Monastery News Page
September 9, 2014

Food and Friends!
      On the afternoon of Sunday, September 7th, we held our annual picnic.  This event was organized by our monastic community to show our appreciation for our family members and friends who have supported us throughout the years.  Hamburgers, hotdogs and baked beans were prepared by Br. Marty Singer and salads, side dishes and desserts were provided by everyone else.  The food was excellent and what made the day even more perfect was the sunny, but not too warm weather.  Over 100 people came and enjoyed food and friendship outside on the monastery grounds as well as inside our newly expanded retreat house dining.  We would like to thank everyone who made this year’s picnic one of the best ever and we appreciate your continued prayerful support of our monastic community!

Annual Benefit Dinner

     This is now the fourteenth year for our St. Benedict Monastery Benefit Dinner and Raffle.  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 4th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lake Orion.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00.  Highlights of the evening include silent auctions, raffles and the chance to win valuable prizes – up to the $2,000!  Only one-hundred $125 tickets (which include a dinner for two) are being sold.  You do not need to be present to win one of the Grand Prizes.

     To purchase a ticket and get more details simply call the monastery (248-628-2249) and ask for Br. Mark Orcutt.  We will also sell tickets via email (  Tickets requested online or by phone must be made no later than Monday, September 29th.  As long as they last, tickets will also be purchased at the monastery up to the day of the raffle.

The Priory Chapter

     On September 1st  and 2nd, our community held the American Priory Chapter.  The very important meetings of the Chapter occur every year with an elective Chapter every three, this year’s being non-elective.  The Priory Chapter is a gathering of solemnly professed monks of our community in the United States to discuss the present conditions and future outlook and plans for our monastic presence in this country.  Understanding and appreciating the importance of the guidance of the Lord over the deliberations, Fr. Michael Green, our Prior, led the community in prayer asking the Holy Spirit’s presence in our hearts, minds and souls before the chapter commenced.  Although this year’s gathering was a relatively short two days, the ideas and perspectives shared during this time were far ranging and should contribute to a clearer sense of direction and cooperation in the future.

For last week's news story, click here.