Dorothy Day, Obl.S.B. – +November 29, 1980

Dorothy Day, Obl.S.B., died on this day, November 29, in 1980. The Rule of St. Benedict recognizes the Christian imperative of caring for the poor in a number of ways.  But religious institutes that developed later, especially as the West shifted from agrarian culture to urban, placed a particular emphasis on working with the poor. …

First Divine Worship Mass.

November 29, 2015 – Bishop-elect Steven Lopes & Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson.  Celebration of the first Mass according to the Divine Worship Missal.

Habemus episcopam!

Congratulations to Bishop-elect Lopes on being appointed bishop to the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.  Our bishop-to-be was a candidate at St. John’s Abbey the summer of 1995.  God obviously had *better* plans for him.  But Bishop-elect Lopes supports the flourishing of the monastic life in the Ordinariates. And congratulations to Monsignor Steenson who…

First Wave of Oblate Candidates

The group of prospective oblate candidates is growing and counts members from British Columbia, California, Georgia, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Texas. I’m preparing a letter to send to all those who wish to go forward with their oblate candidacy. Let me know if you wish to be included. Email me (Br. John-Bede Pauley) at jpauley@csbsju.edu…

RB on Prayer

[B]revis debet esse et pura oratio.  Prayer should be short and pure.  RB 20:4. (The painting is Agnes Martin’s “Stars”)  

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom on Stability

A quote by Anthony Bloom (+2003), Exarch of the Moscow Patriarchate in Western Europe, pops up in a number of places.  I’ve not been able to find an actual citation.  But the thought itself is worth sharing since it surely provides much support to Benedictine oblates who seek to live stability away from a monastic…