13th November 2018

Applications NOW OPEN

A New Monastic Year with God?

Want to go deeper with God, make deep-spirited friendships and bless God’s world deeply?

‘Deep calls to deep’ – Psalm 42

Join the Community of the Tree of Life and explore the ancient rhythms of monasticism whilst living in the heart of Leicester’s vibrant city culture.

‘Those who abide in me and I in them, bear much fruit’ – John 15  

The Community of the Tree of Life is a House of Prayer and residential New Monastic Community. We’re called to live a life that is rooted, flourishing and fruitful in Christ.

What will a New Monastic Year look like?

Our New Monastic year will run annually from Sept to July for 20 – 35 year olds. Applications are now open for September 2019.

Right now, we’re offering a unique opportunity for 6 people to join our formational Seed Community. Share this adventure with us from 1st Feb 2019 – 21st July 2019.

Our New Monastic year will be shaped by nine practices:

– centring practices for growing deeper roots in Prayer, Scripture and Solitude

– communal practices for flourishing in Worship, Reconciliation and Sabbath

– missional practices for becoming fruitful in Justice, Work and Blessing

These practices will be explored through daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms including daily offices, community enterprise, church placements, social action projects, pilgrimage and personal study.

Ancient Future Faith

‘It was a House of Prayer. It will be a House of Prayer again’

We’re inspired by the story of the Franciscan Grey Friars who walked the streets of Leicester praying, preaching and blessing the poor for 300 years. Their radical love for Jesus caused them to live lives of complete abandonment to the Gospel. Today, 500 years since their Friary was destroyed, God is rebuilding their ancient house of prayer to bring blessing to the city again.

‘They shall build up the ancient ruins’ – Isaiah 61


We are not charging fees. Money should not be a barrier. Simply put, we ask everyone to give what they can, sacrificially, towards the cost of living in community.

Want to know more?

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