Welcome Home

​”It is the silence of eternity that unites the soul with God.” ​Sister Marie Aimee de Jesus The air was chilled; winds bent the branches of the trees carrying the low hanging clouds across a grey sky as his Brother Monks bore Brother Justin along the pathway, to the repeated single toll of the tower … More Welcome Home

Brother Justin OSB

Dear Sister and Brother Oblates of Mount Saviour Monastery, Sadly, on April 4th, our Benedictine brother, Br Justin M. Raphael Young died suddenly. The opening lines of William Couper’s poem reads: “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.” Br. Justin lived his life with the wonder of God as his center and … More Brother Justin OSB

Brother Francis

From Fr Michael Perry …. God is good! All the time! ….and the goodness of God showed itself last night in the Common Room of the monastery. After First Vespers of the feast of The Body and Blood of Christ the community gathered to give the habit to Brother Cester, the young man from the … More Brother Francis

The New Normal

By Fr Michael Perry There is a “new normal” everywhere, even at Mount Saviour. Chapel doors that used to be open all day for people to come and pray are now locked to keep the virus out.  Guests have been notified not to come and events have been cancelled.  The new normal has left the … More The New Normal

Lambs and Vocations

by Fr Michael Perry I was sitting at the front desk in the Portery reading a review in The New Yorker of the new book about Dorothy Day,  when out of the blue (actually the barn) Br John showed up and asked me if l wanted to see his baby pictures.”This should be interesting”, l … More Lambs and Vocations

Holy Week & Easter

From Fr Michael Perry …. CHRIST IS RISEN ! Well, it may have been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone but it was even quieter here at our monastery, our/us being the oblates Brother John and the brothers decided to take a very hard line in applying the rules of safety in this COVID crisis. … More Holy Week & Easter

Happy Easter!

Resurrected For the first time in many years,  I watched the Easter sunrise from my window instead of through the chapel windows at Mount Saviour. Sigh…   Still, it was beautiful and felt like a promise of better days to come. Every year as Lenten season begins, I work with the idea of growth.  The … More Happy Easter!

“Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy”- Blessed Maria Gabriella O.C.S.O.

“Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy” Greetings in Christ’s Peace, “…the way to self-fulfillment is self-donation; only a love stronger than death will satisfy.” — Blessed Maria Gabriella [from David P. Lavich, OCSO, (Trans.). (2019). “The Letters of Blessed Maria Gabriella with the Notebooks of Mother Pia Gullini,” (p. ix). Athens, OH: Cistercian … More “Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy”- Blessed Maria Gabriella O.C.S.O.

The spiritual opportunities of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic

March 13, 2020 The spiritual opportunities of the COVID-19 Coronoavirus pandemic By Mark Kutolowski I write two days after the World Health Organization has declared the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus a global pandemic. News about this virus is dominating national and local media and public events are being cancelled everywhere—from the NBA season … More The spiritual opportunities of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic