Each year our
community celebrates the feast day of our St.
Benedict, our “Holy Father” whose teaching and
example has for centuries inspired countless
men and women to “seek God” in prayer, work,
service and community.
Since his July 11th
feast often falls during the work week, we
include a special Saturday Mass and picnic
that brings together our whole Benedictine
family of monks and oblates. This year
the celebration landed on July 16th and began
at 11:00 a.m. with a Eucharist presided over
by our Abbot General Michael Kelly, visiting
from Rome as part of our community’s Chapter
meetings. Abbot Michael stressed the
great contribution that monks and oblates can
make to the world today by keeping alive the
gospel spirit that has always animated St.
Benedict and his followers. The oblates
who gathered for Mass were also able to renew
the commitment they made to pursue holiness by
living the teaching of St. Benedict in the
world according to their state of life.
Our time together was
capped off by a picnic at our Subiaco Retreat
House complete with grilled hamburgers and
brats, and a potluck. This time of
prayer and fellowship was an affirmation of
the bond we share as Benedictines as well as a
thanksgiving for the blessings the Lord has
showered on all of our lives. May St.
Benedict continue to guide and inspire us as
we follow together the way of Christ’s peace!