Cor et Lumen Christi
(The Heart and Light of Christ)
Founded in 1990, the community consists of married couples, priests and single people from a wide range of back grounds and several nations.
The Holy Trinity is the author and origin of all Christian communities.
God, who lives in an eternal Divine Communion of love and light,
invites us all to become like Him and to share in His joy.
The picture shows founder receiving the Pope's blessing for
the prayer group which became the community.
About a year after receiving the "Baptism
in the Holy Spirit", Damian Stayne, our founder, felt
a call from God to community. In response, during Lent of
1983, he left his job and traveled to Paris to visit some
of the new communities which had been called into being in
the "City of Light". His time was divided between
the Emmanuel Community, a huge, mostly nonresidential, charismatic
community with an emphasis on Adoration and Mission, and the
Community of Jerusalem. This was a mixed monastic community
whose emphasis was prayer, worship, beauty and simplicity.
Both communities had a strong Eucharistic devotion.
Damian was greatly affected by his time in Paris, and became
profoundly convicted that God desired a marriage between these
two expressions of love for Him; a community which could offer
the depths of prayer and worship to be found in the monastic
and contemplative vocation and yet be engaged in Mission and
embrace the Charismatic Gifts.
Soon after returning to London, says Damian, he knew in his
heart that he would be involved in the founding of a new community
which lived this marriage. Then followed seven and a half
years of prayer, fasting and searching. This finally bore
fruit in October 1990 with the founding of Cor et Lumen Christi
(The Heart and Light of Christ).
"Those who abide in me and I in them bear fruit in plenty"
"Cor et Lumen Christi have been welcome in my Diocese and
I am glad to commend this community of prayer and witness"
Rt. Reverend Cormac Murphy O'Connor then Bishop of Arundel of