Brothers and sisters at St JodardThe parish of St Antony’s is currently served by seven brothers of the Community of St John who seek to live the apostolic life in community, following the Rule of Life of the Brothers of St John. The Community of St John was founded in 1975 in France.  The first act of consecration of those few first brothers led by the grace of God to the flowering of a large community of brothers, sisters and lay oblates who are now spread throughout the world in over 50 priories.

Brothers USAFour of these priories are situated in the United States, and if you wish to know more about the Community of St John you cannot do better than go to their website which gives excellent information on the charism, history, and current life and work of the whole community.

In addition, if you read French, there is the main Community website to explore, together with numerous websites of the individual houses.

Community of St John, London Priory2With regard to the priory here in London, the brothers first arrived in London in 2008 at the invitation of the Bishop of Brentwood. Their first four years were spent serving the parish of St Margaret in Canning Town.  In 2012, on the feast of St Francis the brothers took up residence at Antony’s.  They express their gratitude for the warm welcome they have received from the large, multi-cultural, congregation here and hope and pray to serve here for many years to come.

The brothers in London offer special formation in philosophy and theology at their Institute of St John.  Classes are held on a weekly basis during term time in West London.

Here are links to some Community of St John websites:

Community of St John in the USA

Community of St John – main website in France

Community of St John – the Apostolic Sisters in France

Community of St John at St Jodard – the main noviciate 

Community of St John at Rimont – the mother house

The Community of St John in New Zealand

The Institute of St John in London

A list of all the CSJ Priories and contact details given on the main French website