Communio

…bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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Communio

…bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Tag: monk

  • St Andrei Rublev, monk and iconographer

    Today Byzantine Church recalls the memory of the monk and iconographer St. Andrei Rublev, monk and iconographer. His birth and death dates are not known precisely, but he is known to have lived in the 14th century. His iconography is well-appreciated world—wide; much of his sacred art resides in Russia. Rublev is buried at the Andronikov Monastery. The troparion for St. Andrei reads: Shining with the rays of divine light, O venerable Andrew, You knew Christ the wisdom and power of God. By means of the image of the Holy Trinity You preached to all the world the Holy Trinity in unity. And we, with amazement and joy, cry out to you: As you have boldness before the Most Holy Trinity. Pray that the Uncreated Light may illumine our souls!

  • St Mary’s Monastery, Petersham celebrates 25 years

    Today is the 25th anniversary of the founding of Saint Mary’s Monastery, Petersham, MA.  In 1987, Saint Mary’s became a dependent house on Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland. Some might say that 3 men started the monastery in 1985, and they’re right to a degree. But in 1987 it was aggregated to Pluscarden in a formal way and to the Subiaco Congregation. Saint Mary’s Monastery is a small colony of Benedictine monks whose central work is the praying of the traditional Divine Office (in Latin) with a small guest house welcomes visitors. A delightful place to visit, pray and just spend time with the Lord.

  • 6 monks get their groove

    Last week (17 October 2012) six monks from two monasteries, The Abbey of Christ in the Desert (NM) and and Mount Saviour Monastery(NY) met in NYC to have their 3 minutes of fame on the Today Show. The monks  sang “Alleluia Iustus Germinabit” from their new album produced by Sony Masterworks, “Monks in the Desert: Blessings, Peace and Harmony.” The CD will make a great Christmas gift… It’s exciting to see Benedictine monks, including a friend, Abbot Philip, signing the Church’s chant in such a public way! You come to realize that the sacred music tradition is not dead. Several monasteries in the USA continue to sing the chant for Divine Worship.  The NBC people titled the segment, “6 monks get their groove on“… Congrats to Abbot Philip and the monks… If you want to see a little about the monastic life as it is at Mount Saviour, see their DVD, “The Everyday: Benedictine Life at Mount Saviour” (available at the Mount Saviour website).

  • Daniel M. Buechlein, Archbishop of Indianapolis, retires

    The Most Reverend Daniel Mark Buechlein, 73, has had his request for an early retirement from the Office of Archbishop of Indianapolis accepted by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI due increasing concerns of health. In recent months has been dealing with the effects of a mild stroke complicated by other issues like cancer. The Archbishop has served the Archdiocese of of Indianapolis as the 5th Diocesan Ordinary since 1992. In 2003, the Pope appointed the Archbishop a consultor to the Congregation of Clergy. Archbishop Daniel will return to the Archabbey of St. Meinrad, the Benedictine abbey of his profession of vows and the place where he served prior to becoming Bishop of Memphis in 1987. Saint Benedict and Saint Maurus, pray for Archbishop Daniel, and for us.

  • When true friendship effects change…

    In June Dale Kuehne wrote a blog post “Change that believes in me” that speaks to the journey of taking a teaching position at Saint Anslem College (Manchester, NH) which is run by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey there. He doesn’t say it this way, but I do believe he points to something deeper than mere colleagueship: friendship. Perhaps all of us need to think more deeply what our friendships mean and how seriously we engage in them. I recommend this Dale Kuehne’s post….

  • From Swiss Guard to Benedictine monk

    Pilgrims to the Vatican notice a few things: the pope, the architecture and the Swiss Guard. The Guard, in their colorful uniform, are quite identifiable because of the closeness to the Pope. These young men in the service of protecting the Holy Father are Swiss, Catholic, unmarried and fulfilling their military requirement. Occasionally, a vocation to protect temporalities leads to a vocation to protect and to proclaim the divine as a priest or vowed religious. Not long ago Marco Rudolf Honegger entered the Einsiedeln Abbey becoming Brother Mauritius; Brother professed solemn vows in 2010. As part of his formation to be a priest Brother Mauritius went to Saint Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary to further his education. The Criterion, the Indianapolis Archdioceses’s newspaper, records the story. Thanks to Dom Francis de Sales of Saint Meinrad Archabbey for the story. He writes The Yoke of Christ blog.

