St. Benedict's Monastery (hardcover)

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ST. BENEDICT'S MONASTERY
Snowmass, Colorado
by Fr. William Meninger, O.C.S.O.


In 2006, St. Benedict's Monastery celebrated its 50th anniversary in living and passing on the ancient Benedictine tradition as interpreted by the 11th-century Cistercian Order. In 1956, a small group of monks left St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, to become the founding fathers of St. Benedict's. While living in a 100-year-old farmhouse and its adjacent barns, they began construction of the present monastery. Since that time, the monks of St. Benedict's have striven to follow the Rule of St. Benedict by becoming a "school of charity." This book is an attempt to share the present life of the community with its visitors and friends. With photography by Brother John Ruzicka, O.C.S.O. Hardcover, 112 pages.


St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado

In 1956 a small group of monks left St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, to become the founding fathers of St. Benedict's, which sits in a spectacular valley high in the Colorado Rockies. While living in an old farmhouse and its adjacent barns, they began construction of the present monastery. Since that time, the monks of St. Benedict's have striven to follow the Rule of St. Benedict by becoming a "school of charity."

Following the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, the community began to place more emphasis on ecumenical dialogue and the contemplative aspects of their spirituality. Through the work of Fr. William Meninger, Fr. Thomas Keating and Fr. Basil Pennington, St. Benedict's became the spiritual home of the international Centering Prayer movement.

To support themselves, the monks board cattle, farm hay, run a small cookie bakery and a bookstore, and maintain a very active retreat facility.