Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1951, Abbot Christopher was educated in England and holds degrees in Modern Languages, Philosophy and Theology. After becoming a member of the Benedictine community at Worth Abbey, he was ordained priest in 1978. He was Headmaster of Worth from 1994 until 2002 when he was elected Abbot of Worth.
In 2005, Worth Abbey was The Monastery on BBC TV, attracting audiences of between two and three million viewers. He has subsequently appeared on a variety of radio and TV programmes around the world. In October 2010, he presented The Big Silence, a BBC TV series that followed people going on retreat and building meditation into their daily lives.
Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life was published by in 2006, with 12 foreign language translations published to date. Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life was published in 2008 and is republished in 2021.
In 2010 Christopher was appointed Director of the Catholic Church’s National Office for Vocation. In 2017 he was elected Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation. Abbot Christopher has taken an active role as patron, taking part in a number of Retreat Association conferences and Summer Events.
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