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July 2018

Big Sur Anniversary

New Camaldoli Hermitage celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding, Sunday, 29 July 2018, 60 years to the day that the the Diocese of Monterey-Fresno recognized the monastery as a religious institution. Prior Cyprian Consiglio OSB Cam gave the homily for the occasion. The text is now online.

New Book from Joan Chittister OSB

We Are All One: Reflections on Unity, Community and Commitment to Each Other by Sr. Joan Chittister OSB, Erie, PA, Benedictine Sisters, is now available. This new Twenty-third Publications book touches on four elements of mindfulness: moral maturity, spiritual witness, personal greatness, and universal kinship. The book is filled with wisdom gained from spiritual leaders who have inspired Chittister's own thought.

Saints Benedict and Francis

Father Jeffrey F. Kirby writes about the spiritual contagion between Saint Benedict of Nursia and Saint Francis of Assisi. Although separated in time by six centuries, Fr. Kirby explains how the “Bond between Sts. Benedict and Francis shows holiness is contagious” in Crux (15 July 2018).

Solemnity of Saint Benedict

Benedict, author Benedictines and their friends remember Saint Benedict, Patriarch of Western Monasticism and Co-Patron of Europe, Wednesday, 11 July 2018.

Born 480 A.D., his Rule for Monasteries brought order and creativity to a world of decadence and corruption. The manuscript illustration at left depicts our Founder posed at a writing desk as a scribe.

The office hymn, Gemma caelestis recalls his vision of the death of his twin sister, Scholastica, and the sequence, Laeta quies, poetically recalls incidents of Benedict’s life in the light of scriptural precedents.

Many monasteries use the July date for the profession of vows. Congratulations to the many Benedictine men and women making first or perpetual commitments or celebrating jubilees of monastic profession.

Benedictine Experience

The Friends of Saint Benedict have opened registration for a new Benedictine Experience focusing on back-to-basics exploration of Saint Benedict as a guide for our present times. Father David Caffrey, who has years of grounding in leading Benedictine groups, will share his understanding of Benedict as the saint who speaks to the challenges of ordinary life. Benedict's direction on balance and the integrated life addresses where we live our lives -- in families, communities, parish churches, and the workplace.

The Benedictine Experience is a time to refresh your life perspective as you learn about and practice an ancient spiritual framework. Participants will live the cycle of daily prayer and work, while honoring time for silence, study, manual work, and reflection in community. Visit The Friends of Saint Benedict website for more information about the next Experience at Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, CA, 14-19 October 2018 (five nights).

 

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