What is Anamchara

What is Anamchara

SERVICE OVERVIEW

Anamchara is a Gaelic word for “soul friend”. It was the style of formation given to a new monk or nun in a Celtic monastery, whereby the new member would be paired up with an older, more experienced monk. In this way the new Religious would have a more personal mentoring in the monastic tradition. (The Roman or Continental style of formation is more like students, together in a class, sitting with one teacher for all.) The Anamchara is the model we seek to draw back into our Religious training.