Anders Litzell heads new Community
Revd Anders Litzell, who arrived to train at Ridley from his home country of Sweden via London Diocese in 2010, has been appointed the first prior of a new community being formed by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.
A Year In God's Time
The Community of St Anselm will be housed in the former servants' quarters in Lambeth Palace and bring together for one year 16 young people aged between 20 and 35 to live together full-time and up to 40 non-residential members who live and work in London.
What does it mean to be a Prior of the Community? "In practice," says Anders "it means I will be taking the Archbishop's vision for the community and with God's help turning it into a reality."
Speaking to the Church Times, the Revd Dr Jo Wells, formerly Old Testament lecturer at Ridley and now the Archbishop's Chaplain, said that the aim was for the community not to be a purely Anglican or British endeavour, but a global initiative. The full-time members will be men and women, Anglicans and non-Anglicans who come from around the world, both north and south.
I will be taking the Archbishop's vision for the community and with God's help turning it into a reality.
Revd Anders Litzell
The Community will draw on three pillars of ancient spirituality – St Benedict, St Francis, and St Ignatius of Loyola. As Anders explains: "I like to think of it as a rebottling of three very fine vintage clarets. It's absolutely new – and there is nothing new about it at all."
During a panel discussion on ethics and finance at the 2014 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group in Washington, Archbishop Justin Welby spoke of his vision for a Community that will prepare the leaders of the future. "I hope it will set them in a way of thinking so in 20, 25, 30 years when they are leading countries, industries, armies, even churches, that this will be the thing that has shaped them internally to deal with the systemic issues."
Applications to join the Community of St Anselm will be accepted from February 2015. Members will be chosen by Easter, and will move into Lambeth Palace by September.