Laurence Freeman Catholic Priest, Benedictine Monk

Freeman is a Catholic priest and a Benedictine monk of Turvey Abbey in England, a monastery of the Olivetan Congregation. He is the Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation and of its Benedictine oblate community.

Strongly committed to inter-religious dialogue and international peace initiatives, between 1998 and 2000 Freeman took part in the historic "Way of Peace" programme – a series of Christian-Buddhist dialogues with the Dalai Lama in India, Italy and Belfast. The programme continued in 2013 with further dialogues in Sarnath, India. In 2006 he co-hosted a meeting at York University exploring the common ground between Christianity and Islam. He was a keynote speaker at theWorld Parliament of Religions in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009.
Freeman was awarded the Order of Canada in 2010 in recognition of his work of interfaith dialogue and the promotion of world peace.

Freeman’s work also involves encouraging the teaching of meditation to children and students. He founded the John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-Religious Dialogue at Georgetown University in the United States and sees the contemplative dimension of knowledge as an essential characteristic of all true education. In 2010 he launched the Meditatio outreach programme of WCCM to mark the celebration of its twentieth anniversary. Meditatio hosts seminars, forums and workshops to engage in dialogue with the secular world and produces publications and resources on the themes of education, mental health, business, addiction and recovery, interfaith and other topics.

Writings

  • Why are we here? (2012)
  • The Goal of Life (2012)
  • First Sight: The Experience of Faith (2011)
  • Jesus, the Teacher Within (2010)
  • The Selfless Self (2009)
  • Light Within (2008)
  • Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice (2007)
  • The Inner Pilgrimage (2007)
  • A Simple Way (2004)
  • A Pearl of Great Price (2002)
  • Common Ground (1999)
  • Web of Silence (1998)
  • A Short Span of Days (1991)