02 (f01) - Angl - monks sisters
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The English Benedictine Congregation is the oldest of the twenty-one Benedictine congregations. There is a canonical continuity between the present day Congregation and the pre-Reformation English Congregation established in the thirteenth century by the Holy See.
From the tenth to the sixteenth centuries the English Benedictines played a key role in every aspect of English life: religious, social and economic. The Congregation narrowly survived King Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s but flourished in exile on the Continent. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the English monks and nuns re-established monasteries in their homeland, and since then there have been further foundations in England, Wales, the United States, Peru and Zimbabwe. The Congregation currently comprises three abbeys of nuns and ten abbeys of monks.
The work of the Congregation varies from house to house. At the present moment EBC monks are engaged in education, retreat work and parish ministry in 16 dioceses in Britain. Underpinning the pastoral outreach is a tradition of contemplative and mystical prayer; this tradition, often associated with Fr Augustine Baker, chaplain to the nuns at Cambrai in the seventeenth century, is still strong today in the Congregation.
monasteries of the Congregation
120 lay oblates
150 lay oblates
50 lay oblates
8 lay oblates
10 lay oblates