Growing attention for the Tree of Life


As the Church Times newspaper features our new monastic community, the Tree of Life, in this week’s edition, you can also watch the amazing story of how God led Prior Rachel Bennetts from a life-threatening accident to leading it, available on demand from the world’s largest Christian TV channel.



Rachel became Prior of our fledgling Community of the Tree of Life last year and recently told her story on a show broadcast by Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN). The Video On Demand recording of her interview on the theme of ‘Peace’ for the TV series called ‘The Transformed Life’ can be seen by clicking this link.


The Community opens to the first young adults in February 2019. Applications are open now for Christians aged 20-35 of any denomination who are interested in spending a year living in community, deepening their prayer life and Bible study and partnering with churches and projects across Leicestershire to serve local communities. See more on this link.


Rachel and the Bishop of Leicester are raising funds for the Community’s bursary scheme by braving a sky dive on 26th October. Read more about it and find out how to donate to support the novices by clicking here.


Building work to prepare the Community’s home has just begun in the 1790s house just off Cathedral Gardens, Leicester. You can see some images from inside the building here. The building is on a site steeped in monastic tradition as it lies adjacent to the site of the Greyfriars monastery church where Richard III’s body was found.


You can read about what the Community’s Companion team is up to, from welcoming Novice Guardian Matt Long and his family to sharing their inspiring practice of creating and using prayer beads, as well as reading an interesting feature on the difference between old and new monasticism by scrolling through their news pages which can be reached by clicking here.


Hosted by presenter Kate Nicholas, The Transformed Life TV series on TBN UK looks at how God uses the circumstances of our lives to transform us and what the fruits of that transformation look like. You can read more about Kate’s work at

First published on: 5th August 2019

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