Holy Thursday

The Triduum has begun. Last night, Holy Thursday began with the monastic community in procession behind the Thurifer and Crucifer.  The entire monastic community joined with the parishioners of St. Benedict parish for this solemn celebration.  Br. Dominic had formed a monastic schola that had been practicing for several days.  Fr. Richard had been leading…

Mandatum and Agape Meal

There is an unusual tradition in the monastery that most people will never see as the Triduum celebration begins.  You may have all heard of or participated in the foot washing on Holy Thursday in your parish.  For us monks, we in fact will have already celebrated this action privately before the service ever begins. …

Travels with Fr. Richard

Monks take a vow of stability.  We do get the occasional permission to travel a little wider. Fr. Richard Walz, OSB, was given permission by the Abbot to travel back to Belize for six days.  You may remember from Fr. Richard’s earlier post two weeks ago that he was stationed in Belize for over two…

An Abbot visits an Archbishop

This past Friday our Abbot traveled to St. John the Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, for the installation of an Archbishop.  Bishop Paul S. Coakley of the Diocese of Salina was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to assume the pastoral care of a diocese in Oklahoma that encompasses almost 2/3 of the state.  The previous…

Benedict visits his sister Scholastica

One of the most touching stories told of these two saints is of their last encounter together. You can learn more about it here.  On Thursday, we were able to honor the memory and continued prayerful intercession of St. Scholastica in our life.  During the morning we celebrated her Feast Day at mass and prayed…