“A Wild and Free Creature”

Love and Will

Eremo delle Allodole 1 The gate of the Eremo di Campello (Design by Carlotta Gentili)

One of the special Places of the Higher Self that we will visit in September is the Eremo di Campello, near the town of Trevi in Umbria, Italy. The final road up to the Hermitage is an unpaved, unmarked climb through olive groves and wooded hillsides. The feeling is desolation mixed with expectation. When we finally arrive in front of a locked wooden gate guarded by a furiously barking dog, the feeling turns to “What am I doing here?” But soon Sister Lucia appears with grand tranquility and a warm smile. She slowly walks down a long path from the Hermitage towards us and swings the gate open. “Welcome in Peace,” she says, inviting us inside.

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“I didn’t know there were monks and nuns in the Church of England!?”

Vocational Stories into Anglican Religious Life

Quick History of Anglican Religious Life (from Wiki)

Anglican religious ordersare communities of men or women (or in some cases mixed communities of both sexes) in theAnglican Communionwho live under a common rule of life. The members ofreligious orderstakevowswhich often include the traditional monastic vows ofpoverty,chastityandobedience, or the ancient vow of stability, or sometimes a modern interpretation of some or all of these vows. Members may belaityorclergy, but most commonly include a mixture of both. They lead a common life of work and prayer, sometimes on a single site, sometimes spread over multiple locations.

Dissolution of Religious Life

Religious orders were dissolved byKing Henry VIIIwhen he separated theChurch of Englandfrom papal primacy. In 1626,Nicholas Ferrar, a protege ofWilliam Laud(1573-1645), and his family established the

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