In these early months of his episcopacy, Bishop Lopes honors the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates with the following words:
“I have followed with great interest the activities of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates. It is a matter of great personal joy that this chapter of Oblates is bringing the richness of the Anglican liturgical and spiritual heritage to bear in the Abbey where I once explored a monastic vocation.”
Though God has called Bishop Lopes to a different vocation than that of being a monk, it is encouraging that the appeal of Benedictine spirituality is close to Bishop Lopes’s heart.
I might add that I’m delighted the letter was signed on the feast of St. Anselm of Canterbury. St. Anselm was not only a monk and an Archbishop of Canterbury, he was also, according to Martin Thornton, the “father-founder” of English spirituality “who first brought all the essential elements together, who gave the school its clear character and stamp.”