil for monastics : (offered 2016): Ephrem Carr O.S.B.
optional: MS 412  Early Latin Rules: St Augustine of Hippo, Cassiodorus & Caesarius of Arles: 4 days for monastics, 9-12 October 2017: Ephrem Carr O.S.B; 2 days for oblates and lay people, 13-14 October 2017.
optional: MS 413  Rule of St BenedictContext and interpretation : tbc
: MS 414  Evagrius PontikusContext and interpretation : tbc
optional: MS 415  Early Latin Rules: The Master and St Columban : tbc
optional: MS 416  Monastic identity in Contemporary Societies: Developments and Self-Positioning

optional: MS 420 Psychology of Groups: Cultural sensitivity to celibacy and couples : tbc
optional: MS 421  Rules of St Basil for all: 2 days, 14, 15 October 2016: Ephrem Carr O.S.B.


© Ealing Abbey edited JL 9 April 2018