Christopher Jamison

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Christopher Jamison

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Personal details
Born 1951
Melbourne, Australia
Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater Oxford University

Dom Christopher Jamison OSB is a Benedictine monk and former Abbot of Worth Abbey in West Sussex, England. He became well-known through the BBC TV series The Monastery. In the summer of 2017, Jamison was appointed Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation.

Early life

Jamison was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1951 as one of four siblings whose family moved to Buckinghamshire, England, while he was a child. He went on to study at Downside School and later Oxford University where he attained a bachelor's degree in French and Spanish.[1] He worked for 25 years as a teacher. [2]


Jamison is a former headmaster of Worth, a Roman Catholic independent school in West Sussex.[3]

He came into wider public awareness after his appearance in the BBC Two television documentary, The Monastery. The series charted the trials and tribulations of six men of varying levels of belief over a period of forty days and nights as they attempt to follow the monastic life. He also made the TV documentary The Big Silence in 2010, which followed several ordinary people as they explored the value and challenge of silent meditation.

Jamison has written two books: Finding Sanctuary: Monastic steps for Everyday Life and Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps For A Fulfilling Life as well as contributing to many others. He is also the president of the International Conference on Benedictine Education (ICBE) which facilitates dialogue between Benedictine secondary schools across the world.

He currently works as the Director for the National Office of Vocation.


  • Christopher Jamison. Finding Sanctuary: Monastic steps for Everyday Life. Phoenix; New Ed edition (1 Mar 2007). ISBN 978-0-7538-2149-7
  • Christopher Jamison. Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps For A Fulfilling Life. W&N (16 Oct 2008). ISBN 978-0-297-85277-3


  • "Soul purpose of banking". The Tablet. 264 (8856): 10–11. 7 August 2010.


  1. ^ The Benedictine Times
  2. ^ The Independent
  3. ^ "History of the School". Worth School. Retrieved 26 February 2016.

External links

  • Worth Abbey website
  • Finding Sanctuary
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