Right. After spending the best part of a year worrying about our budding seminary, I draw aside to create space for more creative things – such as this blog.

It needs more focus, hence a shift from general monastic issues to a fairly specific subject: the ‘new monasticism’. I retain the name ‘african monastic’ because of monasticism’s intrinsic value to our continent – but I’d like now to narrow the scope to the recent phenomenon in contemporary monasticism.