ORDER OF ANGLICAN CISTERCIANS

An uncloistered dispersed Religious Order in the Church of England
of ordained and lay men

The Order of Anglican Cistercians [OCist]



The Church of England has formally acknowledged us as a religious Anglican dispersed Order. 

The Order consists of uncloistered and dispersed professed men of eighteen years or over; laity who are confirmed and communicant Anglicans, and priests. The Order is open to celibate, single or married men, who live within the jurisdiction of a diocese in Great Britain (i.e., England, Scotland, or Wales). Our way of life is lived according to our Rule, and in substantial conformity with that mapped out in the Rule of Saint Benedict. Thus we are part of the Benedictine family.

Our lives are dedicated to seeking union with God through Jesus Christ, whilst living a dispersed and uncloistered form of monasticism. Our days are balanced between the Opus Dei, work, reading and study. We aspire to a life-long desire to seek God through silence, contemplation, Lectio and the daily Offices. We live under the three vows of Stability, Conversion of Character, and Obedience, and we aim to live this out by the grace of God.

Men who are communicant members of the Anglican Church who live within the jurisdiction of a diocese in Great Britain (i.e., England, Scotland, or Wales) are invited to discern a vocation with us.  All applicants must be prepared to answer some initial questions, and will be asked to meet with us for an informal chat. 

Those who are interested in exploring to joining our uncloistered Order can apply to our Superior, the Reverend Br Bernard van der Weegen, OCist [Prior] 

E-mail: ocist@talktalk.net