A Modern Anchorite


Sister Rachel Overton, Diocesan Adviser for Spirituality, Anglican Diocese of Peterborough

“After qualifying in medicine, exploring this sense took me to live within a religious community for 23 years, and more recently to live as a solitary religious.

The pattern of life that I lead is a modern day interpretation of that of the Anchorite. The Anchorhold was the term used for the dwelling of an anchorite.

I live under life vows, according to a Rule of Life and at present I am accountable to the Bishop of Peterborough for maintaining the life I have professed.

Although I spend time in silence and solitude, I also generate income by working in the areas of spiritual direction, leading retreats and quiet days and spirituality training.
The lifestyle that I lead may be described as solitary religious life, or a modern form of the anchorite life. It is bounded by the vows of Consecrated celibacy, conversion of life and stability, and is lived according to a Rule of Life.

The daily life is structured around a framework of prayer and worship.”



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