"While some with a limited knowledge of Religious Life might view it as an escape from the rigors of real life, the opposite is in fact the truth: the very structures and disciplines that comprise this response to the gospel oblige those who embrace it to face their humanity in all of its fierce immediacy. They must give room to Jesus's declaration that everything that is hidden will be brought out into the light in order to be caught up into God's work of reconciling all things to himself in Christ."
—Bishop Frank Griswold
25th Presiding Bishop ECUSA
The Anglican Religious Yearbook 2002-3
The Order of Julian of Norwich is a contemplative order of the Episcopal Church. The monks and nuns of the Order live the monastic life together under vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and prayer "in the spirit of our Mother St Julian."
The monastic life is the Christian life, the life of the Gospel lived in intentional community, with certain structures and customs to facilitate the lifelong work of conversion in Christ. The practices of detachment, simplicity, silence, humility, together with the vows, provide the framework for our transformation in Christ in community life.
Our monastic Rule is based in Benedictine practice and is balanced between liturgical and private prayer, study, and manual labor.
Time is devoted daily to lectio divina or deliberate, slow prayerful reading of scripture; and study in order to nourish our faith and sustain our life of prayer, as well as for lifelong instruction and growth within community.
The practice of enclosure—remaining on the monastery grounds unless it is necessary to go out—allows us the solitude and liberty to live as deeply as we can into the life of prayer and friendship with God.
As Julian prayed often in silence, so the Order practices contemplative or 'still prayer' and intercedes for all. As St Julian offered her life in contemplation of the love of God manifested in her vision of Jesus crucified, we offer our own lives in response to Jesus's call. As the three windows of Julian's anchorhold opened, one to the altar, one to the room of her lay sisters, and one to the public lane, so the life of the Order looks to the worship of God, to the support and fellowship of the wider community of the Order—our Oblates and Associates—and through prayer to the service of the Church and the world.