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This week's letter is in response to our front page of 6 March 2016.

Earliest Anglican monastic community

There is a kind of "possibility" that the Episcopal Church may have gotten into the monastic game just before the C of E.

At Nashotah, James Lloyd Breck formed what was known as "The United Brethren"—an intentional celibate community, with its own rule, its own liturgy, and customary—in 1842. It did not last, of course (both his associates fled and married) and it did not involve life-long vows, but in every other way, I think it ought to count as a monastic community (as Breck certainly intended it to be) and it preceded Pusey's sisterhood by three years!

Breck tried again with what he called this time "The Associate Mission" in Minnesota in 1850—which community also collapsed—and it drove him to embrace marriage himself in 1855.

Fr. John-Julian, OJN
The Order of Julian of Norwich
Hartland, Wisconsin, USA
johnjulianojn@sbcglobal.net
11 March 2016

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