Our Holy Founder
July 11th is a special day in the life of
Benedictine monks, nuns and Oblate throughout the
world. It is the Solemnity of St. Benedict,
the founder of our Order. At St. Benedict
Monastery, our celebration actually began the day
before with our Oblates who celebrated the life of
our founder with a Mass in the morning (which
included the renewal of their commitment to live by
the teachings of St. Benedict according to their
state in life) and potluck picnic in the
Because the Solemnity landed on
Sunday, the Liturgy celebrating the day took
precedence over the arrangement for the 15th Sunday
of Ordinary time in Benedictine communities.
This year, our Sub-prior, Fr. Gregory-David Jones
was the main celebrant and preached at the
Mass. Father’s homily focused on how
Benedict’s determination to do the will of God can
be a great inspiration for us to persevere in
seeking the Lord despite the obstacles we may face
on our journey of faith.
Usually for the monks at our
monastery, the celebration of the Solemnity of St.
Benedict is capped off with a special dinner
prepared by Br. Marty Singer. However, because
he was just returning to the home from vacation that
very night, he felt “obligated” to cook an
exceptional meal for us nonetheless. So, in
“retrospect” of the Solemnity, Brother prepared a
prime rib dinner in which all us the following day.
Please pray that through the intercession of St.
Benedict, our monastic family here in Oxford and
throughout the world that our communities will grow
and our witness will continue to bear fruit.
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