St. Guilhem

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Guilhem [William], a grandson of Charles Martel. He was born in France around the middle of the 8th century. His mother Aldana was a daughter of Charles Martel, so he was a cousin of Charlemagne. As a close kinsman of Charlemagne he spent…

St. Augustine of Canterbury

Statue of St. Augustine of Canterbury in the Lower Chapels of the Abbey Church at St. John’s Abbey. St. Augustine’s Feast Day: 27 May. Artist: Peter Watts, (U.K.) Artistic Medium: Clipsham stone 54” For a biography of St. Augustine and a collect for his feast day, click here. Per Father Roman Paur, O.S.B.: “Interesting to…

Revised Essay on Understanding the Anglican Patrimony. Part III: Patristic/Monastic Spirituality and the English Reformation

Revised Essay on Understanding the Anglican Patrimony. Part III: Patristic/Monastic Spirituality and the English Reformation [Links to parts of this essay: Part I (The Monastic Charism); Part II (England’s Monastic Roots); Part III (Patristic/Monastic Spirituality and the English Reformation); Part IV (Patristic/Monastic Spirituality and the Caroline Divines). Yet to be published: Part V and Part…

St. Augustine of Canterbury

St. Augustine of Canterbury Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Augustine of Canterbury, patron of Father Jack Augustine Barker, Obl.S.B. and of Father Don Augustine Malins, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Fathers! And a thank you to Fr. Jack Augustine Barker for mentioning the following…

St. Bede the Venerable

[The photo is from the triptych over the altar at Our Lady of the Atonement Church of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter] Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Bede the Venerable, patron of Chris Bede Lane, Obl.S.B. (and of me, Br. John-Bede…

St. Aldhelm

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Copied from Wikipedia: Aldhelm (c. 639 – 25 May 709), Abbot of Malmesbury Abbey, Bishop of Sherborne, Latin poet and scholar of Anglo-Saxon literature, was born before the middle of the 7th century. He is said to have been the son of Kenten,…

Conference: “The Monastic Call of Every Christian”

Nashotah House Theological Seminary, an Episcopal seminary that is heir to the Oxford Movement, is holding an ecumenical conference in June on monasticism and the Church.  Click here for more information. “The 2019 conference theme, ‘The Monastic Call of Every Christian,’ will explore that the root of monastic vows in consecrated religious life is not grounded in…

St. Guibert

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Copied from Wikipedia: Saint Guibert (892 – 23 May 962) is the founder of Gembloux Abbey, in Gembloux (Namur, Belgium). He was canonized in 1211. Saint Guibert’s Day is observed on 23 May. An aristocrat from Lotharingia who had participated in several military…

Choral Evensong on the Feast of St. Bede the Venerable in Minnesota

Choral Evensong will be sung on the Feast of St. Bede the Venerable, 25 May 2019, 3 p.m. at Holy Family Church in Saint Louis Park.  All are welcome to join us. I mention this to the oblates and friends of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter because two oblates (Fr. William Brenna and Stephen Hilgendorf)…

St. Romanus

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Copied from Catholic.org: Monk who influenced St. Benedict of Nursia. A hermit in the area around Subiaco, Italy, Romanus discovered the young Benedict shortly after the latter had left the world and embarked upon his eremitical lifestyle. Romanus dressed Benedict in his monastic…

St. Godric of Finchale

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. [“Finchale” is pronounced finkəl] (The photo is of Finchale Priory on the River Wear on the site of Godric’s hermitage) Copied from Wikipedia: St Godric of Finchale (or St Goderic) (c. 1065 – 21 May 1170) was an English hermit, merchant and popular…