In the abbatial election held on Thursday 8th August 2013, Father Luke Jolly was elected as the sixth Abbot of Worth Abbey . His term of Office will be for eight years. Fr Luke succeeds Fr Kevin Taggart who, after consulting the monastic community, retired in early June at the age of 82 years old on the grounds of his age.
As Abbot of Worth, Abbot Luke will also take on the role of President of the Board of Governors. Father Luke already knows the school extremely well as he has previously served as a Boarding Housemaster and he held the role of Senior Chaplain. In particular, as a member of the Governing Body, Father Luke has been involved in any major decision that has contributed to the continual growth and development of the school.
Abbot Luke is a native of East Anglia, where he was born in Ipswich in 1953. After being educated at Worth School and then Manchester University, where he read History, Father Luke trained as a Probation Officer. He arrived at the monastery at Worth Abbey in 1980, where he was ordained as a Priest by Bishop (later Cardinal) Cormac Murphy O’Connor in 1985. In the course of his monastic life, Abbot Luke has served his community as both Prior and Novice Master; where he has managed the Abbey Estate. Abbot Luke has enjoyed a leading role in the ‘Compass vocation discernment programme’ for young Catholics which began at Worth Abbey ten years Abbot Luke was also the primary spiritual guide to the participants at Worth Abbey in the BBC TV documentary “The Monastery”, which was filmed at the Abbey.
Personal interests that Abbot Luke has are a love of the countryside, medieval East Anglian Churches and following many sports.
Abbot Luke will be blessed in a special mass by Bishop Kieran at 2.30pm on Sunday 13th October at Worth Abbey.