We need Benedict Option pioneers, inventors, and entrepreneurs in every town and every city all over the world.

No two Benedict Option communities will be the same. A model that works in a large city won’t work in a small town; a community for rural life will look different than one in the suburbs.

Benedict Option communities can also exist non-geographically. A group of like-minded academics, homeschoolers or entrepreneurs can also practice the Benedict Option as an online community.

Some of these communities demonstrate more Benedict Option ideals and practices than others. Use them as inspiration for starting your own Benedict Option community.

Urban

Alleluia Community – Augusta, GA
Bruderhof – Worldwide
Christian Cultural Center – Brooklyn and Long Island, NY; Orlando, FL
Pittsburgh Families – Pittsburgh, PA
Reba Place Fellowship – Chicago, IL
Simple Way – Philadelphia, PA

Suburban

Community of Jesus – Orleans, MA
St. Jerome’s – Hyattsville, MD
Trinity Presbyterian – Charlottesville, VA

Exurban/Small Town

Cascina San Benedetto – Outside Milan, Italy

Rural

The Brothers and Sisters of Charity – Berryville, AR
The Davenant House – Landrum, SC
Fellowship of St. Columbanus
Impact 360 Institute – Pine Mountain, GA
Koinonia Farm Christian Community – Americus, GA
L’Abri – Worldwide
Maison Shalom – Kigali, Rwanda
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey – Hulbert, OK
St. John Orthodox Cathedral – Eagle River, AK

Associated with Colleges

Consortium of Christian Study Centers
Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)
St. John’s Newman Center – Example of intentional Christian communal living

Intentional Communities List

Foundation for Intentional Communities – Christian Communities