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

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.

Early life[edit]

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]


Jamison 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 the follow the monastic life. He also made the TV documentary The Big Silence in 2010, which follows several ordinary people as they explore 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.

Fr Christopher currently works as the Director for the National Office of Vocation.

On BBC Radio 4 Any Questions Broadcast 10 and 11 August 2012, Christopher Jamison stated that he used to be the head teacher of Worth School in West Sussex.


  • 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. 


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