Friends and Associates

The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham (COLW) is a large family and not a rigid structure. Hence, we are open to recognising and welcoming any links that allow people to enter into the varied forms of integration within the Community.

In no way does the Community own the gifts and the grace it has received from the Lord. The grace extends beyond its immediate structure and involves a large number of people, who may live, if they desire to, according to the COLW’s spirit, co-operate in its apostolic activities or support it through prayer and material aid, without being members of the Community structure as so far defined.

Friends of the COLW

Friends of the COLW receive our hospitality and prayer and regular Community newsletters. They support the Community according to their gifts: prayer, friendship and practical assistance, as their time and commitments permit.

Associates of the COLW

Associates of the COLW are people who share in the spirituality of the COLW whilst not being professed religious. At the centre of their lives is the desire to live in faithfulness to God’s call. They aim to become like Mary a house of God, a hearer of the Word and a bearer of the Spirit. They wish to enter with the whole Community into a bond of spiritual communion and fraternal assistance, in order to be nourished by the COLW’s own grace and to enable it in its mission.

People can sign up as friends of COLW (click here) and we aim to set up associate membership in the not too distant future. Several people have expressed a serious interest in sharing our spirituality so please keep an eye on this page or call us on 01277 373848 to know more. Aspiring associates will share in the prayer of the Community and have formation to deepen appreciation of the charism prior to making a commitment. They will also receive the Community updates and, in time, appropriate ongoing formation will be provided.