Our new venture…

In November 2016, the Bishop of Monmouth commissioned a new monastic community in West Newport, the Community of St Thomas, whose members will live as modern-day friars focused on prayer, study and serving local communities.

Members 0f the Community live together in Maesglas Vicarage, supported by the Community’s Guardian, Revd James Henley.


The new community will:

  • Witness to the risen Christ, following the example of St. Thomas, by growing, nurturing and sustaining Christ-centred community in West Newport
  • Live together as a sign of the gospel, in order that others may see and believe.


The new community will serve the local communities on the West side of Newport, and the City Centre, in lots of different ways. Here are some idea we’ve had to get started:


Offering support and pastoral care for local high school students.

Music Projects

Helping out with lunchtime and after-school music clubs as part of our Eli Music project.

Youth Work

Working with local young people in the community or at the local skate park.

Mission to Seafarers

Helping provide care and support for those passing through Newport Docks.

Schools Work

Helping out with assemblies and other activities at local primary schools.

Asylum Seekers

Providing support and possibly helping to launch a day centre for refugees.

Rule of Life

Members of the community will agree to live according to a rule of life, a set of principles and practices that will shape the way we live and form us to become more like Jesus:


If you’re aged between 18-25(ish) and are passionate about loving God and others, we’d love to invite you to join us…


Members of the community will commit to a year at a time, taking the traditional monastic vows of simplicity, obedience and commitment, but re-imagined for the twenty-first century context of Newport.


Places in the community will be fully funded, and all your accommodation, training and work expenses will be covered. You will also receive a small grant to cover personal expenses.

If you’re interested, get in touch with us for a chat or to arrange a visit.

Get in touch

For more information, or to apply, contact Revd James Henley:


01633 816326