Like the Celtic houses of prayer and hospitality,
The Abbey of The Way offers a peaceful refuge
for followers of Jesus, and particularly for leaders,
to rest, reflect and go deeper
in their life with God in order to go further
in their service to Him and to others.
Through personal or group retreats
Self-directed or led or hosted by staff and volunteers,
on-site or online prayer gatherings
spiritual direction or mentoring,
podcasts for those mentoring children
or pursuing Jesus in a virtuous way of life,
and groups for clergy, intercessors, and revival leaders,
The Abbey House and Community help leaders
to discern, learn, and walk
in The Way of Jesus
even as they help others to do likewise.
You are invited
to enjoy a transformative experience
with God together with us!
NOTE: in-person, in-house participants must either be vaccinated and/or receive a negative COVID test within 48 hours of attending; also social distancing and/or masking guidelines will be observed.
Who runs the Abbey?
It is directed by Father Len Cowan, is overseen by a Board of Directors, is staffed by a Community that shares its vision for ministry and lives its Way of Life, and is supported by all who believe in its ministry. It is in partnership with the Anglican Diocese in New England.
Len and his late wife, Hallie, have been pursuing and promoting a deeper life in Christ ever since they first met in college. Len served as an Episcopal priest for 37 years in three parishes, a summer camp, and regional and national renewal ministries. Hallie served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 28 years, first as campus staff at three women’s colleges, then as Coordinator for Prayer and Spiritual Formation for staff in New England. While serving in their last parish, Len and Hallie developed and The Refuge, a parish-based center for renewal, retreat, and refreshment at the church building.
Len stepped down from parish ministry in 2015 to develop The Abbey of the Way, located at his childhood home in Worcester and repurposed as a center for prayer and spiritual formation for Christian leaders, where he now lives. The Abbey is grounded in a life of prayer and service, and promotes a Way of Life based on Christian virtues, activated by the Holy Spirit in response to spiritual disciplines. Len is an experienced Spiritual Director-Mentor, and is actively involved in promoting prayer and spiritual formation in various Kingdom-focused networks of believers in Worcester and New England.
In January of 2017, Len transferred his priestly ministry to the Anglican Church in North America, assisting the Bishop of New England in fostering intercession. Len and The Abbey are fellowship with the breadth of the church, particularly embracing the evangelical, charismatic, catholic, and justice streams of renewal which advance the Kingdom of God in Jesus. Len is part of The Journey, an independent church start in Worcester.
Len is blessed with two grown daughters who share in The Life in Christ, and two grandchildren who are growing in Christ.
Who can be a part of the Abbey and its ministry?
Though the Abbey’s particular focus is for building up Christian leaders, anyone is welcome to find refuge here.