ANGLICAN HISTORY LECTURE
3.45pm Tea and Coffee, Hood Room
4pm Lecture, Ursell Room
26 October- 3rd Week
The Cloister-Madness of the Monk’: Establishing the Religious Life for Men in the Church of England
Dr Serenhedd James St Stephen’s House, Director of the Cowley Project
Richard Meux Benson established his Society of St John the Evangelist in 1866, at a time when the Tractarians and their successors were still viewed with suspicion by many in the Church of England. The Cowley Fathers, as the members of the SSJE became known, went on to become the first stable religious community for men in the Anglican Communion. Dr James is the Director of the Cowley Project, the first major exploration of the SSJE’s history, and will discuss the issues leading up to its establishment at a time when a number of attempts at founding the male religious life were floundering.