Bishop Richard officially recognises Wellsprings Community in Brighton
On Monday 4th April, the feast of the Annunciation in the parish church of St Joseph's in Brighton Bishop Richard Moth gave official recognition to the Wellspring Community as a Private Lay Association of the Faithful within the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. This took place in the presence of Abbot Luke Jolly OSB of Worth Abbey and Canon Kieron O'Brien, parish priest and Episcopal Vicar for Sussex.
The Community sprang out of the Worth Abbey Lay community and it is, as their website states "a Catholic community seeking to live the Gospel of Christ, with the Rule of St Benedict as our guide. Living a common life of prayer and service, we seek to witness to the Kingdom of God in the city of Brighton, welcoming others into encounter with Christ, and reaching out to share the presence of Christ in the wider community."
There website goes on to say "At the heart of our life is the call to continual conversion – to be conformed to Christ, following his path of obedience and humility. We seek to “prefer nothing whatever to Christ” (Rule of St Benedict Ch72) by rooting our daily lives in prayer, Scripture, and the Sacraments. The ancient wisdom of the Benedictine tradition offers a practical path for bold Christian living."
The members of the Community are involved in wider service and ministry including teaching and preaching the faith, youth work, school chaplaincy, retreat work, and prison befriending/letter writing. They run Deep Waters, a weekly prayer group for students and young adults which meets every Thursday evening, and offer hospitality to all young adults in the parish every Sunday by hosting Sunday lunch.
There is a House of Mission and Formation in the parish of St Joseph's which offers an important opportunity for members, enquirers, and others, to come for a year or more to discern their vocation, while being formed in prayer, community living, and service.
For more information on the Wellspring Community and to contact them visit their website.
You can find more photos of the event on the Diocesan Flickr site.