Laurence Freeman was born in England in 1951 where he was educated by the Benedictines and studied English Literature at New College, Oxford University. Before entering monastic life, he had experience with the United Nations in New York, banking and journalism.
Today Fr Laurence is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Christ our Saviour, Turvey, England, a monastery of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation.
In the monastery, his spiritual teacher was John Main. He helped Fr John to establish the first Christian Meditation Centre in London. At the invitation of the Archbishop of Montreal, in 1977, he accompanied John Main to establish a Benedictine community of monks and laypeople dedicated to the practice and teaching of Christian meditation. Fr Laurence studied theology at the Universite de Montreal and at McGill University. He made his solemn monastic profession in 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1980.
After the death of John Main in 1982, he continued the work of teaching meditation that had already begun to develop a global community. In 1991, Fr Laurence returned to England to establish the International Centre of the newly formed World Community for Christian Meditation, now present in more than a hundred countries and which has become a 'monastery without walls, in which he travels and teaches widely.
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In addition to his work in the contemplative life of Christianity, Laurence Freeman has conducted dialogues and global peace initiatives such as the historic Way of Peace with the Dalai Lama. He is active in the inter-religious dialogue. He leads the teaching of meditation to children and students as part of the recovery of the contemplative wisdom tradition in the Church and in society at large. He is the Director of the WCCM Benedictine Oblate Community. In 2010, he launched the Meditatio outreach programme of the World Community to mark the celebration of its twentieth anniversary. Fr. Laurence has been teaching an MBA course on Meditation and Leadership, at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, Washington DC, since 2013. In the same year he started to lead the course on Health & Meditation: Healing From the Centre, at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Laurence Freeman was awarded the Order of Canada in 2012 in recognition of his work for interfaith dialogue and the promotion of world peace.
He is the author of many books and articles including Light Within, Selfless Self, Web of Silence, Common Ground, A Short Span of Days, Your Daily Practice, Jesus: The Teacher Within, First Sight: The Experience of Faith and Beauty's Field: Seeing the World. He writes a quarterly spiritual letter for the World Community and publishes Daily Wisdom, a popular daily email of one of his photographs with a short text He is also the editor of John Main’s works.