We want to link with collaborators and sponsors from different faiths and none in order to make the world a better place, beginning with ourselves. We want to consider and act together to promote reconciliation, justice, truth and the needs of the world and the contributions that we can make together.
Fr Abbot Martin Shipperlee, several other monks of Ealing Abbey and three lay men began to work together in Spring 2015. In Summer 2015 they began to consider how the monastic community might respond to the call of Pope Francis during the Year for Consecrated Life to reach out in faith and hope. They decided to “reach out to the peripheries of society” in order to make contact with people who are very different from the monks in so many ways.
We too want to practice the monastic values of trust, hope, industry, fidelity, competence and love
This concept was based on promoting our human strengths, (Virtus in Latin). These human strengths, according to the psychologist Erik Erikson are trust, hope, industry, competence, fidelity (overcoming obstacles) and love.
After the successful launch of the Virtus lectures in October 2015, we have been working to develop a core team, working with Fr Abbot and the entire monastic community.