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Help wanted: new monastery seeks prior with social media skills

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 01/21/17

From the BBC, some news about a an unusual help ad in the Anglican church:

A unique job, with potential for infinite upward progression, is being advertised.

The Diocese of Leicester is setting up a monastic community in the heart of the city – and wants a prior to run it. The role requires “spiritual maturity and wisdom… a discerning and prayerful heart” but may also involve deciding who does the washing. Earthly reward is about £25,000 pa, plus accommodation and a council tax waiver. …Canon Barry Hill, mission enabler for the diocese, said: “This will be a long way from that, while maintaining the traditional values of prayer. “It will see people taking a step back from the sometimes frantic pace of modern life, to get rid of some of the monkeys in our mind and push into the love of God. “This will be combined with taking that love into the community and showing hospitality to those who seek it.” The community will give 18-35 year olds a year-long residency focused “prayer, study and service” with an emphasis on community work.

And there’s this:

According to the advert, the role will involve the “rare challenge of setting up a monastic order in the middle of a modern, multi-cultural city” – but also “organising cooking, cleaning and washing rotas”. The church also said the new prior should be computer literate and familiar with social media.

Read more.

You can read the ad here.

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