Monastery News Page
October 17, 2017


A Time with Benedictine Vocation Directors

      On Monday, October 2nd, our Vocation Director, Fr. Gregory-David Jones traveled to Minnesota to attend the National Benedictine Vocation Directorís Conference at St. Johnís Abbey in Collegeville.   Attendees representing menís and womenís Benedictine communities from around the country were present to learn and share ideas about attracting, promoting and preparing candidates for religious formation in our Benedictine monasteries and abbeys.  The theme of the conference was ďListening with the Ear of Your Heart Throughout the GenerationsĒ.  The speakers for the event were Mrs. Becky Van Ness, an adjunct faculty member at Saint John's University where she serves as the Director of the Spiritual Program and is an oblate of Saint Benedict's Monastery (in St. Joseph, Minnesota), and Mrs. Kathleen A. Cahalan, a professor of practical theology at Saint John University School of Theology and Seminary.  The information and insights of the speakers as well as the interactions with the other Vocation Directors gave Fr. Gregory-David many practical ideas and methods that he will immediately use in his ministry.  Above all, Father found that the prayers and Liturgical celebrations with the attendees as well as the monks of St. Johnís Abbey a source of spiritual renewal in his commitment to help men discern Godís call in their lives.

For last week's news story, click here.