BY A STAFF REPORTER
AA CARMELITE nun who last November criticised male domination. in the Church in an article in New Christian has left Britain for Canada. She is to found a new community in British Columbia with the support of Bishop de Roo of Victoria.
It is to be a small experimental community with a maximum of five members, centring its life in prayer and contemplation while playing a full part in the life of a parish.
Sister Margaret formerly of Bride'', Cardiganshire, in the Menevia diocese, said she has renounced her canonical status because her experiment goes beyond what the existing rules of the congregation for Religious will allow. There is. for instance, to be no material enclosure, although this is an experiment in contemplative community. For this reason, her community will be directly responsible to the bishop. The other members of the community have not yet been finally selected, and Sister Margaret has gone ahead to make arrangements in British Columbia.
SERVICE TO LONELY Sister Margaret says her community will give service, for instance, to the lonely and bedridden. She continues: "It will he an open house where people can come to pray, discuss, make retreats, and share in the communal life and prayer.
"Briefly, this means a 'return to sources' of the contemplative life, going beyond its more recent external forms and framework to the simpler and less structured life of the early groups of dedicated virgins and desert fathers.
"Flexibility will be essential, since this group is to be experimental in nature, and will need to adapt to circumstances and situations as they arise. Therefore hard and fast regulations will not be imposed at the outset, in order to allow for radical experiment in areas of authority, communal and private prayer, personal relationships, shared responsibility.
"After three years' trial of these theories, the results will be evaluated in an attempt to assess the viability of such a form of contemplative living as a valid alternative to the existing institution."