Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Today is the feast of the Deacon martyr, Saint Lawrence. There are so many stories about him, that it’s hard to sum him up briefly. In the confused days after the martyrdom of Pope Sixtus, the administration of the Roman Continue reading Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Ut in Omnibus Glorificetur Deus

Pray and work! is the perennial exhortation of the Order of Saint Benedict. However, the motto of the Order, found at the end of chapter 57 of the Holy Rule is “Ut in Omnibus Glorificetur Deus”. In English, this is Continue reading Ut in Omnibus Glorificetur Deus

Being Monkish

This past weekend, I visited Mount Angel Abbey for retreat. I’d been once before, for an amazing liturgy conference they gave last year. This year, I went to accompany my new godson as he spent the weekend in a discernment Continue reading Being Monkish

Drinking Beer and Marking Time

This article from Crux caught my eye. What better way to support the homeless Monks of Norcia than to buy their beer? Suds and solidarity: Buying Benedictine beer helps rebuild basilica ROME – The Latin-liturgy chanting, beer-brewing Benedictine monks of Continue reading Drinking Beer and Marking Time

News from Norcia

From the earthquake-ravaged Monastery of Norcia, we have news that the founding Prior, Rev. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B., has resigned. The earthquakes of the past several months have presented us with incredible challenges, which require vigorous, creative leadership. While I am Continue reading News from Norcia

Camino Photo of the Day: Friar

Over at my Camino blog, I’ve been posting a “Camino photo of the day” since early July. If you haven’t seen them, check them out! Today’s photo and short explanation may be more relevant here than usual. Today’s photo requires Continue reading Camino Photo of the Day: Friar

Initial Reflections on the Quasquicentennial

This past Sunday, my parish of Holy Rosary celebrated its 125th anniversary – our Quasquicentennial. The project for this celebration was started several years ago by Dr Michael Barkley, a gentleman from the parish who deserves all credit for getting Continue reading Initial Reflections on the Quasquicentennial

New Benedictine Abbot Primate Elected

This morning, on September 10, 2016, Abbot Gregory Polan, O.S.B., of Conception Abbey, Conception, Mo., was elected Abbot Primate of the 1500-year-old Benedictine Order at the Congress of Abbots meeting in Rome, Italy held every four years. As head of Continue reading New Benedictine Abbot Primate Elected

Sacred Liturgy Conference

This weekend, me and a couple of guys are taking a road trip and heading over to Mount Angel Abbey for the 2016 Sacred Liturgy Conference. I realize that this is not what most folks do on their Labor Day Continue reading Sacred Liturgy Conference

Norcia Earthquake Follow-up

The Monks of Norcia have started keeping a blog about events following the earthquake. You can find it here: It makes fascinating reading. Most of the monks have (temporarily) relocated to Rome, though a hardy pair remain behind. We Continue reading Norcia Earthquake Follow-up

Of Benedict and His Monks

Happy Saint Benedict’s Day! Today is the principal feast of the founder of western monasticism: the author of the Holy Rule, and a great saint. Over the course of the last decade and more, new monastic institutions with many young Continue reading Of Benedict and His Monks

Called, Not Chosen

Last Friday morning, I was struck particularly by a psalm from the Office for Saint Agatha: O God, my God, for Thee I long at break of day: My soul thirsteth for Thee, my body longeth for Thee, As desert, Continue reading Called, Not Chosen

Great News from Norcia!

From the Benedictine monks of Norcia (of whom I’ve spoken before) comes the fantastic news that they are now shipping their beers to the United States! From their blog: NORCIA, ITALY — Beginning January 22 at 7am EST and following Continue reading Great News from Norcia!