Living Ignatian Spirituality & Dominican Theology with the Servi Founded in 1988, the Servants of Jesus and Mary are an Order of Papal Right. They are based in Blindenmarkt, in the district of Melk in lower Austria. Today, the Order has 50 members, of which 30 are priests working closely with the Scouts in Europe, … Read more
By Daniel Rabourdin PHOTOS courtesy of the Seminary It’s one of the bright lights of Catholic France. Nestled on a hillside overlooking the azure Mediterranean sea, the Seminaire de la Castille today has an astonishing 53 seminarians – this, at a time when most of France’s seminaries are nearly empty, and many are quietly closing. … Read more
With the Fraternity of St. Joseph Guardian Editor’s Note: France is a bellwether for the Faith in the West. Most of the parish news is bad – abandoned, empty churches, decades of neglected catechism and deserted seminaries. However, some news is exceedingly good, like the unlikely story of a Latin American order of priests who are … Read more
A Visit to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter’s Seminary in Denton, Nebraska By Patrick Michael Clark God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, “Moses, Moses.” And he said, “Here am I.” And He said, “Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the … Read more
Silent Fingers Pointed to the Sky: One Priest Tells Of His Journey To The Abbey Of St. Mary Magdalene. By Bridget Green Father Cyril is a monk of the monastery of Le Barroux in Provence.These cloistered Benedictines in this remote mountain hamlet of 615 souls have grown so rapidly in recent decades that they have … Read more
The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest By Losana Boyd The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest had its origins in France in 1990, and was officially founded in Africa. The Institute continues to grow steadily throughout its native France, as well as in apostolates in Africa, Europe and the United States. The … Read more
Life On A Monastery Island Q. Fr. Michael Mary, you have recently returned home to your monastery, located on a remote island in Orkney. Yes, sometimes when the “Stella Maris” — the monastery boat — arrives at the Papa Stronsay pier I am reminded of the old description that said the monastery was a ‘Safe … Read more
St Benedict’s Sons in Ireland Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, 62, was born and raised in Connecticut. Today, he is the Prior of a newly-established Benedictine monastery in Stamullen, Ireland. The Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle has an amazing vocations problem: they have far too many young monks (plus interested young men) for their … Read more
They rise at 3:00 am for Mass. They work and study and pray. They are vegetarians.
The Cistercian Rule is considered one of the strictest in the Church, and the Order has left their mark on Germany for centuries. (See here for more on how these monks literally engineered the German landscape.)
The Abbey at Mariawald was established in 1486, six years before Christopher Columbus set sail for America. The monastery is picturesquely located among rolling green fields and forests near Germany’s French and Belgian borders.
Here, the strict rule of the Trappists is once again in effect, by special permission of Pope Benedict XVI. The monks celebrate the traditional Latin Mass in their ancient Rite.
In February, Abbot Josef Vollberg OCSO of Mariawald sat down to talk with Regina Magazine about his Abbey, their strict Rule, and how today German Catholics are turning up at the monks’ door seeking Confession, the Mass and the life of a Cistercian monk.
Today, Benedict’s spiritual sons still walk in his footsteps in Benedictine Abbeys all over the world. In this intimate look at the life of the monks of Clear Creek Monastery in rural Oklahoma, Nina Jurewicz conducts us on a exclusive tour (A Visit To Clear Creek Monastery) of this ancient way of life that is drawing so many young Catholic men into Benedict’s Order once again.
Saint Benedict of Nursia was a fifth century mystic, whose famous Rule ended up underpinning a Catholic Order which literally saved Western Civilization after the fall of the Roman Empire. His Rule, balancing a life of ‘ora et labora’ (‘work and prayer’), is a masterpiece of wisdom about the possibilities and realities of human nature. Benedict himself is today called the Father of Western Monasticism by the Church.