Category Archives: Rule of St. Benedict

Benedictines in the Wars of the Roses

In Dan Jones’s book on the Wars of the Roses, there is this interesting passage on Benedictines in the fifteenth century: Katherine de la Pole, abbess of Barking, had every reason to be pleased with the religious house over which … Continue reading

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Breaking the Back of Winter

We are all familiar with the Groundhog Day tradition, but the monks have another tradition about the end of winter, associated with the feast day of St. Benedict’s twin sister, St. Scholastica.  That feast day is today, February 10. February … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Benedictine Priory of Montreal

Video footage of the Benedictine Priory of Montreal is hard to come by, especially as the monastery closed in 1990.  Radio-Canada’s French language program on religion, “Second Regard,” did do two reports on the community in the 1980s.  Alas, I … Continue reading

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Benedictine Priory of Montreal

Earlier this week while giving the Conversatio lecture in the new Humanities program I had occasion to mention the Benedictine Priory of Montreal, a monastery that I was familiar with before I had made my way here to Saint Anselm’s.  … Continue reading

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The Monastic Vows

Why are the monastic vows different than the traditional religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience? At solemn vows a monk professes the following vow formula:  “I promise stability in this community, conversion according to a monastic way of life, … Continue reading

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The Various Stages of the Monastic Life

With the reception of three young men into the monastery’s novitiate last Wednesday and the Solemn Profession of Bro. John Paul, OSB the following day, we have received several questions related to the various stages of becoming a monk, what … Continue reading

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St. Scholastica and Storms

“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.”  (Song of Solomon 2:10-11) This is from a scripture passage from a traditional antiphon associated with the feast of … Continue reading

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Abbatial Blessing of Abbot Mark

Earlier in the Spring, I devoted several blogs to explaining the procedures for an abbatial election.  Within three months of the election (June 4), the blessing of the new abbot should take place (alright, we’ll miss it by a few … Continue reading

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Abbot Matthew announces retirement

Earlier today our Abbot Matthew announced that he would step down as abbot on the morning of June 5 of this year.  Abbot Hugh Anderson, O.S.B., the Abbot President of our congregation, the American-Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Monasteries, has announced … Continue reading

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Ceremony of Profession of Simple Vows

Bro. Stephen Lawson, O.S.B. (center) poses with the monastic superiors at Saint Anselm following his profession of simple vows at mass on July 9, 2011.  From left to right, Father Peter, O.S.B., subprior; Abbot Matthew, O.S.B.; Bro. Stephen, O.S.B.; Bishop … Continue reading

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