Junior Monks and Nuns Gather for Junior Seminar
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 17:13

On Monday, May 20, the American region begins a seminar for Juniors, those monks and nuns who have made profession for a limited time. On that day our juniors will gather at Mount St. Mary Abbey in Wrentham, MA.

The first week will feature conferences by Mother Maureen McCabe, the abbess of Mount St. Mary. She will "work with several themes dear to the Cistercian heart by means of the commentary on the Song of Songs begun by Bernard of Clairvaux, continued by Gilbert of Hoyland and completed by John of Forde." Some of these themes include love of God and neighbor, monastic observances as a means to contemplative prayer and perfect love, continual mindfulness, and the alternation of experience.

The second week will feature conferences by Dom Augustine Roberts, formerly abbot at Spencer, on Cistercian Profession today, background, content and meaning. He will speak of new life under the law of grace, conversatio morum, poverty, chastity, dimensions of obedience and stability, among other topics.

The visiting juniors will be able to participate in the liturgical life of Mount St. Mary; they will have time to get to know other monks and nuns from other houses in the region. One day they will journey to St. Joseph's Abbey in near-by Spencer, MA.  A volleyball tournament is likely!

Br. Theodore Daly, 1928 - 2013, of Genesee
Monday, May 6, 2013 - 14:50

Br. Theodore was born in Philadelphia, Pensylvania the sixth of eight children of a devout closely-knit Irish-American Catholic family. He graduated from Northeast Catholic High School for Boys in 1946, and then worked for three years in a paper mill, where he showed great zeal and ardor for work.

Brother Theodore entered Gethsemani as a laybrother in 1949, and came to Genesee as one of the founders in 1951. For many years he played a major role in the bakery, feeding the oven and doing other work in the bread bakery, and developing a number of fruticakes, cakes, and cookies. He did all this work with tremendous energy, as an expression ofr his love for God and the community.

He also did a lot of bookbinding work, and kept the Abbey Chronicle for a long time. He loved to walk in the woods, saying his rosary. And he planted many evergreen trees along the banks of Salt Creek.

Br. Thedore was always very faithful to prayer, both liturgical and solitary, and to lectio divina. He was very reliable, a true spiritual pillar of the community. He died in the Abbey infirmary, and his funeral was attended by a large number of members of his family.

Solemn Profession at Gethsemani, May 5, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 13:44

Br. Gregory Escardo will make his solemn vows at Gethsemani the sixth Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2013.

Prayer for Vocations
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 07:35




Most gracious Father,

in setting up the New Monastery

our fathers followed the poor Christ into the desert.

Thus they lived the Gospel

by rediscovering the Rule of Saint Benedict in its purity.


You gave Bernard of Fontaine

the ability to make this new life attractive and appealing to others,

in the joy of the Holy Spirit.


Grant that we today, after their example,

may live our charism deeply

in a spirit of peace, unity, humility,

and above all, in the charity which surpasses all other gifts.

May men and women of our time

be newly called to follow the Gospel in monastic life,

in the service of the Church’s mission,

and in a world forgetful of You.


Remember Lord, Cîteaux,

where Bernard arrived with his companions.

May the brothers there

continue to live in the enthusiastic and generative spirit of the founders.


Remember all who live the Cistercian charism.


Remember all Cistercian communities,

those which are aging and those newly-born,

in all parts of the world, north and south, east and west.

Let them not lose courage in times of trial,

but turn to her whom Bernard called the Star of the Sea.


Holy Father,

from whom we have already received so much,

grant us again your blessing

that our communities may grow in numbers,

but above all in grace and in wisdom,

to your glory,

who are blessed for ever and ever.


Tour the "Heritage Center" at Holy Spirit Abbey
Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 13:36

The Heritage Center at Holy Spirit Abbey, completed in June of 2011, offers visitors an engaging and thorough introduction to the community of monks who live there and the centuries old monastic tradition of which they are stewards.  Take an enjoyable and informative video tour of the Heritage Center here.   

On Monastic Life and Poetry: An Interview with Fr. Isaac Slater
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 13:38

Fr. Isaac Slater, originally from the Toronto area, is currently Prior at the Abbey of Genesee near Rochester New York.  A book of his poems, "Surpassing Pleasure", was published last Spring.  Fr. Isaac visited the Newman Center at the University of Toronto on October 31.  In this interview, he shares his thoughts on monastic life, creativity, and the relationship between the two.  Click here to read.


"Monastic Life Retreat" in Oregon
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 13:27

"I found deeper understanding in the freedom of redemption through our Advocate, Christ, our Lord, Brother, and Savior. I surrendered to the mystery of GOD's endless power to shape, transform, and inspire me to be my authentic self."  Ever wondered what it might be like to step back from your busy routine to just spend time with the Lord?  Mr. Eric Stewart recently wrote about his experience of a full month long retreat at Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey in the lush forests near Portland Oregon.  Read his account here.


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