Monastery News Page
February 13, 2018


Abbots and Priors Workshop 

      From February 2nd through the 6th our Prior, Fr. Damien Gjonaj attended the annual Abbots and Priors Workshop at St. Joseph Archabbey in Saint Benedict, Louisiana.  This event is a gathering of the leaders of the various menís Benedictine communities throughout the United States.  This year, the speaker was Br. John Mark Falkenhain, O.S.B. from St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana.  Brother is a licensed psychologist who has a wealth of experience in vocations and formation development.  The presentations were about vocations promotion and the retention and well-being of the monks throughout their initial and ongoing formation.  With about 40 monks in attendance, the workshop was a great opportunity for Fr. Damien to learn and interact with monastery leaders as well as re-connect with many long-time acquaintances. 

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