The Abbey

The 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 have 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 report a deep sense of God’s Presence, Peace, and Rest here.  The Abbey House is the home of Father Len and Hallie Cowan.

The Community

Father Len and Hallie Cowan serve as the Abbot and Abbess of The Abbey House and The Abbey of The Way Monastic Community.  These followers of Jesus Christ give over their whole selves to living His Gospel and serving His mission, and particularly for the building up of those who are leaders in the Body of Christ.  They seek to know and serve God the Holy Trinity, to grow personally and together in Christ-likeness, and to serve others, particularly Christian leaders, in helping to foster their life of prayer and spiritual formation.  Rooted in the ancient monastic traditions of prayer and spiritual formation, they pursue a distinctive Way of Life that is nonetheless engaged with contemporary culture.  They are located near to and serve in the ministry of the Abbey house, a ministry of the Anglican Diocese in New England.  Though they may or may not be members of the Anglican Church in North America, they are in agreement with its doctrine and discipline.  They regularly assist the Abbey in helping its onsite and online guests to grow deep in Christ in order that they can go deep for Christ.  They gather weekly at The Abbey for prayer and praise, for spiritual and community formation out of their Way of Life, and for a Love Feast or Holy Eucharist, all in order to better pursue their common mission through the Abbey and their personal mission in the world.  Though they are in separate dwellings, occupations, churches, and callings, they live a common life defined by the Way of Life, all to the glory of God.  The Way of Life can be found on “The Way” tab of this website.