The Abbey of The Way helps leaders and followers of Jesus
to discern, learn, and live
in the Virtuous Way of Jesus
even as they help others to do likewise.
The Abbey House offers a peaceful refuge
for followers of Jesus, and particularly for leaders,
to rest, reflect and go further
in their Way of Life with God
in order to go further in their service to Him and to others.
Through personal or group retreats,
on-site or online prayer gatherings,
spiritual direction or mentoring,
or online groups for those seeking to live, raise up or lead others
in pursuing Jesus in a virtuous way of life,
You are invited
to enjoy a transformative experience
with God together with us!
NOTE: in-person, in-house participants will be asked to observe current COVID protocols.
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, Massachusetts, 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 The Way of Virtue, a way of living in the Vision of God through varied spiritual disciplines such that The Holy Spirit replicates the Virtues of Jesus in real life. 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 in fellowship with the breadth of the church, particularly embracing the evangelical, charismatic, catholic, contemplative, and justice streams of renewal which advance the Kingdom of God in Jesus. Len is part of The Journey, an independent church start, and Emmaus City Church, a Christian Reformed church start, both located in Worcester.
Len is blessed with two grown daughters who share in The Life in Christ, and three 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.