Herod comes to Conyers
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 08:57

The Play of Herod is a beloved Atlanta tradition performed annually since 1974. It is one of a group of remarkable liturgical dramas, found in a Benedictine monastery in France, which are among the earliest dramatic works in the Christian era.

This production combines two 12th-century manuscripts from the Benedictine monastery of St. Benoit-sur-Loire near Fleury. The Play of Herod is a liturgical music-drama, thought to be the earliest form of medieval drama.

In the Camerata Theatre production, the world of Herod is dreamlike, shadowy, and stark. The Christmas story unfolds in a medieval ceremony of simple gestures and ancient, haunting melodies. It is a tale of awestruck shepherds, kings from afar come to worship a baby, a King Herod clinging to power, the bloody slaughter of children. A consort of viols, recorders, krumm horn, hurdy-gurdy, and percussion accompanies the singers.

The Play of Herod is sung in Latin, with English translations projected above the action.




Monastic Life Retreat at Guadalupe
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 08:57

One of the men who completed the Monastic Life Retreat at Guadalupe Abbey in Oregon, wrote this about his experience:

I am not in a particularly unique position for a North American guy in his mid-twenties.  I’ve recently finished college but, for whatever reason, am at a loss as to where to go next.

What I’ve found curious is that my indecision is not from a lack of options or suggestions.  There are a million voices vying for my attention (some being good, i.e. family, dear friends); but, in daily life, finding solitude or a space to retreat that cacophonous environment can be very difficult.  Even impossible if one can no longer recognize that the silence is missing.  In our over-mediated society, when everything grabs your attention, nothing can hold it – all inputs, all voices become equally worthless.

Now, I can’t continue by saying that my experience in the Monastic Life Retreat program at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey solved my problems and directed me toward a lucrative salary position, or that I even found real resolution to the issue of, “Where do I go next?” – The Abbey, as I hope one would imagine, is not of that ilk.

But, I did find that solitude that I was so desperately craving.  And it has made all the difference.  While my month as a MLR has not been without struggle, it has been within one of the most loving and encouraging communities I have ever experienced.  I am grateful to the brothers of Our Lady of Guadalupe for welcoming me into their quiet and restful home and for teaching me through example, as well as long and patient conversation.

The life of prayer is not and ought not be exclusive to monks, but I did find that a monastic community was a wonderful space to gain a deeper understanding of prayer, free from those competing distractions outside the cloister.  I will continue to return to Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey to wrestle and pray for the rest of my life.

From St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, MA
Monday, November 11, 2013 - 13:57
In this two-tiered manuscript painting of The Legend of Saint Martin, the story begins on the bottom level. There the Roman soldier, Martin, cuts his military cloak in half to share it with a shivering beggar. The upper tier shows Martin's dream vision that night in which Christ appears to him wearing the cloak and thanks him for his generosity. Our Lord's message is clear, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." We want to notice the needy one in our midst; Christ Jesus assures us that He is the Needy One.
St. Albans Psalter, English, early 12th century, Dombibliothek Hildesheim, Germany.
Monastic Diamond
Monday, October 28, 2013 - 07:23

On October 28, Fr. Luke Kot, at age 102 one of the seniors of the whole Order, celebrates the 75th anniversary of his entrance into monastic life. At Mass, he received a special staff.

Fr. Luke entered Gethsemani Abbey in 1938. In 1944 he left as one of the founders of the new community in Conyers, GA, Our Lady of the Holy Ghost (now, Holy Spirit). He served the community for many years as tailor and in our Visitors' Center. He continues to make finger rosaries.

News from Our Lady of New Clairvaux
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 07:58

Abbot Paul Mark Schwan, OCSO and the monks of the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux announce the ordination to the priesthood of Brother Placid Morris, OCSO by Bishop Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento, October 18, 2013.

News from Wrentham
Monday, September 23, 2013 - 08:22

On September 8, 1013 our Sister Christina Sepe made first vows.  Sr Christina grew up in Wisconsin and had spent a number of years in Massachusetts before entering Mount Saint Mary's Abbey.

Holy Cross Monastic Immersion Weekend
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 06:59

September 15, 2013

Eleven men ranging in ages  from 45-75 move into their last day tomorrow of the Fall Monastic Immersion Weekend.  Last night saw an evening meet and greet q+a with the Abbot and today conferences with Sr. Kathy Ullrich from Our Lady of the Angels and Fr. James from HCA.  Every man attending has enjoyed sitting in choir and immersing themselves in monastic life.  And three are discerning a monastic vocation!

Look for details soon about our Spring men and women’s MIW and fall men only MIW posted on this web site.  And if you want information about the 2014 MIWs that will be scheduled soon, send email to

You can learn more about Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, VA, at their website.


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