A New Monastery: Our Lady of the Cenacle

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The foundation of the Benedictine Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma is a timely response to the Year of the Priesthood. The following notes present something of the vision for this new monastery under the Rule of Saint Benedict. Please address all inquiries to Father Prior at the address given below.


"I came," says Our Lord Jesus, "that they may have life, and have it abundantly." (John 10:10)


"One thing is needful." (Luke 10:42)

• under the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict and the guidance of the Father of the monastery.
• in the school of the service of the Lord.
• in obedience, the love of silence, and humility.
• in the joy of the Holy Spirit.


"I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." (Luke 22:15)
"And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth." (John 17:19)

• the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: the sun illuminating each day.
• daily prolonged adoration, on behalf of all priests, before the Eucharistic Face of Jesus, close to His Open Heart.
• in reparation for offenses committed against the Most Blessed Sacrament, and for the indifference of those who forsake Him, Who waits for us in the tabernacles of the world.
• in thanksgiving for the mercies that ever flow from the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.


I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." (Romans 12:1)

• for the sanctification of priests and the spiritual renewal of the clergy in the whole Church.
• in reparation for the sins that disfigure the Face of Christ the Priest.
• in the sacrificial love that is inseparable from the gift and mystery of the priesthood.


"I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; in the presence of the angels I sing your praise." (Psalm 137:1)
"O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." (Psalm 28:2)
"Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God." (Hebrews 13:15)

• Holy Mass and the Divine Office celebrated in Gregorian Chant.
• bringing to the traditional forms of the sacred liturgy a diligence and beauty worthy of the Holy Mysteries.


"When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold your son!' Then He said to the disciple, 'Behold your mother!' And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home." (John 19:26-27)

• following in the footsteps of Saint John the Apostle who, obedient to the word of Jesus crucified, took Mary into his home and into the intimacy of his priestly heart.
• communitarian and personal consecration to the Virgin Mary.
• commemoration of the Mother of God at all the liturgical Hours.
• Holy Rosary daily.


"In the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations." (Ephesians 3:21)

• heeding the Supreme Pontiff, our Holy Father, the Successor of Peter.
• in filial obedience to the Bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
• in generous service of the clergy by means of hospitality given to priests, deacons, and seminarians for days of silence and adoration, for retreats, and for spiritual direction.
• promoting Eucharistic adoration in the diocese of Tulsa.
• direction of the movement for spiritual motherhood benefiting priests.


"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord, and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one." (1 Corinthians 11:4-7)

• hospitality to priests, deacons, and seminarians.
• spiritual care and support of the clergy.
• both manual and intellectual work, according to the abilities and gifts of each one.


"If all were a single organ, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you,' nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.'" (1 Corinthians 11:19-21).

• choir monks dedicated to the integral service of the liturgy and, normally, destined for the priesthood.
• monks not destined for the priesthood who, imitating Saint Joseph, dedicate themselves to the ceaseless prayer of the heart in the daily tasks entrusted to them.

• diocesan priests, sacerdotal Oblates of the monastery, living its charism and sustained by the monastic community in the midst of their pastoral labors. The sacerdotal Oblates, while remaining incardinated in their respective dioceses, will live according to the Statutes approved by the Bishop of Tulsa.

• deacons and laymen, single and married: secular Oblates of the monastery.
• women Oblates dedicated as Spiritual Mothers for Priests, following the initiative of the letter of 7 December 2007 of His Eminence, Claudio Cardinal Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation Pro Clericis.
The monastery offers these women a suitable initial and ongoing spiritual formation.


"You have said, 'Seek my Face.' My heart says to You, 'Your Face, O Lord, do I seek.' Hide not your Face from me." (Psalm 26:8-9).
"It is the God who said, 'Let light shine out of the darkness,' who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the Face of Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:6).

• all participate daily in adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the monastery, or for priest, deacon, and lay oblates, in their parishes


For Catholic men between the ages of 18 and 35.
Postulancy: 3-6 months
Novitiate: 2 years
Temporary Vows: 3 years
Monastic Consecration after 5 years


Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, O.S.B., Prior
1132 East 21st Street
Tulsa, OK 74114, U.S.A.


Mon cher Père Marc,

I can't help but believe that Our Lady of Knock has had a sure and hidden hand in constructing this wonderful post!!

Praying for for the seed to fall on fertile ground.


That's wonderful news, Father Mark.

From what I can tell from Pennsylvania, Bishop Slattery is a wonderful bishop. My prayers for success are very much with you.

Now, my question - will the monastery be accepting Oblates for whom distance is an obstacle for visiting? I'd love to know.


