Director of the World Community of Christian Meditation, WCCM, Father Laurence is a great asset to any conversation about meditation but is also an ambassador for meditation as a way of accessing the space behind all difference and all activity. Meditation is a way to come out of what we are not and become the consciousness which is our eternal Self.
Born in England in 1951 and educated by the Benedictines, he studied English Literature at New College, Oxford University. Before entering monastic life, he worked with the United Nations in New York and had experience in banking and journalism. In the monastery, his spiritual teacher was John Main who he helped establish the first Christian Meditation Centre in London. At the invitation of the Archbishop of Montreal, in 1977, he accompanied John Main to establish a Benedictine community of monks and laypeople dedicated to the practice and teaching of Christian meditation. Fr Laurence studied theology at the Université de Montreal and at McGill University. He made his solemn monastic profession in 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1980.