  • Portsmouth Abbey Monks face future with internet help

    Benedictine monasticism has a beautiful way of adapting, in a sensitive and intelligent way, to the times. Being contemporaneous doesn’t mean trendy. It means, in my mind, taking seriously the fact of the Incarnation: that in all things God may be glorified. Pope Benedict has been advocating the prudent use of social media, a point for this blog!

  • Saint Theodosius the Great

    Planted in the courts of your Lord, you blossomed beautifully with virtue, and increased your children in the desert, showering them with streams of your tears, O chief shepherd of the divine flock of God. Therefore, we cry to you: “Rejoice, Father Theodosius.” Kondakion – Tone 8 From the hagiography: Saint Theodosius the Great lived during the fifth-sixth centuries, and was the founder of cenobitic monasticism. At the monastery St Theodosius built a home for taking in strangers, separate infirmaries for monks and laymen, and also a shelter for the dying. Seeing that people from various lands gathered at the Lavra, the saint arranged for services in the various languages: Greek, Georgian and Armenian. All gathered to receive the Holy Mysteries in the large church, where divine services were chanted in Greek. St Theodosius accomplished many healings and other miracles during his life, coming to the aid of the needy. Through his prayers he once destroyed the locusts devastating the fields in Palestine. Also by his intercession, soldiers were saved from death, and he also saved those perishing in shipwrecks and those lost in the desert. Once, the saint gave orders to strike the semandron (a piece of wood hit with a mallet), so that the brethren would gather at prayer. He told them, “The wrath of God draws near the East.” After several days it became known that a strong earthquake had destroyed the city of Antioch at the very hour when the saint had summoned the brethren to prayer. Before his death, St Theodosius […]

  • Monk Michael visits New Haven

    On his way to Boston from his monastery in Gallion, Ohio, my friend Father Michael, an Orthodox monk, stopped by to see me and my parents. He also joined me at New Haven’s School of Community on Friday eve (I dragged him to our CL meeting after a 14 hour drive). Father Michael is an Orthodox monk of the Greek Orthodox Church; his monastic brotherhood at St Theodore House is a small group of convert monks living the monastic life and doing limited apostolic work. Monk Michael has a terrific voice for God’s greater glory and so he’s practicing with the Boston Byzantine Choir for some forthcoming events and possible recording of a new CD. They’ve already recorded 4. What made the visit easier (my parents have a small house) was the wonderful the overnight hospitality of the Benedictine Nuns of Jesus Crucified (Branford, CT). Plus, a monk needs his silence! The sisters were most gracious to receive Father Michael; it was good to renew my friendship with the sisters. Thanks be to God for the presence and friendship of these nuns and their witness. I’ve known Father Michael since my time of studies in Cambridge. We some travel together with another friend and did fun things. Now, our points of real contact are few in number. I last saw Father Michael more than a year ago when he visited me in North Carolina (see the record), both he and I were at different places, as we are today. Surprise!

  • A day at … La Cascinazza Monastery

    The Benedictine monks of the Monastery of Saints Peter and Paul have captured my personal, spiritual and theological imagination. Why? Because they seem to be attentive to the “right things” in the Rule of St Benedict and they are asking the right questions when it comes to their desires. Their history and on-going life as Benedictine monks is lived in light of the charism given to the Church in Communion and Liberation is strikingly beautiful and “on target” as far as I am concerned. They, though not perfect by any means, are attentive to their humanity; the monks are are attentive to their “I”, the whole person. Plus, any group of monks to make beer (see this link for an Italian article/photos) can’t be all that bad, can they? Visit the monks’ website for their beer. Below is the most recent article on the La Casinazza monks was published in the April issue of Traces; other articles on them con be found at the Traces webpage. In front of Him: Silence, liturgy, work. We spent 24 hours at the Benedictine monastery founded in 1971 on the edge of Milan, Italy. It is a place where, from bottling beer to plowing the fields, everything has value, because “it is in relation to Christ,” and contributes to generating a people-even in Japan. by Fabrizio Rossi “Do you see this fork? You might not even notice it. Or you might be amazed, because someone placed it on the table. Nothing can spare you from having to move: in the monastery or in any […]

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