Obituary Notice

Calling hours at the monastery chapel will be on August 30 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. and 7:00–8:00 p.m. A requiem Mass will be celebrated on August 31 at 10:00 a.m. at Mount Saviour Monastery, Pine City. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery immediately following Mass. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.

St. Benedict’s Transitus (His “Passing Over”) March 21, 2019

[A snippet from my personal journal that I thought I’d share. I hope it is appropriate to do so. + In Nomine Domini +] Yesterday, I had a doctor’s appointment in a large city an hour train ride from my home. I mistakenly thought the appointment was for 11:30 am, only to find upon arrival … More St. Benedict’s Transitus (His “Passing Over”) March 21, 2019

Reflections on Saint Frances of Rome, Patroness of Oblates – March 9th Feast Day (2019)

Saint Frances of Rome (b. 1384) was the daughter of wealthy aristocratic parents. Although she would have preferred to become a nun as a youth, she accepted her parent’s wishes and married. She was a wife for forty years and birthed three children. Tragically, Frances’ two daughters were killed in the chaos of Rome at … More Reflections on Saint Frances of Rome, Patroness of Oblates – March 9th Feast Day (2019)

Oblates as Witnesses: November 23, 2018: [A Post-Script to My Journal Reflection on October 18, 2018]

Fall has changed to Winter, at least on the landscape, even if not officially on the calendar. A few days ago an unexpected snowstorm struck while I was away from home. Driving back, my truck slide into a ditch. I waited three hours for AAA to “extricate” me, but help never arrived. When I re-contacted … More Oblates as Witnesses: November 23, 2018: [A Post-Script to My Journal Reflection on October 18, 2018]

The Anniversary of My Oblation; the 2018 Oblate Retreat; & the Feast of St. Luke – Journal Reflection for October 18, 2018

Penning my morning meditation—on the Anniversary of my Oblation—a chill Autumn wind whistles outside my window, while the teakettle on the stove offers competition to the Fall gale…a fitting juxtaposition for the day! In Zen Buddhism the imagery of “wind in the pines” is a metaphor for a steaming teakettle (often expressed in haiku poetry), … More The Anniversary of My Oblation; the 2018 Oblate Retreat; & the Feast of St. Luke – Journal Reflection for October 18, 2018

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