"...Contemplation is for all Christians.... [It] means essentially our being with God, putting ourselves in his presence, being hungry and thirsty for him, wanting him, letting heart and mind and will move towards him; with the needs of the world on our heart. It is a rhythmic movement of the personality into the eternity and peace of God, and no less for the turmoil of the world for whose sake, as for ours, we are seeking God. If that is the heart of prayer then the contemplative part of it will be large."
—Dr Michael Ramsey
100th Archbishop of Canterbury
Associates and Oblates of the Order are those who respond to the Holy Spirit's invitation to draw nearer to Jesus under the patronage of St Julian of Norwich, called to the contemplative life in the world.
Their rules of life, adaptations of the monastic Rule, unite their lives of prayer to that of the monastery and commit them to a regular practice of silent prayer, worship and study, in the context of their own particular vocations and particular Christian traditions. In varying degrees they bring this contemplative practice into their parishes and communities by the transformation of their lives through the deepening of their relationship with Christ.
Oblates, after a period of discernment and formation, profess vows requiring regular discipline and reflection in their Christian commitment, with a rule of life closely modeled on that of the Order's monastics. A vow of celibacy is possible for Oblates within the Order.
For more information about becoming an Oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich, contact KC Burton ObJN.
Associates are committed to a simple form of the rule adaptable to many different walks of life, providing a framework for prayer and discipline in everyday living.
For more information about becoming an Associate of the Order of Julian of Norwich, contact Fr Rodney Davis AOJN.
As an expression of the shared life that the monks and nuns, Oblates, and Associates create together, the monastics use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer as their breviary in the monasteries of the Order.
That we may provide Christ's welcome for all, the Order does not hold an official position on divisive issues in the Church.
Instead we invite everyone seeking a renewed life of prayerful transformation in Christ to participate in the transforming work of availability to God by contemplative prayer.