House of Initia Nova

in the United Kingdom & Ireland

Order of St Benedict

Abbot Michael-John Austin OSB

Abbot Michael-John Austin OSB

Welcome from the Abbot

It has come to my attention that there is an interest in our Community in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

I welcome anyone in the UK or Ireland who has an interest in Benedictine life as defined by the Rule of St Benedict and the Customary of the House of Initia Nova. For those who are interested, contact Brother John-Aelred. Contact information is under the Contact tab.

A note to those called to Religious life and particularly to Benedictine life. We live in turbulent times not unlike the time of Benedict. There are many pressures on our being and time. Benedictine life is about being focused, simplifying priorities, recommitting to our baptismal vows and a willingness to add to them additional promises that will consecrate our being beyond what we know physically and spiritually.

This era is in need of spiritual warriors, individuals who are willing to once again commit their body and soul to a holy cause. Armed with the holy tools of good works let us march forward in faith, knowing we are not alone in the battle, but have the saints at our side.

Abbot Michael-John Austin OSB
Abbot of Genesis Abbey
House of Initia Nova