The monastic world has recently lost a fine scholar and contributor to our understanding and appreciation of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, as well as of Saint Anselm and Saint Bede the Venerable.
Sister Benedicta Ward (1933-2022) was an Anglican nun of the contemplative Community of the Love of God at Fairacres, near Oxford, England. She published many books and articles relating to ancient monastic and Medieval themes.
In the late 1970s we at Christ in the Desert had the privilege of hosting Sister Benedicta for a series of lectures on the Desert Monastic tradition. She came during Holy Week that year, staying through Easter. We greatly appreciated her presence and lectures then, and she remained a friend of our monastery.
May the angels lead Sister Benedicta Ward into Paradise! Memory eternal!
Abbot Christian and the monks