House of Initia Nova

in the United Kingdom & Ireland

Order of St Benedict

Who are we?

About us:

The House of Initia Nova is an order of vowed religious and oblates, founded in the United States, with members now in the United Kingdom and Ireland, ordained and lay in the Anglican Communion. The Community is open to all who have reached their 18th birthday, are celibate, married or single.


Br John-Ælred OSB


About the House of Initia Nova

What do we do?

Members join together as often as possible for communal prayer and worship; and seek to live out, under the guidance of the Holy Rule, the Benedictine spirit in day-to-day life.

How do we do it?

Whilst living a missional and uncloistered form of monasticism, our lives are dedicated to ‘seeking the face of God’ through the ‘opus Dei — the recitation of the Divine Office, Sacred reading, and study.

How do we live?

We live under the three traditional monastic vows of Stability, Conversion of Life, and Obedience.

Interested in joining us?

Communicant members of the Anglican Church or those who are in communion with it, are invited to discern a vocation with us.

All applicants must be prepared to answer some initial questions, and will be asked to meet with us for an informal chat.