Jon in Pennsylvania, thank you for writing. Once the monastery is established in a stable, permanent location and community life is underway, we will be able to accept Oblates. Distance from the monastery should not present an insurmountable obstacle. In the meantime, I thank you for your prayers and ask you to persevere in interceding for the foundation.

Fr. Mark,

Blessings from an Oblate at Clear Creek! It fills me with great joy to tell my friends from other parts of the country that the Diocese of Tulsa will have two Benedictine Monasteries lifting up the Work of God in our midst! Again, many blessings, and if there is anything that a secular friend of St. Benedict can do for you, please let me know.

Bo Bonner


Of course, that's more wonderful news. I'm interested in all the details, but of course will be patient until you post them.

In the meantime, I wonder if you might share a private e-mail address? I looked for one on the blog, and can't find it. I have a prayer request for you, and would like to make it privately if I can.

Dear Fr. Mark, Peace.
We assure you of our prayers in this work of the Holy Spirit,we find encouragement in your hopes and longings, as we are hoping in the near future that a community of Benedictine Oblate Hermits, centred round the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, may become a reality,open to people from 25 to even 85 if they are in reasonable health
We ask you to remember us down here in The Great South Land of The Holy Spirit,as we will remember you and pray that the Good Lord will send many aspirants to this new Benedictine family. Joseph Michael

This is tremendously good news. May God richly bless Bishop Slattery for his forethought, and his high regard for and investment in the contribution of monastic life! God bless you for answering this call.

Thanks also to Fr. Z for posting about it.

Where, exactly, will the monastery be?

I am guessing this will be a Latin Mass Monastery?

What a beautiful concept -- and in the Year of the Priest, no less! Certainly there are no coincidences with God. I think once it is properly underway, your monastary would make a wonderful and much-needed retreat for priests, restoring and refreshing their spirit and vocation in a spiritual and orthodox environment, as well!

May God always bless you and this, your "vocation within a vocation".

Warmish wishes,

Excellent news - I wish you every success in this venture.

Also, though I rarely comment on here, I do follow the blog keenly and really appreciate your writings.

I will keep you in my prayers - and may I ask you to say a prayer for me as I discern a possible monastic vocation.
Thank you and God bless you,

Beloved Father Mark, OSB

Will be a miracle that our monasteries are united in the Internet, but also with our prayers.
His presence and his message was a blessing for us in Brazil.
If you can help our monastery with books and objects of the liturgy am forever grateful!
Our monastery is great difficulties to buy the things needed for the liturgy of every day.
Need benefactors. Need donors. I need help.
Sorry to speak the truth. Our monastery is poor.
The diocese does not help with money. And we have only 1 year of life.
But the key is prayer that unites us all day - starting today in the Eucharist.
Thank you. Your Brother in Christ and St. Benedict,


Bien cher D. Mark, OSB

Nous sommes très heureux avec votre message et les détails sur la vie du monastère.
Nous avons le même charisme. Louez Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ. Le Bienheureux Columba Marmion nous inspire aussi.
Notre premier anniversaire a été inspiré par le fondateur de Pierre Qui Vire, le Père Jean Baptiste Muard.
Notre monastère a été fondé il ya un an.
Nous sommes une petite communauté et tout à faire.
Notre monastère est pauvre. Nous n'avons pas de bienfaiteurs et nous n'avons pas reçu une aide financière du diocèse.
Nous avons besoin de livres liturgiques, en particulier le Rite Extraordinaire (latin).
Nous vivons une vie simple près d'une réserve forestière. Le site nous assure que le silence et l'isolement nécessaire à une vie monastique.
Prions pour eux.
Vos Frères,

Dom Bernard – Prior
Dom Emmanuel Marie – Sub Prior et Maître des novices.

P.S.: Nous vous demandons votre adresse email pour la correspondance, s'il vous plaît.
Nos adresses e-mail:

Dear Fr. Mark,
congratulations! I invite you to visit my channel so that, if you want, I could display a small piece of text to lead people to visit your blog. Sorry for not being able to leave this comment on a certain section you must have, I find it hard to figure out blogs...I also blame it on my bad eyesight.

Thanks for evangelizing this way as well. Stay safe. †Pax
Moni (from Argentina)


Dear Father Mark,

Would Our Lady of the Cenacle monastery ever consider receiving an Oblate who is also an Eastern Orthodox Christian?

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This is a wonderful development to pray for holiness of priests. Very excellent support for priests. Blessings be upon your religious Order. may Jesus bring you good vocations.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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