Jutta is new Community Dean at Ditchingham
The With youth network, which has taken over the Ditchingham convent from the sisters, has appointed Rev Jutta Brueck to lead the work there.
Jutta is a Church of England priest with a longstanding passion for monasticism. She is leaving her role as a parish priest in an urban context in Ipswich where she developed a new monastic community within her parish. She has lived within community and supported a range of communities at various stages of her ministry and was an enabler in the National Monasticism Network.
“I love the vision of With where we’re creating a space for prayer and retreat for young people,” said Jutta. “Holding together contemplation and action is fundamental for the flourishing of the church, and this place facilitates that.
“I’m drawn to the possibility of discovering what a place of prayer and retreat for young people will look like, the rule of a community that has 'being with' as its central charism and the transformative potential this has for young people and everyone involved. The opportunity to create something new, but drawing on ancient traditions is immensely exciting, and I can’t wait to partner with the team, and more importantly, with the Holy Spirit, on that journey."
Jamie Cutteridge, one of the founders of With, explained that the purpose of the initiative was to create “a religious community…with prayer and a rule of life focussed on the young people of the UK”.
He said that the first time he came to Ditchingham, “it felt like a thin place, a place tangible with the presence of Jesus. We believe that an encounter with Jesus in a place like this can be unbelievably transformative for young people and equally for youth workers.”
Pictured above is Jutta Brueck and, below, Jamie Cutteridge