Brother Jerome: Feeling God in My Vows

Saint Benedict Abbey Monks

Just before I took my vows, my aunt asked me if I thought I would feel different; and the short answer is “yes, absolutely!” Then, of course, the following question is, “how?” Out of all the questions asked of me concerning my vocation, this is probably the most difficult. The Abbot has had me give a couple of talks on …

Why We Pray in Latin

Fr. Marc Crilly Latin, Liturgy, Prayer

Back in 1989, our community had the once-in-a-lifetime privilege of going to Rome to attend the ordination of our then Brother (and now Abbot) Xavier, celebrated in Saint Peter’s Basilica by the then Pope (and now Saint) John Paul II.  I can remember standing there during the ceremony, in a crowd of Catholics from every country of the world — …

Brandon Becomes Brother Jerome

Saint Benedict Abbey Monks

“May he be wise and humble. Outstanding for obedience. Calm in rebukes. Most tender in compassion. Strong in temptation. Patient in injuries. Firm in peace.” ON MARCH 25, in a powerful and moving ceremony during Vespers on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Brandon Michael Daignault was received as a novice, taking the religious name of Brother Jerome. Brandon said he has grown …