Category Archives: Benedictines

New Benedictine Abbey in Oklahoma

St Benedict Clear Creek.jpegYesterday was the feast of Saint Scholastica, the twin sister of Saint Benedict but today Father Abbot Antoine of the Abbey Our Lady of Fontgombault announced that Our Lady of the Annunciation of Clear Creek Monastery is now an abbey.

Dom Philip Anderson was named the first abbot of Clear Creek by the Abbot of Fontgombault, Dom Antoine Forgeot. Dom Francis Bethel the long-time guestmaster was named prior and Dom Mark Bachmann, subprior.
Pray for Abbot Philip and for the monks of the Clear Creek Abbey!
The Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault, France (1948) is a foundation of the Abbey of Saint Peter, Solesmes (revived in 1833).
Saints Benedict and Scholastica, pray for us.

Monks and MBAs mix

This morning in my inbox I found a fine human interest story on a relationship being built between a colony of Benedictine monks and academics and students of business from a Jesuit university. The key to this whole story is mutual understanding and respect for the other and lived culture, that is genuine friendship. In this case, the monks of Conception Abbey and Rockhurst University School of Management’s professors and students. Read the story… Pray for each group.

Saint Meinrad receives grant for youth program

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St.
Meinrad, IN, has been awarded an $895,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. of
Indianapolis. The grant will be used as supplemental support for the “One
Bread, One Cup
” youth liturgical leadership program.

The funds will underwrite
a portion of the operating expenses of the program for five years. During that
time, Saint Meinrad will continue to build an endowment to replace the grant as
a source of operating revenue. Other costs of the program are covered by
participant fees.

“Lilly Endowment has played a crucial role in supporting our
program over the years,” said Fr. Godfrey Mullen, OSB, interim manager for the
“One Bread, One Cup” program. “Their support empowers Saint Meinrad to pass on
the Benedictine heritage of community and liturgy to another generation of
Catholics. Catholic youth and those who serve them will benefit greatly from
‘One Bread, One Cup’ because of the generosity of the Lilly Endowment.”

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Father Charles Dumont, Cistercian monk, priest, poet: RIP

On the solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, a few
hours after the Midnight Mass (in which he participated from his room), Father
Charles Dumont was born into eternal life. Born in Ixelles (Brussels) on 26
September 1918, he entered Scourmont Abbey on 11 June 1941, he professed solemn
vows on 16 July 1946, and was ordained priest on 15 May 1950. He served
several times as chaplain at the abbey of Notre Dame de la Paix (Chimay), as
well as at Soleilmont. For several years he assisted at Caldey and he filled the
office of Novice Master at Scourmont from 1993 to 1996.

He introduced many
people, especially within the Order, to the knowledge and the love of the
Cistercian Fathers, in particular St Bernard. He was the editor of Collectanea
later Cisterciensia (1963-71) and assisted in the editing of Cistercian Studies Quarterly. Two of his
recent works are Pathways to Peace: Cistercian Wisdom According to St. Bernard
and Praying the Word of God. Cistercian Sister Elizabeth Connor wrote a book on
Father Charles entitled, Charles Dumont Monk-Poet: A Spiritual Biography. His
funeral took place at Scourmont on 28 December. May God grant Father Charles eternal light, peace and happiness.

Spencer Abbey & Lunch: a personal pilgrimage at Christmas

Abbey Church, Library, dorm 2009.jpgI spent a few hours today at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA, and then later in the day had lunch with a friend, Msgr. Robert Johnson in Worcester. It was beautifully sunny but incredibly cold.

Spencer’s abbey has always held a special place in my heart because of the beauty of the location –on top of a hill with rolling fields and lakes– and because of friendship I share with some of the monks and the sacred Liturgy.
Saint Joseph’s Abbey is a monastic house of monks of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO), the Trappists.

Spencer Abbey, sanctuary 2009.jpg

I even stopped by the Holy Rood Guild and purchased an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and a linen amice.
See the monks’ blog that’s periodically update, here.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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