The Abbey

Father Len Cowan serves as the Abbot of The Abbey House and The Abbey of The Way Monastic Community.  Both are overseen by a Board of Directors.

The Abbey House

The Abbey of the Way is located in the Tatnuck section of Worcester, about 1.5 miles west of the city center.  Berwick Street is noted for its collection of stately homes, situated on an unusually quiet “L-shaped” street.  #48 was constructed in the late 19th century, in a Queen Anne style, with a significant addition created in the 1920s.  The home features high ceilings, expansive windows, generous rooms, and a large back yard.  The Cowan family has lived in the house since 1955, and the address was a frequent gathering place for city leaders and community improvement planning.  Since becoming The Abbey, such gatherings continued, but now for the express purpose of deepening the lives of Christian leaders and enhancing the influence of God’s Kingdom in the region and beyond.  Day visitors and overnight guests have reported a deep sense of God’s Presence, Peace, and Rest here.  The Abbey House is once again the home of Father Len Cowan.

The Abbey Monastic Community

This Community of followers of Jesus Christ give themselves to living His Gospel and serving His mission.  They desire to grow personally and together in Christ-likeness so that they can go deeper in their life with God in order to go further in their service to Him and to others.  They support the ministry of The Abbey of The Way in building up others in Christ, particularly leaders in His Body, helping them to foster a life of prayer and spiritual formation for the building up of Christ’s Church.   Though they are in separate dwellings, occupations, churches, and callings, they live a common life informed by the Abbey Way of Life, all to the glory of God.   Though they may or may not be members of The Anglican Diocese in New England, of which The Abbey is a ministry, they are in essential agreement with its doctrine and disciplines.

Some in the Community are Friends of The Abbey, a group of believers in varied locations who gather quarterly at The Abbey House (or simultaneously online) for reflection on their personal and corporate life in Christ, using The Abbey Way of Life as their guide.  At Friends gatherings they also discern how they can support The Abbey’s Ministry in the coming quarter.

Others in the Community are Members of The Abbey, local believers who live or work on the West Side of Worcester.  They adopt the core elements of The Abbey Way of Life for their personal, family, and community way of life.  They regularly support and assist The Abbey in its ministry of helping onsite and online guests to grow deep in Christ in order that they can go deep for Christ.  Members also share in Jesus’ evangelistic and justice mandate for the West Side, participating in a small group together meeting bi-weekly at The Abbey and/or elsewhere in that neighborhood.  Following a protocol for pandemic protection, they gather in-person (or simultaneously online) for spiritual and community formation and mission engagement, out of their common Way of Life.  Members’ gathering and serving helps them better to pursue their common mission in the West Side and their personal mission in their world.

The Way of Life can be found on “The Way” tab of this website.