Merton and Anglicanism

Thought-provoking passage from Monica Furlong’s Merton: A Biography (p. 259). (Hat tip to Matthew Dallman for this.) Martin Thornton.

Evensong Leaflet for January 10, 2016

Attached here (01 160110.02 Evensong – Oblates Enrollment rev.), I hope, is the leaflet for last Sunday’s Evensong.  And here ( 01a Candidate enrollment ceremony.01b after mass ) is the Enrollment Ceremony leaflet.  This was my first attempt at producing leaflets on this scale, and this is my first attempt at attaching documents to a website.  So, far…

Recollections on the Feast of Sts. Maurus & Placid

Recollections on the feast of Sts. Maur and Placid, disciples of St. Benedict.  My first novice/junior master was Fr. Mauro Lepori (photo below), now the Abbot General of the Cistercians of the Common Observance.  On a confrere’s name day at Hauterive, it was the custom to have music played in the refectory at noon instead…

Congratulations to the Whatleys!

Congratulations to Tyler and Tia Whatley on being enrolled as oblate candidates today, on the feast of Sts. Maur and Placid, disciples of St. Benedict! Tyler and Tia live in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia.  Tyler is the youth minister at St. William Catholic Church, St. Simon’s Island.  (Officiating: Msgr. John Kenneally; watching everything unfold: Aidan…

Mitres and Ordinaries

I find the following information from Fr. Hunwicke’s blog fascinating, particularly from an ecumenical perspective. “Keen students of liturgical minutiae who haven’t read Anglicanorum coetibus may enjoy this recondite and tasty piece of information: some people think that an Ordinary is entitled to wear the Mitre and use the other pontificalia because he is an…

Congratulations to Clint Brand!

Congratulations to Dr. Clint Brand, enrolled as an oblate candidate on the feast of our patron, St. Benet Biscop.  Clint is a parishioner of Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston and has been involved in the immense–and much-appreciated–labors of Anglicanae Traditiones.  (Officiating: Fr. Charles Hough IV, soon-to-be-rector of the Cathedral of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St….

And St. Aelred of Rievaulx Too!

Now that I’ve given, on this website, St. Benet Biscop a hefty portion of the day on his feast day, January 12th is also the feast day of St. Aelred of Rievaulx, the twelfth-century Cistercian abbot of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire.  (When a friend drove me to Rievaulx from Durham, his GPS insisted we were…

Blessed Feast of St. Benet Biscop!

Re-posting below a biography of our patron and a prayer I hobbled together from a couple of sources. As this inaugural group of St. John’s oblates of the Chapter of St. Benet moves forward from its humble beginnings, I thought it might be helpful to give an idea of the kind of life St. Benet would…

Congratulations, California Members!

Congratulations on being enrolled as oblate candidates of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates: Froilan Diaz, Greg Herr, Michael Carter, Fr. Jack Barker, Karen Lee-Thorp, Sandy Fryling.  Adding as well our congratulations to Christopher Kinsman who had to be away.  (Officiating: Fr. Andrew Bartus of Blessed John Henry Newman, Irvine, California.)  

Congratulations, Minnesota Members!

Congratulations on being enrolled as oblate candidates of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates: Bishop Michael Smith, Fr. Stephen Hilgendorf, Colleen Shannon, Marty Sieve, and Fr. William Brenna!  (Adding as well our congratulations to Don Wortham, who had to be away.)  (Officiating: Fr. Michael Peterson, O.S.B., St. John’s Oblate Director.) And thanks…